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Miracle League in Blair County changes lives on and off the field

ALTOONA, Pa. -- A baseball organization for children with special ...
It was a visit to see a friend in Alabama that inspired him to bring the Miracle League to Blair County – an idea that he says became an obsession. “And you realize there’s no ...

Celebrities, music on tap at Altoona Day

Altoona Day is each May, Wilbert said ...
Natchez Trace performs country and classic rock, and has opened for such acts as Garth Brooks and Alabama. Wilbert said the group sounds like Alabama and the Oak Ridge Boys, and was a crowd favorite last year.

Four charged with kidnapping and attempted murder

ALTOONA - AL - Lindsey Warren, Ann Dyer-Hahn, Eric George, and Brian Maloy are in the Etowah County Jail in connection to an attempted murder and kidnapping. Sheriff Todd Entrekin says the four are suspected of violently abusing an Altoona man on December 7th.

Mary Jane Johnson

Funeral services for Mary Jane Johnson, 66, of Porter, OK ...
Mary was born April 30, 1948 at Altoona, AL, the daughter of Isaac and Gertrude (Leatherwood) Snead and died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at her home in Porter. On June 28, 1975 she married ...

Masks and Music This Weekend!

Altoona (“Al-o-ween” party) Three Highloween Party featuring Kinz Karma, Into the Storm and Guides at Pellegrine’s, Altoona (Halloween party, all ages, starts 8:30 p.m., proceeds benefit Wafa family) Inside Out (former Kyx members) at Teriz Place ...

'Dukes of Hazzard's' Catherine Bach to appear at Altoona Day 2014's salute to 1984 Saturday

ALTOONA, Alabama -- Nostalgic for the eighties? This Saturday Altoona Day will feature a salute to the year 1984, with two television stars of the era. "The Dukes of Hazard's" Catherine Bach, known as Daisy Duke, and John Voldstad, the "other brother ...

Alabama man dies in horseback riding accident

The 54-year-old Cline was riding a horse on his own Shady Grove Road property in Altoona, Alabama. Something spooked his usually-tractable horse. It is assumed that the horse was seriously startled, acting up, and this caused Cline to fall off but still ...

Altoona's Cumarindine ointment making a comeback next month

ALTOONA, Alabama --- In parts of the South and beyond, there are still people who swear by Cumarindine, the burn treatment born and made in Altoona. Sold in white jars, the product advertised itself as good for burns, ulcers, skin abrasions, shingles ...

Man killed in crash identified as local pastor

Hollis, 54, of Cullman was recently named the pastor at Crossroads of Faith Church in Altoona, Al. a little more than a month ago. James Butler, a deacon at Crossroads of Faith, said Hollis was a great man and will be deeply miss. “He was fantastic ...

Brandon Moore

Was originally drafted by Chicago in the 17th round of the 1994 June Draft out of Auburn University...
Was an All-SEC shortstop at Auburn...
Born August 23, 1973 in Birmingham, AL...
Resides in Altoona, AL with wife Kerri and sons Brody (10) and Braden (7)

Facebook wants to build a $1B data center facility in Fort Worth, Texas

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Facebook wants to build a $1B data center facility in Fort Worth, Texas

Share this post and help spread the love! Social networking giant Facebook has submitted a proposal to build its fifth data center facility in the world, this time in Fort Worth, Texas. Fac…

Facebook wants to build a $1B data center facility in Fort Worth, Texas

Share this post and help spread the love! Social networking giant Facebook has submitted a proposal to build its fifth data center facility in the world, this time in Fort Worth, Texas. Fac…

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Facebook wants to build a $1B data center facility in Fort Worth, Texas

Social networking giant Facebook has submitted a proposal to build its fifth data center facility in the world, this time in Fort Worth, Texas. Facebook has not yet announced the news. And a spokeswo…

Sea Dogs Take Series Over Altoona with 4-1 Win

Joe Gunkel Earns Win in First Double-A StartPortland, Maine - The Portland Sea Dogs (17-23) took the rubber match of their three-game series with the Altoona Curve (23-15) on Thursday night, 4-1 was t…

Altoona Area School District

Altoona Area School District Vacancies as of date posted: * This school accepts applications now for future possible vacancies. Approximate distance from Pittsburgh: 2 hours (Altoona, PA) …

Carpenter Altoona (PA) – Altoona Carpenters

Carpenter Altoona (PA) Lending helping hands when you need masterpieces built in Altoona (PA). Papa’s Carpenter Specialists in Altoona, Pennsylvania work with, builds and fixes items and structures …


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During a brief unveiling at Juniata Shop in Altoona,...

