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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - August 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAYBACK TO SCHOOL; Homeroom listings for area school districts / FREE INSIDESPORTS; NASCAR to issue official ruling on Dale Earnhardt’s death today / Bl_ LIFE: Organizing medical records helps keep track of finances and benefits / DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2001 50C newsstand EICH ELBERGER-SHUSTER FEUD Rivals trying making nice By Ray Stephens Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG — The winner and the loser in the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster tried to get off to a new start Monday. Blair County Commissioner John H. Eichelberger Jr., who lost in the attempt to succeed Shuster, said county commissioners aren’t always invited to gatherings arranged by federal and state lawmakers. And Eichelberger said commissioners don’t always get credit for the efforts they add to local projects. Then Eichelberger asked Rep. Bill Shuster, R-9th District, to talk to state Senate President Pro Tem Robert C. Jubelirer, R-Blair, about what Eichelberger understands is an organized effort to oust him as county Republican chairman and county commissioner. Tm going to be in office 2Vi more years, whether anybody likes it or not,” Eichelberger said. Shuster, who’s traveling throughout his congressional district to meet with elected leaders and constituents, told Eichelberger and fellow commissioner Donna Gority Monday at the Blair County Courthouse that he wants to work with the commissioners. “It takes a team effort,” Shuster "I'm going to be in office 2V2 more years, whether anybody likes it or not.’’ — JohnH. Eichelberger Jr. Blair County commissioner “It doesn’t matter what I say. I'm going to be accused." — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster R-9th District told the pair. Commissioner Chairman John J. Ebersole was not at the meeting. As far as Eichelberger’s claim about Jubelirer’s interest in ousting 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 Washington,” Shuster insisted. The Mirror was unable to reach Juberlirer for comment. Please see Rlvali/Page AIQ Blair’s DA changes his mind Drug suspect catches break By Phil Ray Staff Writer 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 institution. Reid, then 18 years old, arrived in Altoona in August 2000 to attend Penn State Altoona, where he intended to study business administration. 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 former 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 $466 in his pocket, including bills used to purchase drugs the day before. Please see Suspect/Page A4 TRANSPORTATIONOpening arteries Mirror photo by Jason Sipes Scissors and a piece of ribbon protrude from the hand of Kathy McMasters, assistant business manager of the Blair County Convention Center, as the ceremony opening Convention Center Boulevard concludes Monday afternoon. Chestnut Avenue By William Kibler Staff Writer At a ceremonial groundbreaking 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 generates, Weakland said. The $12.5 million project will expand Chestnut Avenue between Altoona Hospital and the Juniata Locomotive Shop from two to four lanes, with a turning lane at intersections and some driveways. The project should be done by October 2002. Please see Chestnut/Page A6 With solicitor’s blessing, alcohol testing approved By Jay Young Staff Writer Altoona Area School District solicitor 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 administrators who have “individualized reason able suspicion” that a student has consumed alcohol on school property or at a school-sponsored event to have that pupil tested using a passive alcohol sensor. 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 Testing/Page A5Hyzdu doll’s popularity 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 photo by J O. Cavrich By Jim Lane Mirror Sports Editor BEDFORD — Marcy and Marty Leaper pulled into the Thomas Chevrolet parking lot about 8:30 a.m. Monday, but  ;- they weren’t there to buy ■ Hyzdu’s legacy an automobile.    alive and well in They were looking for a Blair/ Page Bl bobble-head doll — an Adam Hyzdu bobble-head doll — and they didn’t want to be disappointed. They weren’t. Please see Bobbling /Page A6 DELIVERY Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 7    22910    00050    a BKS FOUR I 4    9    8    5 Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER mm Mix of sun, clouds, 78° ■ Forecast, A2 Mirror oooooo a pooooool |P| LOCAL Q NATION Business A7 Classifieds C4-10 Movies Obituaries Opinion A6 Aft A8 EJ UFI 0 SPORTS Comics_______ _______Oft Local B4 Community news D2 Puzzles D4 Scoreboard B5 Television D4 WW INSIDE IN NATION A 27-year-old man stabbed his pregnant wife to death Monday and then drove to a nearby suburb and killed four more relatives before fleeing with his 3-year-old son. PAGE Cl ■ A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks debut of Convention Center Boulevard. ■ Groundbreakings officially launch Plank Road, Chestnut Avenue widening projects. Convention Ctr. Blvd./ Plank Road By Kay Stephens Staff Writer Convention 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 say the 0.8-mile link will attract new businesses and help the local economy. TU predict a successful convention center and guarantee major economic benefits from this road," Martin J. Marasco, executive director of the Altoona Blair County Economic Development Corp., told those attending Monday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony at Convention Center Drive and Convention Center Boulevard. Marasco said the boulevard, which offers access only to the convention center, wiU attract commercial and retail businesses, as weU as some spinoff businesses from the convention center, which opened in May. “Some inquiries have been made as to the land in this area,” Marasco said. Please see Center/Page A6 ;

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