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Blair making strides at becoming healthier

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In 2010, when the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin published their first county health rankings, they ranked Blair County 63rd of 67 Pennsylvania counties for “health outcomes” — their broadest survey category. The next year, Blair jumped to 56th for health ...

Police: Man had designer drugs

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A Hollidaysburg man is accused of having designer drugs shipped to him from China. Brett A. Stiffler, 27, of 106 N. Montgomery St., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on 11 drug charges, including seven felonies, stemming from an alleged shipment of various designer stimulants from China that ...

City man accused of sexual assault

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A 36-year-old Altoona man is in jail after police said he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl as she slept. Naeem Yusef Bernard, of 1528 19th Ave., Apt. 1, is accused of assaulting the girl about 3 a.m. Friday while he was at her family’s home where he was sleeping in the living room on a ...

Jersey Mike’s sub shop opening in Altoona

Local Business

Jersey Mike’s Subs will become a tenant in the Kranich’s Plaza being constructed along Plank Road. Jersey Mike’s is a submarine sandwich chain headquartered in Manasquan, N.J. The Jersey Mike’s franchise has almost 1,300 locations open and about 70 more in development across the ...

Group opposes sewer expansion

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Plans to expand a large-scale sewer project beyond its original scope garnered old criticisms from a new group of residents. Those residents took to a microphone Monday evening, addressing Hollidaysburg Sewer Authority members, who hope to make improvements along a portion ...

Bedford tables bids for safety upgrades

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BEDFORD — Bedford County commissioners received two bids to install bullet-resistant glass and doors to the probation and domestic relations offices and the sheriff’s security booth located in the county courthouse complex. Hagerstown Paint and Glass Co. bid $105,988 for the project, ...

Graham appointed to Tyrone council

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TYRONE — As one of six candidates this week for appointment to a vacant Borough Council seat, Thad Graham — veteran local assistant football coach — was asked how he’d handle being confronted after an unpopular decision. “Go to Sheetz on Saturday after we lose on Friday,” Graham ...

Blair prison, PrimeCare seek to dismiss lawsuit over suicide

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Attorneys for the Blair County Prison and the company that provides medical care to its inmates have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the family of a 23-year-old Altoona woman, who died from suicide while imprisoned. Deborah A. Beckwith, the grandmother of Samantha Rae ...

Blair vehicle fee could be used for bridges, road

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Revenue from a $5 fee paid annually on Blair County vehicles could be used to repair eight small, structurally deficient county bridges and to secure state funds for related road repairs. Commissioners on Tuesday endorsed a plan that will be prepared for review by PennDOT. ...

Births

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Feb. 28, 2018 Elijah Raymond Riggleman, a son born to Katie J. and William R. Riggleman, Altoona, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring Spring, at 3:35 p.m. Dakota Roudy Zimmerman, a son born to Chelsey (Black) and Gary Zimmerman, Woodbury, at Conemaugh Nason Medical Center, Roaring ...

Briefcase

Local Business

Educational program set The Human Resource Management Association of Blair County will hold a full-day educational program from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. March 21 at Park Hills Country Club. The program “HR’s Role in Recruitment and Retention” will include four sessions on the topics of ...

AASD won’t put project on ballot

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In a decision that affirms its desire to receive competitive bids for a planned building project, the Altoona Area School Board shot down a motion made by board member Sharon Bream to put the project on the May primary ballot for voters to decide. Bream, Ed Kreuz and Ron Johnston voted to put ...

Magisterial district judge

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Filed before Altoona Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey P. Auker: Charges waived to court Sept. 20-Oct. 11: Kelly P. Smith, 58, 924 Third Ave., first floor, charged by Altoona police with DUI and two summary traffic violations on the 900 block of Third Avenue Aug. 17. Saity C. Bennett, ...

Student, professor at odds over class

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Lake Ingle said he was trying to have a civil discussion when he spoke to challenge the opinion of his professor during an Indiana University of Pennsylvania class. Now, Ingle, a Tyrone Area High School graduate, is barred from entering the classroom or participating in the special topics in ...

Ex FBI special agent seeks 13th District seat

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Retired FBI special agent Todd Rowley is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 13th Con­gressional District, challenging Saint Francis University professor Brent Ottaway. “Citizens need to know I am representing them and not beholden to special interest groups or lobbyists,” Rowley ...

IRC asks Tyrone to remain member

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TYRONE — Two leaders of the council of governments that oversees curbside recycling for the four Blair County municipalities mandated to do it made their case Monday to Borough Council for Tyrone to remain a member. Tyrone officials, who revealed last month they were looking into breaking ...

Illness postpones Jack Hanna event

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The Penn State Altoona distinguished speaker series event featuring Jack Hanna scheduled for Thursday has been postponed due to medical issues. According to the university’s Facebook page, those with tickets may hold them and use them on the rescheduled date.

Professionals lawsuit moves forward

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Professionals Auto Body, which has repair shops in Altoona and Duncansville, has won the first round of its federal lawsuit against insurance companies that allegedly refuse to reimburse it for the full cost of repairs to their clients’ vehicles. The owner of Professionals Inc., Ron ...

Two enter pleas in assault cases

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Two of the four men accused a year ago of assaulting and sexually assaulting two fellow inmates in the Blair County Prison presented pleas in court on Monday while two others selected a jury to hear their cases. Zachary Moore, 25, of Altoona, and Curtis W. Ramsey, 32, ...

Three face charges for moving body

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HUNTINGDON — Three people face charges they moved the body of a 24-year-old woman found dead last week in Huntingdon County. Kaci Fisher was found dead on Red Rose Road in Jackson Township, Hunt­ing­don County, on the morning of March 4, and at the time state police indicated they ...