During a brief unveiling at Juniata Shop in Altoona, Pennsylvania, first responders from the Logan Township United Fire Department, the City of Altoona Fire Department, the Logan Township Police, and …


The importance of local education funding in ALTOONA ALABAMA

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to the Council of the Great City Schools about the exceptional progress being made within local and state education levels. The work of our administrators and educators has been more impactful than ever, resulting in higher standardized test scores in some of the previously lowest-performing schools and increased resources for students.

In fact, more graduation caps are going airborne as high school students are graduating at the highest rate ever recorded, with the largest improvement among minority and low-income students.

See what President Obama had to say about what we must do to improve access to quality education in America: 

This funding is an investment in our nation's future that has been able to give the kind of education our children need and deserve to compete in the 21st century. 

President Obama hopes that the upcoming budget plan by the Republican House and Senate will reflect the priorities of educating every child. If their new budget maintains sequester-level funding of the past, we would actually be giving less federal support to America’s schools than we were back in 2000.

Most alarmingly, if their current proposal is not changed, over the next six years, billions of dollars would be cut in education funding. That means we'd be cutting the support given to America's most impoverished schools, the funding that has helped create the progress we're seeing today. 

"The notion that we would be going backwards instead of forwards in how we’re devoting resources to educating our kids makes absolutely no sense." 



Protect Your Business in ALTOONA ALABAMA from Spring Weather Threats

This winter has been particularly harsh for businesses in the northeast and parts of the southern U.S., as record snowfalls and frigid temperatures forced many companies to close their doors for several days.

Many parts of the country are bracing for possible spring floods that may follow when the snow melts. Meanwhile, April through June is the peak time for tornadoes, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Southeast, Midwest, the Gulf States and the South Central region are particularly vulnerable to these dangerous windstorms.

Now is a good time to make a plan to protect your clients, customers and your business for the threats caused by spring storms and floods. Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery on Tuesday, March 10 at 2 p.m. EDT for a free webinar on best practices for mitigating spring weather risks. These preparedness tips are based on real-life recovery experiences from business owners.

The SBA has partnered with Agility to offer business continuity strategies through its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access previous webinars and for additional preparedness tips.

The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

WHAT: “Preparing for Severe Spring Weather” - A presentation from Agility CEO Bob Boyd, followed by a question and answer session.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 2 –3 p.m. EDT

Space is limited. Register at

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Schools and libraries with Wi-Fi in ALTOONA ALABAMA ?

In June 2013, I joined the President in Mooresville, NC, to launch ConnectED – an initiative to close the technology gap in our schools and bring high-speed Internet to 99 percent of America’s students within five years. This vision – that all students should have access to world-class digital learning – is well on its way to becoming a reality.

Thanks to the leadership of the President and the FCC, the resources are in place to meet the President’s connectivity goal. In addition, various private-sector partners are making over $2 billion worth of resources available to students, teachers, and schools. These include tablets, mobile broadband, software, and online teacher professional development courses from top universities. Fewer than 40 percent of public schools currently have the high-speed Internet needed to support modern digital learning.

But now we have the resources to solve this problem. We just need help from our nation’s superintendents and school technology chiefs.

Last year, the FCC approved the first major update to the E-Rate program since it was created in 1997. E-Rate (also known as the Universal Service Program for Schools and Libraries) makes it more affordable for schools and libraries to connect to high-speed Internet – with the goal of making the gigabit speeds we see in cities like Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Chattanooga, Tennessee the norm in schools across the country.

These updates have unlocked funding to support internal Wi-Fi network upgrades in schools and libraries this year for the first time since 2012. Wi-Fi is important because no matter how fast the Internet connection is to a school, students can’t take full advantage of it without a robust wireless network within the school.

To secure E-rate support for Wi-Fi, schools and libraries must submit a form describing their project needs to the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC). USAC then posts the request for competitive bidding. The Department of Education has prepared an Infrastructure Guide to help district leaders navigate the many decisions required to deliver cutting-edge connectivity to students. That said, schools and libraries have the final say when they submit an application to USAC for approval.

Bringing our schools up to speed is a major priority, and E-rate provides an opportunity to make doing so much more affordable. For all of the superintendents and technology officers: If you haven’t yet done so, get your requests submitted by February 26, 2015, and your applications in before March 26, 2015 (requests must be up for 28 days before a school can choose a vendor). Your students, your community, and your country will thank you for bringing our classrooms into the 21st century. [20]


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