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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Hollidaysburg boys knock off Johnstown li Life: Area man shares chili-making expertise Dl Altmna iHtrrnr Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001 newsstand Coy out as 9th hopeful Key Democrat won't seek congress slot. Eichelberger to announce decision today. BY WILLIAM KIBI.ER AND ROBERT IGOE Stiff Writers ..HOLLIDAYSBURG Blair County Commissioner John Eichelberger Jr. just laughed when asked Tuesday if putting a news release on "Eichelberger for Congress" letterhead announcing a news conference today means he'll run for Bud Shuster's old seat gave any indication which way he's thinking. His secretary at his insurance office laughed too, an hour earlier. I "We never even thought of I said Andrea Leighty, listed as the con- I tact person on the news release. "He I just told me to put it on that and fax it I out." Perhaps to reserve a smidgen of sus- I pense, Eichelberger declined to elabo- I rate further until today. I Eichelberger, the chairman of the Blair ___________I County Republican Committee, has Eichelberger Made it clear he's interested in the seat Should Eichelberger decide to run 1 for the nomination, he will be part of a J crowded field that includes Shuster's I son, businessman Bill Shuster, as well I as state Reps. Patrick Fleagle, Franklin I County, and Lynn Herman, Centre I County; county commissioners John JEbersole, Blair County, and Connie Centre, Fulton County; I Treasurer Bonnie Melliot-Keefer and IMifflin County resident Monte Kemmler, who ran against Shuster in 1996 and 1998. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the field is thin- ning itself out, with state Rep. Jeff Coy announcing Tuesday that he will not run for his party's nomina- tion, preferring to concentrate on service to his con- stituents. "After much thought and consideration and many phone calls of support, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for he said. "I have reached the conclusion that I can best serve the people of Franklin and Cumberland counties by continuing to represent them in the legislature. "Cumberland Valley residents have placed a tremen- dous trust in me, and I intend to continue working to represent their interests to the best of my ability." Also announcing his noncandidacy Tuesday was Democrat and Altoona real estate developer Greg Morris, who said he does not have the time to devote to the job. "Ihave come to the conclusion that I do not present- ly.have the amount of time necessary to run a full-time he said, "and if elected, the full time neces- sary to devote to all the work required of a congress- man. At present, my partners and I are working on some very important private projects that will bring thousands of jobs to the 9th District. I need to make these private projects my immediate priority and get them under construction." Morris did leave open the possibility of a 2002 cam- paign for the seat, though he said that upcoming reap- portionment of the state could radically change the 9th District. Please see A7 NS cutting jobs in 2001 Struggling rail giant could shed positions. Prospects for local workers remain uncertain. I! Husband A welder works at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop in this November 2000 file photo. Mifror file pfioto' BY CRAIG WILLIAMS Staff Writer n a bold restructuring move designed to bring an underperforming Norfolk Southern Corp. in line with its com- petitors, the company announced Tuesday that jobs will be eliminated from the payrolls by the end of the company officials stopped short of saying which jobs will be cut or where. Plagued with a loss of revenues, the company also cut its quarterly divi- dend by 70 percent in response to a drop of near- ly a third of the company's earnings in the first nine months of 2000. In addition to a reduction in the labor pool, the company is ear- marking a large portion of infrastructure for the junk heap or the auc- tion block including freight cars, which is 10 percent of its fleet, and miles of track throughout the system. Corporate spokesman Rudy Husband said that buildings and factory operations have not been left out of the equation as up to 10 underused shops, rail yards and administration support facilities will be closed. "What we have announced today is the beginning of a process, which will take a Husband said Tuesday. The reduction is an effort to bring Norfolk Southern operating overhead in line with similar sized railroads and mar- ket conditions. Late last fall, the company brought in MultiModal Applied Systems, a railroad consulting firm to redesign the service network and has been working with them on a plan to cut costs. "With MultiModal, we are looking at ways to improve customer service while at the same time reducing the cost of ser- Husband said. "This is going to be a process that will take the better part of this year before we reach conclusions on any of it. But as we get into the overall examina- tion of Norfolk Southern and it becomes clear that certain facilities are redundant, then we will take what steps we need." The company also is targeting to miles of track for elimination. Just what factories and shops are on the list of redundancies has not been released, though Husband said more information may be coming during today's public announcement of the company's fourth- quarter earnings. In short, the company said that jobs and entire shops will be cut from the books throughout the year. And there may be even more of those announced if needed. Systemwide; the company employs more than workers, with working shops in Juniata and Hollidaysburg. "Compared to other class-one we have more employees per revenue ton Husband said. "We want to be in line with the other class-one railroads." Please see A6 Man accused of murdering area teen in Md. gets retrial Wright Bv PHIL RAY StaffWriter The retrial of a Maryland man accused of the 1995 murder of a Hollidaysburg Area High School senior on vacation in Ocean City, Md., will be held this March in Maryland. A spokeswoman for the Worcester County Clerk's office in Snow Hill, Md., confirmed Tuesday that jury selection for the trial of Jermaine Stelwagen Wright, now 26, of Salisbury, will begin March 12. Wright was tried two years ago for the mur- der of 16-year-old Krista Ruggles. He was con- victed of first-degree murder and other offens- es and was sentenced to life plus 25 years. However, Wright's conviction was over- turned by the Maryland Court of Appeals because during their deliberations, jurors mistakenly had access to news articles Please see A7 Area deer hunters unhappy with plan to run seasons simultaneously a Ray Lewis handles media blitz with ease PACE S1 S Giants coach Jim Fassel: Calm, coo! and collected PAGE E3 Si Super bowl notebook PAGE From Mirror staff and wire reports HARRISBURG A tradition-altering plan to run buck and doe seasons mostly at the same time is getting a lukewarm recep- tion from area hunters. Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to the idea Tuesday. A vote on final acceptance will not happen until April, after a period of public comment. "I am not a big fan of said Richard Umholte, a member of the Tyrone Sportsmen's Club." I think it would be too dangerous, peo- ple will shoot at anything that moves. I also think it would be hard on the deer herd." But the man who came up with the idea doesn't see it that way. "If we fill the freezers of large numbers of hunters just prior to buck season, by opening doe season first, they're going to shoot less bucks for meat, particularly smaller said Gary. Alt, supervisor of the Game Commission's Deer Management Section. Smaller bucks then could have another year to grow larger racks of antlers, making better hunting, he said. Please see A7 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7 Lottery numbers, A2 Mix of sun and clouds, Fonxwst, C2 HCfr-ADS.dom We're white-hot! Altmnut iJltrrnr GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE GK.KAT COMBINATION of MUJltOK OLASSU-'INRS and HOT-AOS Phone (814) 946-7422 or fax us at (814) QlMM. Hospitals Obituaries Opinion Movies Scoreboard I A11 i A11 j A8 I B3 f Classifieds C3-12 Comics D5 Community news 02 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSTATE Failed dorm sprinkler bill reintroduced PAGE A3