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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
Washington's gas prices still are among the region's lowest

Western Pennsylvania gasoline prices dropped another 3.6 cents per gallon over the past week, AAA East Central has reported.

Police reports

Tyler M. Zimmerman, 33, Hollidaysburg, was arrested Feb. 28 on Yellow Springs Road in Catharine Township and charged with DUI. Andrew J. Black, 22, of Hollidaysburg, was arrested Jan. 27 on Brush Mountain Road in Frankstown Township and charged with DUI.

Altoona native killed; husband arrested

An Erie County man faces multiple criminal charges for the killing of his wife, an Altoona native, Thursday at their Millcreek residence. John Paul Grazioli, of 5843 Forest Crossing, Millcreek, is accused of killing the former Amanda Schmitt, 31, with a single gunshot to the back of her head, according to a police criminal complaint.

Rally to bring bikers, revenue

The Pennsylvania RoundA house Rally is set to bring bikers and revenue to the local area from June 20 to 23, event organizers announced at a press conference at the Railroaders Memorial Museum on Thursday. A kickoff event is planned for June 20 at the museum, and the rally will continue over the next four days with live music, including Josh Gallagher, at Peoples Natural Gas Field for the rally's opening night, vendors, antique and classic cars, and motorcycles.

Editorial: Railroads dragging their feet on PTC

ALTOONA, Pa. - The Dec. 31, 2018, deadline for America's passenger railroads to install speed controls is a virtual stone's throw away, considering the size and complexity of that installation.

Spiritual notes

Queen of Peace Church in Patton will host a teaching and exposition of sacred relics at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church. The Rev.

Girl hit by bikes outside GACTC

Altoona Area School District police are investigating an incident of two teenagers on mini dirt bikes who struck an Altoona student on a sidewalk Monday and did not stop to help her, according to the victim's sister. School officials confirmed it.

Robertsdale man arrested after crashing a car during police chase

A Huntingdon County man is behind bars after he allegedly wrecked a car while trying to flee Logan Township police. William Lee Myers, 22, of Robertsdale, is accused of being drunk when he drove through a red light at McMahon Road and 17th Street about 2:15 a.m. Saturday and crashed into another vehicle.

Religious freedom dispute resolved

The religious freedom case involving an Altoona woman who lost her job as a school bus driver because she would not submit to a background check that involved fingerprinting was resolved this week during a mediation session in Pittsburgh. Gibson ordered petitioner Bonnie F. Kaite, 55, and her former employer, Altoona Student Transportation Inc., the company that provides bus transportation to thousands of Altoona Area School District students, to participate in the federal court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Law firm expands to Altoona

Greensburg-based law firm Quatrini Rafferty PC has opened an office in Altoona. Michael Routch, a 20-year practitioner, joined the firm, bringing its total number of lawyers to 15. He will be based at the new office, located at Suite 210, 615 Howard Ave., Altoona.

Ex assistant coach wants predator status removed

A Blair County judge is being asked to remove the sexually violent predator status imposed four years ago on a former Altoona Area School District female assistant soccer coach who had a sexual relationship with two teenage girls between 2010 and 2012. Kyla A. Hollingshead, 29, Altoona, also seeks a reduction of time - from life to 15 years - that she must register her address and related information with state police for posting on a public website of sexual offenders.

Going deep

Matthew Hannah, 17, goes deep as Bryce Iachini, 15, prepares to throw the football Tuesday afternoon on the intramural field across from the Altoona Area School District Fieldhouse.

Great Place to Work And Fortune Name Sheetz One of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For

ALTOONA, Pa: Sheetz, one of America's fastest growing, family-owned and operated convenience store chains, is pleased to announce that it is one of the 2018 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 21st year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures.

Threats - eating up' districts

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / Buck Reed, a security guard at C.W. Longer Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, keeps a watchful eye on students on Friday. Dennis Page was teaching English on the second floor of the Altoona Area Vocational-Technical School when a teenager opened fire in a fifth-floor classroom in 1988.

Dog can sniff out hidden cellphones, thumb drives and more

ADVANCE FOR USE SATURDAY, FEB. 24, AND THEREAFTER - In this Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 photo, James Walstrom, the owner of Keystone K-9 and Security and a former police officer in Altoona, Pa., holds the leash of an electronic storage detection dog named Kimo, as the dog alerts his handler of a computer thumb drive's location by sitting and staring at the hidden object during a training session in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Life-sized and eye-catching works: Longa s a MEDIA - Mixed and Multia ...

Mirror photo by Gary M.a SBaranec / Michael Long stands beside some of his work from the exhibit "MEDIA - Mixed and Multi," currently on display the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art ata SAltoona. From left, the works are "Recordman," "Wicker Cello" and "Spindleman."

Spiritual notes

Donna R. King, Ph.D., will host the African-American reception brunch at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2121 Fifth Ave., Altoona. Tickets are $10.

Sniffing out crime

A dog's sense of smell is said to be thousands of times stronger than a human's, enabling dogs to detect things human senses might miss, such as a thumb drive containing child pornography but disguised as a toy. Electronic storage detection dogs are specially trained to sniff out devices such as USB drives, cellphones, SD cards, computers and other electronics, making them helpful for investigations of child pornography, drug dealing, terrorism and other cybercrimes.

Planning can't be minimized

The Blair County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee's name alone should spawn public interest in the work it will be doing in the months ahead. Anyone who harbors doubts about planning's importance should reflect on what Altoona and Blair County - and, indeed, the region beyond - might be like at this time if formal planning efforts had not become so entrenched.

Spiritual Notes

Throughout the concert, the audience will be reminded of the supreme sacrifice made by Jesus through the various musical selections depicting the Stations of the Cross. Each Station is a defining moment in the Way of the Cross.

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