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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania PLANS? CONCERTS, BAR SCENE, MOVIES, EXHIBITS IN LIFE NATION: COURT TOSSES $5 BILLION VERDICT AGAINST EXXON ► PAGE Cl With PSU offense surging, the defense has slipped taefWlRinfiy Eft! high school playoffs Altana mirror © Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2001 50$ newsstand mmwwwmmmm ■hmmh ENTERTAINMENT Mirror photo by J O Cavrich Jim Ricotta, manager of Coconuts Music and Movies in the Plank Road Commons, sorts country music compact discs while stocking shelves Wednesday. The genre’s local appeal translates into plenty of album and ticket sales. Country time Local music fans boost radio ratings and ticket and compact disc sales By Craig Williams Staff Writer Music fans in the region love their country music, and it 'shows in album and concert ticket sales and in radio ratings. Described as down-home and easy to enjoy, the soft moan of the steel guitar and driving rhythm of a boot scootin’ snare drum have created a loyal fan base for radio stations, music stores and concert halls, and businesses can count on that fan base. By changing from an easy listening format and renaming its call letters from WFBG-FM to the easily recognized WFGY-FM, Froggy 98 has carved a niche in the community as the station that listeners tune in to most often. The country music format has scored the top ranking in the most recent Arbitron rating for Froggy, a full 6 points above its closest competitor, which features oldies. “Central Pennsylvania listeners still like their country music,” said on-air personality Pete Moss of the afternoon drive-time show. Although Moss wasn’t bom and bred in country, his palette broad ened to include a little twang when he was a hard-working man. “I got a brief taste of it in the 1980s working construction in Virginia, as the guys played it on the radio every day,” he said. By the early 1990s, he moved to Blair County and was hired by the station to help with the new format. “In April 1991, the station changed over to country music, and it really skyrocketed,” Moss said. Part of the reason for the popularity is that the music speaks to everyone, Moss said. “It’s about everyday things,” he said. “The music actually tells stories.” Greg Fullenwider, who grew up in Kentucky, can’t remember when he started to listen to country. In the Altoona area on business, Fullenwider couldn’t resist helping himself to a compact disc of one of his favorite artists, Travis Tritt, as he browsed the promotional selection at Coconuts Music and Movies in the Plank Road Commons. “I don’t know why I like country music. I just do,” the Charlotte, N.C., resident said. Please see Country/Page A12 BIG NIGHT OUT The Associated Press Country singer Sara Evans performs at the Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. For story, please see Page DI. DECISION 2001: ► More on Pages A10, A14 Democrats, Callan feel loss’ sting Party leaders point to lack of planning Controversy comes back to bite judge By Ray Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - Precinct-by*precinct election results for Judge Norman D. Callan indicate he lost in northern and southern Blair County municipalities where residents were affected by his decisions to settle controversies. The judge also lost all three precincts in Funkstown Township, home of former District Attorney William J. Haberstroh, who was instrumental in organizing a group opposed to Callan’s retention that ran a campaign criticizing his courtroom behavior. Unofficial vote counts from Tuesday’s election indicate 11,493 voters opposed retaining Callan for a second 10-year term on the bench and 10,422 voted in favor. Callan’s strongest support came from Hollidaysburg, where he won all seven precincts, and from Altoona, where he won 24 of 40 precincts. In other municipalities, voters split their decisions on Callan’s retention, with marginal differences in both directions contributing to the difference of 1,071 votes. But in northern and southern Blair County, voters turned him down. Callan lost ll of 13 precincts that make up Snyder and Antis townships and Bellwood and Tyrone boroughs. Those were the municipalities where residents were most affected by his ruling in October 1997 that barred the use of a confession by Ronald K. Isenberg, an Antis Township teen-ager accused in the June 1995 killing of 11-year-old Melody Curtis of Bushnell, Fla. Please see Judge/Page A14 Callan From Mirror and wire reports In an election that attracted one out of five eligible voters and saw Republicans sweep seven statewide judicial races, Democratic strategists conceded that the GOP did a better job of organizing. “I give them credit. I think we beat ourselves more than got beat,” said Ken Snyder, a consultant who helped lead the Democratic effort in Tuesday’s election. Snyder cited unusually low turnouts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as especially harmful to the Democratic ticket. “I just think we lost because we underestimated our organizational needs,” he said. Neil E. Cashman Jr., executive director of the Democratic State Committee, said he was “a little shocked” by the breadth of the GOP victory and said he could not explain it easily. Blair County Republican Committee Chairman John H Riche! berger Jr. said those victories may be more significant than expected. “We look at the judicial races as a precursor to the next year’s elections [for state and U.S. legislative offices!,” he said. “They tend to serve as a strong barometer of what we can expect from next year’s races.” Eichelberger is not particularly concerned with Democratic victories in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races or the GOP’s victory in the New York City mayoral race. “They’re pretty meaningless to Pennsylvania,” he said. “Perhaps in Philadelphia, being so close to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, there is some interest, but what affects Philadelphia often doesn’t have the same interest in the rest of the state.” Please see Dems/Page A14 Couple breaks 21-year silence on alleged confession By Phil Ray Staff Writer EBENSBURG — A married couple testified Wednesday before a Cambria County jury that their friend confessed to killing a 66-year-old Emeigh man found dead in his garage 21 years ago. Elmer Thomas Westover, now 41 years old, was 19 when Andrew Fenchock was shot in the head, back and chest. Although state police interviewed more than 230 Emeigh-area residents and possible suspects during the initial investigation, they were not able to make an arrest until earlier this year when Brian A. Lloyd and his wife, Stella Lloyd, of Cherry Tree came forward and said Westover visited their home with a .22-caliber revolver rn tam ll DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050 t    i MG FOUR ill 7    7    6 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Mostly sunny, 67° ■ Forecast, A2 I H0T-ADS.com We re white-hot! in his belt the day after Fenchock’s killing. Under questioning from assistant district attorney Gary Costlow, the Lloyds testified that Westover told them he might have killed somebody. Westover, described by Brian Lloyd as a “tough, tough young boy” at age 19, said he was stealing copper from the garage area of Fenchock’s property when Fenchock surprised him. There was a struggle, and Westover said he shot Fenchock in the head, Brian Lloyd testified. Westover arrived at the Lloyd home within hours of the killing, and the Lloyds had not yet heard about the crime. They remained silent for almost 21 years. “I was afraid to speak about it. I didn’t go to the police, in fear for my wife and children,” Brian Lloyd said as he was questioned by Westover’s attorney, Robert Davis Gleason. Westover is charged with first-degree, second-degree and third-degree murder, burglary, aggravated assault and simple assault. Please see Confession/Page A12 Alto ana iHtrror THE GREAT COMBINATION I Call us today...Make money today. 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  • Andrew Fenchock
  • Brian A. Lloyd
  • Brian Lloyd
  • Elmer Thomas Westover
  • Gary Costlow
  • Greg Fullenwider
  • Ken Snyder
  • Neil E. Cashman Jr.
  • Norman D. Callan
  • Pete Moss
  • Robert Davis Gleason
  • Ronald K. Isenberg
  • Sara Evans
  • Stella Lloyd
  • Travis Tritt
  • William J. Haberstroh

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Publication: Altoona Mirror

Location: Altoona, Pennsylvania

Issue Date: November 8, 2001

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