Local News 2-19-14


Thousands of Penn State students will pack the Bryce Jordan Center this weekend to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. THON 2014 begins on Friday at 6 pm and concludes on Sunday at 4. The 46-hour dance marathon concludes month-long fundraising efforts benefitting The Four Diamonds Fund at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Now the world’s largest student-run philanthropy, THON has raised more than 101 million dollars since it began in 1977. 


Longtime Penns Valley Area School District athletic director Donald Hosterman is facing theft charges after almost $400 was discovered missing from district athletic event accounts. According to the Centre Daily Times, the 68-year-old Millheim resident was charged with one count of theft by unlawful taking and one count of receiving stolen property. State Police at Rockview reported the missing funds from events between January 16th and February 4th. Tonight, the district’s school board plans to address the charges at 7 pm at the regularly scheduled meeting. 


As Penn State’s infamous State Patty’s Day holiday approaches, university and borough officials are offering a financial reward to downtown businesses willing to halt alcohol sales. According to Statecollege.com, a four-tier pay scale will be offered to individual establishments who commit to ban alcohol sales for Saturday, March 1st. Businesses with an occupancy of 350 could receive $7,500 while smaller businesses would only receive $2,500. Last year, the university paid downtown businesses $5,000 each to not serve alcohol.