Local News 4-9-14

ROADWORK IN STATE COLLEGE

West Whitehall Road from University Drive to South Allen Street in State College will be closed between 8 am and 4:30 pm through Friday. Crews are installing a water line through the area. Some lane restrictions will remain in place after preliminary work is completed. Anyone with questions should contact the State College Borough Water Authority at 814-238-6766.

SCASD ACADEMIC LITERACY PROGRAM 

The State College Area School District’s Academic Literacy Program is set to expand. According to Statecollege.com, the district’s Board of Directors Monday night approved a proposal to tie the program into full-time curriculum. The initiative aims to improve students’ ability to critically read, write and discuss works across subjects. Previously a 45-day course, the program will be fully integrated as a core instructional program for 8th graders.

PENN STATE CARAVAN

Penn State announced yesterday the complete list of head coaches schedule to join new football head coach James Franklin on the annual Coaches Caravan. Men’s hockey coach Guy Gadowsky, men’s volleyball’s Mark Pavlik, softball head coach Amanda Lehotak and Lady Lions coach Coquese Washington will participate at various stops. The newly announced group already joins Cael Sanderson, Russ Rose and others planning to travel across the region with Franklin. Registration for the general public is underway. The tour begins on May 1st with an evening reception at Pegula Ice Arena.


FERGUSON TOWNSHIP COFFEE EVENT

The next popular Feguson Township “Coffee and Conversation” is scheduled for next Saturday morning at Giant Food in the Northland Center in State College. The event allows residents to meet township officials and discuss local issues. Ferguson Township Manager Mark Kunkle and Assistant Township Manager David Pribulka are both set to be on hand. It begins at 8 am, running until around 9:30.


JUDGE WANTS DECISION TO REMAIN

The next step in former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s lawsuit against Louis Freeh remains up in the air. According to Statecollege.com, the judge presiding over the suit asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court not to change his decision to delay the lawsuit. The court is considering an appeal from Freeh’s attorneys to continue court proceedings. Spanier wants the court to delay the defamation lawsuit until the criminal case against the former administrator concludes.