Local News 6-17-14


Penn State is interested in hiring current Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips, according to the Chicago Tribune. Many have speculated new Penn State president Eric Barron will replace current AD Dave Joyner, who worked closely with former president Rodney Erickson in the aftermath of the Sandusky scandal. The report says Penn State will offer its top choice in excess of $1 million. Phillips previously turned down offers from Stanford and Illinois for the same position.


More than 330 West Penn Power customers in the State College Borough experienced short power outages yesterday. According to Statecollege.com, at least 15 different reports were scattered throughout the borough. Power was restored by 8 pm. Warmer temperatures could have played a role in the outages. However, no official information was available.


Pennsylvania remains committed to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. Governor Tom Corbett joined executives from other states in the Bay Watershed and the United State Environmental Protection Agency to renew signatures on the Chesapeake Bay Agreement. The agreement aims to address habitats, water quality, public access and more. Since 1985, Pennsylvania has provided more than $3.9 billion through grants, loans and investments to bay restoration.


The potential sale of the College Heights School on North Atherton Street in State College remains uncertain. The College Heights Association is not planning to indicate a preference in the property’s future. In a release, the neighborhood association says it respects multiple opinions and viewpoints shared by residents. The State College Borough is considering using its right of first refusal on the property. If it does not, Penn State plans to purchase the school from the State College Area School District.


Harris Township officials say a gray fox that attacked a woman last week near Andover Drive was rabid. According to Statecollege.com, a second fox with similar behaviors was sported in the area. Residents should avoid contact with the animal and contact police if they see a fox.



The Pennsylvania Supreme Court says parents who enroll their children in kindergarten are subject to the state’s compulsory attendance law. The law requires students not attending school to provide a written note explaining an absence. According to the Associated Press, a Snyder County woman who was fined due to her twin 5-year-olds unexcused absences challenged the law’s application to kindergarten. However, the court rule that once parents “opt in” to the public school system by enrolling their children, they are obligated to send their kids to school.