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Curley: ‘I wish I would have done more’

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HARRISBURG — Two former senior administrators at Penn State testified Wednesday they regret how they handled a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, more than a week after they both struck plea deals and became witnesses against former university president Graham ...

Spanier’s defense rests without calling any witnesses

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, accused of acting illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy, will soon be in jurors’ hands after his attorneys declined to put on any evidence Thursday, ...

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Chamber sets waste event The Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Coalition on Sustainability will hold its third annual “Zero Waste” event from noon to 1 p.m. April 7 at the Fiore “Blue Building,” located at the rear of 5508 Sixth Ave. The event will begin with a buffet luncheon, ...

Northern Cambria superintendent to retire

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Northern Cambria School District Superintendent Rick Huffman will retire later this year due to health issues, according to a letter he submitted to school board members. However, on Tuesday, board members did not vote to accept his retirement, citing a need for proper ...

Bill would re-open Altoona call center

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A new bill in the state Senate would allow Altoona’s state unemployment call center to reopen, likely allowing dozens of laid-off employees to return to their jobs but leaving some slots permanently eliminated. Senate Bill 250 — proposed this week by Sen. Kim Ward, R-Westmoreland, and ...

Judge removes candidate for Altoona City Council

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has ordered the removal of a candidate for Altoona City Council after a review of his nomination petition identified 51 invalid signatures of the 133 offered. Judge Elizabeth Doyle ruled Wednesday that Ron Adams of Altoona did not present the minimum 100 ...

Police continue investigating crash

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A crash in Logan Township where one person was hospitalized remains under investigation. William Montgomery, 38, of Altoona was sent to UPMC Altoona just before 9 p.m. Saturday after he crashed a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup into a utility pole and billboard after crossing the center line ...

Bellwood-Antis celebrates ‘low-tech maker space’

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BELLWOOD — Although it has been up and running since October, Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday celebrated the recently completed Imagination Zone at Myers Elementary School. The Imagination Zone is a “low-tech maker space,” said Terri Harpster, school principal. “This is ...

School district hires forester

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members have come up with another way to make some money. Board members Tues­day entered into a contract with Shaw Forestry of Altoona to manage a 25-acre tract of land the district owns off of Old Route 220 near Rite Aid. Shaw Forestry estimated ...

B-A eliminates social worker position

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday voted to eliminate its licensed clinical social worker position at the end of the school year. Julie Heckman has held the position since August 2000. Superintendent Thomas McInroy said when he arrived at Bellwood-Antis in 2014, there ...

Police accuse city man of groping teenage girl

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A city man faces charges he groped a 14-year-old girl. Robert Ford Hunter III, 37, of 1414 S. 12th St., was arrested Tuesday afternoon by Altoona police after he allegedly followed then groped and tried to kiss the girl who was walking with a group of kids in the Station Mall Medical Center ...

Logan Medical Building to open soon

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It’s as big as a small hospital. UPMC Altoona on Wednesday showed reporters its just-built $25 million Logan Medical Building, where five doctor practices, plus imaging and laboratory services, will be moving in during April. Three stories high and 90,000 square feet, with canopied ...

Spring Cove board pursuing pre-k access

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Weeks after they voted to eliminate the district’s short-lived kindergarten program for 4-year-olds, the Spring Cove School Board agreed Monday to pursue two possible options to expand prekindergarten access. In a pair of votes at their Monday meeting, board members enabled Child Advocates ...

Teen pleads guilty

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — One of two teenagers charged in the beating death of a fellow resident of a Hollidaysburg teenager at a Pittsburgh group home has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. Seventeen-year-old Yusuf Shepard also pleaded guilty Wednesday in Allegheny County to aggravated ...

Lakemont Park closes for summer

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Lakemont Park’s amusement rides and related attractions are expected to remain closed this summer while the park operator undertakes improvements. Plans call for removing some of the older rides, with exceptions, to make way for a mini golf course, a volleyball court, a ...

Hershey bound

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Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Juniata Valley freshman Halee Smith hugs her mother, Anita Smith, both of Alexandria, after the Lady Hornets defeated Bishop Carroll Catholic in the PIAA Class 1A girls semifinal game at the Altoona Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening. Please see story on Page B1.

Chief deputy leading office

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s chief deputy sheriff has taken over leadership of the county department in the absence of Sheriff Sam McClure. Blair County leaders declined Tuesday to address McClure’s absence from work but acknowledged that Chief Deputy Holly Garner is running the ...

Commission tries to snuff bad behavior

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The Central Blair Recreation & Park Commission is working to quell bad behavior from coaches, parents and fans. Police have been called to events, and at a basketball game, an entire section of fans chanted in unison to the referee, “You suck!” officials said. Commission staff, in ...

Court denies woman’s petition

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JOHNSTOWN — A federal court has denied a petition filed by an Altoona woman convicted in the 1998 killing of a child. U.S. Magistrate Keith Pesto has denied a habeas corpus petition filed by Rowlanda Lee Kenney, who in April 1998 was convicted of the first-degree murder of 4-year-old Ashley ...

AASD hoping to draw sponsors

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The Altoona Area school board is revising its naming rights policy in anticipation of attracting donors for STEM labs, a gymnasium or any feature of the district’s planned $88 million high school building. “We aren’t reinventing the wheel here. It’s not going to raise the money for ...