Local News 8-14-14

BOARD OF TRUSTEES STAY COURSE 

Despite approving a resolution Wednesday affirming its position on a potential settlement in lawsuits between the NCAA and Pennsylvania officials, Penn State’s Board of Trustees remains split. According to Statecollege.com, heated discussions over continued adherence to the consent decree once again separated alumni-elected trustees from the rest of the board.  In fact, no alumni-elected members approved the resolution, which passed on a 19 to 8 vote. The alumni-elected trustees contended the board rushed the decision, opting to include language stating the intention to continue complying with the controversial consent decree.


FERGUSON TOWNSHIP MAN INJURED

An 18-year-old Ferguson Township man is recovering from a serious crash Tuesday evening in the 1900 block of Marengo Road in the township. According to Statecollege.com, police say Douglas Kauffman was speeding when he lost control of his car. The car swerved off the road, striking a utility pole leaving roughly 40 residents without power and Kauffman injured. He was taken to Altoona Regional Hospital and was listed in fair condition.

STECKO FAMILY DONATION

Penn State’s Football Excellence Fund received a $1 million donation from a longtime donor. Alum Paul T. Stecko committed to money to the fund, which supports costs for facility improvements, equipment, travel and more. Penn State will rename the locker room in the Lasch Building for the Stecko family. Paul Stecko is the chairman of the board of Packaging Corporation of America.

PENN STATE AG PROGRESS DAYS

Penn State’s annual Ag Progress Days concludes today. The event runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf visited with guests. Ag Progress Days annually attract as many as 50,000 visitors to Central Pennsylvania. Heavy traffic is expected near the grounds west of Pine Grove Mills.

CENTRE COUNTY RESTAURANTS TARGETED

At least three Centre County restaurants were targeted in a phone scam during the past week. According to the Centre Daily Times, Governor’s Pub and Bella II in Bellefonte and Gigi’s Restaurant and Wine Lounge near State College each received calls threatening to discontinue electricity service. The scammers provided information about recent electric bills, but management called their bluff. Police are aware of the scam and similar past incidents.