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   Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - November 8, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania                                PLANS? iifCONCERTS, BAR SCENE, MOVIES, EXHIBITS W IN LIFE NATION: COURT TOSSES BILLION VERDICT AGAINST EXXON PAGE Cl Crunch time? Inside in Crunch time! high school playoffs" the slipped dfltrrar Copyright 2001 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2001 500 newsstand ENTERTAINMENT Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich Jini 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. 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 listen- ing format and renaming its call let- ters from WFBG-FM to the easily 1-eCognized WFGY-FM, Froggy 98 has carved a niche in the commun- ity 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 com- which features oldies. "Central Pennsylvania listeners still like their country said on air personality Pete Moss of the afternoon drive-time show. .Although Moss wasn't born 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 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 Moss said. Part of the reason for the popular- ity is that the music speaks to every- one, Moss said. "It's about everyday he said. "The miisic actually tells sto- ries." Greg Fullemvider, 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 selec- tion at Coconuts Music and Movies in the Plank Road Commons. "I don't know why I like country music, I just the Charlotte, N.C., resident said. Please see A12 Local music fans boost I radio ratings and ticket and compact disc sales BIG NIGHT OUT TTie Associated Press Country singer Sara Evans performs at the Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday. For story, please see Page Dl. DECISION 2001: More on Pages A10, A14 Democrats, Callan feel loss' sting Controversy comes back to bite judge BY KAY 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 deci- sions to settle controversies. The judge also lost all three precincts in Frankstown Town- ship, home of former District Attorney William J. Haberstroh, who was instrumental; in organizing a group opposed to Callan's retention that ran a cam- paign criticizing his courtroom be- havior. Unofficial vote counts from Tues- day's election indicate vot- ers opposed retaining Callan for a second 10-year term on the bench and voted in favor. Callan's strongest support came front Hollidaysburg, where he won all seven precincts, arid from Al- toona, where he won 24 of 40 precincts. In other municipalities, voters split their decisions on Callan's retention, with marginal differ- ences in both directions contribut- ing to the difference of votes. But in northern and southern Blair County, voters turned him down. Callan lost 11 of 13 precincts that make up Snyder and Antis town- ships and Bellwoor! and Tyrone boroughs. Those were the municipalities where residents were most affect- ed by his ruling in October 1997 that twred 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 A14 Callan Party leaders point to lack of planning Fi'om 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 conced- ed that the GOP did a better job of organizing. "I give them credit. I think we beat ourselves more than got said Ken Snyder, a con- sultant who helped lead the Democratic effort in Tuesday's election. Snyder- cited unusually low turnouts in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as especially harm- ful to the Democratic ticket. "I just think we lost because we underestimated our organi- zational he said. Neil E. Cashman Jr., execu- tive 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 Com- mittee Chairman John H. Eichel- 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. leg- islative he said. "They tend to serve as a strong barom- eter of what we can expect from next year's races." Eichelberger is not particu- larly concerned with Democrat- ic 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 he said. "Per- haps in Philadelphia, being so close to the Now 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 A14 Couple breaks 21-year silence on alleged confession -BY PHIL RAY Staff Writer .EBENSBURG A married couple testi- fied Wednesday before a Cambria County 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 was 19 when Andrew Fcnchdck was shot in the head, back and chest. Although state police interviewed more than 230 Emeigh-area residents and pos- sible suspects during the initial investiga- tion, 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 vis- ited their home with a .22-caliber revolver in his belt the day after Fenchock's killing. Under questioning from assistant dis- trict 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 Fen chock surprised him. There was a struggle, and Westover said he shot Fenchock hi 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 chil- Brian Lloyd said as he was ques- tioned 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 A12 Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 LI, I Lottery numbers, A2 Mostly sunny, Forecast, A2 Altorma THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. 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