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Snow fun

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Children enjoy some sled riding during a snow day Friday afternoon at the former Keith Junior High School athletic field. Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec

A board divided

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In private executive sessions that precede voting meetings, blood pressures rise and personalities clash, and, according to an Altoona Area School Board member, that’s why they always take so long. Then as they file into the William P. Kimmel Board Room, 30 or more minutes late for the ...

Blooming local businesses

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Local small businesses are ready for their day in the sun, as Saturday marks the ninth annual Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to shop at independently owned ...

AWA plans rate overhaul

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The Altoona Water Authority is considering rate structure changes that would increase costs for most customers, including elimination of the “free” water enjoyed by minimum users, coupled with a total increase of either $2.20 or $3.67 to their monthly bills, depending on how much they use. ...

Lawsuit against Bedford prison officials can move forward

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A lawsuit filed by a former Bedford County inmate stating prison officials “failed to protect him” from assault by his cellmate can move forward, according to a recent decision by U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson. The judge has adopted a report and recommendation prepared by Magistrate ...

Deeds

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Blair County Gloria J. Caber to Amanda C. Johnston, 501-503 Hudson Ave., Altoona, $81,500. David H. and Theresa E. Chandler to William T. Donnelly, property in Freedom Township, $91,500. WE Campbell Builders Inc. to David L. and Krista J. Soellner, property in Frankstown Township, ...

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 ...

Project helps local kids bundle up

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The rustling of polyester jackets, the wheels of shopping carts rolling along the linoleum floor and the occasional squeals of laughter sounded throughout a department store on Sat­urday as volunteers helped children purchase winter clothes. Chaperones for Project Winter Warmth brought ...

Houtzdale man accused of burning down home

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KYLERTOWN — A Houtzdale man has been charged with arson for burning down his own home. Cody Lynn Swanson, 26, was charged by state police with three counts of arson, criminal mischief, insurance fraud and recklessly endangering another person in connection to a fire at a West Hannah Street ...

Area

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Police investigate alleged suicide Altoona police responded to a reported suicide Saturday morning about 7 a.m. Police found a 30-year-old man with an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound lying along the 1200 block of Van Buren Avenue. No additional information was available. Man ...

Family replacing Hollidaysburg trees

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Acid rain and old age have taken their toll on the 80-year-old oak trees that tower over the Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School. “The beautiful oak trees are beginning to die,” Super­intendent Bob Gildea said during a school board meeting in the senior high school ...

Coalport man faces theft charges

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KYLERTOWN — State police have filed felony theft charges against a Coalport man accused of stealing a wood chipper. On Oct. 15, police were called to investigate the theft of two wood chippers from Elderberry Park in Irvona. One of the chippers had been located on White Street near a ...

Child chooses foster family

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A Cambria County parental termination case that was returned to the trial judge for appointment of an attorney to represent the child has been settled after the attorney reported that, while the child loves his mother, he did not want to live with her, did not like speaking to her on the ...

YMCA, CenClear partner on ‘Travelin’ Table’ bus

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PHILIPSBURG — The YMCA of Centre County and CenClear Child Services have partnered to establish a mobile feeding bus, “Travelin’ Table,” to feed children throughout Centre and Clearfield counties. The full-size bus is retrofitted with a commercial kitchen, medical area that will be ...

Cambria Heights approves bond for school renovations

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PATTON — Cambria Heights School Board members approved a bond agreement to borrow up to $12 million from the state Department of Education to secure funding for a high school renovation project’s next phase. Superintendent Michael Strasser said the district should be able to secure ...

Bellwood-Antis looks to define future teaching, learning goals

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School District officials are doing their best to keep up with the times. The district is embarking on a project to change how students will be taught in the future. “We are working on defining what modern learning environments should look like. The world our ...

It’s that time of year, again

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I have to admit that the month of November is my next to the least favorite time of the year, second only to April when my income tax payment is due. As a matter of fact, if it wasn’t for hunting season and Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, November might not be at all bearable. While I enjoy ...

Allegheny Ridge receives $202K for canal greenway

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The Allegheny Ridge Corp. has received a $202,000 grant from the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to continue its work on developing the Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway. As one of 12 organizations assigned to develop the state’s 12 Heritage Areas, the ...

B-A security officers get positive reviews

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BELLWOOD — The Bellwood-Antis School Board’s decision to hire school security officers is getting positive reviews. In April, board members hired Jeffrey Hanna, a retired state police trooper, to serve as a security officer at the beginning of the current school year. In June, board ...

Resident voices B building options

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A district resident said the Altoona Area School District should repurpose, not demolish, the high school B building as is currently planned. David Woleslagle addressed the board Tuesday to suggest consolidating multiple district services at the B building. It could house police services and ...