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Planing mill’s removal approved

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A historical building constructed about 1905 may soon come down, as a majority of Borough Council members voted Thursday to allow demolition of a former planing mill on the 800 block of Walnut Street. That decision was made in direct contrast to two separate recommendations ...

DePasquale seeks fix to broken child system

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Thursday that he plans to issue a spring report with ideas to address the state’s broken child welfare system. At a meeting with Blair County leaders and employees from the county’s Children, Youth & Families office, ...

Local diocese creates office to protect children

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown announced the creation of the Office of Children and Youth Protection and the hiring of Cindy O’Connor as its director. The new office is part of a March 2017 memorandum of understanding with Acting U.S. Attorney for Western Pennsylvania Soo ...

Cambria partners with AG’s office

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EBENSBURG — Cambria County’s ongoing drug addiction crisis and efforts to reduce its negative effects largely dominated the county commissioners Thursday morning meeting. The commissioners voted to allow county law enforcement officials to work alongside those from the state Attorney ...

Man charged with fleeing police

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EBENSBURG — After allegedly leading police on a vehicle chase that reached speeds of more than 100 mph, an Elmora man faces more than a half-dozen criminal charges, including a felony. Daniel M. Yasick, 42, of the 100 block of Goodway Road, was seen driving his vehicle about 96 mph Monday ...

Woman accused of ‘Tasering’ patrons

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A Bedford County woman likely will face charges after she allegedly got drunk on New Year’s and assaulted patrons of a Logan Township social club with a stun gun. Danelle M. Swab, 30, of Bedford, was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Catholic War Veterans Club on the 200 block of ...

Two charged in Bedford County robberies

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A pair of Buffalo Mills residents are facing charges in connection with two Bedford County robberies on Dec. 14 and Jan. 2, online court documents show. James Adam Ohler, 36, and Mary Edna Hogamier, 33, are each facing multiple charges in connection with the robberies, state police at Bedford ...

Bedford man faces charges of terroristic threats

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A Bedford man faces charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment of another person and harassment after firing a gun near two women. John David Kelly, 47, of Bedford Valley Road got into a verbal altercation with his girlfriend and asked her to leave last Saturday ...

Bream announces bid for 79th District seat

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Altoona Area School Board Director Sharon Bream officially announced her candidacy for state representative of the 79th District Thursday, stressing her position as a fiscal conservative with the campaign theme of “taxpayer’s best friend.” “The taxpayers need someone in their corner, ...

Surgery center raises issues with UPMC

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At a health care hearing Wednesday in Altoona, the head of a local independent surgery center lambasted UPMC for allegedly denying his center access to patients — by shutting it out of UPMC Health Plan’s provider network and by steering patients to other providers. The “predatory and ...

Wolf declares opioid crisis a disaster

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HARRISBURG — Pennsyl­vania’s governor declared the state’s opioid addiction epidemic a public health emergency Wednesday and ordered a command center set up to treat the crisis like it would a natural disaster. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order for the 90-day disaster ...

Mount Aloysius denies retaliation claim

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Mount Aloysius College has denied that a former assistant dean of students was fired five years ago in retaliation for his stand against racial discrimination in 1992 when the college was searching for a men’s basketball coach. Larry Brugh filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in ...

Penn National wins right to casino in York County

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HARRISBURG — Penn National Gaming secured the right to put up a casino near Pennsylvania’s southern border, submitting a winning bid Wednesday of just over $50 million and selecting a site that could draw heavily from Maryland. Pennsylvania-based Penn National, one of the nation’s ...

PennDOT pledges to combat human trafficking

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PennDOT made a promise earlier this week to combat human trafficking, a move recognizing today’s National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness. By signing a Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge Tuesday, PennDOT promised its employees will collaborate with more than 200 ...

Police: Children lived in filthy house

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Police in Altoona have charged two people after three children were found living in squalid conditions on Ninth Street. Jeramy A. Huff, 35, and Robyn S. Laino, 35, each face three counts each of misdemeanor child endangerment because of the living conditions at their home on the 800 block of ...

Central Cambria program to focus on opioid crisis

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EBENSBURG — A new program in the Central Cambria School District will focus on parents in an effort to fight opioid addiction. In cooperation with The Learning Lamp, a child care program aiming to help children succeed in school, the district will introduce a program to inform parents of ...

Blair County becomes regional leader in farmland preservation

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners voted Tuesday to dedicate $80,000 in Marcellus Shale revenue toward the county’s farmland preservation program, which has become the region’s leader of the initiative. Conservation District Director Donna Fisher announced the achievement during ...

Blair sets focus on lobby renovation at courthouse

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County commissioners are close to moving forward with renovating a second-floor courthouse lobby. But a related project — replacement of an aged heating, ventilating and air conditioning system to serve the second floor — is moving at a slower pace because ...

Area briefs

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Authority hosting meet-and-greet Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet Cambria County Redevelopment Authority’s new executive director today at the Patton Public Library. There, the authority will host a 2 to 3 p.m. meet-and-greet with Executive Director Renee ...