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Pa. GOP sets meeting to discuss Toomey censure

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HARRISBURG — Republican Party committee members in Pennsylvania expect to meet Wednesday night to decide whether to censure U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey amid a GOP backlash over his vote to convict Donald Trump during the former president’s second impeachment trial, members said. The state party ...

Briefcase

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Business Bootcamp to return in new virtual format The Business Bootcamp at Penn State Altoona is back. Held virtually, the Bootcamp is open to entrepreneurs in all development stages to provide resources and education to help turn ideas into successful businesses. This eight-week series ...

Pandemic prompts longtime barber to hang up clippers

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Hollidaysburg barber Dave Musselman rebuilt his business from the ashes of the 2014 Allegheny Street fire, but in the wake of the pandemic, he decided it was time to retire. Fifty years ago, Musselman opened a “one-chair” barber shop on the 100 block of Allegheny Street, where he cut, ...

AWA seeking flexibility with fees

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The Altoona Water Authority may consider letting staff set fees for processing landfill leachate and other liquid wastes that the authority accepts as part of a program to make extra money to keep regular sewer rates down. The change is needed so staff can be nimble, adjusting fees quickly ...

Judge seals case against Blazier, Bellwood-Antis

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan has temporarily sealed a developing civil court case against the Bellwood-Antis School District and a former wrestling coach facing child sexual assault charges. Sullivan, in an order signed Friday, said the seal will be subject to ...

Panel rejects inmate’s claim of appeal delay

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A panel of judges from the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has rejected a request from a Clearfield man to address what he considers undue delay in hearing his appeal before the U.S. District Court in Johnstown. The defendant, Luther L. Ware Jr., 70, is serving a prison term of ...

THON raises $10.6M

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The 2021 Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, wrapped up its virtual event Sunday, raising a total of $10,638,078.62 for Four Diamonds for pediatric cancer research. The theme for THON 2021 was “Rise and Unify” and was modified to safeguard the safety of ...

Wintry watchdog

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Jasper, a 1-year-old Alaskan Husky owned by Kirk and Heather Saleme, keeps an eye on the family’s back yard of their Allegheny Street home in Hollidaysburg on Friday afternoon.

Concern in the Cove: Roaring Spring copes with Appvion’s closure

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ROARING SPRING — Roaring Spring may never be the same following an announcement by Appvion Inc. on Monday that it would close the Spring Mill in late March or early April leaving about 300 workers without jobs. “To us, the paper industry is why Roaring Spring is here,” said Daniel ...

The right voice

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Rush Limbaugh’s frank words inspired local radio listeners and workers with his conservative views. “Like him or not, Rush was the reason many of us, including myself, fell in love with talk radio,” Chris Forshey of Forever Media in State College said. Limbaugh “is and always will be ...

Concern in the Cove: Generations of workers feel impact

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ROARING SPRING — Thirty-three years ago, when Ruby Albright’s son-in-law, who was working a minimum wage job, learned he’d been hired by the paper mill here, there was jubilation. “It was like he had hit the jackpot,” Albright, a customer in a hair salon along Route 36 in the ...

Blair DA: Teen planned robbery that led to killing

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona teenager facing second-degree murder and other charges in the 2020 shooting death of a teenager was described in Blair County Court on Friday as the one who planned what started as an attempted robbery for marijuana and cash. In describing a Snapchat conversation ...

Behind the desk: Reclamere

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Name: Joe Harford Address: 905 Pennsylvania Ave., Tyrone Telephone: 814-684-5505 Position: Founder and president Years with company: Started Reclamere in May 2001 Family: Wife, Karen; three boys: Naithan, Matthew and Michael; granddaughter, Norah; and two dogs, Lacie and ...

Police chase leads to charges

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Police charged an Altoona man Wednesday for fleeing and drug possession, following a high-speed chase Feb. 12, which ended when the man crashed his vehicle into a dry cleaners, court documents stated. Benjamen A. Otto, 45, was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio on ...

Deeds

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Huntingdon County Donna K. Hooper Estate and Donna K. Bard Estate to Phillip Marks, property in Clay Twp., $145,000. Harry E. Jr. and Virginia R. Fessler to Mark A. Morrow, property in Dudley, $15,000. Tino and Rita P. Cirignotta to Emma Rae and Seth Maxwell Thomas, property in Huntingdon ...

COVID-19 cases continue to fall

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The COVID-19 situation in the region continues to improve, and for the first time in months, more than one of the 12 key regional metrics in the state’s early-warning dashboard — two per county — are below the thresholds of concern. Those include Blair’s test positivity, which, at ...

Penn State’s Barron plans to retire in June

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State President Eric J. Barron confirmed his plans to retire as the university’s 18th president at a meeting of the Board of Trustees on Friday. He will leave the position at the conclusion of his current contract in June 2022. Barron said he is allowing time for ...

Workplace

Local Business

New hires and promotions Mike Tedesco has been named as president and CEO of Vision Together 2025, Johnstown. Tedesco, who comes to Johnstown from Spokane, Wash., where he most recently served as Executive Director of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, is an economic development expert with a ...

Gregory closes office indefinitely

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — State Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg, has closed his Hollidaysburg office to walk-in visitors indefinitely because of acts of vandalism and criminal mischief that have occurred in recent weeks. “For the past three days, and for the foreseeable future, my Hollidaysburg ...

Toomey incites local GOP outrage

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Local Republicans have joined the wave of county parties rebuking Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., after he voted to convict former President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial this month. Toomey drew outrage from his own party after the Feb. 13 vote, in which he joined 50 Democrats and six fellow ...