News for 6/21/13


 Following a successful 8-4 debut season in Happy Valley, Bill O’Brien is getting a raise. Starting July 1, the new deal will pay the Nittany Lion coach a base salary of 1 point 9 million, up from 950,000 in 2012. Counting TV and radio appearances and a Nike Contract, O’Brien’s total deal could be worth more than 3 point 2 million dollars.

 O’Brien’s base salary goes back down to 1 point 1 million in 2014 before it increases to 1 point 6 million the following year. Both sides can discuss an extension after the 2015 season.

Garman Theatre

After hearing arguments from both sides in court yesterday, Judge Tom Kistler will make a decision that will decide the fate of the Garman Theatre in Bellefonte sometime in the next 15 days. The Bellefonte Industrial Development Authority is hoping to demolish the building and use it as workforce housing, while the Bellefonte Cultural and Historic Association is hoping to keep it intact.

According to WTAJ-TV, attorneys for the association say there is a covenant that prohibits the building from being destroyed if it can be saved. 

Thunder in the Valley

Thunder in the Valley officially kicked off yesterday in Johnstown. The annual Four day motorcycle rally throughout Cambria County lasts until Sunday and will feature musical acts, food and biker gear vendors and celebrations of all things motorcycle. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of Biker Enthusiasts each year. 

Union Township

In a court motion filed on Tuesday, Union Township is asking for more time to pay the Citizens Hook and Fire Company $43,624, the amount owed to the fire company after the township lost a lawsuit.

The fire company sued Union Township in 2010 to recover funding that was never paid. A judge ruled in Citizens Hook and Fire Company’s favor and the decision was upheld by the State Supreme court in April giving Union township 30 days to pay the fire company.

The court paperwork shoes the township is working on securing a bank loan to make the payment.

Pink Zone

The Penn State Lady Lion basketball team continued their fight against breast cancer as the 2013 Pink Zone donated a record $260,000 to six breast cancer charities. The funds were donated to charities on the local, state and national level.According to a release from the university, in seven Pink Zone annual events, the Lady Lions have now donated a little over $825,000 to various breast cancer charities.


The Spring Creek Bridge in Houserville and the Marsh Creek Bridge in Romola will reopen today.Work to repair the bridges began on April 1 and according to PennDOT, both bridges underwent deck replacements, roadway paving and guide rail updates. PennDOT also says both bridges will be removed from the list of structurally deficient bridges in the county when the reopen.