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Drew Balis

Drew Balis is a Penn State graduate, freelance reporter and frequent contributor to StateCollege.com.

Articles by Drew Balis

State College Residents Embrace National Donut Day, It's a Historic Tradition! State College Residents Embrace National Donut Day, It's a Historic Tradition!
369 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
“I think National Donut Day is a fantastic holiday,” said Catie Simpson. “It’s a day that shows the world that we don’t take ourselves too seriously." [Read More]
Special Olympics May Slow Thursday Morning Traffic Special Olympics May Slow Thursday Morning Traffic
369 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Here they come! Thousands of athletes, coaches and parents arrive in State College Thursday for the annual Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games. And with all that inbound traffic you may see some tie-ups around the Penn State campus. [Read More]
Let the Games Begin: Summer Special Olympics in State College Start Thursday Let the Games Begin: Summer Special Olympics in State College Start Thursday
369 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
“We’re definitely really excited for the opening ceremonies, and we love having spectators in the stands to support all of the athletes. Happy Valley has always been wonderful to us.” [Read More]
Penn State Lacrosse Joining Big Ten in 2015 Penn State Lacrosse Joining Big Ten in 2015
370 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Onward State Staff, Drew Balis
“I am so excited for the future of Big Ten women’s lacrosse, ” said head coach Missy Doherty in a news release. “As our sport expands across the country, it has been great to see so many institutions value and embrace the sport.” [Read More]
With a Flurry of Tornadoes Making Headlines, Are Twisters a Threat to State College? With a Flurry of Tornadoes Making Headlines, Are Twisters a Threat to State College?
370 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
The worst outbreak of tornadoes in Pennsylvania happened, May 31, 1985. There were 23 confirmed tornadoes on that day 28 years ago. An F4 tornado, with winds between 168-199 mph, hit north of State College raking Moshannon State Forest and Watsontown, Pa. [Read More]
State College Man Found Guilty of 2011 Black Friday Rape State College Man Found Guilty of 2011 Black Friday Rape
370 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
A 21-year-old State College man has been convicted for raping an unconscious woman. A Centre County jury found Angel Alvarado guilty Friday, and Alvarado is now imprisoned at the Centre County Correctional Facility awaiting sentencing. [Read More]
A Week Later: Penn State Grads Assess Damage From Monster Tornado A Week Later: Penn State Grads Assess Damage From Monster Tornado
370 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
“It was definitely strange,” says Scott Hammerstedt. “And a little bit scary. You certainly don’t expect to see something like that.” Streets are mostly cleared of debris but the rest of the area is “just flat.” Piles of rubble litter the area. Some driving lanes remain closed and many [Read More]
Details About Paterno Family Lawsuit Emerge Details About Paterno Family Lawsuit Emerge
370 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
“The NCAA is going to fight tooth and nail to try to keep this lawsuit from going forward on legal grounds, because I do not believe they’re going to want to suffer discovery and the opportunity for the plaintiffs to gain discovery about the relationship between the NCAA and the Freeh group, and [Read More]
Bundle Up! Cooler than Usual Memorial Day Weekend On Tap for State College: Frost Possible Bundle Up! Cooler than Usual Memorial Day Weekend On Tap for State College: Frost Possible
371 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
Some frost could even hit the area Saturday night, and anyone with a garden is advised to cover plants or move them inside to prevent potential damage from the near-freezing temperatures. [Read More]
Speedy Trial Finds Two Men Guilty for Violent Robbery of High-School Student Speedy Trial Finds Two Men Guilty for Violent Robbery of High-School Student
371 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Drew Balis
A Centre County jury wasted no time finding co-defendants Zachariah Johnson and Joseph Jenkins guilty on six counts of assault and robbery. They were convicted for beating up a high school student at a party and stealing money from his wallet. [Read More]
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