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Small school, big leap

April 20, 2014 FRIEDENS — Walking through Shanksville-Stonycreek High School hallways, Principal Sam Romesberg pauses to listen. Nothin. more »»


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Per diems at risk with new legislation

April 20, 2014 Thanks to changing attitudes among younger lawmakers and a spate of Harrisburg scandals, per diems — the tax-free, receipt-free expense payments used by some legislators — could be on their way out... more »»

Man to visit area during cross-country trip

April 20, 2014 A Chester County man will stop in Altoona as part of his journey across America to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Projec. more »»

Airport, townships at odds over rule

April 20, 2014 MARTINSBURG — The Altoona-Blair County Airport solicitor said he doesn’t see any risk of liability for the airport if municipalities decline to follow through with adopting an ordinance recognizing... more »»

Pump station work to be put up for bids

April 20, 2014 The Altoona Water Authority this week authorized its consulting engineer to advertise for bids on construction of a pump station to serve a section of its proposed supplementary sewer line in... more »»

Local Sports

Pittsburgh unable to hold on to 3-1 lead in Game 2

April 20, 2014 PITTSBURGH — Matt Calvert banged home a rebound 1:10 into the second overtime and the Columbus Blue Jackets earned the first playoff victory in franchise history with a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh... more »»

Garcia not thrilled with the view at the moment

April 20, 2014 The minor league schedule calls for 142 games, and winning is rarely the most important aspect of the contest for either tea. more »»

Expectations await Steelers’ Heyward

April 20, 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward made it clear he was excited to visit Peoples Natural Gas Field in specifically, Altoona. more »»

Pens get no drama out of Columbus

April 20, 2014 PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ first-round playoff match-up with Columbus is probably as comfortable a series as they could have requested. more »»

McMonagle sparks Blue Pirates’ win

April 20, 2014 WILLIAMSBURG — Austin McMonagle pounded out three hits, scored twice and drove in a run in leading Williamsburg past Moshannon Valley, 7-3, Saturday in high school baseball action. more »»

Personally, Franklin a big change from O’Brien

April 15, 2014 James Franklin is going to genuinely love the next 3¢ months until fall camp begins, not just endure them the way Bill O’Brien did. more »»

Strong spring a good sign for DE Barnes

April 14, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State defensive end Deion Barnes sent his D-coordinator, Bob Shoop, a text message Thursday night, explaining how he’s “all about being 100 percent and totally committed to... more »»

Early issues come into focus during Blue’s romp

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s usually not a good idea to read too much into the actual football from the Blue-White Gam. more »»

Franklin touched by support

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — There may be no sporting event in which attendance is more closely tied to the weather than an annual spring football game, and when James Franklin awoke to a gorgeous blue and... more »»

Walk-on shines with heavy heart

April 13, 2014 UNIVERSITY PARK — One day, Cole Chiappialle was home with his mom in Beaver Falls. The next day, Chiappialle was getting a call that she was gone. more »»


Olive R. Beard

April 20, 2014 Olive R. Beard, 95, Martinsburg, died early Saturday morning at The Village at Morrisons Cove. She was born in Carson Valley, daughter of the late Levi and Alice (Burkhart) Hoover. more »»

Amber M. Dull

April 20, 2014 Amber M. Dull, 93, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, formerly of New Paris, died Friday. She was born in Napier Township, daughter of the late Norman and Prudence (Fleegle) Miller. more »»

Dorothy Florence Eicher

April 20, 2014 Dorothy Florence Eicher, 93, Claysburg, passed away Friday at Homewood at Martinsburg. She was born in Claysburg, daughter of the late Thomas W. and Alice (Musselman) Lingenfelte. more »»

John J. ‘Jack’ Hill

April 20, 2014 John J. “Jack” Hill, 70, Bellwood, died April 11, 2014, at his home. He was born in Bellwood, son of the late Sheldon W. and Elinor (Mills) Hill. Surviving are five siblings: . more »»

Kathryne Karraker Hitchen

April 20, 2014 Kathryne Karraker Hitchen, 94, Juniata, passed away peacefully Friday, April 18, 2014, at UPMC Shadyside, Pittsburgh, with her daughter Lisa at her side. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. more »»

Area Life

Dig in! It’s time to plan, plant, nurture, grow

April 20, 2014 For many, the zing in the air this time of year has them rushing to their area garden shops for supplies, eager to add new life to their dreary landscape. more »»

Garden Notes: Carrots have reputation as difficult to grow for gardeners

April 19, 2014 “A fit of patriotism hundreds of years ago gave us the short end of the carrot stick. more »»

Aged artistry: Ancient Japanese technique of shibori revisited, revamped

April 19, 2014 NEW YORK — From tablecloths to duvet covers, iPhone cases to wallpaper and startling calf-skin wall hangings, the ancient Japanese resist-dying technique of shibori has gone mainstream. more »»

Female-focused expo set for April 26

April 17, 2014 TYRONE — An inaugural health expo aimed at educating and empowering women will take place next week. more »»

A natural approach

April 16, 2014 I loved dying Easter eggs as a kid. I can remember laying down sheets of newspaper on the dining room table and setting up mugs, one for each color. more »»

Local Business

Stiffler McGraw still growing

April 20, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stiffler McGraw’s business has grown and changed during its 25 years, but in one way it has remained the same. more »»

Target expands shopping service

April 20, 2014 NEW YORK — Target is taking aim at rival Amazon by expanding a service that regularly delivers products to shoppers’ homes. more »»

Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

April 20, 2014 NEW YORK — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. more »»


April 20, 2014 New hires and promotions -- Dr. Lindon T. Kwock has joined the UPMC Altoona medical staff in the Depart­ment of Radiolog. more »»


April 20, 2014 Blair County Federal National Mortgage Association and Fannie Mae, by attorneys-in-fact, to Betty and James Restauri, property in Altoona, $25,000. more »»

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