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Remembering MLK’s message

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ATLANTA — Speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration in Atlanta called Monday for a renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year in which a deadly pandemic, protests over systemic racism and a divisive election capped by an attack on the U.S. Capitol ...

Community slams HASB decision

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The Hollidaysburg Area School Board’s 5-4 decision Wednesday to move to full in-person learning today — despite state recommendations based on the county’s high COVID-19 transmission rate — has triggered a barrage of opposition. “Where this came from when the numbers are what they ...

Blair airport offering new rides

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MARTINSBURG — Altoona-Blair County Airport leaders are hoping to entice flyers this year by introducing a new passenger aircraft and the option of renting a vehicle. “People now have the opportunity to fly in a much nicer aircraft, with a smooter, quieter and faster ride,” airport ...

Data bank removes negative mark on former VA doctor

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A federal repository for adverse reports about medical practitioners has retracted a 2018 report filed against a former anesthesiologist by the Van Zandt VA Medical Center for issues that led to findings against the anesthesiologist by the VA Office of Inspector General. The National ...

Allegheny police issue notice on wanted man

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As part of a new initiative, the Allegheny Township Police Department posted a wanted poster Monday on its Facebook page, asking residents to be on the lookout for Daniel Omar Campbell, a 6-foot-tall man with dark hair and weighing about 180 pounds. Police reported Campbell was wanted in ...

Applications available for mini-grant projects

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The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a new round of mini-grants for greenway and bicycle and pedestrian projects. The 2007 Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, which ...

Semi rollover closes I-99

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A truck driver was treated for minor injuries Saturday after his semi-truck crashed near Allegheny Township, closing I-99 for several hours, state police reported. The truck was traveling south on I-99 about 7:30 a.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, traveling onto the west berm, police ...

Chestnut trees highlighted

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HARRISBURG — The efforts to create a new legacy for a vanished giant of the Appalachian forests were highlighted last week during the Pennsylvania Farm Show. The NJ/PA Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation held a series of virtual forums telling the story of this once-common tree — ...

Biden, Harris take break to honor MLK Jr.

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PHILADELPHIA — Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris pitched in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects as a militarized and jittery Washington prepared for a swearing-in that will play out under extraordinary security. Biden ...

Former Y heads to sheriff’s sale

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A major building near downtown is headed for sheriff’s sale. The old YMCA on the 900 block of Lexington Avenue, which more recently housed the KNY Family Fitness Center that was the subject of a foreclosure complaint by M&T Bank in 2017, ceased operations in early 2019 and is scheduled ...

Recalled to duty

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On a typical week, the VFW Blair County Veterans Honor Guard conducts five military funeral services, honoring the fallen with the playing of taps as well as the traditional folding and presentation of the American flag to the next of kin, and the firing of arms salute. When the COVID-19 ...

Bellwood’s ‘grille guy’ earns national recognition

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BELLWOOD — Dan Baker says he is known as the grille guy. “When I walk around the car shows, people say, ‘There goes the grille guy,’” said Baker, 55, owner of Alumicraft Street Rod Grilles at 550 N. Fifth St. In 2020, Baker’s business was named National Street Rod ...

Schools get $2.2B in virus aid

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HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Wolf is dedicating $2.2 billion in federal stimulus funds to K-12 school districts and charter schools affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to support food programs, technological improvements and other education services. “All schools have been affected by the COVID-19 ...

Pair of city men arrested in alleged burglary

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Two Altoona men were charged with burglary Thursday after police responded to a call on Fourth Avenue and found one of the men bleeding from a head wound, court documents stated. Albert W. Marini, 59, and Wayne Williams, 51, were arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner ...

Property owner disputes AMED easement

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The Lakemont property owner who is contesting an easement that AMED has taken for a power line the organization needed for its new headquarters building doesn’t agree the encroachment was “minimal,” as stated previously by AMED Executive Director Gary Watters. It’s true that Penelec ...

Fire chief battles cancer

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Rattlesnakes aren’t typically part of the medical diagnostic process, but for a local fire chief, a snake bite led to the discovery of cancer cells in his blood. “I was laying on the ground in 2017 under a boat I had recently bought,” said Jason Baker, the Logan Township United Fire ...

Judge denies claims in ATV crash

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — A Blair County judge has turned down arguments challenging the legal proceedings leading to a lengthy prison sentence in connection with a 2017 fatal ATV crash. Judge Timothy M. Sullivan recently reviewed arguments offered on behalf of Trenton Ross Bilak, 26, of Everett, who ...

Area outbreak easing slowly

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Both of the key metrics listed in the state’s early warning COVID-19 dashboard for all six local counties remain well above the thresholds of concern this week, although all but two of the 12 numbers have improved from three weeks ago. Clearfield County’s incidence rate — the number of ...

Court vacates sentence for Morrisdale man

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When two Clearfield County police officers found a Morrisdale man asleep at the wheel of his car parked in the lot of a Walmart Supercenter two years ago, they immediately detained him, and in an ensuing search, found 61 grams — just over 2 ounces — of methamphetamine. The officers, ...

City man gets prison time; ordered to pay restitution

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man sentenced to Blair County Prison must also pay $2,150 for a kiosk he broke in May. The restitution directive was included in a sentencing order handed down Friday to Kyle B. Kagarise, 35, to address several criminal offenses, including disorderly conduct, a ...