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zNewsletter Sunday

‘It’s been too long’

Bill and Kassy Olewiler of Altoona just visited the Grand Canyon for the first time over the past few days, and their trip was everything they had hoped it would be. But they still couldn’t wait to get back home for another very important and long-awaited event. “We planned to go and ...

College students encouraged to get COVID-19 vaccine

Amid fresh signs of sagging statewide demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Pennsylvania officials on Wednesday encouraged hundreds of thousands of college students to get their shots before they go home for summer. Gov. Tom Wolf appeared in State College with the president and head football ...

AAHS grad on ‘Price is Right’

Altoona native T.J. Jefferson appeared as a contestant on “The Price is Right,” that aired Tuesday. Jefferson, who currently resides in Los Angeles where he works as a commentator on the Rich Eisen show, advanced to the program’s Showcase Showdown before he overestimated his guess on a ...

Young farmers urged to get involved

Pennsylvania Young Ag Professionals is working to get more people involved in agriculture. YAP, part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, has regional chapters throughout the state and is open to Farm Bureau members ages 18-35. They’re involved in networking, getting younger farmers engaged in ...

Curve fall behind early in second loss to start year

Curve pitchers struck out 16 batters on Wednesday night, but that was not enough to stop Bowie’s strong offensive showing. The Baysox scored in five different innings to defeat the Curve, 8-4, in the second game of the season at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Bowie grabbed the lead in the ...

Diocese to celebrate Bartchak’s 10th year

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak’s episcopal ordination on Monday, April 19. He was ordained a Bishop and installed as the eighth Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown on April 19, 2011, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in ...

Veterans to honor Gority after parade

The late John F. Gority will be honored after the Blair County War Veterans Council Memorial Day Parade on May 31 in downtown Altoona. Gority, 74, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Monday at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg where he had been hospitalized since Easter. A large American flag in ...

Buyer has option on former Kmart

An “established national business” has tentatively contracted to buy the former Kmart building, according to the managing partner of the limited liability firms that own the property. That national business is “performing due diligence,” working to close in August or September, said ...

Surge in virus cases prompts school closures

CRESSON — Area schools are continuing to combat recent surges of COVID-19. With positive cases districtwide, the Penn Cambria and Hollidaysburg Area School Districts both have enacted closures today. “We’re keeping a close eye on the situation,” Penn Cambria Superintendent Bill ...

Witness recounts night of killing

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A man who partied with Paul Aaron Ross and Tina S. Miller testified Thursday that in the early morning hours of June 27, 2004, he watched them walk toward the woods at Canoe Creek State Park, after they got out of a vehicle whose driver was providing rides home. Witness ...

Easing capacity restrictions brings relief to businesses

Sunday’s step toward the unwinding of COVID-19 restrictions for restaurants, bars and gyms was hardly the kind of decisive event Christianity celebrates every year on Easter, but it moved such businesses closer to eventual resurrection from their long pandemic ordeal. Among other changes, ...

Ag adapting to a changing world

The coronavirus pandemic has left a significant mark on the agriculture industry — but it has also provided a learning experience. “Perhaps the biggest lesson for agriculture to come out of the pandemic is how important it is for our food supply chain to be able to adapt to unexpected ...

Shots fired in city

Altoona police are investigating a shooting at 4:18 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 10th Street and Fifth Avenue. “Upon initial investigation, officers and detectives discovered that two individuals on bicycles had engaged in a verbal altercation with a male in a parked vehicle,” ...

Central Cambria partners with colleges

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria students will soon have the chance to graduate from high school with not only a diploma, but an associate’s degree as well. Through a partnership with Mount Aloysius College and Penn Highlands Community College, students at the Central Cambria High School will ...

Priest set to resume service

The state Attorney General’s Office has closed its investigation of a Cambria County priest, according to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Tony DeGol, secretary for communications for the diocese, said that no further action will be taken about a complaint concerning the Rev. Ananias ...

Bedford reverses debated change

The Bedford County 911 Center on Thursday reversed a controversial change it made four months ago by restoring a five-minute interval for ambulance services to commit to answering emergency calls. Four months ago, the center reduced the time it gave ambulance services to muster a crew to about ...

Video of area near shooting sought

Private surveillance video could help the Altoona Police Department further their investigation into a March 20 shooting incident, APD Sgt. Matt Plummer said. Police are requesting residents share their exterior home surveillance footage in the area of the east 100 to 300 blocks of Fourth ...

UPMC recognized for breastfeeding program

UPMC Altoona on Tuesday celebrated its support of breastfeeding, having recently earned a Pennsylvania Department of Health designation as a Keystone 10 facility by demonstrating that it follows the core tenets of a breastfeeding promotion program. Breastfeeding is a natural practice with ...

Blair’s hospitality funding tapped

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County expects to exhaust its COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Grant Program allocation in the first round of funding. The Altoona Blair County Development Corp., which is administering the county’s CHIRP, identified 60 eligible entities that submitted ...

Claysburg fundraising for truck

CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg Volunteer Fire Company is continuing its fundraising efforts to purchase a new fire truck more than three months after its pumper truck broke down. The fire department, which needs $360,000 for the replacement truck, has raised about $260,000 from 125 donations, ...