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Altoona Water Authority proposes increase in rates

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The Altoona Water Authority has proposed rate increases for next year that for the first time would force an average customer’s monthly bill to rise past $100. The authority staff has recommended a 7 percent hike in water rates and a 6 percent hike in sewer rates — along with a ...

Shuster hints at run for re-election

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The 2018 electoral landscape is taking shape after Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, suggested he plans to seek re-election next November. Shuster told reporters in recent weeks that it’s his “intention” to run again, largely putting to bed lingering rumors that he would step down or ...

Kopriva presided over growth at Hollidaysburg YMCA

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Tom Kopriva has had quite an impact on the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA. “When Tom walks into the building, the whole Y seems to light up,” said Ann Zerby, membership director. “The members, the staff, and especially the kids, are always so happy when Tom is around. He ...

Learning the ropes

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A group of firefighters and firefighting students spent Sunday morning and afternoon working the scene of a controlled structure burn on Beaver Dam Road in Canoe Creek State Park. Firefighters from numerous departments, as well as State Fire Commission and state park officials, ...

Court denies new trial for sex abuse convict

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A panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has refused to grant a new trial to a Bedford County man who is serving a 25- to 50-year sentence for child sexual abuse, but in its opinion the federal appeals court suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court review possible constitutional ...

Police: Woman possessed designer drug bath salts

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A Gallitzin woman faces felony charges after police said she was caught last week with designer drug bath salts and pieces of drug paraphernalia. Dinene K. Ford, 31, of the 700 block of St. Thomas Street, was arrested Nov. 7 for an alleged incident in an area known for drug activity, police ...

Police reports

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Altoona police Cort Duffel, 1905 15th Ave., was arrested Friday at 15th Street and 11th Avenue Alley on a warrant held by the Blair County sheriff’s department. Joshua Paul Cain, no address available, was arrested Saturday morning on the 600 block of 29th Street on a warrant held by the ...

Questions on commitments, possible penalties trip up gun buyers

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When 66-year-old Henry Langer tried to buy a gun in January 2014 and was rejected after filling out a form for his background check, he recalled thinking to himself, “You must have done something wrong.” Langer said he enjoys the outdoors and likes to hunt and, although it’s ...

Deeds

Public Records

Blair County Craig and Maria Bolger to Mark Eberwein, 4801-4803, 4807 and 4901-4903 Fifth Ave., Altoona, $189,900. Ralph E. Jr. and Toni Diehl to Kimberly Hanlon, 912 24th Ave., Altoona, $89,900. David and Nancy Bishop to Joseph A. Sr. and Ruth Miller, Lynn Road, Freedom Township, ...

Agency: 50.9M to travel for holiday

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The highest number of holiday travelers since 2005 is expected on the nation’s roads and in the skies over the Thanksgiving holiday period. AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year. The ...

Bankruptcies

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The following people have made filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Pittsburgh. Chapter 7 involves selling assets to pay debts. Chapter 13 is a plan to pay debts using income. Chapter 11 involves reorganization to pay off debt. The information is from the Pittsburgh Legal Journal. Filings by ...

Ex-employee to pay $139K for inventory sold on eBay

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A former technician for an Altoona-based communications equipment company has been ordered to pay more than $139,000 for inventory he took from his employer for resale on eBay. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan, after a civil trial, found that Matthew W. Brungard of State College, a former technician ...

New Blue Knob owners look to expand services

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BLUE KNOB — The new owners of Blue Knob All Seasons Resort are committed to the pursuit of a future described by the facility’s name. “Winter operations are always going to be a core part of our business, but we’re going to be looking for more four-season events,” Pittsburgh-based ...

Police: Man drove 100 mph in city

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A Juniata man faces charges after police say he drove 100 mph on the 10th Avenue expressway. Daniel R. Turnbaugh, 47, of 612 N. Sixth Ave. was arrested Thursday afternoon after he allegedly was spotted by an Altoona police officer driving at a high rate of speed between Chestnut and Union ...

GOP celebrates early tax victory

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Local Republican lawmakers celebrated as their sweeping tax reform passed the House, but readers could be forgiven for feeling like they’ve seen this before. House Republicans passed the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday in a 227-205 vote, clearing a key hurdle as they race to ...

Retailers prep for event

Local Business

Local small businesses are ready for their day in the spotlight — Nov. 25 marks the eighth annual Small Business Saturday. According to a press release, the annual celebration was founded by American Express in 2010 and is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage all ...

No tax hike in Tyrone prelim budget

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TYRONE — Borough Council this week approved a tentative 2018 budget that calls for no tax increases. The budget predicts that 2018 general fund expenditures, including capital expenditures, will total $3.4 million, with revenues falling short of that by $964,000. The budget calls for ...

Workplace

Local Business

New hires and promotions Nicole Germaux of Hollidaysburg has been named executive director of Contact Altoona. Prior to accepting her new position, Germaux had worked as HR coordinator for Blair Companies; police department administrator for the Allegheny Township Police Department and was ...

Behind the Desk

Local Business

Josh Boslet Company name: East Side Concrete Supply Co. Inc. Address: 114 Old Mill Run Road, Altoona Telephone number: 944-8175 Position: Vice president Years with company: 14 Family: Wife, Melissa, and two daughters What products or services does your company provide? Ready mix ...