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Motorcyclist killed in Cambria County

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The Cambria County 911 center reported a fatal motorcycle accident Satur­day. Admiral Peary Highway was closed at Mile Hill Road in Jackson Township as a result of the crash. According to WJAC, Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said the man was in his 40s and was driving a Harley-Davidson ...

Breakfast sales to help family

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A local restaurant is helping a family rebuild. Little was left in Amber and Marshall Miller’s home on the 1000 block of 17th Avenue after it was destroyed by fire Friday. But Chick-fil-A is helping the family by donating its breakfast sales today. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to ...

End of a dream

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The Vietnam War started small, grew big and then wound down, dying like a guttering candle. The national memorial for that war is a wall that starts low, grows tall in the middle, then shortens, ending as low as it began. Fire Base Eagle, a local group that proposed to commemorate the war ...

Zoning board OKs Wright plans

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The Altoona Zoning Hearing Board has granted conditional permission for a dozen tenant operations at the Nehemiah Project’s Wright School building, based on a recently adopted change in the way the zoning ordinance handles special exceptions. Five of those uses for which the board granted ...

Clearfield County man loses right to challenge sentence

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A Clearfield County man who sold multiple stolen handguns for money and drugs has lost his right to challenge his 10- to 20-year sentence because he missed the deadline for filing the appeal. The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Tuesday upheld a Jan. 4 decision by Clearfield County President ...

Superior Court vacates city man’s sentence

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The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Wednesday vacated the sentence of an Altoona man who is incarcerated at the State Correctional Institution at Houtzdale, contending the judge failed to determine whether the defendant was eligible for participation in a Department of Corrections rehabilitation ...

Philly man accused of using bogus bills

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A Philadelphia man is accused of using counterfeit cash to buy video game consoles and other accessories at two Walmarts in Blair County. Moses S. Morris, 26, of Philadelphia, is charged in both Allegheny and Freedom townships with using bogus bills to buy XBox consoles, games and accessories ...

Cambria County plans series of budget meetings

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PATTON — Cambria County officials are slated for a week of budget planning with a series of public hearings beginning Monday. The hearings, which are scheduled mostly before noon and through Friday in the courthouse, will allow budget planners to meet with the heads of each county ...

Chamber honors Framing Hut

Local Business

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series on businesses that will be inducted into the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame on Monday at the Blair County Convention Center. The late Dick Halbritter began his career as a teacher in Massachusetts but later became the face ...

Behind the Desk

Local Business

Name: Darlene Freeman Company: Amazing You Beauty Boutique Address: 104 58th St., Altoona Telephone number: 944-4956 Position: Owner Years with company: 5 What products or services does your company provide? We provide various hair/hair care products such as wigs, weaves, tracks and hair ...

J.C. Blair signs letter of intent with Penn Highlands Healthcare

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HUNTINGDON — The boards of directors of J.C. Blair Health System Inc. and Penn Highlands Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to negotiate an affiliation agreement between the two that would integrate J.C. Blair into the Penn Highlands Healthcare system. J.C. Blair underwent an ...

Few changes found in FAA funding bill

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For all the talk of slashed services, labor-law shifts and privatization that followed its slow trip through Congress, this month’s Federal Aviation Administration funding bill — a longtime goal of Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District — included few of the major changes its proponents ...

Playtime Pottery has new owner

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The new owner of a downtown Hollidaysburg business hopes it will continue to thrive. Kiki Callahan recently purchased Playtime Pottery, 318 Allegheny St., from Sarah Vogel. Vogel had hired Callahan, a 1997 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, in March 2017 ...

Deeds

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Blair County George F. and Linda S. Settle to Paul B. Hill and Sherry L. Banks, property in North Woodbury Township, $89,000. Timothy Swope to James Shirer, property in Martinsburg Borough, $103,000. James and Hyebin Daversa to Christopher P. Kopac, property in Frankstown Township, ...

Aliens swarm Fort Roberdeau

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SINKING VALLEY— The Mountain Lion Observatory at Fort Roberdeau has a permanently mounted telescope, but Saturday night, laser gun-welding aliens ran around on the grounds. “I want to see a UFO in the sky abducting people,” said Leo Dangler, 11, as he waited for a haunted tour of the ...

Bridge dedicated

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State Rep. Frank Burns (left), D-Johnstown, is joined by Paul Sweeney’s daughter, Ruth VanGuilder, and son, John Sweeney, at a bridge dedication ceremony in Lilly. A bridge along Overbridge and Railroad streets in Lilly was renamed the Paul E. Sweeney Memorial Bridge on Friday. Born in 1919 ...

Kunzler expansion project to begin by mid-November

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TYRONE — Kunzler & Co. officials hope to begin work in mid-November on a $4 million expansion project at its Snyder Township plant, which will lead to the addition of 16 to 20 new jobs. Officials had hoped to begin work in May or June, but the company is still waiting for the state ...

Mental health services stressed

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Auditor General Eugene DePasquale urged Pennsyl­vanians to take advantage of available mental health services and stressed improving mental health services at schools. “A recent report by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted a stunning 34 percent increase in ...

Historical society plans meeting

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County Historical Society will hold its quarterly meeting 2 p.m. Saturday at 6441 Lincoln Highway, on the first floor. Fred Gantz, a board member of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, will give a presentation about “Gangsters of the Lincoln Highway.” The ...

Tyrone FFA to receive recognition

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The Tyrone Area FFA Chapter has been selected to receive the Blair County Chamber of Commerce’s Agricultural Community Excellence Award. The award will be presented Nov. 1 at the chamber’s annual Farm-City Dinner at the Freedom Township Fire Hall. The award was started as a continuation ...