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Chimney Doctor buys Top Hat Chimney Sweeps

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Top Hat Chimney Sweeps has a new owner, but customers shouldn’t notice any difference. “We are not going to change anything. We will take what Ray (Johnston) had and make sure they get the same service they got from Ray and try to make it even better. He had a good reputation with his ...

Blair ranked last in pension funding

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A report comparing the funding of county pension plans has ranked Blair County at the bottom, Commissioners Chairman Bruce Erb said Tuesday. In a 2017 report on Pennsylvania County Pension Plans prepared by Marquette Associates, the investment advisory company that works ...

Briefcase

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Safe food course offered Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will offer a one-day ServSafe Certification food-handling course next month. The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the college’s Blair Center in the Logan Valley Mall. The certification is 15 ...

Sewer meeting ends in insults

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A standing-room-only meeting Monday evening ended with insults, as Hollidaysburg Borough sewer officials and frustrated residents continued to face off over an ongoing sewer project, which has been a point of contention for the better part of a year. That argument came after ...

AASD bounced about bullying

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Last May, a 12-year-old Altoona Area Junior High School student’s death was ruled suicide and a police investigation was launched into the circumstances. The school district cooperated as the community and the boy’s family claimed bullying to be at the root. Now more than six months ...

Lockard wraps up 44 years of service on AASD board

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Dick Lockard’s ceremonious exit from the Altoona Area School Board included a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and many words of gratitude from fellow board members. After 44 years of serving on the board, Lockard’s last meeting was on Monday. “It is a ...

SNL’s Hammond speaks at Adler

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Glaring, fluorescent lights shone down on a felted stage where Darrell Hammond performed a one-man show illustrating his more than 30-year struggle with mental illness. The 62-year-old actor and comedian, a former cast member of “Saturday Night Live” and the show’s announcer since 2014, ...

City woman faces false alarm, lewdness charges

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A city woman faces charges she pulled a fire alarm and was spotted trying to urinate in the lobby of a downtown apartment building. Regina N. Helsel, 57, of 1130 13th Ave., Apt. 721, was arrested Monday night after she allegedly pulled the fire alarm at City Hall Commons, 1130 13th ...

Hollidaysburg expects surplus

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Real estate taxes will remain unchanged in Hollidaysburg Borough next year, according to a budget draft accepted by Borough Council. On Tuesday, Borough Manager James Gehret revealed that real estate taxes will remain at 3.1 mills — a number set last year following a ...

City looking at lost revenue

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The city of Altoona is planning to contact 121 businesses that staff suspects are not paying the required $75 license fee for each of the “mechanical devices” — pinball machines, video games and the like — they may be operating, to earn themselves money and to entertain customers. The ...

Cambria Heights plans project

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PATTON — The Cambria Heights School Board plans to begin borrowing money to finance $23.1 million in high school infrastructure improvements. At the board’s Tuesday night meeting, John Pappas of Eckles Engineering presented the board with an initial base bid of $20.3 million for the ...

Two take pleas in meth case, end legal challenges

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two men arrested in April 2016 and accused of operating a methamphetamine lab at a Freedom Township residence entered guilty pleas in Blair County Court on Tuesday for time-served sentences. Nathan M. Charles, 27, and Kian D. O’Barr, 19, who have been in the Blair County ...

Clearfield man faces assault charges

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A Clearfield County man faces felony charges after allegedly assaulting a nursing assistant at UPMC Altoona. Shawn E. Skebeck, 49, of Coalport was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Auker on felony aggravated assault charges along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, ...

Man denied bail in kidnapping case

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A 24-year-old Petersburg man is in the Huntingdon County Prison after being denied bail after allegedly kidnapping and strangling a 25-year-old Hollidaysburg woman. Dalton Scott Shad is facing first-degree felony kidnapping, two second-degree felony counts of strangulation, a first-degree ...

Airline announces pilot plans

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MARTINSBURG — The airline providing daily passenger flights at the Altoona-Blair County Airport has identified five spare pilots for its staff and an additional eight pilots expected to become available next year. Southern Airways Vice President Mark Cestari spoke of the development Monday ...

Ebensburg

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Faculty, board will meet The Central Cambria School Board and its teachers union are forming a committee to discuss various items of concern. An agreement between the board and the Central Cambria Educators Association allows the formation of a committee of school faculty to meet with ...

Police reports

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Altoona police Harriet Fisher, 55, 1119 13th Ave., Apt. 1, was arrested Saturday evening at home on a Blair County sheriff’s warrant. Benjimen A. Otto, 21, of the 200 block of Harmony Drive, Altoona, was arrested early Sunday at Waterloo Road and Beale Avenue and charged with DUI.

Logan police debut drug dog

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Logan Township’s newest police officer — a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois drug dog — hit the streets Monday. Freddy and his handler, Patrolman Alex Vazquez, have been training together for months and will now take their unique abilities on patrol in the township and wherever else they ...

Ten more charged in PSU frat death

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Newly recovered security footage from inside a Penn State fraternity house showed a pledge was given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes, investigators said Monday in announcing dozens of new charges related to the pledge’s death. Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller ...

Lakemont Park trying to sell off some rides

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Lakemont Park officials say the recent posting on social media that the parks rides are for sale is really nothing new. “They have been for sale for months, it just got posted,” said Melissa Vyborny, park general manager, after information about the rides was posted on Facebook by ...