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Police: Man busted with crystal meth after cops were called on him

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Tyrone man is facing drug charges after police said they found 2.2 oz. of suspected crystal meth on him as well as other drug paraphernalia. On June 27, Tyrone Borough police were called to a home on East 16th Street for a report of a man, 30-year-old Michael McNeal, […]
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Altoona VA holds ribbon cutting to open new expansion area

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — The James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center opened its new 15,000-square-foot expansion area Thursday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Doctors, patients and Congressman John Joyce (PA-13) joined VA staff for the ribbon cutting of the Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) expansion, which includes 30 exam rooms with specialized areas for […]

Police: Altoona man admits to setting fire to his own home

Altoona, PA (WJAC) — Altoona police say a Blair County man is behind bars after he admitted to setting fire to his own home. Police say Matthew Wombacher, 33, faces charges of arson, risking catastrophe, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and reckless burning, according to online court records. According to...

Heat pumps can help modular homeowners save money

Mount Union Lumber and Supply or MULS located in Mount Union, Pa. is a one-stop shop for contractors and do-it-yourself customers. From Epoxy flooring samples to concrete overlay displays, rental equipment, and heat pumps. handyman Dwight Rittenhouse chats with Studio 814’s Rebecca Petner about something he’s been wanting to share...

Keep your pets safe & happy this summer season with JustJak’s Pet Market

Michael Mastalski owner of JustJak’s Pet Market in Altoona, Pa. stops by Studio 814 to talk summer safety for your furry friends. Mastalski says to be mindful of heat exposure, including the temperature inside vehicles, pavement temperatures for their paws (they have booties to protect your doggo’s precious paw pads!), and even sunblock for pets. Don’t forget to provide ample water to keep your pet hydrated. Mastalski also chats about Natural Outdoor Pest Protection options for both humans and pets that he offers at JustJak’s.

Cats vs. dogs challenge provides donations at Bellwood-Antis Public Library

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Bellwood-Antis Public Library is holding a summer challenge to collect pet food and cleaning supplies for the Central PA Humane Society. Donators can vote for cats or dogs by placing their donation in the designated box. Individuals can vote as many times as they’d like through August. After starting the […]

Rep. John Joyce held roundtable about Alzheimer’s resources

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) — 13th District Representative John Joyce held a roundtable discussion at the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library about Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia affecting over six million Americans, which is expected to grow to 13 million people by 2050. This year the disease will cost the nation $321 billion. The […]

TAES Assistant Principal Named New High School Principal

The search to replace former TAHS Principal Tom Yoder, who retired in March, has concluded. Chad Packer, the assistant principal at the Tyrone Area Elementary School since November 2021, was approved by the TASD school board to move into the high school principal position in July. “I want to help...

12th Freedom ride will take place this Independence Day

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – This Independence Day Tyrone is going to see an abundance of red, white and blue during the freedom ride. More than 400 riders are expected for this year’s Freedom Ride in Tyrone on Monday, July 4. The annual July 4th 10-mile bicycle ride consists of riders dressing up their bikes […]

July donation drive for veterans and troops

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ) – Military Families Ministry USA, Inc. is collecting items for deployed troops and local homeless veterans during July. They are accepting the following non-perishable items: Non-perishable microwavable meals Food bars, crackers, peanut butter Snacks: fruit snacks, nuts, cookies Beef Jerky & Slim Jim’s Individual drink mixes for water bottles Water-bottles Hard candy, […]

Mount Aloysius Accepting Nominations for New Athletic Hall of Fame

Cresson, Pa. – Mount Aloysius College is now accepting nominations for the inaugural class of the new Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will honor Mountie athletes who have excelled on the field and in their communities, going above and beyond their duties as athletes. All nominations will be considered by the Hall of Fame Committee.

Destination PA: Leap The Dips, world’s oldest roller coaster

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world have come to Central Pennsylvania to see and experience the oldest coaster on earth, Leap The Dips located inside Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The one-of-a-kind coaster was built in 1902 by the Federal Construction Company and designed by E. Joy Morris. Leap The […]

Road Trippin' PA: The Rockhill Trolley Museum

Huntingdon Co., PA (WJAC) — Rockhill Furnace in Huntingdon County is home to Pennsylvania’s first operating trolley museum. The Rockhill Trolley Museum allows visitors to experience riding in the trolley cars that played a significant role in the country’s development. The museum also has several of Johnstown’s...

Scott R. Sheehan Begins Term as NAfME National President, 2022–2024

RESTON, VA (June 30, 2022)—On June 15, 2022, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) welcomed the new 2022–2024 National President, Scott R. Sheehan, as he begins his term. Scott Sheehan is the Director of Bands and Music Department Chairperson at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. He is also a consultant for strategic planning and association development.

Pirates farm report for June 29, 2022: Carmen Mlodzinski picks up win for Altoona

INDIANAPOLIS (Triple-A, 36-36) was beaten by Nashville (Brewers), 8-5. DH Ben Gamel (hamstring), on a rehab assignment, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. RF Cal Mitchell (.320) went 3 for 4 with two runs scored. SS Rodolfo Castro (.220) went 1 for 4 with a homer, his seventh. 3B Taylor Davis (.254) went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. LHP Zach Matson (6.75) started and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. RHP Hunter Stratton (1-4, 6.03) took the loss, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.