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Locals reflect on race issues

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The presence of hate groups isn’t just a problem for Charlottesville, Va., where a woman died Saturday while counterprotesting a white supremacist rally, a Hollidaysburg woman told a gathering Wednesday. There are 40 hate groups in Pennsylvania that are tracked by the ...

Suspect charged in gunfire incident

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EBENSBURG — Multiple felony charges have been filed against an Ebensburg man accused of firing a gun in late July while on the Ghost Town Trail. Cambria Township police were called July 23 to a home along Penn Avenue after a man reported that Patrick A. Barnhart, 46, of the 600 block of ...

Ag event showcases historic tractors

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ROCK SPRINGS — Ag Progress Days provides a look at modern high-tech farm machinery. However, at the corner of Main and East Fifth streets, visitors to Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition can go back in time and enjoy an antique tractor display, which is in its 13th ...

Cambria Twp. seeks plan for firefighter tax credits

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EBENSBURG — Cambria Township volunteer firefighters are a step closer to receiving tax credits, as supervisors asked their solicitor Wednesday evening to draft an ordinance. But that decision wasn’t made without some concern that firefighters from one of two township fire departments ...

Appeals court denies man’s bid for new trial in rape case

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A former Williamsburg-area man who is serving a lengthy state prison term for the rape of a child, an offense that occurred 19 years ago, has lost his argument for a new trial before the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals. Howard Scott Allison, now 52, was charged with the sexual offenses ...

Amtran to seek funds for more CNG buses

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Amtran plans to apply for about $3.1 million in federal and state grants for six new compressed natural gas buses — in addition to three it has ordered for delivery next year. Success in obtaining the grants would give the authority 12 CNG buses among its 26-vehicle fleet to run on fuel ...

Altoona to form Blight Task Force

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The City of Altoona is calling for applicants for a Blight Task Force to develop new strategies for solving the city’s chronic problem of building and neighborhood deterioration. “(The task force) will be comprised of individuals from local organizations, community associations, the ...

Births

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July 20, 2017 Benjamin Robert Clapper, a son born to Allison and Seth Clapper of Lebanon at Women and Babies Hospital, Lancaster, at 3:59 p.m. Allison is formerly of Roaring Spring, and Seth is formerly of Yellow Creek. Aug. 8, 2017 Maria Lee Michelone, a daughter born to Mandy (Celesnik) ...

Magisterial district judges

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Filed before California Avenue Magisterial District Judge Steven D. Jackson: Charges waived to court June 22: Todd D. Breon Sr., 43, 10 Para­dise Drive, Lewistown, charged by Allegheny Township police with conspiracy and retail theft at Walmart, 2600 Plank Road, Altoona, April 25. Jacob ...

Mixing it up

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ROCK SPRINGS — Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural exposition has an international touch. Four Canadian provinces are represented among the 500-plus exhibitors at Ag Progress Days being held through Thursday at Penn State’s Research Center at Rock Springs. Several of the ...

Guard charged in prison assault

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A corrections officer has been charged for allegedly helping a half-dozen inmates carry out an assault at the Blair County Prison. Dalton R. Zeiders, 23, of 14048 S. Eagle Valley Road, Tyrone, is charged with felony counts of criminal conspiracy and assault of a prisoner along with ...

Disaster declared in train accident

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BEDFORD — The Bedford County commissioners formally declared a disaster emergency Tuesday around the town of Hyndman, freeing officials in the area to respond more readily two weeks after a train derailment. The commissioners voted to allow Hyndman Borough, Londonderry Township and the ...

Second expert to check tower

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Click here to see a PowerPoint show on the clocktower's condition HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County is calling in a second expert to examine the courthouse clocktower for structural issues that may need to be addressed while making plans to repair conditions identified by the first ...

Man’s body found in Juniata River

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A search-and-rescue team found the body of the Altoona man who went missing during a camping and fishing excursion on Friday. John Paul Prunkard, 70, was missing since Friday night when he failed to show up for an arranged ride. He had been camping and fishing for several days in the ...

Blair to shift funds for gain

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Blair County Retirement Board has agreed to shift a small portion of its investment assets from U.S. equities to non-U.S. equities, a strategy recommended to preserve the fund’s latest returns. In the second quarter of the year, the county’s $33 million fund gained ...

Cesare Battisti club seeks to continue outdoor music

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At a Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board hearing Tuesday on renewing permission for the Cesare Battisti club to play outdoor music, officials testified there have been no neighbors’ complaints during an exemption that began in July 2016. The PLCB should rule in mid-September whether it will ...

NS probes vandalism

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TYRONE — The vandalism of more than a dozen pieces of railroad maintenance equipment is under investigation with a reward offered for information leading to an arrest. The Blair County Crime Solvers Crime of the Week occurred overnight between Monday and Tuesday when railroad equipment ...

City man’s sentence stands in heroin case

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A jail sentence of six to 12 years for an Altoona man convicted on charges of heroin delivery, possession and criminal use of a communication facility will stand. Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron was scheduled Tuesday to consider a change in Zachary Z. Moore’s sentence ...

Couple in court on abuse charges

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A week after their arrests over the alleged abuse of their infant daughter, a Tyrone couple were back in front of a judge on Tuesday. Tyler M. Biddle, 21, appeared briefly in Tyrone District Court to waive charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and ...

Rose Hill group seeks help

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Three members of a group that recently took control of maintenance-challenged Rose Hill Cemetery in hopes of restoring it to sustainable operation have asked the Logan Township supervisors for help. They received encouragement but no promises. Ed Mackey, an Altoona native who lives in ...