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Jury: Man guilty on drug charges

August 23, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County jury was able to find an Altoona man guilty on nine charges linked to cocaine sales, even though the cocaine buyer wasn’t available to testify because he died in... more »»

AASD asked to review decision

August 22, 2016 The Altoona Area School Board is on the path toward a new high school building in 2018, but Bob Kutz, president of the Altoona Area Building Trades Council, wants the board to reconsider demolishing... more »»

After early struggles, area ethanol plant thriving

August 22, 2016 CLEARFIELD — Pennsylvania’s only ethanol plant had a rough beginning but is now thriving. “We have 85 employees today. Four years ago when the plant was purchased, they had 35 employees. more »»

Farm show marks 50th year

August 22, 2016 WILLIAMSBURG — The vegetables entered in this year’s Williamsburg Community Farm Show were colorful but not plentiful. more »»

AWA approves pretreatment rates, rules

August 22, 2016 The Altoona Water Authority recently approved a new slate of rates, rules and regulations for business and industrial customers whose sewage effluent requires pretreatment. more »»

Controller: Revenue down because of conservation

August 22, 2016 The Altoona Water Authority’s website has a page devoted to conservation tips. The state Department of Environmental Resources publishes a fact sheet with similar tips. more »»

Weekly crime roundup

August 22, 2016 Allegheny Township police July 11 — Criminal mischief: 100 block Redwood Lane — Theft: 100 block Raible Drive; 2000 block Plank Road July 12 — Criminal mischief: 500 block Municipal Drive — Forgery... more »»

Decision affects Megan's Law registry guidelines

August 21, 2016 The public will be “less protected” under a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that reduces the number of years some child sexual offenders must register with state police, Blair County First... more »»

Schools receive opioid antidote

August 21, 2016 While students overdosing on opioid drugs hasn’t been an issue in area schools, a life-saving medicine will make its way into local school nurses’ offices, providing an antidote just in cas. more »»

Dickey, law firm get approval to represent Ross

August 21, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Altoona attorney Thomas M. more »»

Politically correct ‘police’ taking joy out of living

August 21, 2016 I grew up a “Honkie” living in the small village of Ganister, just outside the slightly larger village of Williamsburg. more »»

AG office may cycle through 4 leaders

August 21, 2016 Pennsylvania is on course to have four attorney generals in five months, with the state Senate likely to vote soon on a replacement for interim Attorney General Bruce Castor. more »»

2016-17 school calendars

August 21, 2016 Blair County Altoona Area Aug. 29: First day, grades 1-12 Aug. 31: First day, kindergarten Sept. 5: Labor Day Oct. 28: In-service Nov. 11: Veterans Day Nov. 24-28: Thanksgiving holiday Dec. more »»

Area briefs

August 21, 2016 Ritchey speaking at tea party event Aaron Ritchey, a local business owner and former member of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, will speak at the Blair County Tea Party meeting at 7 p.. more »»

Six Mile Run teen makes ‘chemo bags’

August 21, 2016 Four years ago, when Nick Collare of Six Mile Run was 10, his parents were planning to take him after church on a shopping trip to Altoona, where he could spend $10 or $20 of his own money on a toy. more »»

Man, 20, driving horse and buggy seriously injured

August 21, 2016 HUNTINGDON — A 20-year-old man was seriously injured Saturday when his horse and buggy was struck from behind by a car. He was flown to UPMC Altoona for treatmen. more »»


August 21, 2016 17-year-old drowns at Raystown HUNTINGDON — A 17-year-old man drowned in Huntingdon County on Saturday afternoon, according to state police in Huntingdon. Police did not release the victim’s name. more »»

Tyrone icon ‘loved people’

August 20, 2016 A stalwart in his community, the Rev. Norman E. Huff, who died Friday at the age of 84, was remembered by his family, friends and colleagues as a “man who loved peopl. more »»

‘Flying museum’ makes stop

August 20, 2016 MARTINSBURG — The past was paramount Friday afternoon at the Altoona-Blair County Airport, where World War II aircraft were on display and flying overhead. more »»

Experts: Trump’s goal to block fraud misguided

August 20, 2016 When Donald Trump announced at his Altoona rally last week that “cheating” is the only way he could lose Pennsylvania’s vote, the claim quickly reverberated through national media and prompted a new... more »»

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