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Teens Report Local Employers Violating Labor Laws
News

MacKenzie Hyde | October 15, 2020

Balancing work and school is a challenge for any teen, but some Tyrone High School students are more stressed than usual because a handful of local employers are taking advantage of the pandemic and the…

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TAHS Students Sharply Split on Return to School Plan
News

Rocky Romani | October 14, 2020

The debate over the current hybrid model of instruction being used at Tyrone Area Middle and High School and a proposal to return students to full-time instruction has been a hot topic among students at…

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Will Schools Be Back to Normal in the Fall?
Coronavirus

Mario Grugan | May 26, 2020

As summer looms with no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, the big question on every student’s mind is: “What will happen next school year?”

Unfortunately, public health officials, politicians,…

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Across the Region, Cheerleading Tryouts Go Virtual
Coronavirus

MacKenzie Hyde | May 26, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, athletes across the country have been forced to be creative in order to prepare for what will hopefully be the fall sports season. Makeshift at-home gyms, team zoom meetings, and…

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Remembering Tyrone Alumni and World War II Veteran Vincent Hagg
Features

Tyler Beckwith | May 8, 2020

Seventy five years ago today, guns across the European continent fell silent for the first time in over five years. VE (Victory in Europe) Day brought a partial end to one of the most devastating wars…

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Coaches Stung by Loss of Sports Seasons
Coronavirus

Michael Stoner | April 30, 2020

The abrupt cancellation of high school sports isn’t just affecting the players. High school coaches are also experiencing the pain of cancelled games and seasons.

Like their college and professional…

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High School Heroes: Tyrone Students on the Front Lines of COVID-19
Coronavirus

Lucia Isenberg | April 23, 2020

Most TAHS students have been at home since Pennsylvania’s school shutdown on March 13. But for a select few, what was once just a common part time job has taken on new meaning, and new risk.

Teens with…

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Hunting For Hearts: Facebook Group Goes Global with Uplifting Message
Coronavirus

Hailey Vanish | April 20, 2020

During this time of global worry and panic, a tiny movement started by one mom from Galesburg, Illinois is spreading a little bit of happiness and hope to people around the world.

What started as a…

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Video Feature: Covid 19 – Pennsylvania’s Response
Coronavirus

Jeremy Byers | April 13, 2020

This story was originally published on Tyrone Eagle Eye News on April 11, 2020.

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Local Businesses Adapt in the Age of Coronavirus
Coronavirus

MacKenzie Hyde | April 9, 2020

The advance of the Coronavirus into central Pennsylvania is having a significant impact on the community’s economy. While local schools and many businesses have remained closed, other essential businesses…

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National Teacher Shortage Hitting Home
News

Ebonee Rice | April 2, 2020

When a ninth-grade English teaching position opened up at Tyrone Area High School last summer, the number of applicants was shockingly low.
“We only had three other teachers interview for Ms. Budny’s…

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TAHS Teachers React to Their ‘New Normal’
Coronavirus

Mario Grugan | April 2, 2020

Everyone has been affected by this national crisis, and while teachers have not experienced mass layoffs like retail workers, or increased workplace danger like healthcare workers, they are facing one…

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School District and Area Volunteers Offer Food Assistance to Families During COVID-19 Crisis
Coronavirus

Lindsey Walk | March 26, 2020

With the COVID-19 crisis closing schools as well as many businesses, local parents may find themselves without a paycheck for at least the short term, maybe longer. This will cause many hardships for families,…

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As Statewide School Closure Continues, TASD Plans for the Future
Coronavirus

Mario Grugan | March 24, 2020

As the statewide Coronavirus school shutdown enters its second week, Tyrone Area School District students and parents are wondering when, or even if, this school year will return to normal. 

Any hope…

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TASD Responds to Covid-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus

Mario Grugan | March 13, 2020

As the coronavirus has sparked growing fears among students and the community, the Tyrone Area School District officially addressed its response to the pandemic in an email to staff this morning.

Acting…

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New PA Law Tests Students Civic Knowledge
News

Matt Clifton | March 4, 2020

A law passed by the Pennsylvania state legislature and signed by Governor Tom Wolf in June 2018 requires that by the 2020-2021 school year all school districts in Pennsylvania must test students in topics…

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Ending the Stigma: PSU Junior Raises Awareness of Eating Disorders
Features

Ebonee Rice | February 28, 2020

Penn State junior Haley Hamschin has struggled to overcome an eating disorder since middle school.

