O'Brien May be headed for Houston
ESPN is reporting the Houston Texans have ended their coaching search early, as the team has agreed to hire Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to helm the franchise. The Texans sported the worst record in the NFL in 2013. O'Brien follows Dom Capers and Gary Kubiak as just the third head coach in the franchise's history, the first to be hired from the collegiate ranks. In two years at Penn State, under the restrictions of NCAA sanctions, O'Brien posted a 15-9 record, with a 10-6 mark in conference play. In 2012, his Nittany Lions went 8-4, giving him the most wins ever by a first-year head coach at Penn State. O'Brien was an assistant coach with the Patriots from 2007 to '11, helping to lead them to a Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator in his final season.
New Year's Eve Walk / Run
An estimated 500 runners braved temperatures in the mid 20's to take part in the Bloomsburg YMCA's 5K run / walk Tuesday night. The event taking runners north on Market Street to Main.... down East to 5th Street... back out to Market... south to Ft. McClure Boulevard... north on Market... back to the finish line at the YMCA. The winner in just over 19 minutes was Michael Hause of Kulpmont the defending race winner. Hause is a member of the Misericordia University track team... and is the fourth time he's competed in the YMCA event.
The FAA and the NTSB are continuing to investigate the small plane crash near Gettysburg the day after Christmas that sourses say took the life of 17 year old Miranda Rose, a student at Southern Columbia, and her mom's boyfriend, Michael Bronzburg. DNA results won't be available for several days. The family says a memorial service will be planned. The plane was scheduled to fly to South Carolina to pick up family members for the holidays.
Fire Started by Accident
Investigators think a fire that killed a dog in Benton Township last Friday was started by accident. A faulty coal stove pipe is suspected of being the cause of the blaze. Two people were renting the cabin and the dog was a stray that they found along the side of the road. Investigators originally thought that the dog may have started the fire.
It's New Year's Eve and law enforcement will be out looking for partiers that have had too much to drink but get behind the wheel anyway. It's called "Amateur Night" because people who usually don't drink decide to celebrate with alcohol. No word if checkpoints will be set up but Routes 11 and 487 as well as Route 54 will be patrolled by police.
Governor Tom Corbett has called time out in his effort to privitize the Pennsylvania lottery. After two years of political battles and negociations the plan for privitization will be put on hold at least for the time being. The governor says he could still bring back the issue later on.
Those seeking college aid for the acedemic year which beginsnext September can start the process beginning in January. Students and their parents must first determine what types of aid they're eligible for, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It's available through the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
Merle Phillips Passes
Former state representative Merle Phillips died Monday morning at the age of 85. State Senator John Gordner, in a statement, said Merle Phillips was always working hard to do what is best for the area. Phillips served the 108th legislative district. He was appointed as a Northumberland County Commissioner in 2010.