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Bedford’s Hickey ‘has huge capacity to care for kids’

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BEDFORD — A black-framed picture of a troubled youth after he won a weightlifting competition sits close to Beth Hickey’s office desk at Your Safe Haven, the first comprehensive crime victim center in Bedford County. The photo is of Abdul Shaheed, one of the many abused and neglected ...

Blair Companies CEO takes on role with Tyrone paper mill

Local Business

TYRONE — The pres­ident/CEO of Altoona-based Blair Companies, a diverse group of businesses assembled over the past five decades, has another title. Philip Devorris is the interim president/CEO at American Eagle Paper Mills in Tyrone. Devorris, who has been chairman of the board of ...

Update: Route 22 West re-opened

Local News

Update: The road is now open Westbound Route 22 in Cambria County is closed between the Gallitzin and the Summit exits because tractor trailer crash, according to PennDOT.

‘Come for the experience’

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HARRISBURG — Exhibitors at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show range from “rookies” to seasoned veterans. Alicia Lane, 19, Williamsburg, a 2017 graduate of Williamsburg Community High School, said she has attended the show ever since she was in a stroller, but is exhibiting for the first ...

AWA looks to buy land

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The Altoona Water Authority has hired a consultant to pursue a grant that would enable the authority to buy a large tract of watershed, making it easier to clean up a contaminated stream that now bypasses the authority’s Horseshoe Curve reservoirs. The authority will pay Richard C. Sutter ...

Local Shriners honor members, welcome Imperial officer

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The Jaffa Shrine organization has grown into one of the most well-known and respected organizations in the community. On Saturday, the Shriners honored several of their own and announced a major fundraising campaign, all while welcoming a special guest — Imperial Sir Jeffrey L. ...

PSECU sponsors milk initiative

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HARRISBURG — Penn­syl­­vania’s largest credit union, PSECU, is again sponsoring the annual Fill a Glass with Hope initiative, a collaboration between Feeding Penn­sylvania, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, the American Dairy Association North East, agriculture partners and ...

Education focus of Meet a Sloth event

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Animal lovers of all ages showed up Saturday to get a close look at a baby sloth perched on top of a blue stuffed animal Saturday at the Blair County Con­vention Center. Flash, a 1-year-old sloth weighing about 10 pounds, was just one animal at the Meet a Sloth event hosted as part of an ...

Logan officer plans run for district judge

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Longtime Logan Town­ship police officer Rick Benzel has announced his candidacy for magisterial district judge. Benzel, 47, said Friday he is running as a Republican candidate for the magisterial district judge 24-3-02 seat that is currently held by Magisterial District Judge Steven ...

NBC students earn trip to nationals

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Northern Bedford County middle-high school students in the Engineering by Design club have been named state winners of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. Teacher Craig Curfman’s team of students on Thursday was chosen over four other state finalists to represent Pennsylvania in a ...

New resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions are a normal ritual for people who want some kind of plan for their lives during the coming 365 days. It is not unusual for vows to be made to eat less fatty food, exercise more, spend quality time with family members and generally live a better life. Other people do ...

New GOP representatives seek to stop funding bill

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In one of his first actions in his new seat, U.S. Rep. John Joyce, R-13th District, voted against plans to reopen the government two weeks into a partial shutdown. A new Congress — with its lower house now controlled by Democrats — was seated last week, and its leaders moved swiftly to ...

Students study lead, raise awareness of risks

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LORETTO — Throughout the past two years, some Saint Francis University students have been diligently working outside of their classroom and laboratory schedules to raise awareness about a statewide lead problem, which affects many cities — including Altoona. Samantha Radford, an assistant ...

Duncansville man faces assault charges

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A Duncansville man is in jail on charges he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl. Michael D. Lastra, 48, is accused of molesting the girl on multiple occasions in 2017 and 2018 when she was 13 and 14 years old, according to charges filed by state police at Hollidaysburg. According to the ...

Court upholds man’s murder conviction

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The Pennsylvania Su­perior Court has upheld a first-degree murder conviction and life sentence imposed on Aaron I. Mack, 29, who shot a Johnstown man to death three years ago. Mack, from New Jersey, was visiting at the Solomon Homes housing project in Johnstown on Dec. 30, 2015, when he ...

Clearfield foundation awards local grants

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The Clearfield County Charitable Foundation recently awarded grants to 23 local community agencies and organizations. This year the foundation gave out over $20,000. The grant recipients were selected through a competitive review process. “We had a good variety of applications this year ...

AccuWeather’s Myers steps down

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STATE COLLEGE — AccuWeather announced Friday that Chief Executive Officer Barry Lee Myers has stepped down as officer and director from AccuWeather and has sold all of his interest in the company and its subsidiaries and affiliated companies, effective Jan. 1. Myers was nominated by ...

DEP urges radon testing

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The Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging Pennsyl­vanians to test their homes for radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer, according to a press release. “Because of our geology, nearly every county in the commonwealth ...

Diabetes program available

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ATLANTA — Pennsyl­vania has received funds to offer an online National Diabetes Prevention Pro­gram from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Up to 500 Pennsyl­vanians will have free access to the evidence-based diabetes prevention program through the Health Promotion ...

Marriage licenses

Public Records

Editor’s note: The following infor­mation was provided by the prothonotary’s offices at area county courthouses. Blair County Chad E. Leitzel and Jessica L. Fisher, both of Altoona. Jeremy J. Watson and Kristen N. Sinisi, both of Vienna, Va. William S. Myers Jr. and Stephanie J. ...