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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
Local Sports Teams: Altoona Curve (Minor League Baseball)
Local Colleges: Penn State Altoona

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

Altoona News
McCarl to be honored as person of the year

A local businessman will be honored as the 2017 Person of the Year by the Blair Bedford Central Labor Council. Shawn P. McCarl, president and CEO of S.P. McCarl and Co.

Valley View mall in Onalaska is for sale

The mall's parent company, Preit of Pennsylvania, is offering both Valley View and Logan Valley Mall in Altoona, Penn., to buyers, describing them as "lower-productivity" properties. A news release from Preit says the malls are being put on the market to "enhance the quality of its portfolio," and to take advantage of evolving trends in the market.

Spiritual notes

The fifth Novena of 2017 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint Therese, the Little Flower, offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto, will open on Monday and end May 30. Those who wish to share in the graces and blessings of these nine days of prayer, and in the private prayers of the Carmelite Nuns during the Novena, should send petition requests to Mother Prioress, Discalced Carmelite Monastery, P.O. Box 57, Loretto, PA 15940. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers following the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the sisters' chapel.

DeAntonio wins both ballots to take judge seat

Dan DeAntonio took nearly half the votes in Tuesday's four-man Republican race for Magisterial District 24-1-03 while also securing the Democratic ballot in the fall. On the Republican side, DeAntonio received 654 votes out of the 14 precincts with Henry T. Fownes coming in second with 465.

Memorial Honors Fallen Officers

Members of the local law enforcement community and others came together Wednesday afternoon at the Centre County Courthouse to honor the lives of the 140 officers nationwide who were killed in the line of duty in the last year. Spring Township Police Chief Michael Danneker said during his welcome remarks that although those officers came from different backgrounds and died serving in different ways, they all had a sense of service that led them to take on the dangers of their chose careers.

Altoona students win awards in military robotics challenge

Courtesy photo / Altoona Area High School students C.J. Nolan, Dillan Murphy, Remington Cumming and Zachary Swartz watch what their robot sees on a monitor during a competition at Bald Eagle High School. Altoona Area High School students participated for their first time in the Penn State Electro-Optics Center's Sea, Air and Land Challenge.

Proposed pipeline reversal could impact pump prices in region

The operator of a trans-Pennsylvania pipeline is seeking to reverse a portion of its flow of gasoline and diesel fuel to enable it to bring more product from refineries based in the Midwest to Western Pennsylvania fuel retailers.

Ita s golden: Blair County Arts Festival celebrating 50 years

The food alone will be enough to keep you full, and the visual and performing art will more than satisfy cravings for entertainment at the Blair County Arts Festival, organizers promise. The 50th annual event, scheduled this year for May 20 and 21 at the Penn State Altoona campus, has grown over the years to include a juried fine art exhibit, a student art exhibit, children's activities, live entertainment, a food court and a crafts market, said Karen Volpe with the Blair County Arts Foundation, festival sponsor.

Spiritual notes

Armagh United Methodist Church, 570 W. Philadelphia St. Ext., Armagh, will host a gospel music festival from 6-10 p.m. May 19 and 1-10 p.m. May 20. The kitchen will be open from 5-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday during the festival. Festival performers on Friday include Randy Simpson, Dwayne Kaufman, David Powers, Tommy Barlow, Mercy's Vessel, The Masters, New Journey and Faithful Friends.

DA candidates spar over attack ad

The war of words between Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon and former First Assistant District Attorney Gene Talerico over an attack ad criticizing Talerico's handling of a case is heating up. Talerico, who is challenging Scanlon for the Republican nomination in Tuesday's primary election, contends politics motivated Scanlon not to appeal a judge's ruling that dismissed an attempted homicide case Talerico prosecuted.

GANT Candidate Questionnaire: Brian K. Spencer, Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts

GANT News conducted a questionnaire with the two candidates for the office of Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts in Clearfield County. Brian K. Spencer, current Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts, is seeking re-election, and below are his responses to a series of 10 questions.

Some towns rebound, others wither as manufacturing declines

ADVANCE FOR SATURDAY, MAY 6, AND THEREAFTER - Dawn Varner, of Roaring Spring, Pa., labels rolls of paper April 27, 2017, at the Appvion Inc. paper mill in Roaring Spring, Pa. When the mill's France-based owners announced plans to sell their American subsidiary in 2001, employees nationwide pitched in to take control of the company by forming a worker-owned corporation now called Appvion Inc. During the Rust Belt's decades long manufacturing decline, cities have often managed to claw their way back to a growing economy, while towns with just one or two employers can remain desolate for decades.

a Singing Four-Part Harmony A Cappellaa

Courtesy photo The Altoona Horseshoe Chorus will present "Singing Four-Part Harmony A Cappella" at 7 p.m. May 13 at Calvary Baptist Church, 810 Ruskina SDrive, Altoona. The show will feature the Horseshoe Chorus, Nittany Knights Chorus, Altoona Chorus of Sweet Adelines, the Altoona High Choral Ensemble and guest quartet "Twang" - all performing A Cappella renditions of songs from many different music genres.

Woman gets prison time in witness retaliation case

An Altoona woman convicted on a charge of retaliating against a witness has been sentenced to a minimum of one month in jail. Blair County Judge Daniel Milliron imposed the sentence Tuesday on 37-year-old Mandy Sue Stine, who told a jury in February that she did not threaten a confidential informant on March 7, 2016, while they were in the same courtroom.

City department plans to ask for storm sewer funds

The manhole cover was held up by the pressure of water from the storm sewer like a tray borne aloft by a cocktail waitress. The ring of water visible around the edges pulsed up and down like the rising and crashing of waves around a coral atoll.

Police: Couple bounced check for truck loan

A Williamsburg couple face charges they bounced a check for nearly $50,000 to get the title for a truck. Martin and Catherine Strogen of 442 Polecat Hollow Road remain free on unsecured $10,000 bonds after turning themselves in Monday for arraignment on felony conspiracy and theft charges stemming from a bank loan the couple allegedly got for a pickup truck in February.

Leaders pushing for new Altoona Area building

Mirror photo by Russ O'Reilly / Residents take a tour of Altoona Area High School's B Building on Wednesday. About 100 people, many with questions and concerns, attended a tour Wednesday of the 90-year-old Altoona Area High School B-building and a presentation explaining why the district plans to demolish it and build a new high school.

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