For Hamschin, a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball and running cross-country, her eating disorder…

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More Bang for the Buck: TASD Budget has District in the Black
News

Haydn Loudenslager | February 20, 2020

The Tyrone Area School District can make a strong argument that it gets more for its money than just about any school district in Pennsylvania.

Over the years, Tyrone has been able to accomplish more…

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Tyrone Junior Half of Local Rock Duo ‘Acid Rain’
Audio

Caleb Orr | February 18, 2020

Music has always been a cherished part of Tyrone High School’s culture. Tyrone students have excelled in many successful musical endeavors like marching band, concert band, jazz band, chorus, and POPS….

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Welcome Home: Tyrone Soldier Surprises Sister After 10 Month Deployment
Features

Reagan Wood | January 31, 2020

Monday began normally for Tyrone first-grader Taryn Confer, but a big surprise at the end of the day had Taryn, her teachers, and nearly everyone waiting outside of the Tyrone Area Elementary School shedding…

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Kobe Bryant: Legacy Forever
Sports

Michael Stoner | January 27, 2020

Yesterday will be a day forever remembered in the sports world. The NBA, along with the rest of the sporting world, lost an icon. They lost a hero, a teammate, but most importantly, they lost a friend…

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Eagle Eye Podcasts: Talon-T Talk, Episode 4 – Junior Brandon Lucas on Boys Basketball
Audio

Tyler Beckwith | January 24, 2020

The Talon-T Talk show hosts junior Brandon Lucas to discuss the Boys Basketball 2019-2020 season.

This story was originally published on Tyrone Eagle Eye News on January 23, 2020.

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Green Alert: Lack of Recycling a Challenge at TAHS
News

Mario Grugan | January 6, 2020

To recycle or not to recycle? In 2020 this shouldn’t really be a question, but surprisingly at Tyrone Area High School and many other rural schools across the state, it still is.

While TAHS currently…

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Downtown Tyrone: Open for Business
Features

MacKenzie Hyde | January 6, 2020

Like many small towns across America, Tyrone’s downtown business district had been in a steady decline since the 1970s. Where there were once movie theatres, department stores, and specialty shops, there…

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Comeback Complete: Christine Nets 1,000 Career College Points
Sports

Michael Stoner | December 17, 2019

Nearly four years ago, in a high school varsity game against Bellefonte, current Penn State Altoona senior Finnley Christine was driving for a layup when her knee gave out. Lying on the Tyrone gym floor…

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Alumni Spotlight: Depression Doesn’t Skip Anyone
Features

Elise Brooks | December 11, 2019

When Charles Wilson-Adams and his family moved to Tyrone from Philadelphia when he was in middle school, he quickly earned a reputation as an outstanding athlete in both basketball and football. In high…

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Alumni Spotlight: Air Force Col. Aaron Vance
Features

Tyler Beckwith | November 11, 2019

For nearly thirty years, Tyrone native Aaron Vance has served his country in the United States Air Force in both active duty and as a member of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

Vance graduated from…

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Hometown Heroes: Recent Tyrone Grads Share Stories of Service
Features

Lindsey Walk | November 11, 2019

When 2015 Tyrone graduate Davina Lee faced the difficult decision of what to do after high school, she was at a crossroads. After considering her options, like many graduates Lee first decided to try…

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Veterans Day: More Than Just a Day Off
Opinions

Dean Grassi | November 8, 2019

Monday is an important day for all Americans. It is a day set aside to take time to thank all of those who serve, or have served in our armed forces. It is possibly the most important holiday for our nation.

Sadly,…

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Lady Eagles Honor ‘Team Mom’ Doreen Walls
Sports

Hailey Vanish | October 30, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Lady Eagles soccer team honored someone very close to them who is bravely fighting this disease.

Doreen Walls, the mother of goalkeeper Rayann Walls…

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The Struggle To Quit
Vaping

Nathan Yon | October 23, 2019

Thanks to vaping, I am one of the millions of American teens currently struggling with nicotine addiction.

