Local News 2-17-14

TAX REBATE PROGRAM

Application forms for the Department of Revenue’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program are now available for eligible residents. The program aids eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and persons with disabilities age 18 and older. According to a release, the maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.


HISTORIC RESOURCE COMMISSION

The State College Borough Historic Resources Commission meets tomorrow night at 7:30 in room 241 of the downtown municipal building. It is the first meeting of the calendar year. An election of new officers is scheduled. Additionally, the current Capital Improvement Program will be reviewed.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT NAMED

62-year-old Florida State President Eric Barron is expected to be named Penn State’s next president today by the University’s board of trustees. Barron returns to Penn State, where he spent 20 years as a professor then dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. He was named Florida State’s president in 2010. Penn State’s board will hold a special session this morning to approve Barron. A press conference will follow at noon at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.

PENNS VALLEY ATHLETIC THEFTS

Penns Valley School District officials and police are quiet about an ongoing investigation into reported stolen money from various district athletic events. According to the Centre Daily Times, a resolution is expected at Wednesday’s school board meeting and the district is handling it as a personnel matter. While a suspect has been developed by police, no one has been identified. However, high school Assistant Principal Laura Tobias is serving as the district’s acting athletic director. The Centre Daily Times did not receive comment from longtime AD Don Hosterman.

LADY LIONS PINK ZONE 

12,585 fans, including a record 698 breast cancer survivors, packed the Bryce Jordan Center yesterday for the Lady Lions 8th annual Pink Zone game. Preliminary fundraising totals approached 200-thousand dollars. The total does not include donations from single-game ticket sales, t-shirt sales or the CharityBuzz.com online auction. The honored guests represented 3,499 years and six months of survivorship. #11 Penn State won the game 78-68.