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September 20, 2013

Local & State News in Brief | 9/21/2013

Weight limits to drop on 5 area bridges

Effective Tuesday, PennDOT will lower the weight limit on five bridges in Somerset County in an effort to slow their deterioration and preserve safety while funding for their repairs remains uncertain.

The bridges affected are on:

  • Route 2025 (Maple Valley Road), which spans Blue Lick Run in Brothersvalley Township, posted at 36 tons.
  • Route 2047 (Beachley Street) which spans Flaugherty Creek in Meyersdale, posted at 32 tons, or 38 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 2047 (Mason Dixon Highway) which spans Bluelick Creek in Summit Township, posted at 32 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 4008 (Beam Church Road) which spans Spruce Run in Jenner Township, posted for 33 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.
  • Route 4013 (Keyerstown Road) which spans Spruce Run in Jenner Township, posted for 35 tons, or 40 tons for combination loads.

Vehicles exceeding the new weight limit must use an alternate route.

Bridge posting information is available on the PennDOT District 9 website:

Bishop to deliver state House invocation

The Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, bishop of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, will deliver the invocation on the floor of the state House of Representatives at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, extended the invitation.

Bartchak will be in Harrisburg to attend the annual board of governors meeting of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference. He will meet with various state lawmakers and tour the Capitol prior to the meeting.

Live coverage of session will be available on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

United will rededicate elementary school

United School District will rededicate its elementary school at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s cafeteria/gym.

Following the ceremony, community members can participate in a guided tour, reminisce at United Elementary’s “Memory Lane” display and listen to the tunes of the Elementary Faculty Band.

The school resulted from con­solidation of four elementary schools – Armagh, Brush Valley, Garfield and Wehrum – and was dedicated on Dec. 9, 1973.

The elementary campus serves about 600 students from Pre-K Counts to sixth grade.

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  • Halfway house inmates can ease back into society

    Prison life can be a time warp.
    When inmates are locked away – for months, years, decades – society moves forward: Technology evolves, major events occur, pop culture changes. From a personal perspective, families and friends live their lives: weddings, funerals, graduations, births, retirements. All the while, criminals bide their time, existing in a regimented world of cement walls and metal bars.
    Almost all of them eventually rejoin society, though.

    April 19, 2014

  • Crime board took aim at house

    Johnstown’s unemployment rate is around 8 percent.
    One-third of the city’s population lives in poverty.
    Burglaries and assaults significantly increased between 2010 and 2012. There is a thriving illegal trade in heroin and prescription drugs.
    Given those conditions, it can be challenging for Johnstown Community Corrections Center residents to find jobs when living in the facility or to avoid falling back into a criminal lifestyle upon their release.

    April 19, 2014

  • Homicides linked to center

    Three homicides that took place in Johnstown last year involved either a suspect or victim who previously resided in the Community Corrections Center.
    Police Chief Craig Foust confirmed the name of one victim, who spent almost two months in the facility on Washington Street during 2007, a time period verified by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

    April 19, 2014

  • bachota Volunteers helping to spruce up community

    Walls and ceilings inside the Cambria County Library look clean and bright with fresh new coats of paint on them.
    The work was recently done by inmates from the Johnstown Community Corrections Center.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • alanna Hartzok targets income disparity

    Alanna Hartzok described herself as being a conservative progressive.
    The Franklin County resident said she is in favor of conserving environmental resources, education opportunities, Social Security and Medicare, while wanting to progressively address wealth inequality, health care and taxation.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Schools rise to leadership challenge

    Forest Hills and Cambria Heights high school students put the spirit of healthy competition toward a good cause and picked up some lessons in leadership along the way.

    April 19, 2014

  • KATEY LADIKA Student’s photos win awards

    A Forest Hills High School junior has captured several awards in a high school arts and writing contest that has identified greats such as Truman Capote and Andy Warhol.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jim Siehl JIM SIEHL | Music to my ears

    Seldom has $15 produced such a high level of entertainment as it did a few weeks ago when I found myself in the second row just left of center keeping back the tears once again during my third live performance of “Les Miserables.”

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Michele Bender Bye, bye, Easter birdies

    Animals fascinated my mom. Riding the train between Johnstown and Philly, she saw horses, pigs, sheep, cows … a Mattel See ’n Say of farm critters.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bill Eggert Columnist Photo Travelogue of terror features Johnstown area

    A historic week will surround the venerable Silver Drive-In come the beginning of May.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos


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