I first tried a Juul when it became popular during my eighth-grade year. The buzz felt good…

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Senior Spotlight: A Model Scout and a Model Person
Features

Nicholas Vasbinder | October 15, 2019

Tyler Beckwith, a life-long Tyrone resident and senior at the Tyrone Area High School, has done some very admirable things as a standout member of the Tyrone Boy Scouts.

Beckwith joined the Cub Scouts…

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Remembering June
Features

Lucia Isenberg | October 7, 2019

Everyone in Tyrone knew him as June. Most people didn’t even know his last name. But everyone recognized his friendly face. Unfortunately beloved citizen John “June” Wolford Ott III passed away…

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TAHS House Project Enters Home Stretch
Features

Dean Grassi | October 1, 2019

In 2014 the Tyrone carpentry program broke ground on its most recent house project.  Five years later the students are still hard at work and hope to finish construction by the end of the 2019-2020 school…

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Tragedy Inspires Eagle Eye Focus on Mental Health
News

Daniel Parker | September 19, 2019

Disclaimer: This staff editorial contains mentions of death and suicide and may be triggering to some readers. Please use caution before reading. 

If you or someone you know needs help, visit the guidance…

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RDR2: Good Cinema Does Not Replace Good Gameplay
Arts & Entertainment

Caden Brooks | April 4, 2019

Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2 is a colossal disappointment, and surely not a masterpiece. “Red Dead Redemption 2 is a masterpiece. 10/10…” wrote just about every video game critic on the internet….

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Triple Threat: Tyrone Grads Lead Penn State Altoona Lady Lions
Sports

Emma Hoover | March 14, 2019

Penn State Altoona head women’s basketball coach Casey Wilt isn’t from Tyrone and probably couldn’t tell the difference between a Macs and an East End hoagie, but she definitely knows a good Tyrone basketball…

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Groundhog Day is Bucket List Worthy
Opinions

Kolby Cowher | February 15, 2019

Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, a quaint town of just over 5,700 people, explodes to 25,000 or more every February 2 as visitors from all over the world make the pilgrimage to see Phil the Groundhog’s annual…

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Fifth Grade Transitions to Block Schedules
News

Cate Baran | February 12, 2019

The fifth graders are just like the “big kids” now. 

For the first time at Tyrone Area Middle School, the fifth grade switched classes at the end of the second marking period. This marks the end…

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Representatives of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Visit Tyrone; Thank Students for Years of Support
News

Meghan McMullen | February 5, 2019

Students from Tyrone Area High School received a visit last Friday from representatives of the organization founded to support the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Denis Mukwege.

Panzi USA Foundation…

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How Cold Is Too Cold For School?
Features

Grace LeGars | February 1, 2019

A look inside the decision to cancel school and its consequences.

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TAHS Senior Completes Trilogy of Novels
Arts & Entertainment

Olivia Watson | January 28, 2019

Tyrone senior Connor Gority has yet to graduate high school, but as a writer he already has three published books to his credit.

Gority has been working on his Elderquest trilogy for six years, and…

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Have Your Teachers Been Disappearing?
News

Sarah Jackson | January 25, 2019

Since early November, teachers at Tyrone High School have been randomly disappearing. A morning here. An afternoon there.

What is the reason for this? Don’t they understand that students need to turn…

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Pitch Perfection! Junior High Girls Soccer Complete Undefeated 2018 Season
Sports

Cate Baran | December 13, 2018

The 2018 Tyrone/Bellwood girls junior high soccer team did something never before accomplished in Tyrone soccer history, an undefeated season. 
Going 16-0, the team scored an amazing 83 goals, while…

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Sophomores Support Four Year Old With Leukemia Through Birthday Donations
Features

Hannah Gampe | October 26, 2018

When sophomores Brandon Lucas and Rodney Shultz were in fourth grade, they lost their dear friend and classmate, Adam Fink, to cancer.  This year the boys honored the memory of their friend by celebrating…

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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Founder of Panzi Hospital
News

Meghan McMullen | October 11, 2018

The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to two campaigners against wartime sexual violence, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege.  Tyrone has a special connection with one of the winners. Although his work…

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Rhodes Breaks Tyrone’s Cheerleading Gender Barrier
Sports

Grace LeGars | October 4, 2018

Sophomore Paul Rhodes may be the first male cheerleader in Tyrone High School history. Whether he’s truly the first is debatable, but either way, Rhodes is history in the making.

Rhodes got his start…

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