Local News 8-22-14


As Penn State students make their way back to town for the first day of classes on Monday, the State College Police Department has designated today and tomorrow as Penn State Student Return Days. To minimize problems, one eastbound travel lane on the 600 block of East College Avenue will be closed both days between 8 and 5 to allow returning students space to unload their vehicles. Minor traffic delays are expected on East College Avenue between South Garner Street and University Drive

Pedestrians Hit

Two elderly pedestrians were injured after being hit by cars in two separate incidents on Wednesday during the storms that hit Happy Valley. According to police, one incident occurred near South Atherton Street when Home Delivery Pizza Pub driver Kevin Black was turning right onto Woodsdale Lane and struck John Tucker of Boalsburg.In a second incident, Clair Woodel was attempting to make a left turn on College Avenue and hit Ann Callahan of Arlington, Va. Both Tucker and Callahan were transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center.     


No one was injured yesterday when a fire destroyed most of an Amish family’s barn in Madisonburg. According to the Centre Daily Times, firefighters responded to the scene around 9am, where Miles Township Fire Co. crews found the barn on the property of Sam and Eva King at 248 Madisonburg Pike fully engulfed by flames. The fire was believed to have started in the hay storage area in the barn’s loft. 

Road Work

The State College Borough Public Works Department will continue concrete curb and sidewalk repairs at the intersection of Aikens Place and Waupelani Drive on Monday. Work will take place through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 and 5. Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution while traveling through the area. 

West Penn Power

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved a 1 point 3 million dollar settlement with West Penn Power Yesterday. The electric company that serves several counties, including Centre and Clearfield, failed to meet energy reduction standards and must pay the civil penalty within 30 days. The money will go into the state’s general fund.