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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 14, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                Sports: Hollidaysburg girls edge BG, 49-48 Bl Nation: Marshal seizes church for tax debt Cl Altonna Copy right 2001 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2001 newsstand GOP divided on Blair hopeful 118 conferees selected for Shuster, 10 for Eichelberger. BY WILLIAM KIBT.ER Staff Writer :HOLLTOAYSBURG The Blair County Republican Committee elected a split dele- on to .Saturday's miniconventlon to a nominee for the 9th District onal seat 18 conferees for Bill SHuster and 10 for rival John H. jjjjhjhelberger Jr. jit-month ago, it looked like Eichelberger would receive all 28 Blair County delegates, but after a court defeat Tuesday afternoon and hours of wrangling and contention at a county committee meeting in the evening, it seemed Eichelberger was about to lose them all But a soft, safety-first approach by Shuster on a procedural vote resulted in the though a split with a big edge for him. Shuster supporters at the committee meet- ing first ousted 18 recent Eichelberger appointees, arguing Eichelberger appointed them in violation of party rules. Summed down to 63 longstanding mem- bers, the committee then voted down a pro- posal by an Eichelberger supporter to install the highly pro-Eichelberger executive com- mittee of about 15 willing members in the delegation to the miniconvention at Juniata College Saturday, where the winner will need 67 votes to take the 11-county district nomination. Having seemingly established a clear majority on the full committee, by killing the executive committee proposal, the Shuster Judge rules against executive committee in court Tuesday PAQE AS camp failed to go for the kill shot. Instead, when an Eichelberger supporter called for a split delegation with proportion- al representation, a Shuster supporter sec- onded it Then came the secret vote in support of the candidates, with Shuster taking 38, or 63 per- cent "A big Eichelberger said after the meeting. "I'm glad he made it" Had the Shuster camp gone for the throat by calling for a winner-take-all delegation, which had been suggested in general earlier, "That would have been the Eichelberger said. But Shuster had his reasons. His supporters discussed the possibility of going for winner take all, and elected not to, he said after the meeting. His camp had the sense that proportional representation is what the committee as a whole really wanted, he said. Please see A5 future in limbo The county library could lose state money and be decertified. BY BETH N. GRAY For the Mirror BEDFORD Within two years, the Bedford County Library could face the loss of its state certifica- tion and its state funding will be in jeopardy, Supervising Librarian Leslie Rock told county commis- sioners Tuesday. In a budgetary slash-and-burn announced last week, commission- ers lopped from the coun- ty's planned allocation to the countywide library system. Apportioned among four libraries, the loss to the county institution at Bedford will be which amounts to 50 percent of its book- buying budget tiiis year, Rock said. As a result books won't be pur- chased. State library standards that took effect last that local government support for normal operatic-IB remains at current lev- els'or increase. As commissioners also mandat- ed every department cut its budget by 1 percent, Rock said the library will eliminate continuing educa- tion activities and workshops for its full-time staffers for a savings of about But state guidelines also require continuing education. Failure to meet the guidelines means that the state library will call into question the library's cer- tification and can cut out state aid as mucfr as in 2003, Rock said. Please see A6 DIVING TO NEW DEPTHS Mirror photo by J O Cavnch Bob Maurer (right) of Maurer's Dive Shop In Carrolltown shows Adam Hnatkovich, a a senior at Cambria Heights High School, the diving gear Tuesday. ALL WET New marine biology class proves popular BY AUDREY BROTHERS-KONIOR For the Mirror school curriculum here has reached new depths. "It is really on the cutting Cambria Heights High School principal Timothy Laurito said about the recently iristitutediinarine biolo- gy class. The class Is taught in two separate settings by Laurito and Rick Bishop, both ot whom have extensive marine biology training backgrounds. Laurito is a certified diver and handles the scuba diving portion of the class, while Bishop conducts Classroom and other "above-water" lab instruction! "This dual-teaching mode has been very suc- cessful because there is a lot of cooperation between Tim and I. You can't find that every- Bishop said. Twenty students in the class explore'frontiers of water from streams to oceans aMretrieve various species offish to be transported back to the high school aquarium for further study. Please see A4 Rotary hoops tournament suspended