Page 1


M AI NLI NE newspapers

Vol. 163 No. 38

USPS 166680

Ebensburg, Pa.

Moore looking toward Central Cambria’s future

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Since 1853

Newsstand Price 75¢

(814) 472-4110

28 Pages

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

For the past few months, Jason Moore has been the acting superintendent at Central Cambria School District, but at April’s school board meeting, Moore was officially announced as the district’s superintendent. Moore has been employed with the district for four years and was originally hired as the school’s curriculum director before being tapped as acting superintendent. Before being hired at Central Cambria, Moore worked in the Greater Johnstown School District for 12 years as both a teacher and a principal. “My experience here has always been fantastic,” said Moore about his time at Central Cambria. “We have great kids, great parents and great faculty.” Though Moore didn’t officially take over the position until April, he has plans for the school for the rest of the year and for the upcoming year. One of his goals is to increase course offerings at SEE FUTURE, PAGE 3A

Dressed to impress

Justin Baker, Makayla McKendree, Kolbe Brothers and Alexia Teeter are dressed in their best for the Central Cambria Prom May 5. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

PennDOT summer work plans outlined By Ron Portash

of Mainline Newspapers

Prom ready

Caroline Semlesberger and Alec Ratchford wait patiently for the Bishop Carroll Prom to begin. Photo by Ron Portash.

County historical society to offer History Shorts

By Kristin Baudoux

of Mainline Newspapers

The Cambria County Historical Society is offering the third lecture of its spring lecture series. This lecture is a “History Shorts” program, where four speakers will each talk about a different topic on local history. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Kimball Conference Center on West High Street in Ebensburg. Each speaker will present for about 15 minutes to provide attendees with an overview of

local history subjects in about one hour. Allie Kaelin of the historical society said these History Shorts have been popular in the past. “We’ve done History Shorts about two years,” said Kaelin. “They tend to be really popular.” On deck for this lecture is Gary Bradley, who will talk about St. John’s Catholic Orphanage once located in Cresson. Dave Huber will then discuss the 11 hangings that occured in the former Cambria County Jail. While many of these hangings were small events, others were large happenings in town that required a ticket to attend. Adam Bolton will then present on the Southern Cambria Railway Crash of 1916. This infamous crash killed 25 and injured 63 SEE SHORTS, PAGE 3A

On April 30, District 9 of The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation held its 20th annual Cambria County Municipal Outreach Conference in Ebensburg to inform local governments of planned road work and address concerns raised by the local government officials. District 9, headquartered in Hollidaysburg, covers six counties of southwestern Pennsylvania: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset. Thomas Prestash, the district executive, addressed the gathering of nearly 50 local borough council members, township supervisors, roadmasters and directors of public works at the conference. Prestash began by outlining PennDOT priorities; first and foremost are the roads that are part of the National Highway System, including interstates like I-99 and state routes such as Route 22, 30 and 56 in Cambria County, with bridges on these roads getting the highest priority. The second priority is given to bridges that carry more than

D a n c e t h e n i g ht a w a y

2,000 vehicles a day. State highways that carry less than 2,000 vehicles a day get the lowest priority. Prestash explained that each project proposal is reviewed for safety improvements and economic feasibility. Of the 2,084 bridges in the six-county area, only 2.8 percent are listed as structurally deficient. As part of the state’s private-public partnership to replace 553 bridges in the three-year span of 2015 to 2018, District 9 began with 48 on the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Of those 48, only three in Cambria County were listed: two on State Route 160 near Sidman and one near Prince Gallitzin State Park. Two of the three have been completed. The remaining Rapid Bridge Replacement Project on SR 160 near Humbert Road is scheduled to begin at the end of May or early June and is to be completed by September. The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project allows for quick replacement of small bridges with precast concrete assemblies. One problem area Prestash pointed out to the attenSEE WORK, PAGE 2A

Anna Rieg, Alec Stoltz, Erica Kamiel and Ryan Trostle are prepared to dance the night away at Central Cambria’s Prom. Photo by Kristin Baudoux.

Herald 5 10 18  
Herald 5 10 18