Local News 1-7-14

Penn State Coaching Search

A search promised to last just days and not weeks continues, as Penn State looks for its next head football coach.  As is usually the case, the new coach will need to replace much of the outgoing staff. Just interim head coach Larry Johnson, offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and tight ends coach John Strollo remain at Penn State. Most coaches, including popular strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald, are joining Bill O’Brien’s staff with the Texans.

Council Members Ready to Serve

A pair of familiar faces are now serving on State College’s Borough Council. Newly elected Theresa Lafer and Evan Myers wore sworn into their new roles yesterday at a reorganization meeting. According to the Centre Daily Times, both are familiar with borough politics. Lafer previously served on council and Myers held a role with the borough’s planning commission.

Spanier Hearing Today

The next phase in a defamation lawsuit filed by former Penn State President Graham Spanier takes place this morning at the Centre County Courthouse. Spanier is attempting to delay his suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh and affiliates until the end Spanier’s criminal trial. Spanier is among three former university administrators facing charges for an alleged cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse. According to the Centre Daily Times, Spanier’s lawyer requested the change due to a schedule conflict.

Cold Strikes Region

A wind-chill warning remains in effect for our area with record cold temperatures being set across much of the Midwest and Northeast. Because of the brutal cold, many schools cancelled classes today as early as yesterday afternoon. If you must travel outside, use layers, hats and gloves to cover all extremities. Residents are also reminded to use care for pets over the next two days. FirstEngery has crews on stand-by if any outages occur during the arctic blast.