Local News 3-11-14


State College Police are attempting to identify a college-age male who allegedly stole a car radio receiver from Walmart Saturday afternoon. Police say the man is approximately 5’11” with a slender build and was wearing a gray Lock Haven University sweatshirt and grey hat. The incident took place just after 1:30 pm. Two men entered the store together, looked at electronics, but just one man took merchandise. Police say, the men left the store in an older model, dark color Plymouth or Dodge.


Sparks Street between West Hamilton Avenue and Westerly Parkway in State College will be closed for portions of today and tomorrow. Borough Public Works Crews are making sewer line repairs on the 700 block of South Sparks Street. Work is scheduled between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm. Also, Park Avenue will be reduced to a single lane between North Atherton Street and Holmes Street today between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. 


For local racing fans, the trip east to Pocono Speedway will soon become easier. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced yesterday $5 million in funding to improve road infrastructure and traffic from the raceway. Pocono Raceway is projected to generate $277 million of new income for the region and create 3,009 jobs in 2014. The facility is expanding the amount of non-traditional activities permitted. The award helps fund the widening of Route 115 from Route 903 to the course with the road remaining open to traffic during constructions.


The Pennsylvania Military Museum and 28th Infantry Division Shrine in Boalsburg will show a documentary film detailing World War II events on Saturday, March 22nd. The film “You Enter Germany: Bloody Huertgen & the Siegfried Line” details the fight for control of a 50 square mile area of dense hilly forest along the German border. The battle was the longest single battle in American history and the largest defeat of the American army in Europe.


The Centre County United Way is looking for volunteers to help determine funding allocations for local non-profit groups. According to Statecollege.com, volunteers are responsible for studying funding requests submitted by partner agencies, learn about their services and needs and make recommendations for funding. Those interested in participating must attend a training session on Tuesday, March 25 or Wednesday, March 26th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Volunteers will need to commit about eight hours in April.