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Frankstown bridge to be razed

September 10, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An 85-year-old bridge in Frankstown Township has been closed even to foot traffic by the Blair County commissioners who have decided to tear it down rather than spend $. more »»

Tax position bringing controversy

September 10, 2014 EBENSBURG — Tax collector normally doesn’t top the list of most controversial elected offices. But one borough official said Monday council wasn’t acting appropriately to appoint one. more »»

Toomey calls on Senate to act on sex predator bill

September 10, 2014 WASHINGTON — A group of lawmakers led by Sen. more »»

GE Transportation hiring 50 diesel machinists

September 10, 2014 GROVE CITY (AP)— GE Transportation says it’s hiring 50 machinists to for a diesel engine plant in western Pennsylvani. more »»

Man arrested on home improvement fraud charge

September 10, 2014 From Mirror staff reports BEDFORD — State police arrested a South Carolina man Tuesday in Everett for stealing from residents by misleading them and charging inflated prices. more »»

Woman allegedly stole money while working as bank teller

September 10, 2014 JOHNSTOWN — A Cambria County woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury after allegedly taking money while working as a bank teller. Tonya Wade, 40, of 465 S. Center St. more »»

Coroner: Boy’s body cremated, mom didn’t claim remains

September 10, 2014 HARRISBURG — A coroner cremated the body of a 9-year-old boy because his mother didn’t claim the remains for weeks after his decomposing body was found in their home. more »»

Possible extinction driving some batty

September 10, 2014 HARRISBURG — The northern long-eared bat is in trouble. more »»

Concept planned for playground

September 10, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The 40th anniversary of Fort Roberdeau’s reconstruction is coming up in 2016, and the Blair County commissioners are hoping to construct a children’s playground there to commemorate... more »»

Area volunteer passes away

September 10, 2014 Emil Branas’ family said he was always looking to donate and often gave his time and energy to various Portage-area organizations. more »»

United Way appoints new executive director

September 10, 2014 United Way of Blair County has a new executive director. Melanie Shildt of Pinecroft was recently selected for the position, succeeding Robin Beck who retired after six years in the post. more »»

Victim program funding on hold

September 10, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Approval of a contract to use state funds for the Blair County Victim-Witness program will have to wait at least a week until the county commissioners have the opportunity to discuss... more »»

NCAA lifts PSU’s postseason ban

September 9, 2014 Penn State football got out from under the most severe on-field sanctions imposed on it two years ago over the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal, learning Monday that the NCAA will allow it to... more »»

Council discusses revisiting fire bills

September 9, 2014 At the suggestion of Interim Manager Peter Marshall, City Council may revisit a year-old ordinance that allows the fire department to bill for fire and accident calls, so council can sort out... more »»

Battisti donation to police questioned

September 9, 2014 A $10,000 donation from the Cesare Battisti Club in Eldorado to the Altoona Police Department — reported in the Community section of Sunday’s Mirror — caught the attention of neighbors who’ve been... more »»

Police: Man shot, killed dog that attacked him

September 9, 2014 A man walking a poodle was attacked by a Rottweiler on the 2100 block of Fifth Avenue, according to Altoona police. more »»

Blair health coalition outlines plans

September 9, 2014 HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Healthy Blair County Coali­tion is making an impact in the community, but much work remains to be done, officials said. more »»

Chairman supervisor might have to resign

September 9, 2014 EBENSBURG — Cambria Township Chairman Supervisor Dave Hoover has moved out of the township and must give up his seat, township officials said Monday. more »»

City Council picks members to handle ‘general authority’

September 9, 2014 City Council on Monday agreed on a slate of members for appointment to a “general authority” it plans to create to handle Altoona’s participation in the potentially lucrative City Revitalization and... more »»

Local winery cannot provide samples for Cresson festival

September 9, 2014 CRESSON — Despite multiple assurances that there wouldn’t be widespread drinking during next month’s Cresson Area Heritage Days, Borough Council declined to allow a local winery to provide samples t... more »»

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