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Paying for emergency care

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As changes in technology and medicine have transformed EMS and ambulance services over the years, the laws dealing with how these first responders get reimbursed have remained unchanged for decades. Legislation to help alleviate the financial strain on EMS organizations due to a particular ...

Tyrone Area students working to halt dropouts

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TYRONE — Tyrone Area High School 10th-grader Colby Reed didn’t know the definition of “autonomy” when asked recently at Reservoir Park, where he was working as a participant in the school’s dropout prevention program. But Colby knew the concept behind the word, which Merriam-Webster ...

Cancer survivor, organ recipient approaches life positively

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BEDFORD — A faded wishbone-shaped scar marks the stomach of recent Bedford Area High School graduate Chance Dull, a remnant of the liver transplant he had 10 years ago. Doctors diagnosed Chance with liver sarcoma, a rare fatal cancer, when he was a young boy and told his parents his ...

Patton man, 43, killed in crash

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CRESSON — A 43-year-old Patton man died Sunday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Cresson Township, state police at Ebensburg said Sunday. The man was driving north on St. Joseph Street about 8:30 a.m. when his vehicle crossed onto the east berm and struck a fiberglass reflector. Upon ...

County, family will meet to solve civil rights lawsuit

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Representatives of Blair County and Deborah A. Beckwith of Altoona will meet in an attempt to resolve a federal civil rights lawsuit concerning the suicide death of Samantha R. Beckwith, who died in the county prison nearly 18 months ago. Deborah Beckwith is the admininstratrix of her ...

Accidents

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Bedford state police -- A New Paris man was transported Friday to UPMC Bedford Memorial hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in a crash on Dunkard Hollow Road in West St. Clair Township. Brian S. Worrell, 52, was driving north when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve and struck ...

Blair sheriff warns of telephone scam

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Sheriff’s Office is advising local residents and businesses to be aware of recent scam telephone calls from someone pretending to be a deputy with an arrest warrant for missed jury duty. In a statement distributed and posted online, Sheriff James Ott ...

Mount planning leadership camp for high schoolers

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CRESSON — The Mount Aloysius Leadership Institute is offering regional high school students in grades nine through 12 an opportunity to develop leadership skills through its third annual Mount Aloysius Leadership Camp. The camp aims to help students develop skills in conflict resolution, ...

Blair GOP to vote on by-law change

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A special meeting of the Blair County Republican Committee is scheduled for Thursday to vote on changing the organization’s by-laws so that the current chairwoman may continue in that position despite losing re-election to the committee in May. The proposed amendment would allow the ...

Rodeo raises school funds

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HUNTINGDON — Outside the arena where patrons showed up early Saturday night to get the best seats at the Huntingdon County Fairground, Taylor Harker of Tyrone was tending to her eight-year-old Palamino quarterhorse, Maggie. “I’ve been barrel racing since I was 10 years old,” the ...

Program keeps dads, kids connected

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Fathers make mistakes. But they still love their kids and their kids love them, said Amber Brick, director of a local program striving to keep families together. Kids First Blair County has a program that helps fathers stay in touch with their children while serving time in the Blair County ...

Intersection drives discussion

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A prospect as simple as adding stop signs at the intersection of Allegheny and Bella streets prompted an in-depth discussion Thursday evening at Borough Council’s meeting. Councilman Mark Shawley spoke about the dangers that he said he’s witnessed at and near the ...

Cambria County approves 911 pact

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EBENSBURG — An intergovernmental agreement approved Thursday by the Cambria County commissioners is intended to improve communications across county lines while taking advantage of available funding. At Thursday’s meeting, Cambria County commissioners voted unanimously on a pair of ...

Lessons from Dad

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Today is Father’s Day. I lost my father 31 years ago, and tomorrow would have been his birthday if he were still alive. There is not a day goes by that he is not in my thoughts. It is often said that time heals all wounds, and over time, while the ache in our heart may diminish, the scars ...

Finelli’s enters hall of fame

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A local family-owned-and-operated restaurant is a “hall of famer.” Finelli’s Italian Villa, 1808 Fourth Ave., has achieved TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame status for receiving TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Certificate of ...

Suspect in attempted abduction still at large

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The Altoona Police Department is continuing to seek information about a man who attempted to abduct a young teenage girl in early April when the girl was walking home from school. On April 5, near 16th Street and Kiesel Avenue, the man approached the girl while she was walking home from ...

State Superior Court vacates termination orders

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court, which two months ago ruled that children in parental termination cases have a right to an attorney, has vacated orders in a Blair County case and requested local authorities determine if the four children involved were properly represented. The three-judge ...

Philly woman waives hearing

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CLEARFIELD — A Philadelphia woman charged for allegedly giving drug-filled balloons to a state prison inmate waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County. Wyriah Precious Darden, 20, is facing a felony count of contraband/controlled ...

Coalport woman sought

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CLEARFIELD — A bench warrant was issued for a Coalport woman accused of possessing a stolen gun after she failed to appear in court for her preliminary hearing Wednesday in Clearfield County. Kristen Erin Corson, 35, was charged with felony counts of receiving stolen property and firearms ...

Coalition conducting health needs survey

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The Healthy Blair County Coalition is conducting a community health needs assessment. As part of that effort, households are being surveyed to learn more about the strengths and issues in neighborhoods. “We value each individual opinion and believe insights from people who live in the ...