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Saxton approved for medical marijuana permit

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Locations in Bedford and Cambria counties were among a total of 13 medical marijuana growing/processing facilities approved in a second round of permitting, the state Department of Health announced Tuesday. Greenleaf Medicals LLC received approval for a facility along Horton Road in Saxton, ...

JC Blair closer to partnership

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HUNTINGDON — After months of negotiations, the Strategic Partnership Com­mit­tee of the J.C. Blair Health System Board of Directors has executed a Letter of Intent with Post Acute Medical LLC that enables the two health systems to work together to finalize a formal partnership agreement. ...

Ellis to represent self in homicide trial

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — One of three defendants facing homicide and related charges in the 2013 shooting death of Steven L. Hackney said Monday that he will represent himself at trial. Kashif Omar Ellis, 31, told Blair County Judge Elizabeth Doyle that she was leaving him with no choice but ...

Medical marijuana offers relief

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In 1999, Ron Boyles injured his back, had surgery and was “thrown into” pain management, mostly relying on opioid medications. “I spent the next 10 months in the doctor’s office two to three times a week,” he said. “I lost most of my adult life to my health and medications.” In ...

Pipeline foe must post $25K for release

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HUNTINGDON — A longtime opponent of the Mariner East 2 pipeline must post $25,000 to get out of jail, a Huntingdon County judge ordered Monday. Ellen Gerhart, 63, of Trough Creek Valley Pike, appeared on a video screen to contest a petition filed by an attorney representing Sunoco Pipeline ...

Saint Francis confirms ‘bold, new’ academic structure

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Saint Francis University confirmed an academic shift will affect personnel, but details remain vague. A public announcement with more details about faculty position eliminations is planned for Aug. 9 after those most impacted are informed this week, according to University President Father ...

Patton residents swamped by flooded creek

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Residents told to evacuate Late Monday night, Patton Borough officials sent out an automated warning to borough residents’ phones. “Ground immediately, this is Patton Borough. The Chest Creek dam is in jeopardy of breaking. If able, please evacuate. Get to higher ground immediately,” ...

Homicide suspect back in court

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The 33-year-old Altoona man facing criminal charges in Thursday night’s fatal shooting was in Blair County Court on Monday for a preliminary arraignment before President Judge Elizabeth Doyle. John Patrick Stiver II, who remains in the Blair County Prison, advised Doyle ...

Martinsburg man faces assault, related charges

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A Martinsburg man faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, harassment and strangulation. Steven Eric Gacik, 49, of 909 Lock Mountain Road, is accused of pulling the victim out of her bed and throwing her to the ground before kicking and punching her Saturday, according to a ...

Former AASD bus driver faces charge

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A former bus driver for the Altoona Area School District was charged with endangering the welfare of children because she failed to clear her bus, leaving behind an 11-year-old boy who had fallen asleep on the bus. The incident happened March 2. Driver Elizabeth Roller returned to the bus ...

Briefcase

Local Business

NORFOLK Norfolk Southern ups dividend Norfolk Southern Corp.’s board of directors has approved an 11 percent increase in its quarterly dividend on the company’s common stock, from 72 to 80 cents per share. Combined with the 18 percent dividend increase in the first quarter, Norfolk ...

Dozens attend prayer vigil

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In the spot where violence took the life of an Altoona man last week, people gathered to pray on Sunday. “Everyone’s in need of prayer and also, we lost a life in this community,” said Pastor Drew McCaffery of the Bethany Lutheran Church on Second Street. It was in the church’s ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones: Charges waived to court Jan. 24: Dennis R. Knarr, 29, 329 N. 16th Ave., charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use of a communication facility and ...

Marijuana dispensary all-cash businesses

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STATE COLLEGE — Behind a locked glass door, about half dozen people sat in black leather chairs with shiny metallic armrests arranged atop a bright green carpet and set beside rustic wooden tables. They sipped from paper cups and watched as a cooking show played on a television hung above ...

Teaching yoga a work in progress

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It began inauspiciously for yoga teacher Diane Strohm, and it took a long time to mature. It’s well-matured now. Strohm was a clerk working for the state in the mid-1970s, and an administrator gave her and each of four other clerks a book for Christmas titled “Yoga: 28 Day Exercise ...

City man arrested for cocaine

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An argument on Fourth Street led to the arrest of an Altoona man on cocaine charges. Charles Johnson, 29, was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. Sunday after Altoona police were called to his apartment, 1809 Fourth St., Apt. 2, for a report of a woman screaming, police said ...

Saint Francis facing academic cutbacks

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Saint Francis University has confirmed an academic shift that will affect its arts and humanities programs, and a reduction in personnel is expected. A public announcement with more details about faculty position eliminations is planned for next Thursday after those most impacted are informed ...

Budding plans in Saxton

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FREDERICK, Md. — Philip Goldberg turned the handle on a heavy metal door, opening it to reveal a white-walled room bathed in yellow light. Below those lamps were plants, sitting atop platforms, stretching toward the ceiling while supporting large, green flowers covered in sugar-like ...

Police: ‘Murder weapon’ recovered

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While waiting to sign paperwork after his arraignment on homicide and related charges for the killing of David Alan Hoover, 33-year-old John Patrick Stiver II downplayed the evidence against him as he read down the list of charges. “Without circumstantial evidence, you would have no case,” ...

Blue-and-white fans urged to embrace mobile ticketing

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Penn State season football tickets were delivered across the region and far beyond in mid-July, but some officials anticipate — even hope — that as many as a quarter of blue-and-white fans enter Beaver Stadium without a traditional ticket this season. Penn State plans to embrace mobile ...