Centre County, PA


Man released after deadly hit & run arrested for DUI

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Centre County man who was in prison after pleading guilty to hitting and killing a pedestrian in Bellefonte in 2021 was released only to be locked up days later for driving under the influence. Brandon Deitz, 37, of Howard, Pa., was arrested Tuesday, May 24 for allegedly driving under […]

COVID cases, deaths on the increase in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, PA – State Department of Health figures released on Wednesday show an increasing number of COVID 19 cases and COVID-related deaths. The department’s weekly update shows 29,664 new cases over the previous seven days, an increase of nearly 2,000 from the previous week. Deaths were also up, 249 recorded in the last week, an increase of 84 over the previous week. The death toll in Clinton County remained unchanged at 127.
Digital Collegian

Penn State Stand Up Award winners support work with diverse campus communities

Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute recognized its 2022 Stand Up Awards winners this past April — Celeste Good, Jake Snyder and Nora Van Horn. REI, established in 2001, is an organization within the College of the Liberal Arts that seeks to “promote engaged ethics research and ethical leadership” at Penn State.

Toxic chemicals still in Benner Township water wells

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to find highly toxic chemicals in Benner Township’s wells two years after they were first discovered. The chemicals are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, found in firefighting foam and commercial products. A total of 65 private wells in Benner Township have been […]
State College

Grants awarded to boost agricultural tourism in county

STATE COLLEGE — More than two dozen Centre County farms and agricultural-related businesses have been awarded a combined $220,000 in grants to improve visitor experiences and boost agritourism in the region. The grants from the Happy Valley Agventures program — a joint effort of the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau...

Mask Mandates—Where Does State High Stand?

On Mar. 16, 2022, Superintendent Bob O’Donnell sent an email out to students, parents, and families of SCASD, announcing that mask mandates were set to be lifted on Mar. 21, 2022. The lifting of the mask mandate at State High has left many wondering if after two years of having to wear masks due to COVID-19, is it really safe to come back into schools mask-free?

PennDOT: Centre County bridge replacement project to begin June 1

MILESBURG, Pa (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that starting on June 1, a bridge replacement project will begin on Route 504 near Wingate. The bridge spans a tributary of Bald Eagle Creek onto Route 504 (Alternate 220) and with the replacement, the bridge will improve its rating from poor to good. […]
The Daily Collegian

Penn State Law offers pathways to legal careers in higher education

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cori Smith was trying to figure out how best to combine her interests in the legal field and higher education. She had been working as the Title IX education and compliance coordinator at Hamilton College and knew she wanted to pursue a juris doctor (J.D.) degree. However, as she was visiting Penn State Law in University Park in spring 2019 during an open house event for admitted students, she didn’t yet know how she was going to shape her passions into a rewarding career path.

Centre County public pool vandalized before opening

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A series of vandalism is setting back the work of volunteers as they prepare to open the Millheim Pool at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park for the summer. The unknown vandals damaged fencing, broke a window in the bathhouse and damaged a chain on one of the swings, causing it […]