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Nittany Lions roar past Wolverines

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State was the focal point of the college football world Saturday as ESPN’s “College GameDay” program came to campus, complete with its pageantry and antics. Analyst Lee Corso did his customary headgear pick at the end of the show, tossing aside a Michigan helmet ...

AASD project’s math debated

Altoona Area School Board candidate Ed Kreuz went to social media recently to claim the current board’s plan to pay for an $88 million high school project with a 0.61-mill tax increase is impossible math. “This is not possible if you do the math. (Superintendent) Charles Prijatelj is ...

Political uncertainty could send health premiums soaring

With insurance signups for the Affordable Care Act less than two weeks away, political uncertainty is set to leave some patients with skyrocketing costs as others are pushed toward new coverage. The state insurance commissioner approved revised rates last week, days after President Donald ...

AWA behind on piping work

The Altoona Water Authority isn’t keeping up with needed renovations of its aging water and sewer pipes and, because of falling consumption, is lagging behind on revenue, the authority’s consulting engineer reported. Fixing those problems will mean that customers will be paying more for ...

Reade Township tabs new office manager

By Sean Sauro ssauro@altoonamirror.com Reade Township Municipal Authority has a new office manager, after members of the authority’s board voted unanimously Thursday evening to hire a Patton area woman for the position. Eryn Kyser of Patton was hired to the vacant position, which has ...

Lack of funding for gun research decried

Enacting effective gun control policies is like taking a shot in the dark, because there’s little federal support for research to answer burning questions after tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting, said a Penn State Altoona professor of criminal justice. After a gunman in Las Vegas killed ...

Parking authority to raise rates

The Altoona Parking Authority plans to ask City Council for a $1 per month across-the-board increase in parking rates for the sixth year in a row. The hike is reflected in the authority’s 2018 budget, approved Friday. The increase will raise garage costs to $50 a month, most surface lots ...

School board’s revenue not covering expenses

The Altoona Area School Board needs a total of 0.61 mills to fund its high school project if it is approved, according to district administration. But it needs more revenue to cover expenses already in its budget. Last January, Superintendent Charles Prijatelj told the board it needed to ...

Super fun

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Batman, also known as Chase Dalby, 4, of Altoona gets help from Batgirl, Saint Francis University senior Brenna Erzen, during the Superflash Superhero Carnival in the JFK Lounge on campus Friday afternoon. All proceeds were donated to Second Chance Fundraising.

Woman pleads in fatal accident

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona woman entered guilty pleas on Friday in Blair County Court to charges filed in connection with a 2016 vehicle crash that killed her 5-year-old son. Christen E. Walter, 43, who has been in Blair County Prison since her Jan. 24 arrest, became emotional as she began ...

ESPN’s ‘GameDay’ returns to PSU

STATE COLLEGE — It may have taken eight years, but ESPN’s College “GameDay” has finally returned to Happy Valley. The show, which airs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, will be broadcast live from the Old Main Lawn in the heart of campus, a change from 2009 when the set was near the ...

Calvin House owner charged for unpaid taxes

The alleged failure to pay the state tens of thousands of dollars in sales taxes has led to charges against the owner of The Calvin House. Dennis C. Helsel, 72, was charged Wednesday with 20 counts of misdemeanor willful failure to timely remit sales tax stemming from unpaid sales taxes ...

Kids First interested in AASD plan

Kids First day care founder and CEO Jackie Clouser is interested in continuing to provide staff to the Altoona Area School District if it decides to venture into the day care business. “If the district is to bring the child care program in-house, Kids First would absolutely be interested ...

Former Lowe’s employee accused of theft scheme

A former Lowe’s employee faces charges she scammed the McMahon Road store out of more than $1,000 in money and merchandise. Melissa A. Gathagan, 708 N. Fifth St., Bellwood, is accused of stealing six times between Feb. 1 and Aug. 28 while working at the store’s customer service ...

Bedford County men charged for firing shotgun into trailer

Two men face charges for allegedly firing a shotgun into a driver’s trailer Oct. 1 as they pursued him on Six Mile Run Road in Bedford County. State police at Bedford said Jonathan Imler, 26, of Martinsburg, and Seth Miller, 25, of Six Mile Run Road, spotted a man with whom Miller had a ...

Area

Police probe Jewish center burglary Altoona police continue to investigate a burglary at the Jewish Memorial Center. It happened overnight between Thursday and Friday when someone broke a window and entered the center at 1308 17th St., Altoona police Detective Lt. Ben Jones said. Jones ...

Blair inmates face drug charges

Two Blair County Prison inmates face charges over drugs found at the jail. Angelique M. Lynch, 37, was charged this week over a bag of drugs she allegedly tried to push under the door and out of her holding cell on Sept. 6 while Deborah L. Wilson is charged over three 800 mg gabapentin pills ...

Lighting the way

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Blaine Barefoot of the Altoona Public Works electrical department removes a streetlight along Union Avenue on Thursday afternoon in preparation for new LED lighting and wiring.

City man accused of child abuse

An Altoona man is behind bars on charges he raped a child. Michael S. Hampton, 34, of 1213 S. 27th St., Apt. B, was arrested Thursday morning by Altoona police on felony rape of a child and related charges stemming from allegations he sodomized a boy and forced the child to perform oral ...

Court tosses Spotz appeal

Mark N. Spotz, a Clearfield County man on death row for killings in three eastern Pennsylvania counties, has lost his attempt to attack the state’s death penalty statute based on two 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The U.S. Supreme Court by 8-1 majorities found that a clause in the ...