Local News 8-20-14

GRANGE FAIR OPENS THIS WEEK

The 140th Annual Grange Fair officially kicks off tomorrow. One day admission costs $6.00 with a season ticket rate of $15.00.  Pets are not permitted on the Grange Fairgrounds or in the camping area. Roughly 950 tents, 1300 RV’s and 7,000 exhibits are expected. Heavy traffic is anticipated in all areas near Centre Hall.

PENN STATE TAILGREAT DROPPED

The Penn State Blue Band will no longer perform at the Bryce Jordan Center prior to home football games. After nearly two decades, Penn State decided to drop the popular ‘Tailgreat’ show for 2014 due to its cost. The game day tradition allowed fans to get an up close look at the band, cheerleaders and dance team. However, yesterday, Penn State did unveil a new game day routine with players walking from the corner of Curtain and Porter Roads to the Beaver Stadium south endzone tunnel.

ROUTE 322 CRASH

A jack-knifed tractor-trailer closed westbound Route 322 near State College for more than an hour yesterday afternoon. The wreck occurred on a sharp bend near the Branch Road overpass, just east of the College Avenue interchange. Traffic backed up past the Oak Hall exit, where cars were detoured around the area. The incident took place around 3 pm, shortly after a rain storm blew through the area.

PENN STATE’S TERRELL JONES PASSES

Penn State’s vice provost for educational equity Terrell Jones passed away yesterday. According to the university, Jones as on medical leave for the last few months. He was a well-known expert in diversity issues and published author on cultural diversity. He is survived by his wife, Carla, and their children. He was 64.

STATE COLLEGE ROADWORK

Heavy traffic on University Drive is expected today between 7 am and 7 pm. Lane restrictions will be in place as crews complete a paving project between Easterly Parkway and Nimitz Avenue. State College Borough officials say local traffic will be accommodated as much as possible, but delays are anticipated.

PSU STUDENTS RETURN

Penn State students are headed back into the area for the start of the 2014 fall semester. Heavy traffic around State College is expected through Sunday. State College Police are designating Friday and Saturday as student return days and will restrict one eastbound lane in the 600 block of East College Avenue between 8 am and 5 pm both days. Classes begin on Monday.