The year ending was one of recovery, growth, controversy, tragedy and change in Centre County.
As we move from 2013, we reflect on the moments and movements that shaped our region, and look to the year ahead.
In the past 12 months, we have watched the battle over the future of Bellefonte’s Garman Theatre and the transition of Centre Crest nursing home to a nonprofit facility. The State College Area School District’s high school project moved from dream to concept and toward a referendum vote.
The Centre County Children’s Advocacy Center became a reality. Several new student apartment complexes were built, even as the region struggled with a shortage in affordable workforce housing.
We cheered Penn State to national championships in women’s volleyball and wrestling, and to accomplishments in academics, research and the performing arts.
We were uplifted as the Nittany Lions football team scored another winning season despite NCAA sanctions, and grew anxious as head coach Bill O’Brien again flirted with jobs in the NFL.
As Penn State saw applications jump and research dollars surge, we awaited the court dates of the university’s former leaders and charted the ongoing battle between Penn State’s board of trustees and those who still oppose decisions made two years ago.
In 2013, Centre Countians supported music and theater. They gave to local human service organizations and reached out to their neighbors in need.
But it is time to bid farewell to 2013 and look ahead to 2014.
These are some of our hopes for the region in the coming year:
Happy new year. Here’s looking forward to a great 2014.