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One of an officers’ best tools won’t fit on a belt

The advent of police drones and body-worn cameras has not made obsolete the usefulness of a tool U.S. police agencies have used for more than a century – dogs. One of a canine units’ …

‘You had to think on your feet’

Ten victims were scattered Wednesday across a courtyard – including the 16-year-old who hit a bus of people while texting and driving – some lay unconscious, the bus driver repeatedly …

‘It’s inspirational’

Students in Ukraine still have school, despite the war going on around them. They need backpacks and pencils and colored markers – and Cortland has two new collection sites for these items. …

The McGraw Central School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in High School Room 5.

Cayuga Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients …

Cortland school board names president, vice president

Two weeks after it failed to name a president and vice president – the nominations failing on 3-3 ties – Cortland’s school board did name those leaders. The seven-member board …

Homer village officials expect storm damages top $36,000

Village of Homer officials estimate storm damages – primarily from a July 10 storm – to exceed $36,000. Nearly $21,000 of that is from tree removal alone – with more to come. …

Town of Homer seeks grant for comprehensive plan

The town of Homer plans to update its comprehensive plan in the next year or two. Grant funding would help – and the deadline is next week. Homer will apply, with the help of …

Crosswalk a step to greater Blodgett Mills safety

The Rev. Thomas Heotzler sat on his porch and looked from the Blodgett Mills church where he’s a pastor, across the new crosswalk to a playground across the street. He concedes he’s …

The McGraw Central School District Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 in high school room 5.

NILES — The Cayuga County Health Department closed two bathing beaches Tuesday because of harmful algal blooms: Camp Y Owasco in Niles and the Owasco Yacht Club in Owasco, both on Owasco Lake. …

The Scott Town Board has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Tuesday at Town Hall, 6689 Route 41, regarding the resending of a bond and the acquisition of a Western Star truck.

Young African leaders come to Cortland to learn how we do it

Simi Olusola looked forward to visiting the Cortland Fire Department – they’re different in Nigeria, where she’s from. She enjoys shows like “Chicago Fire,” and wanted …

Magic portal opens in Cortland

The magic portal opened Friday under the footbridge at Suggett Park in Cortland. Dozens of kids announced they had found the entrance to a new realm and passed through to loot it for the gold. …

Dryden plans hearing on Freese Road project

DRYDEN - The town of Dryden will have a public hearing in mid-August on a special-use permit for a multi-family apartment complex proposed for a long-vacant site on Freese Road. Dryden town …

Main Street losing nearly 50 parking spaces

Main Street’s redesign will eliminate 46 to 48 parking spaces once it converts to angled parking, and Cortland officials are still trying to figure out where to replace them. Mayor Scott …

Cemetery tours offered to kids

If your child needs a change of scenery this summer, consider letting them explore a cemetery. On Aug. 8, kids 10 to 18 can explore the winding trails of Cortland Rural Cemetery and learn about …

Cayuga Medical Center has been recognized by the Lown Institute for outstanding social responsibility, receiving an “A” grade on the 2024-25 Lown Institute Hospitals Index. …

Tompkins County issued a request for proposals Thursday to design and build an emergency shelter for 100 adults without homes. The local Homelessness Response System, which the county supports, …

City seeks $675,000 for second phase of Randall park work

A pair of pickleballers whacked a ball back and forth Wednesday afternoon at Randall Park in Cortland, working up sweats in the humidity. The pickleball courts, which opened last week, have been …

‘A shockingly long way to go’

The adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act 34 years ago was the start of improvement, but not the end, Cortland County’s leading advocate said as she discussed its upcoming …

Cortland seeks $1 million grant for new fire trucks

The city of Cortland Fire Department’s back-up ladder truck, the larger type of firefighting apparatus, will mark its 30th anniversary with Cortland next year. Time to retire, officials …

Cortland YMCA receives support from Ithaca YMCA

The Cortland YMCA is receiving help from the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County, and even they don’t know if it’s permanent. Two years ago, the Cortland YMCA CEO left, and the board …

The state will fund more than $9.2 million in bridge and culvert work in the greater Cortland area through its BRIDGE-NY initiative, state Sen. Lea Webb (D-Binghamton) announced Wednesday. The …

The City of Cortland Fire Department can now replace its hoses, the oldest of which was bought in 1989, with a $50,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. …

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