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HWI’s Sproul plant still to close

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SPROUL — Harbison Walker International officials say plans continue to close its manufacturing operation at its Sproul plant. In a late January press release, HWI announced that it was investing $30 million to build a new, state-of-the art, technologically advanced monolithics plant in ...

Penn Cambria approves hiring of new principal

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CRESSON — A new principal will soon oversee Penn Cambria’s elementary schools, following a Tuesday approval by the school board. Board members in attendance voted unanimously to promote district employee Joseph Smorto to the role. Smorto, 32, an Indiana County native, spoke over the phone ...

Annual stocking project planned

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BELLWOOD — Military Families Ministry has launched its 2018 Stockings for the Troops Project. The nonprofit group will again ship Christmas stockings to deployed service members who will not be able to spend the holiday with their families. Myers Elementary School will again partner to ...

Police: Man had 74 grams of meth

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CLEARFIELD – An Emporium man is facing charges for allegedly having over 70 grams of methamphetamine. Justin Michael Austin, 29, was charged by state police with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and flight to avoid apprehension, as well as misdemeanor ...

Woman allegedly stole cellphone, took truck

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A woman from the state of Indiana faces charges of robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, escape and numerous other counts after an alleged robbery Wednesday. State police at Bedford arrested Sarah Leann Miller, 36, of La Porte, Ind., Wednesday afternoon after responding to a report of a robbery ...

Police: City man injured woman

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CRESSON — An Altoona man faces criminal charges in Cambria County for allegedly pushing his way into a home where he was unwanted. Police said he injured a disabled resident in the process. Alexander P. Deluca, 28, whose last known address is 2000 Third Ave., Altoona, was arraigned ...

Everett woman allegedly hits cop

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An Everett woman faces multiple charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, disorderly conduct and harassment. Tangela Dawn Mearkle, 44, of 4 East Third Ave., is accused of hitting a male victim and a state trooper at a residence on Oct. 13, according to a police complaint. State ...

Briefcase

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Applebee’s supports charity Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill + Bar restaurants nationwide raised a record $1.7 million for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation in a monthlong fundraising campaign this summer. A partner in the fight against pediatric cancer for the 12th consecutive year, local ...

Digging the school day

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Holy Trinity Catholic School fourth-grader Jack Gioiosa lives on a farm in Mill Run. On Tuesday, he got to show off his competence at the kind of work that farmers do when he and his classmates at the school near St. Therese of the Child Jesus Catholic Church planted flowers, grasses, ...

City man on death row seeks new trial

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An Altoona man who was sentenced to death 12 years ago for the stabbing death of his estranged girlfriend is seeking a new trial based on his attorney’s failure to present evidence of his alleged “diminished capacity” during his attack on her. Andre Staton, 55, is an inmate at the State ...

Johnstown man pleads to custody interference

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BEDFORD — A former truck driver accused of picking up and transporting three juvenile runaways pleaded guilty Wednesday to interference of custody. Gordon Charles McClellan, 55, of 283 Cove St., Johnstown, could possibly spend 75 days to a year in jail and a year on probation as part of ...

Rash of area bar break-ins reported

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Altoona police are warning of a string of burglaries at city bars over the past month. According to police, seven bars were hit in September and October. On Sept. 12, the Kettle Inn, 411 S. Kettle St., was burglarized at 5:52 a.m. and at 6:30 a.m., the Cantina at 330 Seventh Ave., was ...

Zoning board approves personal care home plan

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The Altoona Zoning Hearing Board recently granted permission for an Altoona-area couple to establish a personal care home at the former “Petticoat Junction” railroad boarding house in northern Juniata. Michael and Crystal Helsel, however, must not go beyond four residents and four ...

Lilly man killed during two-vehicle accident

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A Lilly man was killed in a two-vehicle accident about 4:58 p.m. Tuesday in Wash­ington Township, Cambria County. According to state police at Ebensburg, Keith Horn­ing, 32, was operating a 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1 motorcycle northbound on Route 53 between Carneys Cross­ing and High Street when ...

Blair’s self-insurance working

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s entry into a self-insurance health care plan is proving to be beneficial for this year and next, JJAN Financial Group President Nicholas Sefchok told commissioners Tuesday. Because this year’s claims are coming in at less than payments, Sefchok said the ...

PSNA sets town hall meeting

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The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association will hold a town hall meeting to discuss safe nurse staffing concerns and legislation affecting Pennsylvania’s nurses and patients from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Holli­daysburg Area High School, 1510 N. Montgom­ery St., Hollidaysburg. House Bill ...

Hollidaysburg tackles stormwater

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Stormwater was again at the center of conflict last week in Hollidaysburg Borough, when officials announced that they hope to end the longtime practice of residents discharging runoff onto public streets. Then, borough Codes Officer Patrick Rabits revealed that he had ...

Blair EMA training aims to ready agencies

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A flammable poison gas is not a sentient enemy, but at a hazardous materials exercise Tuesday at the Pennsylvania National Guard Readiness Center in Duncansville, such a gas threatened to function like the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal, who lured his Roman enemy to destruction at ...

Duncansville man faces charges in road rage case

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A Duncansville man faces charges after an alleged road rage incident in Altoona. Mark A. Hott, 41, of 307 Piedmont Drive, is accused of going after two men with an aluminum baseball bat after blocking their car on 27th Street on Oct. 7. It was about 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon when Hott ...

Blair budget draws no public attendees

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BELLWOOD — Blair County commissioners remain committed to holding two more night meetings to review the latest version of the 2019 budget with the public. Only commissioners and county personnel showed up for Tuesday night’s meeting at the Northern Blair County Recreation Center, so the ...