BY JIM LANE Mirror Sports Editor One of the area's premier winter sports events is shutting down at least temporarily. The Rotary Club of the Altoona Holiday Basketball Tournament, which showcased some of the nation's premier high school hoops teams for the past 16 years and chan- neled to area nonprofit groups, is being suspended. Tournament chairmen David Andrews and Pat Dandrea con- firmed the decision Tuesday. "We had a good time doing it It was a great Andrews said, "and maybe we can, get it back and cranked up again, but we felt it was time to take a year off... step back and see what happens." Andrews, the, tournament founder, has been irivplved from the beginning and Dandrea for the past 14 years. Both, however, admitted their zeal to .raise funds through patrons and line up teams has diminished to recent years. They advanced their feelings to the committee and, when no one ex- pressed an interest in assuming the chairmanship, the Rotary Board of Directors passed a resolution to sus- pend the tournament for one year. The board will reeyaluate the situ- ation next year to determine whether the tournament will be resumed. "We may be back next Andrews said. "It may be Pat and L, maybe someone else from the Rotary, but we thought it was time to give it a year oif and see what happens." Altoona Area High School teams have hosted the event all 16 years, and Hollidaysburg squads have partici- pated in most of them, too. Visiting teams have come from as far away as Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as California and Oregon. For more news about the tournament shutdown POM "I hate to see it leave because I've always enjoyed seeing some of the better talent that comes in, especial- ly the said Gary Harrity, who has been following high school bas- ketball since the late 1950s. "I think I understand their predica- ment Harrity said. "A lot of tournaments are luring better teams, and the local talent has dropped off so much that interest is down." The tournament was a year-rovuM job for Andrews and Dandrea, who began' looking for teams almost as soon as one event was over. "People realize the extent of the work involved, but I don't think any- one realizes the full extent of what Pat- and I did on a daily Andrews said. "From Nov. 10 on, if s every Dandrea said. "Ifs basketball, which we really love, and that's the only reason we went on as long as we did." The Rotary was one of the few tournaments nationwide that thrived without a corporate sponsor.- It has depended solely on the support of area businesses and area basket- ball fans. "It's been a tougher sell to business community, and there's" a lot of reasons for that" Andrews' said. "People are laying off, people are downsizing." Rotarians are proud that the prof- its derived from the tournaments have gone back into area youth sports' programs arid the event did well enough last Christmas that the club again will allocate money tp various organizations. Mirror Sports Editor Jim Lane can be reached at 946-7444or A ROSY VALENTINE Marcia Alley, a floral designer, makes a rose bouquet Tuesday for Valentine's Day at the City View Florist. It's not too late to find that perfect Valentine's gift. For some last-minute gift ideas see Page Dl. Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Box office success could lead to an Oscar statue BY MIA ROHART Staff Writer The Oscar nominations announced Tuesday by Kathy Bates and Academy President Robert to be presented March to be popularity contests, former local film critic John Wall said. Wall, now a spokesman for Juniata College, suspects "Traffic" may win Best Director but not Best Picture because of its risky subject matter. In the category of Best Actor, Wall doubts that Javier Bardem or Geoffrey Rush will receive Oscars for their performances in "Before Night which deals with homosexu- ality, or a biography of the Marquis de Sade, respectively. "Artistically it's the best, but peo- ple don't want to vote for a drug Wall said of "Traffic." "I think it's probably the best movie of that group, but I don't think it'll win Best Picture." Wall said that "Erin Brockovich" has a good chance of winning because of its box office success, but he said that "Crouching "Hidden Dragon" and "Chocolat" have little hope of success because foreign films often do not win. Please see A12 AvftHdbteon honW Cinema 5, State PHfDS. Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 M 'V Lottery numbers, A2 Periods of rain, Forecast, C3 ftans AUTO SHOW AT LOGAN VALLEY MALL 944-2625 8OO-6-SLY FOX ______Route 36 Logan Blvd. Betwwn Altoona Hollldavsburo______ MC f MITSUBISHI MOTORS VMM iip ant Feb. 10 thru Feb.17, 2001 QlMAL Business Hospiials Obituaries Opinion A13 JV13 AS High schools B4 Scoreboard B5 Classifieds Movies C2 Comics DS Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Television D4 INSTATE Machete death: Suspect tells police: 'I took his head off.' PAGE A3   

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