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Unfunded mandates squeezing schools’ budgets

January 17, 2016 When an elected school board raises property taxes, it’s not always the board or superintendents who are pulling the strings. The Mirror polled five area superintendents on the topic. more »»

Child porn convict to finish sentence on house arrest

January 17, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man charged by the state Attorney General’s Office with viewing child pornography through peer-to-peer networking will spend the next six months on home detention,... more »»

Silence can be disarming

January 17, 2016 When it comes to the spoken or written word, I always considered myself quick-witted, accurate and creativ. more »»

Driver hospitalized after car hits SUV

January 17, 2016 HUNTINGDON — A driver was transported by helicopter to UPMC Altoona Friday evening after a car hit his parked SUV in Huntingdon County, throwing him from the road. more »»

Police: Man stole guns from home

January 17, 2016 A Huntingdon County man faces charges after state police say he stole guns from an Antis Township home. Brian A. more »»

Could anti-establishment’s Cruz, Trump influence races here?

January 17, 2016 In a particularly strange election season, few changes have been more remarked-upon than the rise of the anti-establishment candidates — especially Donald Trump, Se. more »»

McGinnis hosting town hall

January 17, 2016 State Rep. John McGinnis, R-Altoona, will host a town hall meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in the board room at the Altoona Area Public Library, 1600 Fifth Ave. more »»

Northern Cambria teacher suing district

January 16, 2016 An embattled former Northern Cambria administrator, who was hired as a teacher following legal trouble and a subsequent furlough, has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against the district. more »»

Alleged dealer nabbed in sting

January 16, 2016 A suspected marijuana supplier is free on bond after an Altoona police sting Thursday night. Tyler J. Glunt, 24, of 2425 Seventh Av. more »»

Bald eagle released

January 16, 2016 When a sick bald eagle was found last October, it was too weak to support its head, but, last week, after months of rehabilitative services, it was healthy enough to return to the Bellwood area. more »»

Philly drug dealer gets new sentence

January 16, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Phila­delphia drug dealer who partnered with Gene “Shorty” Carter in distributing heroin and cocaine in Blair County was resentenced to 26-32 years in prison on Friday afternoo. more »»

Students get ASSIST with research

January 16, 2016 TYRONE — Most students spend their summers visiting area swimming pools or improving their tans, but a pair from Tyrone Area High School chose to spend last year’s vacation immersed in academics. more »»


January 16, 2016 Cabin Fever dance meeting planned Those interested in reviving the annual Cabin Fever dance have been directed to attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the borough building. more »»

Stephenson pleads guilty to murder

January 15, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Tracy Ann Stephenson of Altoona entered an open guilty plea to third-degree murder on Thursday afternoon in the 2014 death of her 71-year-old mother, Barbara Elias. more »»

Meeting sought over voting plan

January 15, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — Borough Council members at their Thursday evening meeting requested that the borough manager talk with the county elections director to set up a special public meeting to discuss... more »»

Cambria County rescinds authority money

January 15, 2016 EBENSBURG — In a move to hamstring a county economic authority without officially dissolving it, the Cambria County commissioners voted Thursday to rescind $75,000 promised to the authority from its... more »»

Fake cop receives more time in prison

January 15, 2016 HOLLIDAYSBURG — A city detective and a Blair County assistant district attorney asked a judge Thursday to impose a long sentence on Stephen M. Espenlaub Jr. more »»

Blair County commissioners: Data collection nearing finish

January 15, 2016 Reassessment in Blair County is progressing. “Data collection is moving along: 94 percent of our approximately 66,000 parcels have been visited, and about 60,000 have been entered. more »»

Police: Altoona man punctured girlfriend’s lung during beating

January 15, 2016 A city man is behind bars after police say he beat his girlfriend so badly he punctured her lung. Christopher W. Ross, 47, 718 Logan Ave. more »»

Bedford County farm slated to preserve land

January 15, 2016 A Bedford County family’s farm is set to be preserved indefinitely for agriculture, making it one of the largest such tracts of land in Pennsylvania. more »»

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