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Past articles by Matt:

Altoona Cemetery, monument cleaned by National Guard Veterans

ALTOONA, Pa (WTAJ) — In honor of Independence Day, a group of community members helped clean up the Fairview Cemetery. Ken Tedora, a member of the Central Pa National Guard Veterans Association, along with others, wanted to make a difference and help out the Fairview Cemetery as it’s often neglected and left with uncut grass […] → Read More

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. → Read More

Somerset County bridge named after resident who died in Vietnam

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Somerset County resident who was killed while serving in the Vietnam War is being remembered with a bridge named in his honor. → Read More

Police search for missing Clearfield County man

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ-TV)- State Police are searching for a man they say may be endangered and was last seen Saturday morning. Matthew Ryan Cherry, 46, of Drifting, Pa. Police say Cherry was last seen on a red Honda Foreman ATV heading to an unknown destination in the area of Kylertown Drifting Highway April 23 […] → Read More

Lt. Governor John Fetterman campaigns at Bedford small business

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)-- As the May Primary gets closer, Lt. Governor John Fetterman visited Bedford County to get his message out on Sunday, April 3. → Read More

Patton Fire Company collecting useable items for firefighters in Ukraine

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– A local volunteer firefighting department is accepting donations for firefighters in Ukraine. The Patton Fire Company says it is in need of turnout coats, pants, Nomex hoods and also firefighting gloves among other firefighting equipment. Those who donate are asked to provide the Patton Fire Company with the name and address […] → Read More

State police respond to barricade situation in Bedford County

BEDFORD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– State Police said they were called to a barricade situation in Bedford County Saturday afternoon. Police were called to Bakers Summit at around 1:45 p.m. Currently, Lafayette Road is closed for an “active investigation,” state police said. This is a developing story. Stick with WTAJ online and on-air as the story […] → Read More

GOP Somerset event features U.S. Senate, Gov. Candidates

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– Members of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania met in Somerset Thursday night. The event featured candidates running for political office, including Kathy Barnette who’s running for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, “My message to Somerset and to the rest of the Commonwealth is that we need change,” Barnette said. “These are […] → Read More

Catalytic converter thefts spike, raise concerns in Central PA

Catalytic converters are stolen from under vehicles monthly if not weekly in Central Pennsylvania, according to State Police. Just why are catalytic converters such popular car parts to steal? → Read More

Polar Plunge raises money for Special Olympics

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)– The snow, the ice and the below freezing temperatures didn’t stop anyone from participating in the winter games Polar Plunge Saturday morning. The plunge is held to help raise money for the Special Olympics. Altoona Police Department Sergeant Matthew Plummer said how the Polar Plunge in Blair County is usually the […] → Read More

National blood shortage is critical, donors needed

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa (WTAJ) – The National Blood shortage isn’t going away, but a community blood drive in Altoona might just help. The American Red Cross website said it currently has a “dangerously low blood supply” that’s impacted the number of blood transfusions that hospitals can administer. “The need right now is absolutely critical, recognizing […] → Read More

Over 100 units of blood donated at Red Cross blood drive in Altoona

ALTOONA, PA. (WTAJ) — Over 100 units of blood were donated to the American Red Cross at a blood drive at the Altoona Grand Hotel Wednesday. The Red Cross says it currently has a “dangerously low blood supply” that has impacted the amount of blood transfusions hospitals can administer. A goal of reaching 75 units […] → Read More

Destination PA: ‘Altoona Style’ Pizza

ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Pizza is loved by billions across the globe, but did you know that Altoona, Pennsylvania has its own specialty slice? Some call it “Altoona Style” while others call it “Altoona Sicilian.” What makes it so different? Instead of using mozzarella, the Altoona Style uses a slice of American cheese, with genoa […] → Read More

Cambria County Vietnam War Veteran honored at bridge dedication ceremony

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) -- A local U.S. Army Veteran in Cambria County was honored at a bridge dedication ceremony Monday for his sacrifices to protect our nation. → Read More

Flight 93 honors fallen passengers, crew with annual heroism award

The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial is searching for courageous, brave individuals across the country who embody the spirit of the passengers and crew on board Flight 93 during 9/11. → Read More

20 Years Later: Flight 93 Memorial Tourism Remains Strong

SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — For two decades, people from around the nation and the world have paid their respects to the 40 heroes who sacrificed their lives on September 11th in Shanksville, Pa. Still, 20 years later, tourists have flocked to the historic site to pay their respects. “We see an average of about 1,000 […] → Read More

Battle of the Booze: Two local businesses fight over liquor license

CLEARFIELD COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Coalport, Pennsylvania has a population of slightly more than 500 residents, and the local Nittany Minit-Mart on Main Street is a popular spot for many locals. The store was recently approved to receive its liquor license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which means soon, this location can sell beer […] → Read More