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About: Altoona, PA

A mid-sized city in central Pennsylvania, Altoona once changed its name to "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Pennsylvania," for two months to promote the city, as well as the film by the same name, by documentarian Morgan Spurlock "Super Size Me!"). The city has over 46,000 residents and its located in the middle of Blair County. Interestingly, it's the only city in the U.S. that imposes no property tax on buildings, but instead on land values only.

Population: 46320
Local Newspapers: Altoona Mirror Courier
Local Sports Teams: Altoona Curve (Minor League Baseball)
Local Colleges: State UniversityPenn State Altoona

Zip Codes associated with Altoona, PA: 16601, 16602, 16603
Towns/Cities near Altoona, PA : Hollidaysburg, Bellwood, Tipton, Duncansville, Tyrone, Ebensburg

Altoona News
Merle W. Lucas

He was born in Bellefonte, son of Samuel Edmond and Pearl Susanna Lucas. He was one of eight children.

GAEDC to help BackPack Program

The Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. is hoping to bolster its case for $187,500 in tax credits to benefit the neighborhood around UPMC Altoona by including the Mountain Lion BackPack Program as a beneficiary. The state Department of Community and Economic Development rejected an application by GAEDC and three business partners for the tax credits last fall, despite what they hoped was a strong Neighborhood Assistance Program proposal that included money for streetscaping two blocks of Seventh Street - including additional lights and pedestrian crossings - and an anti-graffiti component.

Free book giveaway

From time to time, the Mirror receives complimentary copies of books, and we like to share these with our readers. This week, we are giving away "Annie Mundy," a novel by Robert H. Fowler.

Talented and mysterious: Area autistic artist's artwork on display locally

By the time Matthew McCoy was 5, he was meticulous with his toys. Too meticulous, his parents noticed.

Diocese looks to consolidate schools

Catholic school students in the Altoona area might soon see changes to how and where they learn because of a proposal to decrease the number of Catholic schools in the region while establishing a dedicated middle school. Altoona-Johnstown diocese spokesman Tony DeGol said an initiative headed by Bishop Mark L. Bartchak allowed committees - comprised of pastors, teachers, principals, lawyers, business professionals and parents - to study the diocese's schools to find ways to make Catholic education more attainable and accessible.

Letter angry, non-threatening

A suspicious white powder found in a letter to the Blair County reassessment office Friday afternoon led authorities to lock down the county courthouse and remove several people for decontamination. A test found that the powder - discovered in a letter police said included angry but nonthreatening language - was benign, Hollidaysburg Police Chief Dave Gehret said Friday evening.

14 Cats Killed In Altoona Fire

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14 cats killed in central Pennsylvania fire

The Altoona Mirror reports the fire started Thursday in the cats' bedding in a carport at the Altoona home. Firefighters say one of the cats may have knocked over a lightbulb that was put there to keep them warm.

Paul M. Woodring

Paul M. Woodring, 87, of Milroy, passed away at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital. Born on March 20, 1927, in Altoona, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Woodring.

Public discusses proposed moves for Altoona Area School District

This meeting was for the other half of the dialogue, he said, opening a public comment session to the 300 people in the high school auditorium. Many of the people in attendance, particularly teachers, were there two years ago, showing opposition to closing Wright and Washington-Jefferson elementary schools.

Blair commissioners show support for Easter Seals plan

Blair County commissioners agreed Tuesday to stick with their endorsement of Tyrone Regional Health Network's plan to take over the lease of the Easter Seals building along Valley View Boulevard. Commissioners offered support two weeks ago so Tyrone Regional could work on the legal arrangements that would allow ProCare Health Systems to take over services previously offered by Easter Seals of Western and Central Pennsylvania.

Sheetz to Offer E15 in North Carolina...

Sheetz Inc. announced today that it will offer an E15 fueling option to its North Carolina customers in early 2016. The company will begin to install the new E15 fuel option in early 2015, and by spring of 2016, installation should be completed at 60 convenience stores in North Carolina.

Retired cop replaces suspended central Pennsylvania chief

A retired sergeant is temporarily replacing the chief of a busy central Pennsylvania township who is on paid leave during an investigation of unspecified allegations. Logan Township manager Tim Brown tells the Altoona Mirror that John Flinn will be acting chief while Ron Heller is investigated.

Julie Ann Gottshall

Surviving are her parents; a brother, Jonathan and wife, Emily, of Altoona; a sister, Jennifer Melbinger and husband, Timothy, of Hollidaysburg; three nieces: Allison Melbinger and Lydia and Eleanor Gottshall; two nephews: Nathan Melbinger and Harrison Gottshall; three aunts: Judith Richardson, Peggy Doyle and Cynthia Hurt; two uncles: Harvey Gottshall and Dr. Tom Malec; numerous cousins; and her beloved cat, Bartholomew "Mew." Julie was a 1978 graduate of Altoona Area High School and a graduate of the Altoona School of Commerce and California State University at Fullerton, where she received a B.A. in English literature and a master's in library science.

Mother, 2 children die in house fire

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Tyrone Regional Health Network to Open Medical Center in Altoona

Leaders at Tyrone Regional Health Network have announced that they will open the Northern Blair Medical Center in Antis Township in spring of 2015. The Antis Township Planning Commission recently approved plans submitted by local developer Jeff Long to expand the former LaScalia's building in Pinecroft to 12,670 square feet to accommodate plans for the medical center.