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Football group donates The Cove Youth Football League donated $2,952 to replace a faulty speaker/ amplifier system at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field. The donation covers the full cost to replace the system. The league has ordered the equipment to be installed for graduation ceremonies ...

Centre DA criticizes judge in frat case

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BELLEFONTE — A prosecutor Thursday used a press release to sharply criticize a judge hearing the case against former Penn State fraternity members charged in a pledge’s drinking death. Defense attorneys accused her of violating rules of professional conduct. “While this case may be ...

Antis Township spends $100,000 for land

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BELLWOOD — More than $100,000 was spent Thursday night by Antis Township supervisors with the intention of improving area recreation and conservation. Much of that money was spent to acquire land from cooperative owners. However, supervisors also moved to use eminent domain to seize land ...

Cambria seeking ethics probe

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EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners, through their solicitor, have asked the state Ethics Commission to investigate a possible conflict of interest related to a War Memorial Authority official. The request for an investigation involving Dean Gindlesperger, Cambria County War Memorial ...

Police: Man stole from hair salon

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TYRONE — A Tyrone man is behind bars on charges he stole thousands of dollars worth of items, including Christmas presents, from a Tyrone hair salon. Gary Weaver, 34, 966 Pennsylvania Ave., was arrested Wednesday night after a search of his apartment allegedly turned up items taken in the ...

Police, state investigating Hollidaysburg day care center

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Hollidaysburg day care is closed as police investigate reports that a 21-month-old wandered away from a fenced area last week and was found near Route 22. The Hollidaysburg Child Development Center is closed, and an investigation by police and the state Department of Human ...

Tyrone Hospital touts partial cornea transplant success

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TYRONE — Winifred Thorpe is a satisfied “customer.” Thorpe, 80, of Hollidays­burg underwent a partial cornea transplant in her left eye Nov. 3 at Tyrone Hospital. She has nothing but praise for the hospital staff and Dr. Parag Parekh — the founder of ClearView Eye Consultants and ...

DCNR awards $1.1M to regional projects

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources this week awarded $1.1 million to regional organizations for a variety of recreational and conservation projects. The money from DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program is among $44 million awarded for a total of 266 ...

Couple face child endangerment charges

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EBENSBURG — A Cambria Township couple face charges of endangering the welfare of a child after authorities reported that they found weapons and drug paraphernalia next to a child’s toys. Andrew D. Podoletz, 30, and Brittany M. Podoletz, 31, are accused of endangering a young male child at ...

Court: Reconsideration motion was a ‘nullity’

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A Commonwealth Court judge has characterized an Altoona resident’s recent appeals asking that he be permitted to challenge his driver’s license suspensions as a “procedural slog.” The upshot of the opinion written by Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini — issued last week — was that ...

Kids First CEO wary of AASD idea

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The Altoona Area School District is hoping for a financial boon if it can find a way to move away from leasing its school rooms to a nonprofit and instead run its own before- and after-school day care programs in its elementary schools. However, the board received some words of caution from ...

Camp reaches half of campaign goal

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TYRONE — Camp Anderson Corp. has reached 51 percent of its $500,000 capital campaign goal. The corporation, which took over operation of Camp Anderson on Jan. 6, has been designated as a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit by the federal government. During the past year, it has been going through ...

Spring Cove School District

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Foreign Language Club gets grant For the second consecutive year, a Central High School teacher has been awarded the PA Association of School Retirees Grant. This year’s grant was for $250. Kevin Buynack applied for the grant for funds to help support the activities of the Foreign ...

Emergency texting showcased

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When it comes to contacting 911 centers in Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon and Fulton counties, texting is now an option. Imagine being in an upstairs bedroom when someone is breaking into a house, Blair County Director of Public Safety Mark Taylor said Wednesday during a demonstration of the ...

PSSA testing changes planned

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HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s governor announced Wednesday changes to the state’s regimen of standardized tests that are designed to reduce their impact and length. The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the state’s standardized testing system, will last two weeks next year, down ...

Williamsburg’s posted minutes omit complaints

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WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Community School Board’s meeting minutes posted online have omitted the fact that members of the public addressed the board with complaints. After a parent pointed that out during a board meeting Tuesday night, the board secretary said the district is ...

Dance school draws neighbor’s ire

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A neighbor of the Blair Dance Academy complained Wednesday to City Council that parents of academy students routinely block the avenue in front of the school when they drop off and pick up their kids and that they take up parking places on the street that neighbors like for ...

Superior Court: No resentence for drug dealer

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court has ruled that a former Blair County drug dealer serving a minimum of 39 years in a state correctional institution is not entitled to a reduction in his sentence despite a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision that made many of Pennsylvania’s mandatory sentencing ...

City adopts no-tax-increase budget

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City Council on Wednes-day approved a 2018 budget that calls for no tax increases — but that calls for elimination of general-purpose earned in-come tax on workers who live outside the city, as a requirement of the city’s leaving the state’s Act 47 distressed municipalities program. The ...