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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

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Spiritual notes

The 125th Anniversary of the consecration of St. Laurence Episcopal Church in Osceola Mills will be celebrated during a special service at 11 a.m. Sunday. "We will be adapting for our service the consecration ceremony from the Book of Common Prayer, with special scripture readings and a litany of Thanksgiving included.

Nehemiah Project has $10M plan

After working for more than a decade to rejuvenate the Lower Fairview neighborhood centered on 11th Street just above downtown, the church-based Nehemiah Project is redoubling its effort, with plans for a total $10 million development comprised of townhomes and a refocused former elementary school. Leading the effort will be the nonprofit organization's new - and first - CEO, 10-year board member Peter Joudry, a Canadian-born pastor who will introduce those plans today with a news conference and a tour of the former Wright Elementary, which Nehemiah is acquiring from the Altoona Area School District.

Two people seriously injured in crash involving horse and buggy in Franklin County

Two people were airlifted to an Altoona hospital with serious injuries after an accident involving a horse and buggy Wednesday afternoon, according to Pennsylvania State Police. According to police, Rebecca Eli Hockenberry, of Dry Run, was traveling south on Path Valley Road when she became distracted and drove into a horse and buggy.

Hollidaysburg teacher - fills gap with concern, compassion'

Russell, 52, who now teaches eighth-grade pre-honors science and ninth-grade college-bound science in the Hollidaysburg Area School District, was stricken with polio as a child. "When I had polio in second grade, I was in Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh for three days.

Spiritual Notes

The pastors and parishioners of Zion Lutheran Parish and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish, both of Hollidaysburg, will gather for evening prayer at St. Michael Church at 5 p.m. Sunday to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The service will consist of the thanksgiving for the Light, sung psalms, Scripture reading, reflection, prayers of intercession and final blessing.

City man pleads in fatal shooting

A 20-year-old Altoona man will serve 58 to 116 months in a state prison for last year's accidental fatal shooting of his longtime friend. In exchange for the pleas, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio and defense attorney Ted Krol agreed to recommend a minimum sentence between 54 and 60 months, reflecting the standard range of the state's sentencing guidelines for aggravated assault.

A - Wonderful' play: Altoona Community Theatre staging holiday classic at Mishler

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski / Jima SWatt, as George Bailey, and Clara Cooper, as Zuzu, look at Zuzu's prize flower in rehearsals for ACT's "It's a Wondeful Life." "As a father of three kids who works every day, George Bailey is not that far of a jump for me," played by Indiana, Pa.'

Consiglio, Bernard, Ott, Patton celebrate wins

Candidates for four Blair County offices had no opposition in Tuesday's election but joined local Republicans at the Bavarian Hall to celebrate what will be new jobs in January for three of them and the last term in office for one. "I still need to deal with a few of these cases that keep hanging around.

Jones wins district judge race

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec / Magisterial district judge Republican candidate Ben Jones gives his daughter, Reese, 15, a hug in the Bavarian Hall after winning his race on Tuesday. The race for the Magisterial District 24-1-02 spot came down to 125 votes as Jones edged out Democratic nominee Meghan Farrell Irwin.

Odd but News 11-06-17

Photos posted on social media Saturday show lemon-yellow water gushing from the fountain, which sits in front of the Metropolitan Opera and is a popular tourist attraction that has been featured in movies including "Moonstruck" and "Ghostbusters." A Lincoln Center spokeswoman says security notified the police, who are looking for the prankster.

Netflix show depicts local murder

In early June 1979, Logan Township patrol officers Steven D. Jackson and Walter Coho were dispatched to Skyline Drive at the top of Wopsononock Mountain because a jogger thought he saw a body. The officers met the man at the Buckhorn Inn, and he directed them to a makeshift dump where people would throw their trash and yard waste.

Pot seekers inundate doctor's office

After a Mirror article Thursday noted that Dr. Liang Bartkowiak would be the first Altoona doctor eligible to certify medical marijuana users, her office was inundated with calls from excited would-be patients. The callers - many of them men - asked how they could get marijuana prescriptions.

Medical marijuana location selected for Blair

As the state begins allowing patients and caregivers to sign up for medical marijuana, the state Department of Health has announced the tentative location of Blair County's first dispensary and the county's first doctor eligible to prescribe the drug. A list of Phase 1 Dispensary Permittee Facility Locations on the department's website says Lebanon Wellness Center LLC is to open a dispensary at 514 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. PA Health & Wellness is to open a dispensary at 2105 N. Atherton St., State College.

Judge allows former bus driver's lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson in Johnstown ruled Monday that a former employee of Altoona Student Transportation Inc., the company that provides bus service to more than 4,000 Altoona Area School District pupils, can continue with her lawsuit claiming she was fired nearly two years ago because of her religious beliefs. But Gibson made it clear in his 13-page opinion that Bonnie F. Kaite of Altoona, who worked for the company for 14 years, would have to offer more proof of her claim as her case moves toward trial.


Financial services firm Edward Jones has earned the No. 1 ranking for full service investment firms in the U.S. Investment Firms Customer Service Index 2017.

Leaders debate AASD project's benefits

A big question in the debate over the Altoona Area School District's proposed high school project is whether it would help attract families and industry or drain the tax base that's already here. Some say the district needs more industrial revenue to afford it, but school board President John Donley said what Altoona really needs is a new state representative to help local governmental agencies in Altoona grow the economy.

Sheetz is a convenience store with a die-hard fan base only found in...

Sheetz is a convenience store with a die-hard fan base only found in six states: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and North Carolina. We went to a Sheetz location to see what we would find inside.

Spiritual notes

Monsignor Michael Becker of St. John's Parish, Lakemont, will hold a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Priests' Circle, at the top of the hill at Calvary Cemetery, Altoona. The main entrance is across from Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School.

Suspects charged in eight robberies

A couple arrested two weeks ago for the robbery of a Bellwood store now face charges in eight armed robberies spanning two counties. Michael P. Rupert II, 28, and Carli A. Aungst, 26, both of Altoona, appeared in Tyrone District Court on Tuesday for their scheduled preliminary hearings on felony robbery and related charges stemming from the Oct. 11 armed robbery of Puff Super Value in Bellwood, but instead were arraigned on new charges that included that heist as well as seven others in Blair and Cambria counties.

Police log: Motorcyclist killed in U.S. 30 crash

Police said Thomas A. Campbell, 55, Altoona, was traveling west and lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle on a left-hand curve. Police log: Motorcyclist killed in U.S. 30 crash Police said Thomas A. Campbell, 55, Altoona, was traveling west and lost control of his 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle on a left-hand curve.

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