Wreck on turnpike injures both drivers
BEDFORD – Both drivers were injured Wednesday in a two-vehicle wreck on the turnpike in Bedford Township.
State police said Daniel G. Strushensky, 79, no address given, was heading west in a 1989 Chevy truck when the trailer he was towing fishtailed and eventually struck a tractor-trailer rig behind him. The loose trailer, which was carrying a vehicle, caused the tractor-trailer to overturn, police said.
The rig’s driver, Jonathan D. Keeler, 43, also was injured.
Condition reports for the men were not available Thursday.
2 waive hearing on harvesting deer illegally
MEYERSDALE – Two Somerset County men will face action in county court on charges they illegally harvested big game.
Timothy Allen Sutton Sr., 47, of the 400 block of Petenbrink Road, Garrett, and Daniel Richard Horning, 27, of the 7200 block of Mason Dixon Highway, Meyersdale, each waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Douglas Bell of Meyersdale.
Each man was charged by the Pennsylvania Game Commission with five counts of unlawful killing or taking of big game.
The commission said in a criminal complaint that on Nov. 28, the third day of antlered deer season, the men had four antlerless deer and one protected antlered deer ready for butchering at a building near Meyersdale.
Neither man had purchased an antlerless deer license for this past deer season, the commission said.
‘Deal’ contestant misses trip, wins $1,000
Rachel Van Riper of Johnstown may not have come home with the big prize when she was a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal,” but she didn’t return empty-handed.
She appeared on the game show Jan. 14.
Van Riper, dressed as a pizza maker, played a game with two other contestants that involved choosing a cash prize from a treasure chest. She was then given the option of keeping the money or turning it in for what was behind a curtain.
She decided to take the money, which turned out to be $1,000. But behind the curtain was a trip to Aruba.
“It was sad, but I was nervous I’d get the zonk, so I kept the money,” Van Riper said.
She attended the taping in Hollywood, Calif., in October.
College plans event for prospective students
SOMERSET – Pennsylvania Highlands Community College’s Somerset Center will hold an open house for adults and high school students and their families from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at its facility at 315 Georgian Place, Somerset.
Information will be provided about degree programs, transfer options and opportunities for continuing education, as well as student life, including clubs and activities.
College representatives will speak to guests about their future educational goals.
For more information, call 443-2500 or 888-385-7325,
go to www.pennhighlands.edu/somerset or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students prepare for Catholic Schools Week
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will celebrate the national observance of Catholic Schools Week from Sunday through Feb. 2. Area schools will sponsor various activities and events throughout the week.
This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” It reflects the launch of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, which strives to ensure the responsible operation and governance of Catholic schools throughout the nation.
In the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, there are 20 Catholic elementary schools, with an enrollment of 2,935 students, and four independent Catholic high schools serving 1,022 students. Preschool enrollment in the diocese is 496.
The total number of students in the diocese’s Catholic schools this academic year is 4,453.
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Game officials: Bald eagle killed in Cambria County
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to determine who fatally shot a bald eagle in western Pennsylvania earlier this month.
Independents, minor-party members locked out of primary election
More than 1 million registered voters in Pennsylvania will be barred from casting a ballot today because the state only allows registered Democrats and Republicans to participate in the primary election.
Permit path cleared: Construction soon on Rt. 219 project
The final permit is on the way for a Somerset-to-Meyersdale Route 219 improvement project to begin.
It’s a years-in-the-making step that will allow the estimated $300 million plan to be advertised for bids in the coming weeks – and if all goes well, move it to construction this fall, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Monday.
Emergency response team hones skills at training camp
Almost certainly, no Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team members will ever be called upon to create a small bridge out of two pieces of wood and rope, use the newfangled walkway to get a group of individuals from one point to another, pick up an object at the end of the course and then figure out a way back to the starting point.
But the skills SERT officers gain by participating in drills like those – leadership, teamwork, trust and creativity – can be invaluable when they are serving and protecting the community.
Fun Day event to spotlight YMCA expansion
The Y logo may be seen from the sky June 15 when Greater Johnstown YMCA community members get together to form a logo comprised of people at a Community Fun Day.
Agency will provide produce vouchers to eligible seniors
Income-eligible residents ages 60 and older will have a chance to stock up a bit on locally grown produce through a voucher program offered in Cambria and Somerset counties this year.
Poverty simulation slated for today
Annamarie Pihs experienced firsthand the kind of harsh economic times she will be helping educate Johnstown community leaders about during today’s Walk a Day in My Shoes: Understanding Poverty event at Greater Johnstown High School.
In Brief | 27 students escape injury in bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township.
State police investigating school bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township. The Cambria Heights school bus was carrying 27 students when the driver apparently blacked out and sheared off a pine tree between the Chest Spring and Patton areas, schools superintendent Michael Strasser said. None of the high school or elementary students was hurt, he said. The students were triaged at the scene and released to their parents, Strasser said.
The driver was taken to Altoona Regional Hospital, he said.
Study: Hospitals’ finances are healthy
Hospitals across the region maintained financial health last year, a new state report shows.
But leaders say the continued strength required constant scrutiny and creative programming to identify new opportunities in a dynamic industry.
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