In the news on this date: September 13

Local history

50 years ago: 1971

The Blair County Garden Club held its 19th annual flower show at the 28th Street Church of the Brethren with Mrs. Alton Wasson, chairwoman. Mrs. Ruth Whitfield received an award of distinction for her exhibit.

25 years ago: 1996

The Central Blair Recreation Commission, James Patterson chairman, said that the profit it received from the Altoona Rail Kings semi-pro baseball team was $25,435, when they were expecting about $16,000.

10 years ago: 2011

The Altoona Area School District was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury looking into a 1984 statewide school bond issue that was reinvested in 2001. The district had hired the law firm of Farrell & Reisinger LLC of Pittsburgh.


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