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Council soon may be asked to give RA land bank powers

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City Council may soon get the chance to approve an ordinance that would designate the Altoona Redevelop­ment Authority as a land bank, officials said at a meeting Friday. A land bank has the power to obtain problem properties at judicial tax sales before they go to open bidding, where ...

‘Taking a year off’ makes things a lot tougher later

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For the purpose of full disclosure, let me state that I do not have any children. To some people that means I have no experience or right to comment on proper parenting practices. On the other hand, it does give me an opportunity to look at things from a practical standpoint as opposed to ...

County to spray for West Nile

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The Blair County West Nile Virus Program will be spraying for mosquitos in parts of Altoona and Allegheny Township Mon­day evening. The program will conduct a truck-mounted, ultra-low-volume mosquito control operation in Garden Heights, Fairview and parts of Allegheny Township on Monday, ...

Startup helps others start up

Local Business

Startup Alleghenies’ first year has been a huge success. The nonprofit organization is on a mission to create the next great startup zone in the Alleghenies. Since launching in June 2017, Startup Alleghenies has registered 211 entrepreneurs, with 142 of them taking the next step of ...

Activist to visit Juniata College

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Nobel Prize winner Emily Welty, activist and artist, is set to visit Juniata College at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Alumni Hall of Brumbaugh Academic Center, to give a free, public lecture titled “We are Unstoppable, Another World is Possible.” In addition to her lecture, the event will feature a ...

Crossing guard charged with unlawful contact

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A Tyrone man is in jail after police say he sent a nude photo to a 17-year-old girl and had a picture of another 17-year-old girl on his cellphone who was partially undressed. Wayne A. Dembitsky, 28, of 413 Rhett Lane, was working as a crossing guard and cafeteria worker for the Tyrone Area ...

Workplace

Local Business

New hires and promotions Russell Newman has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of English at Penn Highlands Community College. He began his career as a full time faculty member in January 2014. Matthew Sisak has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of ...

Engineering firms take payment risk for ISC

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The engineering firms that serve the municipal members of the group charged with reducing sediment from stormwater in central Blair County by 1.4 million pounds per year over the next five years have agreed to begin work on the project that is key to fulfilling that responsibility — without a ...

Magisterial District Judges

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Jason M. Padula, 36, 210 Walnut Ave., Hollidaysburg, charged by Walmart, 2600 Plank Road Commons, Altoona, with retail theft Dec. 18. Sheldon M. Neighoff, 25, 2406 Seventh Ave., Altoona, charged by Logan Township ...

Marriage licenses

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Blair County Dustin L. Neff and Bethany V. Musselman, both of Blandburg. Anthony D. Brubaker and Hollie N. Arnold, both of Martinsburg. Ernest B. Wilt Jr. and Casey L. Shoup, both of Altoona. Donald C. Dodson and Susan M. Socie, both of Claysburg. David R. Swanger III, Altoona, and ...

Divorces

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Blair County REITMYER — Heather, Glasgow; Chrystal, Coalport. Married June 6, 2014. KIRKPATRICK — Dustin M., Cresson; Amanda G., Irvona. Married June 7, 2014. KEY — Christopher A., Altoona; Rosemarie, Mount Pocono. Married Oct. 10, 1998. AYERS — Sherrie R., Roaring Spring; ...

Higgins gets 8 years of probation

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BEDFORD — A mixture of dismay and relief filled the courtroom Friday where a judge accepted a plea bargain and sentenced former Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins. President Judge Thomas Ling sentenced Higgins to eight years of probation, four months on an ankle bracelet, ...

Move-in day

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It was move-in day Friday at Penn State Altoona as students gear up for classes that begin Monday. Marlee Knight of Chest Springs has a trunk full of goodies to unload as she moved into Oak Hall, while Maia Lum of Atlanta, Georgia, struggles with a load of items to take to her room, also at ...

Dog found alive after fire

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The animals in the house struck by lightning along Jones Street on Thursday evening are all safe, Phoenix Volunteer Fire Company President Dave Zeek said Friday. Firefighters saved two dogs, two cats and three rabbits from the house fire that resulted from lighting striking ...

Portage man faces charges for assault

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A Portage man faces criminal charges, including aggravated assault, after allegedly beating a man so severely that he was hospitalized with intestinal damage. Thomas Jesse James, 27, of 4352 Portage St., was arraigned on charges Friday before Magisterial District Judge John Prebish ...

Grave markers found

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State police in Ebensburg are investigating after about 1,000 pounds of brass military grave markers bear­ing local identification marks were found in New York. According to a news release from state police, a Johnstown man attempted to turn the brass markers in for cash in Waterloo, ...

Man suffers stroke while working in turbine

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A maintenance worker suffered a stroke while working near the top of a wind turbine Friday morning near Carrolltown. Carrolltown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Illig said responders were called about 9:08 a.m. to EverPower Road in East Carroll Township. A maintenance worker had a ...

City man arrested on gun charges

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A traffic stop led to the arrest of Altoona man on gun possession charges. James H. Mills, 40, 2900 Maple Ave., Apt. 2, was arrested about 1:37 a.m. Friday on the 3100 block of Beale Avenue after the car he was riding in was pulled over by Altoona police for an expired registration and a gun ...

Higgins gets house arrest, probation, community service, fine

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William Higgins, former Bedford County district attorney, was sentenced Friday to eight years' probation, 1,125 community service hours, 120 days' house arrest and $9,700 in fines. Higgins pleaded guilty in May to allegations of exchanging sexual favors with female drug dealers for overly ...