Local News 6-18-14

JOYNER TO RETIRED AS AD

Penn State is in the market for a new athletic director as Dr. David Joyner announced his retirement yesterday. Joyner’s controversial tenure began in November 2011 during the Sandusky scandal. He has offered to assist with the transition to a new AD, but plans to retire on August 1st. New Penn State President Eric Barron is building a search committee, led by senior vice president for Finance and Business David Gray. A national search is planned and reports indicate the university will offer a salary of more than $1 million. 

PENN STATE WORLD CUP PARTY

The Penn State All-Sports Museum will host a free FIFA World Cup Watch Party on Sunday at 6 pm for the United States’ game against Portugal. Doors to the museum open at 5 pm and light refreshments will be served. Fans can watch the game inside the Clemens Family Theater. The first 60 guests will receive a USA flag and noisemaker.

STATE COLLEGE PLANNING COMMISSION

The State College Borough Planning Commission will meet tomorrow night at 7 pm in room 304 of the downtown municipal building. Officials are considering providing a special exception for a zoning change from private to professional offices at 131-133 South Sparks Street. Additionally, a presentation is scheduled for three commercial planned districts in the borough. As always, the public is invited to attend.


PLCB WINE BOTTLE SAFETY RECALL

Look out for exploding wine bottles! After several explosions in Pennsylvania Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board says customers who purchased Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013, 750 ml should carefully throw it out. The product has been removed from store shelves. It was sold for $12.99 in roughly 180 stores across P-A in early June. 

PA TURNPIKE TOLL INCREASE

Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will climb for both cash and E-Z Pass customers next year. The most common toll grows from $1.04 to $1.09 for E-ZPass users and from $1.60 to $1.70 for cash users. It’s the seventh annual rate hike thanks to approved legislation in 2007. The new prices go into effect on January 4th, 2015.