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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Ravens, Giants advance to conference games Life: Tips on getting your financial house in order Copyright 2001 iJKrror MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2001 newsstand INSIDE TODAY Youth Education Association program offers tutoring services to grade- school students. _________________________Page 3 Youth Outreach of America program offers personal faith and values. Pages Brothers play the same "Nutcracker" role one in Altoona, the other in New York City. Page 7 Repeat DUIs disturb judge A Tyrone man has been sentenced to jail term for his second conviction in 10 years. BY PHIL RAY StaffWriter does it take to teach people not to drink and drive? That's a question Blair County Judge Norman D. Callan pondered recently. 'Standing before Callan Friday in Blair County court was a 46-year- old Tyrone man, ready for sentenc- ing on a drunken driving charge. There was a twist, however the same man had killed a 13-year- old pedestrian a decade ago while driving drunk. "I know it was a Timothy Lee Yingling said of his repeat offense. "I believe it's wrong; I know it is. I just let my. guard down." Callan retorted, "How many peo- ple do you have to He also asked Yingling if a term in state prison would teach him a lesson. Yingling, a welder by trade, said it would. But when it came time for sen- tencing, Callan jailed Yinglingfor 5 to 23 months in the county prison. Callan told Yingling that if he drinks and drives again, he will be "warehoused" in a state prison. Yingling was taken to the Blair County Prison after the hearing, but he is able to leave the prison almost daily on work-release. Because it had been a decade between drunken driving offenses, Yingling came before the court as a first-time offender. Blair County Assistant District Attorney Jackie Bernard pointed out to Callan that Yingling was not a typical first-time offender, and she asked the judge to impose a sentence greater than the typical 48-hour term. Yingling also was fined Please see A7 KIDS ON DRUGS Mirror photos by J.D. Cavrich Items such as look-alike batteries, compacts, lip gloss and correction fluid are being sold and used to conceal drugs. SECRET STASHES Special products help children conceal drug habits BY JAY YOUNG StaffWriter Even parents who know their children are on drugs or abusing substances can have a hard time finding proof. That's because there are some manufacturers and local businesses who sell children products designed to conceal drugs. Stacey Kimble has spent days traveling to area stores and pur- chasing these items, which include look-alike batteries and soda cans, designed with secret compartments. Kimble says store owners and employees she encounters claim the containers are for tobacco. But she knows better. Kimble, a drug and alcohol counselor for Behavior Health Services of Altoona Hospital and Home Nursing Agency, will give the public a chance to view these items tonight. Guardians of school-age children are invit- ed to attend "What's Hot, What's Not" from to 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt Junior High School auditorium. "Kids are always two steps ahead of us, so we need to take everything we can to stay on top of Kimble says. "How do you know what to deal with unless you know what's out there? Please see A7 IF YOU 60 Whit: "What's Hot, What's Not" When: to 8 p.m. tonight Where: Roosevelt Junior High School auditorium Who's invited: Guardians of school-age children Cost: Free Given by: Behavior Health Services of Altoona Hospital and Home Nursing Agency Organized by: Altoona Area School District's Collaboration Team Parent Education and Involvement Committee Drug and alcohol counselor Stacey Kimble demonstrates how a doctored soda can has special compartments to hide drugs. Pa. leads nation in guarding farmland The American Farmland Trust will present award to state for saving more than acres in 2000. HARRISBURG (AP) Pennsylvania, which in 1997 was losing farmland acreage twice the size of Pittsburgh each year, will be honored for leading the nation in farmland preservation. The American Farmland Trust of Washington, will present the National Farmland Preservation Achievement Award to the state, organization spokesman Russell Redding said. In 2000, Pennsylvania saved more than acres on farms, I bringing the state's preservation to I acres since its program began I in the late 1980s, State Agriculture Secretary Samuel E. Hayes Jr. said. "Now, Pennsylvania's Farmland I Preservation Program is preserving I farmland at a pace faster than any I other state in the said Hayes, a Blair County native. The award presentation was sched-1 uled for Saturday at the state Farm Show but was postponed and likely will be held in February. A total of farms with acres in 43 counties have enrolled in the state's program, which enables the state and counties to purchase development rights to guarantee that farms will remain in agricultural use. Another eight counties have announced plans to join the program; for a total of 51 of the state's 67 counties enrolled. Blair, Bedford, Cambria, Centre, Somerset and Indiana are among the local counties involved. The program began in the late 1980s with a mil- lion bond issue approved by voters. The funding allows counties to buy development rights to farms in areas kiwwn for their productive soil and prime fanning con- ditions. Under the voluntary program, farm owners get paid the difference between the farm's agricultural value and the property's actual value, which sometimes is much higher depending on development potential The land then must forever remain in agricultural use. The property can be sold to other farmers, but the new own- ers also are bound by the restriction. According to the nonprofit American Farmland Trust, Pennsylvania has lost more than 1 million acres of farmland to development since 1982. The state had nearly 8.3 million acres in farmland in 1982, and that had declined to nearly 7.2 million acres by 1997. _ The highest participation has been in Philadelphia's rapid growing suburbs, including Lancaster, Berks and Lehigh counties, said Raymond C. Pickering, director of the state's Bureau of Farmland Protection. "The pace at which farmland is being saved was dra- matically up last year -because there is more money Pickering said. Hayes called farmland preservation "one of the most widely accepted public policies in Pennsylvania." "Farmers who want to stay in farming but used to be lured by buyout offers from developers now can keep their land in Hayes said. Hayes SHUSTER QUITS: THE FflUODT Clients say they will keep Eppard despite retirement Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett Dynamic duo U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, and lobby- ist Ann Eppard In May 1998. BY ROBERT IGOE e Copyright 2001, Altoona Mirror For years, they were inseparable on Capitol Hill. She was his friend. She was his chief of staff. She was his adviser. Eventually, she became a powerful lobbyist, often working before his ultra-powerful committee. But now, with the upcoming retirement of U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster, R-9th District, Ann Eppard will face the beginning of a career in Washington with- out one of her closest allies. But Eppard, who left Shuster's employment in 1994 to become the head of Ann Eppard Associated Ltd., one of the nation's most powerful lobbyist organizations, apparently will remain a busy woman, as many of her largest clients told the Mirror recently that they still value her services and plan to retain her firm after Shuster retires. "Ann Eppard has been a very wise and competent counselor to our industry for the past four said Nancy Fletcher, president of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, which paid to Eppard's firm in 1998 to promote their interests in Washington. "We definitely intend to retain her. Please see A3 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (SCO) 287-4480 mmm I Lottery numbers, A2 Cloudy, chance of flurries, 33" Fortpst, C2 HQT-ADS.jom We're white-hot! Call us today...Make money today. 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