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Employment First bill sent to Wolf

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Legislation aimed at providing competitive work opportunities for people with disabilities and improving the state’s workforce shortage passed the General Assembly on Tuesday and has been sent to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature. The Employment First Act, also known as House Bill 1641, ...

Appvion completes sale to lenders

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APPLETON, Wis. — Appvion has completed the sale of substantially all of the company’s assets to a group of its lenders led by Franklin Advisers Inc. The transaction will significantly reduce Appvion’s debt, provide additional liquidity and better position the company to compete ...

Briefcase

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Field & Stream hosts dads Field & Stream will host its first in-store Father’s Day Celebration Saturday at its Altoona store in Sierra North Plaza. The daylong event, which begins at 9 a.m., will feature activities for children, product giveaways and gift card drawings for local ...

Blair County creates two new jobs for CYF office

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is creating two new jobs in the Children, Youth & Families office as steps toward addressing problems in the local and state child welfare system. The salary board voted Thursday to create a Program Specialist I position, whose responsibilities will focus on ...

Road work

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HOLLIDAYSBURG I-99 traffic to change PennDOT has announced that a traffic pattern change will take place today on the Interstate 99 Rehabilitation Project from 17th Street to Grazierville in Blair county. Starting at 6 p.m. today, contractor Grannas Bros. Stone & Asphalt Inc. of ...

Inmate admits to having contraband

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CLEARFIELD — A state prison inmate pleaded guilty to contraband charges Tuesday at sentencing court in Clearfield County. Wyndel Devero, 25, was accused of accepting balloons filled with drugs from a visitor on April 25, 2016, at the state prison in Houtzdale. Judge Fredric J. Ammerman ...

Blair leaders discuss new voting systems

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Bruce Erb, Blair County commissioner, said Thursday night that Pennsylvania is mov­ing “slower than molasses in January” to have new voting systems in place in time for the 2020 presidential election and that has become a concern to county officials. Replacing the present voting ...

Driver charged in I-99 crash that killed PennDOT worker

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The driver in the February crash on Interstate 99 that killed a PennDOT worker has been charged with homicide by vehicle. Guanglong Hu, 30, of State College, appeared Friday morning before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller for his arraignment on charges stemming from the Feb. 17 crash on ...

Child porn ring suspects arrested

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Two people are in custody on dozens of felony charges as part of what Altoona police have said is an ongoing investigation into a possible child pornography, child prostitution and methamphetamine ring. Angela P. Meadows, 35, of 1203 S. 27th St., Apt. 1B, and Joshua P. Dickson, 31, of 1318 ...

City OKs activist proposal

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It looked like anti-gerrymandering activist Steve Elfelt had failed to persuade City Council on Wednesday to pass a resolution urging state lawmakers to work toward a Constitutional amendment for a neutral procedure for drawing Congressional and Pennsylvania legislative districts. Duplicating ...

One killed, one injured in I-99 crash

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A crash on Interstate 99 that killed an Altoona man remains under investigation by state police. Mark A. Lee, 56, of Altoona died at UPMC Altoona on Wednesday from injuries he received earlier when a southbound 2003 Jeep Liberty driven by 52-year-old Charles B. Mills of Tyrone crossed the ...

Altoona-Blair flight plans expected to change

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MARTINSBURG — The flight schedule at the Altoona-Blair County Airport is expected to change in July when the airline providing passenger services adds a daily weekday flight to the Pittsburgh International Airport and drops a daily weekday flight to the Baltimore-Washington International ...

Tyrone council to allow dog statue

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TYRONE — Borough Council has informally given permission for a recent Tyrone Area High School graduate to place a dog statue in borough-owned City Hotel Park at Pennsylvania Avenue and 10th Street. Katelyn Richards had hoped to place the stylized statue of a K-9 military dog in Soldier’s ...

Conemaugh Health System to rebuild Cresson office

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CRESSON — Conemaugh Health System has plans to tear down a carwash and rebuild a Second Street office in Cresson, the borough’s council president announced. At Monday’s meeting, President Michael Zabinsky Jr. said he and other borough officials met with a Conemaugh engineer last week, ...

Blair commissioners to hold community meeting at library

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners will continue their series of community meetings tonight in Altoona, where they are to address several topics, including land bank and blighted properties, affordable housing and reassessment. The session will start at 6 p.m. at the Altoona Area ...

Briefcase

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DUNCANSVILLE Health care career fair set PA CareerLink Blair County and the Southern Alleghenies Workforce Development Board will hold a health care career job fair from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the National Guard Armory in Duncansville. Approximately 30 health care related ...

Police Reports

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Hollidaysburg state police A black 2009 Harley-Davidson Model AA3 motorcycle was stolen from the Mainline Drive area of Tipton some time between June 2 and June 3. The motorcycle has several remembrance stickers on it for Army Specialist Kiley Williams of Tyrone, and a Punisher skull. Logan ...

New Enterprise man loses appeal

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A New Enterprise man convicted for the attempted kidnapping of a 17-year-old Mennonite girl has lost his appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court in which he contended his 10- to 20-year sentence was excessive. Bedford County Judge Travis W. Livengood sentenced 59-year-old Todd Richard Ferry ...

Belwood-Antis to take ‘close look’ at aging HVAC system

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BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis school board members are expected to decide this summer whether to move forward with a project to upgrade the HVAC system in the high school/middle school building. Officials from Schneider Electric on Tuesday presented board members with options and a ...