January election set to fill Hess’ seat
HARRISBURG – A special election will be held Jan. 28 to fill a seat in the state House of Representatives created by the death of Rep. Dick Hess of Bedford earlier this month.
House Speaker Sam Smith announced this week that Hess’ district offices will remain open to help constituents.
The district consists of Fulton County and parts of Bedford and Huntingdon counties. The political parties will select candidates for the vacancy.
The 74-year-old Hess was a 14-term Republican and chairman of the Transportation Committee when he died
Sept. 6 from complications that arose after leg surgery.
Johnstown man faces federal drug charge
A federal grand jury has indicted a Johnstown man on a charge of distributing heroin, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said.
The indictment names Quinn Abdul Baxter, 23, of the 500 block of Linden Avenue.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Baxter distributed less than 100 grams of heroin on Nov. 7, 2012.
If convicted, he would face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million or both.
City man pleads to drug, weapon charges
A Johnstown man pleaded guilty this week in federal court in Johnstown to charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws, said U.S. Attorney David J Hickton.
Che Rose, 27, of the 400 block of Ebensburg Road, pleaded guilty to two counts before U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
According to information presented to the court, Rose possessed less than five grams of cocaine base, commonly known as crack, with the intent to distribute.
On the same date, Rose, who had been convicted in 2005 in Cambria County on a drug act violation, unlawfully possessed a revolver.
Sentencing is set for Feb. 6.
Community dinner offered in Windber
A community dinner made possible by Windber Area Community Kitchen will be served from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Windber Calvary United Methodist Church, 1800 Stockholm Ave.
The menu will feature baked chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, chocolate pudding, assorted desserts and coffee or punch.
Salon opens in Westwood
A salon has opened in the site of a former dental office in Lower Yoder Township.
Upper Cuts Hair Studio’s founders hope to reach out to those in the area who might
not be able to make a trip to the shop, located at 1746 Lyter Drive in Westwood.
“We offer hairdressing, manicures, pedicures, perms, tanning and makeup,” said Joe Solich, a co-owner. “And we also offer in-home care by appointment.”
The newly opened business is reaching out to area hospitals, nursing and care homes to promote the service, said Solich, who has 25 years of experience in the salon field.
James Clevenger and Keith Hipp are also business partners in the venture, he said.
The salon has opened an Upper Cuts Hair Studio page on Facebook that offers additional information and special promotions.
Upper Cuts can reached at 255-4884.
Flu shots available for veterans
James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center will hold a drive-thru flu shot clinic for veterans from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the outpatient clinic located at 1425 Scalp Ave., Richland Township.
Veterans who are not enrolled for VA heath care should bring proof of veteran status such as a DD214 (discharge form).
Stamp expert to speak at club’s banquet
Johnstown Stamp Club will hold its 36th annual banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Perkins Restaurant, 535 Galleria Drive, Richland Township.
The guest speaker will be Mercer Bristow, director of expertizing at the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte, who will describe methods used to authenticate postage stamps.
Special awards will be presented by Charles Holtzman Jr. and the club’s president, the Rev. John Brancho.
January election set to fill Hess’ seat
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Lt. Gov. Cawley pushes jobs plan during Johnstown visit
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Bill would help identify unclaimed remains of veterans
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Lucky Seward man finds ticket to riches
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State police make another drug bust on turnpike
A Pittsburgh man was jailed Thursday after state police said they found about $120,000 in suspected heroin during a traffic stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County.
Two brothers charged in beating at bar
Two Johnstown brothers were jailed Wednesday after police said they beat a man so badly he suffered a concussion and may end up blind in one eye.
Path of Flood entries due
Anyone interested in participating in Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s Path of the Flood Historic Half Marathon and 5K race will need to get in gear before the April 30 registration deadline.
Drilling fees should fund education, Democrats say
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