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Court upholds termination

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A Pennsylvania appeals court has upheld the termination of an inmate’s parental rights because he has been unable to fulfill his responsibilities as a father and is unlikely to be in a position to do so for several years. The state Superior Court last week relied heavily on an opinion ...

Developments receive little libraries

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Advocates for literacy often stress the importance of books in the home — especially for the family’s little ones. The Altoona Housing Authority has taken advantage of Community Development Block Grants to install repositories for books — sized to appeal to little ones — at its two ...

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State police investigating multiple phone scams State police at Bedford and Huntingdon are investigating scams. On Sept. 26, an Everett man reportedly was scammed into buying $1,200 in Amazon gift cards and sending the serial numbers to someone he was chatting with on Google chats. Also in ...

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Blair County Chamber sets networking event The Blair County Chamber’s Committee of Non-Profits will hold a networking event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Buccinese Society in Altoona. Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers and includes a full Italian ...

Community supports cancer survivors, raises funds

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In the face of challenges, communities often come together. On Sunday, Peoples Natural Gas Field was transformed into a sea of pink as Making Strides of Central PA held its annual breast cancer walk. For the past 20 years, breast cancer survivors have walked side by side with family members, ...

Employee raises may depend on draft

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are talking about setting aside a yet-to-be-determined amount of money in the 2020 budget to cover future pay raises linked to the recently completed job classification and salary study. And they’re talking about relying on the county’s salary ...

Naval hobbyist to make appearance in NYC parade

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A local man with a hobby in naval salvage, who owns two lifeboats from what’s been called “the greatest sea rescue in history,” is pulling one of them in a Columbus Day parade today in New York with an expected 1 million in attendance. Mark Koch of Altoona knows all there is to know ...

Funds sought for Blair County dinner project

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The Logan Township supervisor who organizes an annual distribution of Thanksgiving dinner ingredients for needy Blair County families is looking for a corporation to copy the generosity of the firm that has sustained the effort for the past decade. Ed Frontino’s former employer, Xerox, has ...

Cleaning crew

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Cleaning up litter along Pennsylvania’s roads is personal for an Ashville woman. Susie LeComte, 54, adopted a highway in memory of her sons who both passed away when they were 19. Although LeComte has experienced major loss in her family, she remains positive and is active in the community. ...

Shooter gets second chance

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A Beccaria man in prison for shooting into a Dean Township, Cambria County, bar nearly six years ago, will have the opportunity to petition the court to withdraw his guilty plea to aggravated assault and to pursue other appeals, according to a split Pennsylvania Superior Court ...

Blair sees employment shift as firms downsize, others grow

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Blair County’s employment picture continues to take a beating. Monday’s announcement of 45 workers being furloughed at Gardner Denver’s Tipton plant followed a May 20 announcement that North American Communications was closing its Duncansville plant with the loss of about 200 jobs and a ...

Kunzler project nears end

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TYRONE — Work is about 95 percent complete on Kunzler & Co.’s $4 million expansion project. The company expects to move into the new 10,694-square-foot addition with a 3,000-square-foot loading dock shortly after an Oct. 22 ribbon cutting ceremony planned by the Blair County Chamber ...

Coalport man remains jailed

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CLEARFIELD — One of three people accused of burglarizing a garage in Woodward Township remains in jail after his case was continued in centralized court on Wednesday. Meanwhile, two women also charged in the alleged burglary were released after waiving their charges on to county ...

Lakemont Park sets plans for green space

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LAKEMONT — Lakemont Park officials have announced plans to further transform the park into a recreation park with ample green space. Through the Central Pennsylvania Community Foundation, Lakemont Park has established the Naturescape Foundation to beautify the county-owned land. ...

Houtzdale woman faces drug charges

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CLEARFIELD — A Houtzdale woman is facing felony drug charges for, as she allegedly confessed, selling drugs out of “stupidity.” Karrie A. Lutchko, 38, was questioned by state police after an accident on Route 53 in Bigler Township in Clearfield County on July 15. Her vehicle was lying ...

Judge upholds Clearfield woman’s murder conviction

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday upheld the third-degree murder conviction and lengthy prison sentence of a Clearfield County woman convicted of killing a 2-year-old girl in her care. Jennifer Anne Medzie was 18 years old when, in September 2013, she moved in with Cody L. Lauder ...

Bleier tapped to help honor Vietnam vets

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HARRISBURG — State and federal lawmakers who represent Blair County are planning a November commemoration of the Vietnam War period, including an opportunity for veterans and their families to receive a Vietnam veteran lapel pin. The event on Nov. 8 will feature guest speaker Rocky Bleier, ...

Sheetz plans monument at site of firm’s first store

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The site for a monument to mark the location of the first Sheetz store wasn’t quite made to order, but a variance should make it feasible. Sheetz obtained the variance last week from the Altoona Zoning Hearing Board, which gave the company relief from a 2-foot setback requirement at the ...

STDs hit new highs in US

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NEW YORK — U.S. infections from three sexually transmitted diseases have risen for the fifth consecutive year nationally. More than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia were reported last year. The infection rate rose 3% from 2017. It’s the most ever reported in a year, though the trend is ...

Myers Elementary partners to send stockings to troops

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BELLWOOD — Myers Elementary School will again partner with Military Families Ministry to again send stockings to deployed service members. Stockings for the Troops, a schoolwide service project, will be launched Wednesday during a school assembly where military service members and Terri ...