Local News 2-27-14


Downtown State College will be almost entirely alcohol-free on Saturday during the planned ‘State Patty’s Day’ celebration. According to Penn State, 34 of 35 bars and restaurants have accepted compensation for halting alcohol sales. Most establishments still plan to serve food. A release adds that most local beer distributors also accepted a stipend to stop sales. University student leaders expect this to be the final year that Penn State provides funds to bars for remaining dry. The money is generated through parking fees collected on campus.


A 22-year-old Johnstown woman charged with possessing and delivering heroin was denied bail Wednesday. According to the Centre Daily Times, state police discovered 3,000 bags of heroin in the trunk of Tanysha Johnson’s car early Saturday morning during a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Marion Township. A request for unsecured bond was denied due to Johnson’s criminal history in other states. 26-year-old passenger Hasus Hardy also faces charges. He waived his preliminary hearing yesterday and remains in court as well.


Nearly 100 area kids enrolled in Centre County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters program are in need of a mentor. According to the Centre Daily Times, roughly 300 5-to-17 year-olds enter the program each year. However, volunteer numbers are down so far. The organization launched a “50 Bigs in 50 Days” initiative in an effort to recruit potential mentors. For more information, visit ccysb.com.


Penn State’s 2014 Blue-White Game will kickoff at 1:30 on Saturday, April 12th. It will be the first chance to see new head coach James Franklin on the field. According to a Penn State release, there will be no admission or parking fee and lots will open at 8:00 am. Once again, the Nittany Lions will host the popular pregame autograph session. More information will be released at a later date.