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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 21, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Sports: Wrestling struggles to attract participants Life: Chocolate Lovers’ Festival set for Saturday Altoona Mirror © Copyright 2001 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2001 SOC newsstand mwrnmmmmm Dale Earnhardt poses with Linda Despot after a 1992 race in the Poconos. Despot sponsored a $5,000 bonus for winning lap No. 46, in honor of the $46 million she won in a lottery with her then-boyfriend. DALE EARNHARDT: 1951-2001 Area woman remembers SAYING GOODBYE n Courtesy photo By William Kibler Staff Writer Linda Despot of Hollidaysburg pulled out her credit card at the grocery checkout Monday, a Visa imprinted with the likeness of Dale Earnhardt, a card she’d carried with pride for years, and it hit her. The Intimidator had checked out. Death had claimed NASCAR’s greatest driver. Earnhardt had gone to a place where neither celebrity nor ■ Some blame Sterling Marlin for death / Page Bl money makes a difference — but in the early 1990s, he’d shared his celebrity with Despot and razzed her about money — something they both had plenty of. A longtime fan of the North Carolinian, Despot first met him with then-boyfriend Don Woomer at a race in Atlanta in the late 1980s. They received an invitation from a NASCAR official who’d read about their winning a $46 million lottery jackpot and their fondness for the racetrack. But Despot didn’t really get to know Earnhardt until 1992 when she sponsored a $5,000 bonus in a race at Pocono for winning lap No. 46, in honor of the lottery victory. She declared Earnhardt was her favorite driver, so officials put her on stage with him before the race. Please see Dale/Page A6 Funeral: Dale Earnhardt’s funeral will be held at noon Thursday at Calvary Church in Charlotte, N.C. The service will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations: The Earnhardt family asks that instead of flowers, donations be sent to the Foundation for the Carolinas, a nonprofit philanthropic organization. The address is: Foundation for the Carolinas In Honor of Dale Earnhardt P.O. Box 34769 Charlotte, NC 28234-4769 NEW DIGS SET IN STONE Seduction, murder plot results in jail W Mirror photo by Kelly Bennett orkers continue construction on a new 70',000-squarefoot office complex for New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. The $7.7 million facility on Town Hill Road is expected to be completed this fall. / Page A9 By Mia Rohart Staff Writer EBENSBURG — Emotions ran high in the Cambria County Courthouse Tuesday as Michelle Clark of Johnstown was sentenced to 12 to 30 years in a state correctional institution for her part in the March 1999 murder of the father of her two children. Robert Hawks, 35, was shot by Robert Hudson, a juvenile with Clark whom Clark had developed a sexual relationship, according to court documents. “Michelle, you are a cold-hearted murderer. You might as well have pulled the trigger yourself,’’ said Roxanne Mosch, Hawks’ sister. Mosch was visibly shaking as she addressed the court. Clark read from a prepared statement before she was sentenced. Ik. 4 “I realize my relationship with Bobby Hudson was wrong and not morally or legally right. I was emotionally out of control at the time I enter'J into this relationship,” she said. “I am not trying to make excuses for my actions, but I admit I was not mentally or emotionally stable when I met Bobby.” Just before her trial was scheduled to begin last month, Clark pleaded no contest to charges of criminal solicitation of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual assault. She also pleaded guilty to multiple accounts of statutory sexual assault. Hudson, now 17, already had pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and had promised to testify at Clark’s trial that the woman he used to baby-sit for seduced him and threatened to abandon him if he did not help her kill Hawks. Please see Plot/Page A5 Student wearing Ten Commandments in school NEW WILMINGTON (AP) — A high school student who was told he couldn’t hang the Ten Commandments on his locker has decided he’ll hang them on himself. Chris Cotelesse has been wearing a homemade sandwich board bearing the commandments in the hallways of Wilmington High School since school officials took the piece of paper from his locker three weeks ago. “I want the word of God in schools. I want people to see it. And if I can’t hang it on the walls or the lockers, I’ll hang it on whatever I can, which is me,” Cotelesse, a senior, told the New Castle News. Cotelesse and some friends originally posted the Decalogue in their lockers as part of National Ten Commandments Day in November. They remained there for about two months before principal William Lyon told the students to remove them. Cotelesse returned the following day with the commandments taped to his shirt, and two days later with the sandwich board, which is made out of cardboard and string. Despite his opposition to the Ten Commandments being posted in lockers or anywhere else in the school, Lyon said he has no problem with Cotelesse’s ready-to-wear religious statement as long as it isn’t disruptive. “I have a lot of respect for Chris. I respect any student who’s willing to stand up for his religious beliefs, no matter what they are,” Lyon said. “But using .the school itself, the school facilities, to post religious writings, that’s just something the school couldn’t allow to happen.” Some students have hailed Cotelesse as a rebel: he dismissed it. “I’m not rebelling against Mr. Lyon. He told me not to put them on my locker, and I’m not doing that,” Cotelesse said. “But I’m not going to rebel against God either, which is more important.” Cotelesse said he plans to wear the sandwich board for the remainder of the school year — including when he walks across the stage to graduate. Meanwhile, he’s getting mixed reviews from fellow students. Some tell him not too nicely to lose the sandwich board; others support him. Blair County Airport named crucial travel link Matt Myers, customer service agent with US Airways, unloads baggage from a flight Friday afternoon at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. DELIVERY The Martinsburg facility is listed among the nation’s IOO most needed airports, according to a trade organization. Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich By Ray Stephens Staff Writer MARTINSBURG — Some may think the significance of the Altoona-Blair County Airport stops at the county border. But according to the National Air Transportation Association, it’s one of the nation’s IOO most needed airports. The association,    headquartered    in Alexandria, Va., represents more than 2,000 aviation businesses that own, operate and service aircraft. It recently compiled a list of IOO airports that have significance as regional links in the nation’s system of air travel. Larger airports like those in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia weren’t considered for the list because the focus was to call attention to the significance of smaller links in the nation’s air travel system, NATA spokesman David Kennedy said. On the list, Pennsylvania had three airports selected from nominations filed with the association. Other than the Altoona-Blair County Airport, the University Park Airport in State College and the Allentown Queen City Airport in Allentown made the list. Kennedy said the Altoona-Blair County and the University Park airports made the list because of their regional importance in offering air travel. Please see Airport/Page A6 xllf 'jjjjju/yjjl % The Altoona-Blair County Airport * was one of three small airports ir> Pennsylvania recently identified * by an air industry group as crucial transportation links: _ £>x Altoona-Blair County Airport, Martinsburg University Park Airport, State College , Allentown Queen City Airport, Allentown Subscription or home delivery questions: 946-7480 or (800) 287-4480 f 22910 0005ft a BIG FOUR 12    3    4 ■ Lottery numbers, A2 WEATHER Sunny, flurries, 27° ■ Forecast, C2 T Mirror graphic by Tom Worthington J HOT-ADS Altoona iHirror We re white-hot! [THE GREAT COMBINATION Call us today...Make money today. Ask for THE (.HEAT COMBINATION of MIRROR CLASSIFIEDS and HO t YD Phone (814) 946-7422  or fax us at (814) 946-7547_ D local Business Hospitals Obituaries Opinion ! 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