2012-04-26 / State

News of Yesteryear

Rising Juniata River makes residents uneasy

75 Years Ago

Continuous rains during the past 36 hours causing tributaries of the Juniata River to overflow their banks have created uneasiness among residents in sections flooded by the high waters in mid March a year ago. With no indications of a let-up in the down pour of rain and the Juniata River in Huntingdon rising at the rate of 18 inches an hour shortly before noon today, many fear a repetition of the disastrous St. Patrick’s Day Flood.

The General State Authority today has before it a proposed $5,000,000 building program at Pennsylvania State University following a weekend meeting in Harrisburg of the board of trustees. Authority approval of the program will mean approximately $6,000,000 will be expended on the Nittany campus next year.

50 Years Ago

William Sheaffer has been elected to teach vocational agriculture in the Southern Huntingdon County School District for the year 1962-63. He was elected on a 12-month basis.

Unofficial low bids, totaling $1,008,273, were opened last night at a meeting of the Mount Union Area School Authority for the construction of the junior high school addition to the Captain Jack Senior High School. Paul E. Hickes of Alexandria, well-known area contractor, submitted the apparent low bid for the general construction contract in the amount of $669,700.

25 Years Ago

The top trophy winners in the muzzle loader shoot Sunday at the 13th annual Raystown Country Sports Show included, Edward Sollers, Alexandria area; Greg Smyers, also from the Alexandria area; Frank Reed, show coordinator; James E. Teeters Jr., Huntingdon; and Bob Henderson, James Creek.

Numerous local, county and state officials, including representatives of Lions International, participated in the gala 40th Charter Night celebration of the Robertsdale Lions Club held in the Broad Top City Community Center Saturday evening. Highlighting the program was the presentation of an attractive citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives which paid tribute to the Robertsdale Lions Club and the Broad Top Development Services Inc., the industrial arm of the local Lions Club.

10 Years Ago

A tractor-trailer crashed at the Tuscarora Tunnel, which is partially in Huntingdon County, this morning, killing the driver and sparking a generator fire at the tunnel, authorities said. The crash happened about 7:10 a.m., said Cpl. Gerald Meredith of the Newville barracks.

Protests from Lt. Governor Robert Jubelirer, Representative Larry Sather and others, over a lack of public disclosure, has forced the state to delay an auction of natural gas and oil drilling rights on state forest lands. John C. Oliver, secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, postponed the auction Thursday until the public has a chance to comment.

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