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Convicted murderer asks for new trial

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CLEARFIELD — A convicted murderer sentenced to life in prison without parole is asking for a new trial. About 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 2017, Dustin T. Thomas, 28, of Hawk Run, shot Brett Bamat of Philipsburg after a shoving match outside a Morris Township, Clearfield County, residence. In August, ...

City man eligible for early release

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man is eligible for early release through the state’s Recidivism Risk Reduction Incentive, as confirmed this week when Scott Robert Perkins, 36, was resentenced at the direction of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The 36-year-old Perkins has been serving a two- ...

Amtran to sell buses

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Amtran, which last year received 10 new compressed natural gas buses, is selling the ones the CNG units replaced. In preparation, it has equipped those outgoing vehicles with the oldest wheels and tires available, removed identifying decals and where expedient, cannibalized items like bicycle ...

Theater project attempting to revitalize, preserve Everett

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A project aimed at revitalizing and preserving Everett by transforming a nearly century-old theater is underway, with demolition at the site starting last week. There are plans to renovate the theater on West Main Street and convert it to a community arts center, which could possibly host film ...

Hollidaysburg gallery shows students’ art

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Now through Jan. 31, Hollidaysburg Area School District student artworks are featured at the 321 Gallery at 321 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg. “Part of the beauty of art is getting the chance to show it to world. As educators, we want to teach our students to be proud of ...

Agriculture

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Cambria County youth recognized in poster contest Cody Sral who participates in the American Legion (Cambria) County Fair, captured third-place honors in the 15-18 age group in the poster contest at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show’s Know Your Farmer exhibit. The theme of the 2018 fair ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges held for court Aug. 16-23: Shawn P. Price, 29, 511 Third St., Altoona, charged by Allegheny Township police with theft by deception on the 5800 block of Ohio Avenue May 17. Charges waived to court Aug. ...

Snow business

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A lack of snowfall in the Altoona area is causing headaches for many local businesses. “It has been horrible for us. We are just a tire shop, we strictly do tires,” said Julie Douglass, assistant to the general manager at R Tire Shop, Altoona. “We are down about 200 tires from last ...

Father loses parental rights

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The father of a Blair County child has lost his parental rights because he had almost no contact with his young daughter for more than a year, according to a ruling Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. The state appeals court refused to overturn a decision by Blair County Judge ...

Residents request zoning change

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Borough Council members were sympathetic to Blair Street residents who want help out of a residential zone eroded by state highway projects, but they were not willing to throw out the cost. Six householders on the 600 block of Blair Street are resigning themselves to selling ...

Home rule, salaries top list at chamber breakfast meeting

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For the second time this week, the topic of home rule came up at a local meeting. On Tuesday, former Altoona Mayor William Schirf told the Blair County commissioners that he is recommending they initiate a study to see if home rule would be more beneficial for the county than the current form ...

C-K school board appoints member

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CLAYSBURG — The Claysburg-Kimmel School Board appointed a new member Wednesday, replacing a longstanding member who resigned because of health issues. Jeremy Knott was unanimously voted in as a new member for a term that runs until December. He said he is passionate about the district and ...

Tipton man takes plea

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Tipton man has rendered a guilty plea to a firearms charge, thereby canceling his jury trial expected to start Monday. Michael Lee McClellan, 33, submitted the plea Thursday to possession of a firearm prohibited, one of several charges state police at Hollidaysburg filed ...

Bedford woman faces drug charges

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A Bedford woman faces numerous drug-related charges for selling pills to an undercover informant in two controlled buys. Sarah Dawn Smith, 29, of 8341 Route 220, is charged with four felony counts of drug delivery, two felony counts of criminal use of communication facility and five ...

Renovations closing driver license center

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The Altoona Driver License Center at 1738A Ninth Ave. will be closed for renovations beginning at 4:15 p.m. Saturday and will reopen for both photo services and driver’s licensing services on Feb. 7, according to PennDOT. There will be extended hours at the Huntingdon Driver License Center ...

IRC works to ‘build on the positive’

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In keeping with the rhythm of recycling — materials used, then returned for remanufacturing — local recycling chief John Frederick used the bad news-good news format for his status report to City Council on Wednesday. Bad news: The IRC lost one of its four municipal members — Tyrone — ...

Area

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Hoss’s purchases farm show lamb A record breaking 435 market animals from across the Keystone State were sold at the annual junior livestock sale at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show. The grand champion market lamb, exhibited by Emily Valentine, Clearville, was purchased by Bedford Ford ...

Briefcase

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Your Building Centers acquires Berlin Lumber Your Building Centers has acquired Berlin Lumber Co., a lumber, truss and building supplies provider that has been serving builders and homeowners for more than 68 years. YBC purchased the company from Doug Brant, owner/president, and intends ...

Ex-mayor urges home rule for county

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A former Altoona mayor and councilman who is supportive of the city’s transition to governing under a home rule charter is recommending Blair County initiate the same kind of study. “Look at Altoona today,” Bill Schirf told county commissioners Tuesday, referencing the ...

AHA seeking shutdown insurance

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The Altoona Housing Authority on Wednesday authorized its solicitor and executive director to negotiate a line of credit to cover the authority’s $565,000-per-month operational costs in case the federal government shutdown extends beyond January. The line of credit with Reliance Bank would ...