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Past articles by Charlotte:

Man remembers brother, killed in Flight 93 crash

(WTAJ) —Most of us who were alive on September 11, 2001, remember where we were and what we were doing when the news broke that day. A series of planes hitting some of our nation’s most iconic and important buildings. And in a rural Pennsylvania field, one flight crashed down at the hands of 40 […] → Read More

VA mourns passing of top doctor

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A hospital that serves veterans throughout the region is mourning the sudden passing of its Chief of Staff. Dr. Samuel Magee joined the staff of the James E. Van Zandt V.A. Medical Center in 2015, and three years later, when Sigrid Andrew became the hospital’s director, she promoted him […] → Read More

Donation honors local child who died of cancer

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A local organization is honoring the memory of an 11-year-old who recently lost her life to cancer. At the request of Kaylee Kruise’s mother, the Brian Morden Foundation is donating $500 to the Radiation Department UPMC Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh and $500 to its own programs to support children with […] → Read More

1 person killed in Clearfield County fire

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) -- One person was killed Friday night in a house fire in Coalport. → Read More

Local community to get cell service

It took two-and-a-half years after a major train derailment to make it happen, but before long a local town, will finally be getting cell service. The improvement for Hyndman borough was sparked by a train wreck in August of 2017. Thirty- three train cars–15 of them carrying hazardous material–went off of the tracks. Three of […] → Read More

Why you need to go red for women!

There’s a good reason that more people were wearing the color red on Friday. It was Go Red for Women Day, a time to draw awareness to heart disease in women. Thanks to Go Red for Women, more people know that a third of women die of heart disease–the number one killer of women. But […] → Read More

Local organization helps entrepreneurs get started

When you think of innovation and new ideas, you may be more likely to picture the Silicon Valley than Central Pennsylvania, but a couple of local entrepreneurs say that would be short-sighted. A married couple, Britta Teller, a former biology professor and Evan Stover, a wood products consultant, launched a new company last year in […] → Read More

Local food bank prepares for SNAP cuts

A new federal rule could make it difficult for thousands of Pennsylvanians to afford enough food. That warning from the Wolf Administration refers to a change in SNAP benefits–a program that used to be called food stamps. Under current SNAP regulations, able-bodied adults 18 to 49 without children, can only receive three months of benefits […] → Read More

Plans for new birthing center move forward

Women from across the area will be asked to take a survey, within the next few weeks. It’s part of an effort to bring a new birthing center to the region. A little more than two years ago, UPMC Bedford stopped delivering babies. That sparked interest in establishing a new type of alternative for women–an […] → Read More

New technology at area hospital

An area hospital unveiled new technology on Thursday. Hospital and community leaders cut the ribbon on a new CT scanner and suite at UPMC Bedford Hospital. This is their second CT scan and is designed to be a faster and more technologically advanced model. Mike Corso, Vice President of Operations for UPMC Altoona and UPMC […] → Read More

Bedford School District to do $40 million in renovations

BEDFORD, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Bedford Area School District is planning to do $40 million worth of renovations to it’s buildings and property. The original part of the Bedford Area High School was built in the early part of the last century. Other sections have been added to the building since then. The district wants […] → Read More

Paint-and-sip fundraiser to help Central PA Humane Society

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Some local animal lovers have come up with a fun way to help shelter pets. They’re holding a paint-and-sip party Sunday in Tyrone. All of the proceeds will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. at the “Outside the Lines Art with Anita” studio. “It’s a […] → Read More

Local distillery and brewery project moves forward

Efforts to bring a distillery and brewery to a local community are getting a boost from the state. The old Ford building sits at the corner of Pitt and Richard Streets in downtown Bedford. It’s a huge old white elephant—36-thousand square feet in total—that’s been vacant for years. Now, it’s in the process of transformation, […] → Read More

Burgi’s Low-Life Riders held 16th Annual Charity Ride

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — It wasn’t a picture perfect day today for a long motorcycle ride, but that didn’t matter to Burgi’s Low-Life Riders. They took off this morning for their 16th annual charity ride. Since 2003, they’s been taking this trek to help local children with serious medical problems. This year’s event benefits Ava […] → Read More

Seventh Annual “Pickin for Wishes” Bluegrass Festival held in Loretto

LORETTO, Pa. (WTAJ) — They weren’t just pickin and grinnin today in Loretto, Cambria County, They were Pickin for Wishes. They’re still making music at this hour, at the seventh annual Pickin for Wishes Bluegrass Festival. The family friendly event at the Cresson Sportsman’s Club continues until 8:30 tonight. It’s free for kids under 13. […] → Read More

FDA to add graphic health warnings to cigarette packages

On Thursday, The FDA unveiled a new campaign to fight tobacco use. You’ve probably seen the public service announcements featuring former smokers severely disfigured by cancer. Now, the FDA hopes to drive the message home with graphic new health warnings on cigarette packages and labels. The proposed warning labels will show what the FDA calls […] → Read More

Car vs. Motorcycle Crash sends one person to the hospital

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A crash between a motorcycle and a car in Blair county, sent one person to the hospital today. It happened shortly before 1:30 pm this afternoon on Maple Hollow Road in Allegheny Township. The operator of the motorcycle was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injuries. We’ll have more details as they become available. → Read More

Woman celebrates 105th birthday

(WTAJ) — A California woman celebrated a very special milestone on Monday. That’s when Barbara Holman-Robinson turned 105. She celebrated with a birthday bash at a family creamer in Sacramento. When asked if she expected to live this long, she said, “I told the Lord I just wanted to be 100, that’s all. But I […] → Read More

Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

CLAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Wednesday is National Hot Dog Day and if you want to observe the occasion, you may want to check out a new local restaurant. Luco Dogs LLC is celebrating the holiday by hosting the grand opening of their hot dog and chili business. They’ll have games, prizes, food and […] → Read More

Man serving life sentence asks judge to reconsider

A man sentenced to life for a local murder pleaded his own case for a shorter sentence on Friday. Frankie Rodgers testified at a three-day hearing in Blair County Court that could ultimately result in him gaining his freedom. Rodgers, now 49, was only 17, when 72-year-old Pasquale Lascoli died after being stabbed nearly 80 […] → Read More