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Wireless Zone donating backpacks

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Wireless Zone is partnering with The Cellular Connection and Culture of Good to donate backpacks full of school supplies to children in need through the brand’s fifth annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Wireless Zone stores in Tyrone, Hollidaysburg, Philipsburg, Huntingdon, Roaring ...

Altoona man wins $1 million in World Series of Poker’s Main Event

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Daniel Ott, a 25-year-old from Altoona, has made the final table for the World Series of Poker's Main Event in Las Vegas. Just nine players remain. The tournament will continue Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2, but Ott is already guaranteed of at least a $1 million dollar payday that will go to ...

Births

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July 5, 2017 Owen William Dickson, a son born to Tracey L. Dickson, Altoona, at UPMC Altoona at 7:09 a.m. July 6, 2017 Tyler Jas Kline, a son born to Kellie Hooper-Kline and Jason Kline, Claysburg, at UPMC Altoona at 4:54 p.m. July 7, 2017 Jaylee Rae Lenning, a daughter born to Candice ...

Group trying to help Rose Hill Cemetery

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Cleanup days organized by enthusiastic volunteers can help old cemeteries with inadequate maintenance funds look good upon occasion. But grass keeps growing, trees grow old and die, and enthusiasm can only go so far. So a group of volunteers concerned about the frequently unkempt ...

Schools fighting ‘teenage terrorism’

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Bullying isn’t just a problem for schools to solve when classes start; cyberbullying in particular festers in summer months, area superintendents said. “It happens over the summer, and it comes back to us in September,” Portage Area Superintendent Eric Zelanko said. “We spend ...

‘Doc’ remains a cut above the rest in Patton area

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PATTON — A half century of lowering ears hasn’t done much to lower one Patton barber’s commitment to his craft and community. In fact, William “Doc” Noel sat in his Fifth Avenue shop about noon last week, remembering decades spent cutting hair and the relationships he’s formed ...

Company silences alarm issue

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A few days after Snyder Township officials mailed a warning to a local trucking company, its vice president said problems were addressed before the letter was sent. Grove Dixon of Smith Transport said issues with an emergency alert system were fixed after alarm company experts worked for ...

Police: Man made threats to light himself on fire

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A Tyrone man faces 20 criminal charges — five of them felonies — for allegedly dousing himself and a state police trooper with gasoline and threatening to ignite a lighter. Troopers were called about 9 p.m. Saturday to a home on the 800 block of Belmont Avenue in Tyrone, where Jason A. ...

Altoona woman killed in motorcycle accident

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An Altoona woman was killed and a man was injured when a motorcycle collided with a deer Friday in Frankstown Township. The collision occurred as Misty A. Aman, 37, of Altoona rode as a passenger on a Kawasaki Ninja 600 motorcycle driven Michael P. Feathers, 29, of Claysburg, according to a ...

Area residents recall 1977 Johnstown Flood

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JOHNSTOWN — Forty years ago this week, a storm described as a “once in a 5,000- to 10,000-year occurrence” hammered the city of Johnstown. The Johnstown flood of July 20, 1977, killed 85 people, 39 of them in Tanneryville, where the Laurel Run Dam broke. The storm began about 9 ...

Curley, Schultz starting jail terms

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Two former high-ranking Penn State administrators surrendered Saturday morning to serve jail sentences for how they responded to a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky showering with a boy. Former university vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley turned themselves ...

Arrests in 2013 homicide case bring ‘a little bit of relief’

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For the family of Steven Hackney, the arrest of three people charged with his death brings “a roller coaster” of emotions. “It’s been an open wound,” said Rosie Ruiz of Erie who was in a 10-year relationship with Hackney in which they became parents to two daughters before the ...

Sunoco swaps out pipeline contractor

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There has been a change in companies working to construct the large-scale Mariner East 2 pipeline in several local counties, a Sunoco official confirmed late last week. Sunoco Pipeline LP officials have recently replaced former general contractor Union Pipeline with Michels Corp., Sunoco ...

Sometimes, death can be a laughing matter

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I spent most of my life planning for the future: Getting a job, plotting a career path, getting married, buying a home and saving for the future. Most of my plans worked out well except for the slight interruption the government imposed on me a year or two after I graduated college and just ...

State House backs Medicaid limits

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The state House voted narrowly last week to impose new limits and tests on Medicaid recipients, with Altoona-area Republicans backing a work requirement and new premiums for some families. The 102-91 vote — which divided the House with all present Democrats and a handful of Republicans ...

Group discusses Mansion Park flooding

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Fixing flooding issues at Mansion Park without shifting the problem to Logan Boulevard and surrounding roads is a priority of the Altoona Area School Board’s physical plant committee, Superintendent Charles Prijatelj said. Mansion Park’s turf balloons with water during heavy rain. ...

Council introduces rezoning ordinance

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City Council has introduced an ordinance to rezone land near Beckman Drive from single- to multi-family residential, so Custom Homes & Develop­ment can build two or three single-story duplexes. After an intervention by Mayor Matt Pacifico, a neighbor’s opposition to the rezoning seems ...

VA clinic open house set

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The Huntingdon County VA Outpatient Clinic, 13903 William Penn Highway, Mapleton Depot, will hold an open house 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. There will be clinic tours, opportunities for discussion with leaders, refreshments, activities for kids and a chance to enroll for VA health care. Call 943-8164, ...

Beaverdam Road bridge work set

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HOLLIDAYSBURG —– Construction for the Beaver­dam Road bridge, spanning Beaverdam Creek in Kimmel Township, Bedford County, is scheduled to begin this week. Construction is expected to be complete in mid-August. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along South ...

Marjorie Lane issue resurfaces at Logan meeting

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Logan Township resident Ed Kreuz came to his second consecutive supervisors meeting Thursday to complain about what he considers to be the township’s shortchanging of maintenance for Marjorie Lane, the no-outlet road where he lives. Workers recently applied tar and chips there, but the lane ...