Welcome! Here are the top local stories of the past week.
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1 – After years of delays and setbacks, officials are determined to build a new county jail
Report highlights urgent need for new Cortland County Jail – The county released a 20-page report that makes a compelling case for a new public safety building.
2 – Apex Tools’ Cortland plant will close sooner than expected
Apex Tools to close Cortland plant by end of October – The company says it will close its Cortland plant by the end of October, two months earlier than anticipated. 89 jobs will be lost.
3 – A SUNY Cortland graduate is killed in a car accident
SUNY Cortland grad, 23, killed in Broome County crash – Kyle Wilcox graduated from SUNY Cortland in May, where he studied business economics.
4 – Homer residents vote “no” on solar project for school district
Voters reject proposed solar project for Homer schools – Many parents said the district didn’t provide enough information about the project.
5 – Turning an eyesore into “green space”: Officials purchase property where motel burned down
Cortland County BDC moves forward with purchase of old motel property – The property was purchased in partnership with the town of Cortlandville and the village of Homer, and will be turned into a usable “green space” for the two municipalities.
6 – Readers sound off on “sucker punch” of Jets quarterback
“This would have never happened at Cortland”: Jets’ Geno Smith injured after “sucker punch” – After the news broke that New York Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith was cold-cocked by a teammate in the locker room, many people took to social media to proclaim that such an incident would have never happened at Cortland, where the Jets had previously held their summer training camp. Smith is expected to miss 6 – 10 weeks.
7 – NY releases “opt out” numbers; numbers show Cincinnatus students don’t like taking state tests
See how many Cortland County students opted out of state testing this year – Of the five school districts in Cortland County, the Cincinattus Central School District had the highest percentage of students who opted out of state testsing this year: 56 percent of students refused to take the math exams, while 47 percent declined to take the ELA exams.
8 – A local farm gets special recognition from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Cortland County farm gets state environmental award –McMahon’s EZ Acres farm in Homer took home the 2015 New York State Agricultural Environmental Management Award during a ceremony Wednesday at the Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls.
9 – A Cincinnatus man is arrested for driving drunk on a go-kart
Cortland County man charged with DWI on go-kart – Police say Brian Fairweather was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had an open can of beer.
10 – SUNY Cortland student featured on This American Life
SUNY Cortland student featured on This American Life podcast – If you managed to catch the most recent episode of This American Life, you heard the story of Kiana Jackson, a SUNY Cortland student who described her experiences interacting with white people.
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