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Students take on courtroom roles in mock trial competition

Thursday, January 14, 2010
By Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Although acting skills are sometimes needed, Shannon Gallagher says participating in a mock trial is not the same as appearing in a play.

“The whole script isn’t written out,” she said. “You have to be able to improvise and to use your wits.”

A senior at Butler Area High School, Shannon is taking part in the statewide mock trial competition for the third time.

Butler Area is one of 287 schools taking part in ...

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Shoveling Liability

Reported by: Danielle Krout for WTAJ-10 News
Wednesday, January 06 2010

EBENSBURG, CAMBRIA COUNTY— Property Owners are responsible for clearing their sidewalks in a reasonable amount of time, but what if it doesn’t stop snowing?

“I think people are finally running out of places to throw the snow,” said Ebensburg Borough Manager Dan Penatzer.

Most municipalities have ordinances that give people anywhere from 12-24 hours to clear their sidewalks once the snow stops falling.  Ebensburg Borough allows ...

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Debate delays razing of historic house in Cresson

By Jodi Weigand
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Cresson officials will delay tearing down a 121-year-old house while a judge considers a historical association’s appeal of the demolition of the dilapidated, but historic structure.

“As long as the matter is in front of (the Pennsylvania) Commonwealth Court the township is reluctant to demolish the building,” said Cresson Solicitor Gerald Neugebauer Jr. The Cresson Area Historical Association, which owns the home, filed the appeal Oct. 27.

The home was used by Benjamin Franklin ...

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Cottage gets another reprieve

By SANDRA K. REABUCK for the Tribune Democrat
October 30, 2009

CRESSON — Cresson Township is backing off from immediately demolishing the crumbling Braemar-Jones Cottage even through a Cambria County judge refused Thursday to grant a stay on the razing.

Township Solicitor Gerald Neugebauer said it would not be good from a legal standpoint to move ahead now because of the appeal filed by the Cresson Area Historical Association with the state Commonwealth Court.

“With the matter in Commonwealth ...

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Dilapidated Jones building in Cambria at center of dispute

By Rick Wills
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

An association seeking to save a dilapidated Gilded Age summer cottage in Cambria County asked for a stay while it appeals a judge’s Tuesday order giving permission for the home’s immediate demolition.

Cambria County Judge David Tulowitski denied a request by Cresson Area Historical Association, owner of the Benjamin Franklin Jones Cottage in Cresson, to delay demolition.

Separately, under the state’s Right To Know Act, the association is demanding ...

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‘Hoping to stop them’: Group asks judge to delay demolition of historical cottage

By KATHY MELLOTT and ARLENE JOHNS of the Tribune Democrat
October 26, 2009

CRESSON — A Cambria County judge could act as early as today on a request filed Monday on behalf of the Cresson Area Historical Association seeking to delay demolition of the Braemar-Jones cottage.

Association members were scrambling Monday after word came late last week that Cresson Township officials were preparing to have the 14-room cottage demolished this week.

Ebensburg attorney Tim Burns is asking Judge ...

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Constituting America

State officials honor 222-year-old document in an educational event

By Phil Ray for the Altoona Mirror
September 17, 2009

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The U.S. Constitution is a “living document,” a point driven home by coincidence during Wednesday afternoon’s Constitution Day celebration on the front patio of the Blair County Courthouse.

Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins was expected to explain the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution to a large group of Hollidaysburg Area High School students who are ...

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Station challenging radio tower taxation

By SANDRA K. REABUCK for the Tribune Democrat
September 13, 2009

EBENSBURG — Cambria County Court is being asked to decided whether a radio tower sitting at a remote location is part of the “tools of the trade” and is exempt from taxation by municipalities.

Cambria Radiowerks – operating as WWGE  Radio Station 850 AM “The Edge” – is challenging the county’s taxing the station’s radio tower in Allegheny Township.

The property was scheduled to be sold ...

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Cambria attorney to lead state’s young lawyers

By BERNIE HORNICK for the Tribune Democrat
July 12, 2009

Richland Township lawyer Tim Burns, a recent candidate for county judge, was named chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division at the association’s recent meeting in Pittsburgh.

It is the first time a Cambria County lawyer has been elected to head the division, which has about 7,000 members.

“I’m really honored,’’ Burns, 37, said last week. “I think it’s an honor to Cambria County and to lawyers ...

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Predator in Armagh: Megan’s law offender stirs uproar

By BERNIE HORNICK for the Tribune Democrat
September 27, 2008

ARMAGH — Deana McLaughlin recently sat her kids down to tell them sobering news: A violent sexual predator had moved to town, not 200 yards from their home.

The reactions of her daughter, 13, and son, 11, were quite different.

“We showed them the flier,” McLaughlin said.

“Abbi understands more. With my son, Derrick, it’s sex stuff. He giggles.”

But it’s no laughing matter to McLaughlin, nor to most of the borough ...

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