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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - June 1, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania INSIDE TODAY RELIGION Pastor who founded Altoona church leaving after ll years / FREE INS ?E Central High School baseball team wins first district title since 1984 / I Comedian Dennis Miller doing schtick at Bryce Jordan Center June 14 / DIAltoona Mirror © Copyright 2001    FRIDAY, JUNE I, 2001.    500    newsstand D. Nixon    L.    NixonNixons report to jail By Phil Ray Staff Writer The oldest child of Dennis and Ix)rie Nixon said his parents were upbeat and secure in their religious beliefs as they entered prison to begin serving time for failing to provide medical treatment to their 16-year-old daughter. Shannon Nixon died in 1996 from complications of diabetes. After a three-month investigation. then Blair County District Attorney William Haberstroh charged the Nixons with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. They were convicted in 1997 of those charges and sentenced to 2 Vi to 5 years in prison by Judge Norman D. Callan. The appeals have run their course, and Callan ordered the couple to begin serving their sentences. At 9 a.m. Thursday, the Nixons reported to Blair County Prison. From there, Lorie Nixon will be transferred to a woman’s prison in Muncy for classification, while Dennis Nixon will go to Camp Hill for his initial screening. Their imprisonment evoked strong reactions Thursday from family members and others in the Faith Tabernacle Congregation, which discourages members from seeking medical help when ill and recommends placing faith in God. “They fully believe God will bring them through this,” said 25-year-old Dennis Nixon Jr., one of the Nixons’ sons. He has been thrust into the role as head of a household that includes nine brothers and sisters, the youngest being 3 years old. The young man, who like his father works for Signature Door Co. in Altoona, will be assisted in caring for his sibling by various relatives such as Charlene Nixon, an aunt from New Jersey. Charlene Nixon said the children have had a lot of love and support from their parents, and she will attempt to continue that support until the parents are freed. Please see Nlxons/Page A5 McVeigh seeking stay of execution By Catherine Tsai The Associated Press DENVER — Timothy McVeigh asked a judge Thursday to delay his execution, accusing the government of withholding evidence in a “fraud upon the court’’ that denied him a fair trial in the Oklahoma City bombing. U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, five days before McVeigh’s scheduled June ll execution. The judge ordered prosecutors to respond by Monday evening. The request was a sharp reversal for McVeigh, who abandoned his appeals in December and asked for an execution date for the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people and injured hundreds of others in the McVeigh nation’s worst act of domestic terrorism. A few hours before the hearing, McVeigh met with his lawyers at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., and decided to proceed with the request. Robert Nigh said it Attorney wasn’t an easy choice. “He was prepared to die,” Nigh said. The attorneys said the FBI is withholding information even now, three weeks after the Justice Department began turning over Please see McVeigh/Page A5 From Mirror staff reports Work started Thursday on the new playground at Hollidaysburg Borough’s Canal Basin Park. Volunteers worked from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. erecting playground equipment, w hich will resemble a canal boat to fit with Hollidaysburg^ heritage with Pennsylvania’s railroad and canal system. The playground is being assembled by the community, and more volunteers will be needed as work continues today, Saturday and Sunday — rain or shine. Volunteers need no construction experience and can go to the site by the Reiser House to sign up. Representatives from the playground manufacturer and borough employees are on hand for assistance. The playground and park are scheduled to open this summer. The project is organized by the Hollidaysburg Area Women’s Club and the borough. This is the second community-built playground in the borough. PlayPark at Legion Park was constructed in 1996. Shuster on lake name: No thanks WORKING FOR PLAY Mirror photos by Jason SipesVolunteers begin four days of construction on playground at Canal Basin Park Top: Workers lay the foundation for the playground at Canal Basin Park in Hollidaysburg. Above: Volunteers review the playground’s blueprints. The Reiser House is shown in the background. By KEVIN OTT AND PHIL RAY Staff Writers HUNTINGDON - Former U.S. Rep. Bud Shuster scuttled plans Thursday night to name Raystown Lake in his honor. Shuster sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, expressing his appreciation of the proposed legislation naming the lake after him. Shuster wrote that he was gratified because “you, my former colleagues, more than any others, witnessed firsthand my special dedication to protecting and improving the lake over the past 28 years. “However, certain people in the community have created a furor over the renaming, and I have no desire to see my name associated with any such controversy. “My request, therefore, is that you not move the legislation naming the lake after me.” The thought of Bud Shuster Lake instead of Raystown Lake was less than a splash with Huntingdon County residents, said state Rep. Larry O. Sather, R-Huntingdon. and county Commissioner Alexa Cook. Shuster    Young Both said Thursday night that they are glad the former representative has asked the committee to halt its efforts to change the name of the lake. Over the years, Shuster worked hard to provide federal funds to help develop the lake and the area around it, and both Huntingdon County politicians said they appreciated Shuster’s efforts. But Sather and Cook said they have been approached repeatedly by residents opposed to the idea of renaming the lake. “I don’t think it is necessary for Bud Shuster to have a lake named for him,” Sather said from his McConnellsburg home. “His legacy will go on forever—what he has accomplished for this district.” Please see Lake/Page A12 2001-02 school tax hike likely for Hollidaysburg By Jay Young Staff Writer HOLLIDAYSBURG - Residents in the Hollidaysburg Area School District likely will see an increase in their property taxes to cover costs for the 2001-02 school year. The school board is expected to give final review next month to a budget that proposes a 2-mill increase to the property tax levy. The district didn’t raise taxes for the 2000-01 school year. Each mill will cost the average Hollidaysburg district resident about $10 over the year, or 83 cents per month, Business Manager Sam Wilson said. Please see Tax/Page AIQ AT A GLANCE Hollidaysburg Area School District 2001-02 budget facts: ■ General state subsidy is 30 percent of the budget, significantly less than most districts. ■ Salaries will increase 3 percent. Benefits are down 1.5 percent. ■ Special education costs are up 7.3 percent. ■ Natural gas costs are projected to increase $80,925. MHP! 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