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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013

HOUSE FIRE IN CLAYSBURG

ONE RESIDENT AND A FIREFIGHTER WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER AN OVERNIGHT FIRE AT A HOUSE ON CEMETERY LANE IN GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY. MORE THAN 50 FIREFIGHTERS HAD TO DEAL WITH THE BITTER COLD AS THEY PUT OUT THE FLAMES. NO WORD YET ON THE CAUSE…A DAMAGE ESTIMATE…OR THE EXTENT OF INJURIES.

TODDLER WILL BE FINE

DOCTORS AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN PITTSBURGH SAY 2 YEAR OLD MARC JACKSON JUNIOR OF SOMERSET WILL MAKE A FULL RECOVERY AFTER BEING TRAPPED BENEATH AN OLD STOVE ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE CHILD’S FATHER’S FIANCEE FOUND THE BOY AND GOT HIM BREATHING AGAIN. THE FAMILY IS REMODELING THEIR KITCHEN AND THE CURIOUS BOY CLIMBED INTO THE OLD OVEN…THEN IT OVERTURNED ON TOP OF HIM.

MORE CHARGES IN NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING

FORMER CHOICES NIGHTCLUB BOUNCER BRANDON MIDDERS OF ALTOONA IS NOW FACING MORE CHARGES FOR DRIVING HUGO BAEZ TO HUNTINGDON COUNTY AFTER BAEZ ALLEGEDLY SHOT AND KILLED WILLIE SOLOMON INSIDE THE CLUB HALLOWEEN NIGHT. IN ADDITION TO CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE, MIDDERS IS NOW CHARGED WITH 6 FELONIES INCLUDING CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, AND HINDERING APPREHENSION. A SHOTGUN AND A SEMIAUTOMATIC HANDGUN WERE FOUND IN MIDDER’S CAR, BOTH LOADED. HIS PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SET FOR DECEMBER 23RD. MIDDERS IS JAILED ON 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND.

DON’T SKIP JURY DUTY!

THE CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT SYSTEM HAS BEGUN FINING THOSE WHO FAIL TO SHOW UP FOR JURY DUTY 100-DOLLARS EACH. COURT ADMINISTRATOR WILLIAM VALKO TELLS THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT THAT 6 PEOPLE WERE FINED THIS WEEK AND 11 OTHERS WERE ORDERED TO RETURN AT A LATER DATE FOR JURY DUTY.

ALTOONA BUDGET

ALTOONA IS STILL UNDER THE DISTRESSED MUNICIPALITIES PROGRAM…AND CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT ADOPTED A 28-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET FOR THE COMING YEAR. IT INCLUDES NO OVERALL TAX INCREASE. THE REGULAR EARNED INCOME TAX FOR RESIDENTS IS GOING DOWN POINT-05 PERCENT TO POINT-9 PERCENT.

STUDENTS WANT TO GO TO PENN STATE

PENN STATE SAYS IT HAS RECEIVED ALMOST 46- THOUSAND APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION IN THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR. AFTER 45-THOUSAND-932 WERE RECEIVED IN 2011, THE NUMBER OF BACCALAUREATE APPLICATIONS LAST YEAR WAS DOWN TO 38-THOUSAND-359 IN LIGHT OF THE SANDUSKY SCANDAL. FROM THIS YEAR’S APPLICANT POOL, THE UNIVERSITY HAS MADE 11-THOUSAND OFFERS.

THOUGH THE COST TO ATTEND PENN STATE IS RISING, IT IS STILL ONE OF THE BEST VALUES FOR A PUBLIC COLLEGE, ACCORDING TO KIPLINGER’S PERSONAL FINANCE.THE MAGAZINE RANKED PENN STATE NUMBER 53 IN ITS ANNUAL LISTING, WHICH COMBINES EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC VALUE. PENN STATE WAS ONE OF 3 PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOLS TO MAKE THE LIST. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA/CHAPEL HILL RANKED FIRST.

SIGNING UP FOR OBAMACARE

ENROLLMENT FOR THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT ONLY ON THE RISE NATIONALLY…IT IS ALSO UP IN PENNSYLVANIA. AT THE END OF LAST MONTH, 11-THOUSAND-788 PENNSYLVANIANS SELECTED A HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN UNDER OBAMACARE. AROUND 100-THOUSAND STATE RESIDENTS QUALIFY TO ENROLL IN A PLAN, WHILE NEARLY 40-THOUSAND ARE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. ANYONE WHO WANTS COVERAGE BY JANUARY 1ST MUST ENROLL BY DECEMBER 23RD.

HOW ARE SCHOOLS PERFORMING?

THE PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE IS NOW POSTED ON LINE AND IT INCLUDES INFORMATION FROM MORE THAN 620 SCHOOLS THAT PREVIOUSLY HAD THEIR STATISTICS SUPPRESSED. THE SITE USES FEDERAL AND STATE TEST SCORES TO RATE SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE ON A SCALE OF ONE TO 100. MORE THAN 70-PERCENT OF THE SCHOOLS IN PENNSYLVANIA CURRENTLY RECEIVE A RATING OF 70 OR HIGHER. STATE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL COMES IN AT 95-POINT-8. ALTOONA SCORED AN 80…AND GREATER JOHNSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL RATES A 62-POINT-4.