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.
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Orange stones surround a black plastic discharge pipe at the Rock Tunnel abandoned mine drainage site.
There is a rusty tint to some nearby water and mud, too.
Soon, though, a new filtration system, consisting of shallow vegetative wetlands, a settling basin, concrete trough, buried limestone and aeration component, is expected to help return those elements back to their natural appearances.
Richland to weigh speed study
A group of Theatre Drive residents has convinced Richland Township’s supervisors to look into the costs of a special traffic study weighing whether their residential neighborhood’s current 35 mph speed limit should be reduced.
Border battle lingers: Adams Twp. wants court to become involved
Adams Township officials are asking the Cambria County court to once again become involved in its long-running boundary line dispute with Richland Township.
Officials urge creation of crime watch groups
State Rep. Frank Burns told the crowd about the night his life changed forever.
After leaving a AAABA game, the then-16-year-old Burns was surrounded by three males, “dancing” around him like boxers and taunting him.
They attacked and he was on the ground. He took a powerful kick to the face.
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Two people were injured in a three-car accident Tuesday evening when a truck failed to yield to a Johnstown police officer who was rushing to assist another patrol car, police said.
Child rapist to report to jail Monday; medical concern cited
A Johnstown man set to pick a jury today on charges he sexually abused two boys, entered a guilty plea in Cambria County court Wednesday.
‘They got it done’: Lift Johnstown recognizes pair for trailhead work
Rob McCombie and Steve Coy showed up Wednesday at a Path of the Flood Trail spur in East Conemaugh dressed like they were ready to get to work.
Instead, a group of community advocates were waiting there to thank them for the hard work they’ve already put in.
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