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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
New principal at East Stroudsburg High School North

East Stroudsburg High School North will have a new principal when school starts in August. Longtime administrator Steve Zall has been reassigned as the district's director of human resources.

VA whistleblower argues hospital officials retaliated against him for raising concerns about doctor

An administrative officer at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, Pa., is the subject of the three-day hearing before the Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial agency that aims to protect federal merit systems. A Department of Veterans Affairs whistleblower is arguing officials at a VA hospital in Pennsylvania retaliated against him after he warned superiors about a doctor who appeared to exhibit signs of dementia yet continued to treat patients.

Police searching for missing mother, 16, and 4-month-old

BRIDGETON -- Bridgeton Police are currently searching for a mother and her four-month-old daughter who have been missing for six days. Authorities say that Mikayla Sanderlin, 16, of Bridgeton and her four-month-old daughter Analeigha Boswell were last seen July 12. Police believe that they traveled to Altoona, Penn., to visit the child's father.

Three charged by Altoona police for 2013 homicide

Taylor Griffith, 27, of Hollidaysburg, along with Kashif Omar Ellis, 31, and Qasim L Sheriff Green, 23, were charged this morning by Altoona police with charges that include conspiracy and criminal homicide in the 2013 shooting death of Steven Lamont Hackney. Griffith was taken into custody and led into the Altoona Police Department a few minutes ago.

On this date

A Blair County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board was organized yesterday in Hollidaysburg with 13 board members and Rabbi Herbert G. Panitch, spiritual leader of Agudath Achim Congregation in Altoona as chairman. Rabbi Panitch received an award last year for his work with a Pennsylvania Mental Health plan.

Pastor: Kids with fireworks accidentally ignited church fire

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Pastor: Kids with fireworks accidentally ignited church fire

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Fireworks blamed for church fire

Altoona firefighters work at the scene of an Independence Day fire that scorched the side of the Bread of Life Baptist Church on Tuesday. Mirror photo by Sean Sauro City firefighters were called about noon to the Bread of Life Baptist Church, 311 S. Hagerty St., where flames engulfed the side of the building, Altoona Fire Department Chief Tim Hileman said.

Summer ThunderA 2017: "Live The Legacy - Celebrating 70 Years of DelGrosso's Park"

"Each year we like to pick a theme for our show. This year's theme will celebrate our 70th anniversary of the park, so we have mixed in just a few Italian songs along with an array of patriotic favorites," says Joe DelGrosso, Summer ThunderA coordinator and president of DelGrosso Foods Inc. Summer ThunderA is set to a music soundtrack that is developed by Dave Villani of Data Music Services in Altoona.

Attorney General: 50 Charged in Drug Sweep in Altoona, Blair Co.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced criminal charges against 50 people accused of selling heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and other drugs on the streets of Altoona and surrounding Blair County. "As a result of law enforcement collaboration, our agents and local law enforcement today filed charges against 50 drug dealers who peddled their poison in Altoona and Blair County," Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

Lebanon to get a medical marijuana dispensary

Lebanon to get a medical marijuana dispensary State health department awards Check out this story on Lebanon Wellness Center LLC was among 27 entities Pennsylvania state regulators tabbed to operate dispensaries Thursday under the state's new medical marijuana law, a program expected to be up and running next year. The entities that were issued permits will have six months to become operational and can begin providing the drug to patients.

ArtsAltoona reveals plans

A pair of local advocates for cultural development outlined an ambitious, many-faceted program to use the arts as a tool for economic development in the greater Altoona area at a meeting of the Greater Altoona Economic Development Corp. this week. Representing newly formed ArtsAltoona, ex-Blair County Commissioner Donna Gority and Altoona Symphony Orchestra board member Ken Decker laid out the main components of a plan to turn Altoona into an artistic hub, starting with a web-based interactive calendar for arts-related events, along with a social media presence and newsletter.

Blair judge rules against plumber

A Blair County judge will not allow a Duncansville plumber to sit for a master's test in Altoona, despite his having a master's license in Johnstown. Judge Wade Kagarise denied Trevor Rabenstein's appeal of a city plumbing board ruling that prohibited him from taking the master's test because he never completed two years as a journeyman under a master plumber.

Cambria men face rape charges

Two Cambria County men allegedly raped a woman while holding her down Saturday at an Ebensburg motel after she agreed to meet one of the men on an internet-dating application, according to charges filed by Cambria Township police. Nathaniel D. Baum, 25, of the 800 block of Hubert Avenue in Northern Cambria, and John J. Urgolites, 26, of the 100 block of Meadow View Lane in Ebensburg face counts of rape and related charges for the alleged attack at a Quality Inn hotel along Cook Road in Ebensburg.

Man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in sword slaying

A man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter but cleared of robbery and conspiracy in the sword slaying of a man that Pennsylvania authorities alleged occurred during a dispute over drug money. The Mirror reports that Indiana county jurors deliberated for more than seven hours before reaching a verdict just before midnight Friday on the charges against 45-year-old Michael Eades.

Altoona police being marred by black eyes

Last Sunday morning, Officer Erik Stirk, who was off-duty, was stopped at 11:19 a.m. on the 700 block of Sixth Avenue and arrested for driving under the influence. He is expected to be charged with DUI after tests revealed he had a blood alcohol level of 0.257 percent- more than three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

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