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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
Spiritual notes

The first Novena of 2018 to Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Therese offered by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Loretto will open on Jan. 22 and end on Jan. 30. All intentions submitted to the nuns will be remembered with the special Novena prayers following the daily Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the nuns' chapel. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament is held at 4 p.m. every Sunday and the first Friday of every month.

Former Altoona resident to appear on Netflix with Jack Black

Courtesy photo / A still from the upcoming movie "The Polka King" shows Altoona native Steve Saive performing alongside Jack Black. With a trumpet pressed to his lips, Steve Saive stands on a stage next to movie star Jack Black as he belts out a tune.

Pa. Supreme Court Upholds Wegmans Beer Sales

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld sales of beer at Wegmans supermarkets across the state, potentially opening the door for beer sales at other retailers, reported The Philadelphia Inquirer . In a unanimous decision, the seven justices found that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board properly granted licenses to Wegmans Food Market Inc. to sell beer at eating areas in its stores.

City man seeks new trial

An Altoona man who faces a 6- to 12-month prison sentence for possession of cocaine is asking the U.S. District Court in Johnstown to grant him a new trial because, he contends, police found the drug in his possession during an illegal search. The defendant, Olubaya Mudada Mensah Ranger, 36, also complained in a petition filed by his Altoona attorney, Steven P. Passarello, that the prosecution used hearsay evidence to tie him to a drug deal that occurred in October 2015 near a restaurant at Logan Town Centre.

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Cold expected to cause issues

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / Altoona Water Authority workers Eric Johnson and Preston Wilson respond to a frozen water main Tuesday along 12th Street in downtown Altoona. More cold-related problems may surface this week as colder air flows down from eastern Canada on the back side of a counter-clockwise-revolving, rapidly intensifying storm system centered off the East Coast.

U.S. Mennonite Church Splits Over Homosexuality

The largest conference of Mennonite churches in the U.S. split from the Mennonite community Monday in a dispute over the denomination's stance on homosexuality. The Lancaster Mennonite Conference's 2015 vote to officially leave the U.S. Mennonite Church took effect on New Year's day as the culmination of dispute over the definition of marriage and whether homosexuality is a sin, according to Religion News .

Kyle Fobe Becomes WTAJ's News Leader

He is crossing the country for his new job, coming to Altoona from Las Vegas, where he served as dayside executive producer at FOX5/KVVU-TV. WTAJ-TV Vice President and General Manager Phil Dubrow says, "Kyle's ability to attract viewers to local news shows that he understands people and will work hard for us to deliver great content in central Pennsylvania."

Rare snowy owl is on the mend after getting freed from Pa. prison44 minutes ago

Maybe it was less than a full-on Christmas miracle, but the saga of a rare snowy owl rescued Monday at a Pennsylvania prison has given the staff and inmates some holiday cheer. Lisa Hollibaugh, assistant to the superintendent at State Correctional Facility Smithfield, near Altoona, said the story began the Friday before Christmas when the owl was first spotted perched atop razor wire on the prison perimeter.

GANT Weekend Police Blotter

State police reported a drug-related incident that occurred Dec. 22 on North Front Street in Philipsburg Borough. During the incident, a Philipsburg male was allegedly found in possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

So many blessings'

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Jose Cosme cuts a customer's hair in the Broad Avenue Barber Shop. Cosme and his family recently moved from their home in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and now live in Altoona.

Christmas Eve services planned

Faith Baptist Church of Altoona, Fourth Avenue and 40th Street in the Highland Park section, Altoona - 6 p.m. candlelight service with the theme Service includes congregational singing, special Christmas music by Faith Baptist musicians and Christmas meditations given by Pastor Gary G. Dull, Pastor Chaz Dull and Micah Clouse. Nursery is available for children under age 3. Altoona's First Church of the Brethren, corner of Sixth Avenue and Fifth Street - 10:35 a.m. service will feature Juniata Church of the Brethren, North Ninth Avenue and Third Street, Juniata -a 10:30 a.m. Christmas program and message based on John 1:1-18.

Four face charges in fight at cemetery

William J. Ray Jr., 24, of 1016 18th Ave.; Michael A. Luciano Jr., 22, of 110 E. Third Ave.; Devon V. Lake, 21, of 309 First Ave.; and William J. Hollen, 23, of 760 Loop Road, Hollidaysburg, are all charged with felony and misdemeanor charges that include criminal conspiracy, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. The incident took place nearly a year ago, on Feb. 17, at the cemetery.

Court upholds termination of mother's parental rights

A ruling by a Blair County judge terminating the parental rights of an Altoona mother whose two young children suffered beatings - allegedly from her live-in boyfriend - has been upheld by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Blair County Children Youth and Families took custody of both children, a girl, 6, and a boy, 3, on Jan. 25 because of the injuries.

Wolf signs Unemployment Compensation funding solution

Gov. Tom Wolf today signed House Bill 1915 into law, which is now Act 60 of 2017, a four-year funding plan crafted in collaboration with the legislature to continue Unemployment Compensation operations by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. "I want to thank the House and Senate for working with my administration to create this compromise plan that provides an infusion of funding for the unemployment compensation system," said Wolf.

Amerway Offers Full Range of High-Purity Custom Anodes for Electroplating

Amerway Inc., a leading solder manufacturer servicing the electronics industry with high-purity alloys and solder products,announces the availability of all types of standard and custom anodes for electroplating in electronics manufacturing. Electroplating applications include surface preparation, decorative finishing on metals and plastics, sealing, aircraft bearings, and electrical interconnects in microelectronic devices.

MPO suggests trail project for funds

The county Metropolitan Planning Organization voted last week to recommend an Antis Township Trail project for a chance to receive state funding. The township only narrowly bested Altoona's Safe Route to School plan, when MPO members rated the projects using a pre-established scorecard.

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