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Vol. 159 No. 46

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

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Shelby Mustang owner announced By Ian Wissinger

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Members of the Holy Name Festival Shelby Mustang committee, including (from left) Sr. Margie McGuire, John Hurley, Tom Cook, Jeannie Weaver, Brian Shrift, Cathy Gatto, Mark Bodenschatz and Cathy Rocus, stand in front of Sunday’s grand prize. Sue Hurley, Rege Bodenschatz, Joe Inzana, Sandy Inzana and Dave Huber also belong to the committee. Photo by Ian Wissinger.

As a 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 sat underneath a tent at the Holy Name Church Festival, organizers turned a drum estimated to contain 43,000 or so chances. Despite an overwhelming number of tickets sold by 10 p.m. on Sunday evening, each of the event’s patrons had eagerly gathered together, waiting for Sister Margie McGuire to draw a name. Many of them believed, no doubt, that this could be their year. “We all know why we’re here,” joked Monsignor Arnold Gaus as he assumed the stage at the festival’s conclusion. Though the annual outing offers a weekend

Former middle school building sold ‘Wheels’ almost here CenCam board passes budget

By Ian Wissinger

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On Monday, June 10, the Central Cambria Board of Directors passed a general fund budget for the 2013-14 school year. In a series of motions, the board moved to first adopt said budget, with a total revenue of $21,233,607 and total expenditures of $21,229,453. Officials voted to move $2,750,000 from last year’s unused funds into the unreserved-designated general fund balance. The necessary transfers of appropriations within the 2012-13 budget was also completed so as to close out the current

term. One of the biggest announcements from Monday’s meeting concerned the former Central Cambria Middle School, located at the corner of North Center Street and Highland Avenue in Ebensburg. The building has stood vacant for nearly two years, with the board expressing difficulty in locating potential buyers. This week, however, President Dennis Simmers signed a sale agreement with an undisclosed party, and stated that, while he cannot release many details on the agreement until later in the week (due to obvious legalities), he said that the transaction was essentially a done deal. “We’ve been aware of [the buyer] for one month, and

Ebg. business co-owner Fair board optimistic killed in ATV accident in planning 2013 event By Jim Lauffer

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Family and friends of Brian Buynack said their good-byes, offered prayers and celebrated a Mass on his behalf, laying his body to rest on Monday. The 39-year-old Jackson Township man — formerly of Ebensburg — died Wednesday morning, June 5, at Memorial Medical Center, succumbing to injuries sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Nanty Glo during the night of May 5. That Sunday night, around 11 p.m., Buynack, accompanied by at least one other ATV rider, began traveling east — returning home, presumably — on the levee that is part of Nanty Glo’s Blacklick Creek Flood Protection Project. About 50 yards upstream from

the Route 271 bridge, the levee bends into a large “U” shape where Davis Run flows into Blacklick Creek. Davis Run, too, is part of the flood protection project, and its flow is directed into Blacklick Creek by a concrete channel that extends under First Street, the Ghost Town Trail, McCoy Street, and the levee itself. The end of this channel is a concrete culvert located on the inside of the U-shaped bend. At this point, the channel of the creek itself is a concrete slab. According to the Cambria County Coroner’s Office, Buynack failed to negotiate this bend in the levee. His ATV hit the eastern wall of the culvert, and Buynack fell approximately 15 feet into Davis Run. He was wearing neither a helmet nor a harness, and his blood-alcohol level was reported to be 0.21 — nearly three times the 0.08 limit to legally drive. First responders included the Nanty Glo Fire Department and the Blacklick Valley Ambulance Service, whose members SEE ACCIDENT, PAGE 5A

SEE SCHOOL, PAGE 5A

SEE WINNER, PAGE 10A

Ebensburg officials and community members are gearing up for the ninth annual “Wheels and Wings” event to be held Thursday evening, June 20, in downtown Ebensburg. This car, truck and motorcycle show will once again be combined with a wing-off between local restaurants and vendors. The event, which is held in conjunction with Johnstown’s Thunder in the Valley motorcycle rally, brings thousands to downtown Ebensburg each year. Vehicle registrations will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event only. Only the first 300 vehicles will be registered, and the first 100 registrants will receive “Wheels & Wings” dash plaques. Registration is $7 per vehicle and vehicles will enter at the corner of Caroline and High Streets. For more information on this exciting event, see the feature article in next week’s edition.

By Ian Wissinger

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Though the Cambria County Fair only fills one week on the calendar, its board and organizers treat the annual event as a full-time job, especially during this time of the year, when vendor and sponsorship acquisition becomes top priority. Noting that the fair’s opening, Sept. 1, is almost two months away, Board President Philip Rice said that operations to revamp and maintain the grounds are also well underway. “We’ve made improvements to the facilities and installed new electric systems for campers,” he said, pointing out that some 70 campers occupy the fairgrounds during its busiest week. The same site is SEE FAIR, PAGE 6A

Emily Makin of Nanty Glo sits with her dog Mia, waiting for the games to begin at the Cambria County Pet Extravaganza, hosted this past Sunday at the fairgrounds. Photo by Ian Wissinger.

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