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Cambria takes $3M loan

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EBENSBURG — Cambria County commissioners voted Thursday morning to take out a $3 million loan to cover needed improvements to two county-owned buildings. That was an action that concerned-resident John DeBartola asked them not to take. “Please don’t do this,” DeBartola said, ...

County to continue $4M pension payment

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A proposed $4 million contribution to Blair County’s pension plan is to remain intact, commissioners said Thursday when starting to review and refine 2018 budget expenditures. While the proposed 2018 budget shows an $8.5 million gap between revenue and expenditures, ...

Van shows VA telehealth options

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Van Zandt VA Medical Center officials enjoyed Wednesday’s visit from T.E.D. Telehealth Education Delivered (T.E.D.) is a mobile demonstration vehicle designed to showcase the many telehealth solutions available within the Department of Veterans Affairs. The T.E.D. mobile van helps raise ...

Murder suspect heading to trial

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CLEARFIELD — A Hawk Run man accused of murder is headed for trial in Clearfield County Court. Following the preliminary hearing, all charges against Dustin Tyler Thomas, 27, were held for court by Magisterial District Judge Jerry Nevling. Thomas is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated ...

Amtran to get 16 new buses

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When Amtran first learned in early 2016 that PennDOT would build a compressed natural gas fueling station at the bus authority’s terminal on Fifth Avenue, officials wondered how well they could take advantage of the gift — given that Amtran’s entire 26-bus fleet was powered by diesel ...

Police: Man stole from union that serves county

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EBENSBURG — A former treasurer of a union that serves Cambria County employees faces 29 felony charges for an alleged check-signature scheme that allowed him to steal nearly $29,000. Michael W. Clawson, 66, of the 100 block of Beechwood Drive, Ebensburg, admitted to stealing thousands of ...

Man pleads guilty in assault case

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CLEARFIELD — An Osceola Mills man charged with assaulting his 3-week-old daughter has agreed to plead guilty. Aaron Mills, 33, the baby’s father, and Stephanie McGuire, 23, the girl’s mother, were both charged by state police after the girl was taken to a doctor for a severe diaper ...

Police: Man sold drugs out of halfway house

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An Altoona man is accused of selling drugs out of a Clearfield County halfway house. George J. Weatherwalk, 39, was arrested Wednesday morning by Altoona police in the parking lot of a Sheetz store on the 400 block of East Plank Road after an informant tipped off state parole agents he would ...

Shortage of referees penalizing districts

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EBENSBURG — Several area school districts are concerned with the declining number of area referees and believe the shortage may cause some high school football games next year to move to Saturdays. Thomas Woods, who represents the Central Cambria athletic committee, said Monday night there ...

Court: Inmate can’t challenge transfer

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The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an inmate cannot challenge his transfer to the Federal Correctional Institution at Loretto, which was a disciplinary move by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. The ruling last week upheld a decision earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Kim R. ...

Reports: Woman might have died after touching drug residue

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A Portage mother who cleaned up a bathroom where her son was found unresponsive might have died when she came into contact with drug residue, published reports state. Both deaths are suspected overdoses, but a final determination can’t be made until toxicology tests are completed, which ...

Tyrone Area analysis details district’s scores

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TYRONE — From elementary school to high school, Tyrone Area principals summarized areas to grow and areas where last year’s standardized test scores glowed. A district analysis of the state’s recently released report cards, or “School Performance Profiles,” was presented to the ...

Band uniform company strikes wrong chord with B-A officials

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BELLWOOD — The wait continues. Members of the Bellwood-Antis High School marching band performed throughout the recent high school football season without uniforms. The problem has left district administrators frustrated. “We needed new uniforms. The old ones were worn out and falling ...

Cambria Township supervisors OK prelim budget

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EBENSBURG — Cambria Township residents will not see a tax increase in 2018 under a preliminary budget approved Wednesday by the township supervisors. They also will not see a tax reduction, which was requested by Supervisor Robert Shook. The 2018 general fund budget calls for revenue of ...

Cambria Twp. approves firefighter tax credits

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EBENSBURG — Volunteer firefighters working in Cambria Township are now eligible for tax credits after a unanimous vote Wednesday from supervisors, who said the benefit should help with recruitment and retention. “It just gets tougher and tougher,” Supervisor Jim Melnyk said, referring ...

Area briefs

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DUNCANSVILLE Police probe vehicle, garage break-ins Allegheny Township police continue to investigate a string of vehicle and garage break-ins. According to police, there have been multiple thefts and break-ins to vehicles and garages in the Carson Heights and Cochran Drive areas of the ...

Births

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Nov. 6, 2017 Taylor Elizabeth Hanlon, a daughter born to Joelle M. (Knopp) and Patrick J. Hanlon, Lilly, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 8:05 p.m. Nov. 8, 2017 Blaire Elizabeth Lashley, a daughter born to Haley L. Pennington and Steven L. Lashley, Bedford, at ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Delinquency rate declines The percentage of mortgages in Altoona delinquent by at least 30 days (including those in foreclosure) in August fell to 5.9 percent compared with 6.4 percent in August 2016, representing a decrease of 0.5 percentage points, according to CoreLogic, a global ...

A banner day

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Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Eric Wills slides a seasonal banner in place in downtown Altoona on Tuesday. He, along with Blaine Barefoot, work in the city’s electrical department and were installing 176 banners as the city gears up for holiday festivities.

Magisterial district judge

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File before Northern Blair Magis­ter­ial District Judge Fred B. Miller: Charges waived to court June 13-July 19: Tracy M. McNeal, 43, 1295 Old Route 22, Apt. 2, Duncansville, charged by Altoona police with conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal use ...