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Publication: Altoona Mirror January 24, 2001

Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - January 24, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Hollidaysburg boys knock off JohnstownLife: Area man shares chili-making expertise DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2001 50C newsstand Coy out as 9th hopeful ■ Key Democrat won’t seek congress slot. Eichelberger to announce decision today. By William Kibler and Robert Igoe Staff 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 nm 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 that!” said Andrea Leighty, listed as the contact person on the news release. “He just told me to put it on that and fax it out.” Perhaps to reserve a smidgen of suspense, Eichelberger declined to elaborate further until today. Eichelberger, the chairman of the Blair I County Republican Committee, has made it clear he’s interested in the seat. Should Eichelberger decide to run for the nomination, he will be part of a crowded field that includes Shuster’s son, businessman Bill Shuster, as well as state Reps. Patrick Fleagle, Franklin County, and Lynn Herman, Centre County; county commissioners John Ebersole, Blair County, and Connie Lucas, Centre, Fulton County; Treasurer Bonnie Melliot-Keefer and Mifflin County resident Monte Coy Kemmler, who ran against Shuster in 1996 and 1998. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, the field is thinning itself out, with state Rep. Jeff Coy announcing Tuesday that he will not run for his party’s nomination, preferring to concentrate on service to his constituents. “After much thought and consideration and many phone calls of support, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Congress,” 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 tremendous 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. “I have come to the conclusion that I do not presently have the amount of time necessary to run a full-time campaign,” he said, “and if elected, the full time necessary to devote to all the work required of a congressman. 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 campaign for the seat, though he said that upcoming reapportionment of the state could radically change the 9th District. Please see Hopeful9/Page A7 Eichelberger s* w NS cutting jobs in 2001 I Struggling rail giant could shed 2,000 positions. I Prospects for local workers remain uncertain. Husband Mirror file photo A welder works at the Hollidaysburg Car Shop in this November 2000 file photo. By Craig Williams Staff Writer In a bold restructuring move designed to bring an underperforming Norfolk Southern Corp. in line with its competitors, the company announced Tuesday that 2,000 jobs will be eliminated from the payrolls by the end of the year — though 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 dividend by 70 percent in response to a drop of nearly 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 earmarking a large portion of infrastructure for the junk heap or the auction block including 12,000 freight cars, which is IO percent of its fleet, and 4,000 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 IO 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 year,” Husband said Tuesday. The reduction is an effort to bring Norfolk Southern operating overhead in line with similar sized railroads and market 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 services,” 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 examination 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 3,000 to 4,000 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 33,000 workers, with 1,400 working shops in Juniata and Hollidaysburg. “Compared to other class-one railroads, we have more employees per revenue ton mile,” Husband said. “We want to be in line with the other class-one railroads.” Please see Jobs/Page A6 an accused of murdering ea teen in Md. gets retrial Wright By Phil Ray Staff Writer 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 murder of 16-year-old Krista Ruggles. He was convicted of first-degree murder and other offenses and was sentenced to life plus 25 years. However, Wright’s conviction was overturned by the Maryland Court of Appeals because during their deliberations, jurors mistakenly had access to news articles Please see Retrial/Page A7CTV Area deer hunters unhappy with plan to run seasons simultaneously Ray Lewis handles media blitz with ease Giants coach Jim Fassel: Calm, cool and collected Super bowl notebook 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 reception 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 it,” said Richard Umholtz, a member of the Tyrone Sportsmen’s Club. “ I think it would be too dangerous, people 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 bucks,” 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 Seasons/Page A7 ■HMH DELIVERY Subscription or home I delivery questions: I 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 *"22910 0005(,J"4 BM FOUR | 7 | 2 I Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mix of sun and clouds, 36° ■ Forecast, C2 Altun aa mirror [THE GREAT COMB i H ATI ON] Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Andrea Leighty
  • Bill Shuster
  • Connie Lucas
  • Gary Alt
  • Greg Morris
  • Jeff Coy
  • Jermaine Stelwagen Wright
  • Jim Fassel
  • John Ebersole
  • John Eichelberger Jr.
  • Krista Ruggles
  • Lynn Herman
  • Patrick Fleagle
  • Ray Lewis
  • Richard Umholtz
  • Rudy Husband

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: January 24, 2001

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