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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 …

Accused: Jeremy Predmore, 35, Pleasant View Drive, Cortlandville Charges: First-degree criminal contempt, a felony; second-degree harassment, a violation. Details: Predmore threatened a …

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. …

Unemployment in Cortland County ticked up a bit in June, to 4.1% from 3.9%, as the work force shrank by about 100 workers. The county’s labor pool shrank to 22,000 people in June from …

Officer Joseph Boellmann has been promoted to sergeant and named a road patrol supervisor, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office has announced. Boellmann has six years of police experience; …

Possum or opossum? They’re 2 different orders of marsupial

Is it an opossum or a possum? In North America, it’s the opossum; the Virginia Opossum or North-American Opossum, latin name Didelphis virginiana. The possum is actually a completely different …

‘It’s OK to talk about these things’

First responders are always on – keeping an eye out for people who need help. When they clock out, it can be hard to turn that off. When a car crashes, the first responders must assess the …

Old exits, new numbers

Folks who have driven Interstate 81 through Cortland County in the past several weeks have likely noticed something different about the signs designating exits for Cortland, Homer, Marathon, McGraw …

Sometimes, a journalist cannot prepare for what the news may throw at one. And at any given time, an editor won’t know what resources are available should something unexpected happen. …

Farm revived to house horses, riding facility

A Cortlandville riding school that hadn’t been used that way in nearly 25 years is back in operation following five years of restoration and with a riding school that was a teen-ager’s …

A McGraw man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison to sexually abusing a child over several years in Solon and Cortlandville. Robert A. Schulte, 45, pleaded guilty in May in Cortland County …

Cortland Mayor Scott Steve will answer questions from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 as part of Focus Cortland at the United Presbyterian Church. Bring your lunch to the 25 Church St. event. Coffee, tea …

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.

Cortland and state police have issued a statement warning of scammers claiming to be from local police departments. The caller typically mentions something about the person needing to pay for a …

The kids are (mostly) all right

Janelle Hess missed a lot in her first two years of high school: the pleasure of getting lost on the first day of her freshman year; hanging out with friends in the lunchroom; waiting for the bus or …

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