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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY BACK TO SCHOOL Homeroom listings for area school districts FREE INSIDE SPORTS: NASCAR to issue official ruling on Dale Earnhardt's death today Bl UFE: Organizing medical records helps keep track of finances and benefits Dl Copyright 2001 TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2001 newsstand EICHELBERGER-SHUSTER FEUD Rivals trying making nice BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer HOLL1DAYSBURG The win- ner and the loser in the race to suc- ceed U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster tried to get off to a new start Monday. Blair County Commissioner John II. Eichelberger Jr., who lost in the attempt to succeed Shuster, said county commissioners aren't always invited to gatherings arranged by federal and state law- makers. And Eichelberger said commis- sioners don't always get credit for the efforts they add to local pro- jects. Then Eichelberger asked Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, to talk to state Senate President Pro Tern Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, about what Eichelberger understands is an organized effort to oust him as county Republican chairman and county commissioner. "I'm going to be in office IVi more years, whether anybody likes it or Eichelberger said. Shusler, who's traveling through- out his congressional district to meet with elected leaders and con- stituents, told Eichelberger and fel- low commissioner Donna Gority Monday at the Blair Comity Courthouse that he wants to work with Ihe commissioners. "It takes a team Shuster "I'm going lo be in office y-k more years, whether anybody likes it or not." JohnH. ElchelbergerJr. Blair County commissioner "It doesn't matter what I say. I'm going to 6e accused." U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster R-91h District told the pair. Commissioner Chair- man John J. Ebersole was not at the meeting. As far as Eichelberger's claim about Jubelirer's interest in oust- ing him, Shuster acknowledged that he has heard that claim all over Blair County. But he has no interest in it. "My thoughts are all focused on Shusler insisted. The Mirror was unable to reach Juberlirer for comment. Please see AID Blair's DA changes his mind Drug suspect catches break BY PHIL RAY StqffWriter HOLLIDAYSBURG A former Penn State Altoona student charged with selling marijuana got a break on his sentence Monday. Prosecutors dropped felony charges against Jerod Reid of Rochester, N.Y., and agreed he would serve a year in the Blair County Prison instead of several years in a state correctional insti- tution. Reid, then 18 years old, arrived in Altoona in August 2000 to attend Penn State Altoona, where he intended to study business admin- istration. According to the charges, Reid got a jump on his business career by regularly selling marijuana from his dorm room and from an apartment he maintained in an off- campus housing complex, the for- mer Pepsi plant. In late November, Reid told a police informant he was thinking of expanding his business into more serious drugs. So police conducted a buy-bust operation Nov. 28 and arrested Reid within minutes after he sold drugs to an informant. Police found in his pocket, including hills used to purchase drugs the day before. Please see A4 TRANSPORTATION Opening arteries A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks debut of Convention Center Boulevard. Groundbreakihgs officially launch Plank Road, Chestnut Avenue widening projects. Convention Gtr. Plank Road ttujj vv Cc s Mirror photo by Jason Sfpss Scissors and a piece of ribbon protrude from the hand of Kathy McMasters, assistant busi- ness manager of the Blair County Convention Center, as the ceremony opening Convention Center Boulevard concludes Monday afternoon. BY KAY STEPHENS Staff Writer onvention Center Boulevard opened Monday, offering easy access to the Blair County Convention Center and providing convenience for motorists traveling between Plank Road and Logan Boulevard. But local government leaders and state legislators s ay the 0.8- mile link will attract now busi- nesses and help the local economy. "I'll predict a successful conven- tion center and guarantee major economic benefits from this Mai-tin J. Marasco, executive director of the Altoona Blah- County Economic Development Corp., told those attending Monday's ribbon cutting ceremo- ny at Convention Center Drive and Convention Center Boulevard. Marasco said the boulevard, which offers access only to the convention center, will attract commercial and retail businesses, as well as some spinoff businesses from the convention center, which opened in May. "Some inquiries have been made as to the land in this Marasco said. Please see A6 Chestnut Avenue BY WILLIAM Kinum Staff Writer At a ceremonial groundbreak- ing to widen Chestnut Avenue Monday, the old PennDOT chestnut "Temporary Inconvenience Permanent Improvement" sprouted a new meaning courtesy of Altoona City Manager Joe Weakland. When Penn State Altoona begins classes this fall, the community will learn the importance of widening Chestnut Avenue from the traffic jams the detour gener- ates, Weakland said. The million proj ect will expand Chestnut Avenue between Altoona Hospital and the Juniata. Locomotive Shop from two to four lanes, with a turning lane at inter- sections and some driveways. The project should be done by October 2002. Please see A6 With solicitor's blessing, alcohol testing approved By JAY YOUNG Stqff Writer Altoona Area School District solici- tor David Andrews said he can't stop someone from suing the district, but he's confident he could defend the alcohol testing policy passed Monday by the school board successfully. The new policy permits administra- tors who have "individualized reason- able suspicion" that a student has con- sumed alcohol on school property or at a school-sponsored event to have that pupil tested using a passive alcohol sen- sor. Students refusing to take the test will be presumed guilty of the offense. Board member David Francis asked for reassurance of the district's legal standing if it assumes a student is guilty. Please see AS Hyzdu doll's popularity mind-bobbling About 550 people lined up outside Thomas Chevrolet in Bedford Monday to obtain an Adam Hyzdu bobble-head doll signed by the ball player. Mirror pholo by J.D. Cavrich BY JIM LANE Minor Sports Editor BEDFORD Marcy and Marty Leaner pulled into the Thomas Chevrolet parking lot about a.m. Monday, but-------------------------- they weren't there to buy Hyzdu's legacy an automobile. alive and well in They were looking for a PAOE B1 bobble-head Adam Hyzdu bobble-head doll and they didn't want to be disappointed. '-'._ They weren't. Please see Bobbltng A6 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 Lottery numbers, A2 Mix of sun, clouds, 78" Forecast, A2 Business Movies Obituaries Opinion Local._____ Scoreboard _A7 i Classifieds C4-10 A6 I A9 Comics D5 D2 B4 B5 I Television D4 IN NATION A 27-year-old man stabbed his pregnant wife to death Monday and then dtove to a suburb and killed four more rela- tives before fleeing with Ws 3-year-oW son. PAGE C1
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