Week in Review: Top 10 Cortland stories | August 17 – August 23

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1 – A Chenango County man dies after a week-long search effort

81-year-old dies following week-long disappearance – Hours after being transported to Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City, Alfred Turshman was pronounced dead.

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2 – Sheriff endorsement draws ire of union members

Cortland County police union at odds over sheriff endorsement – Members of the County Police Association of Cortland appear divided as to whether or not the union voted to officially endorse Mark Helms for sheriff of Cortland County.

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3 – A landlord’s lawsuit against the city is thrown out

Judge tosses Cortland landlord’s lawsuit against city – A state supreme court judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a city landlord who argued that a neighboring property owner’s expansion of a parking lot was illegal.

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4 – Thousands being raised for funeral expenses of McGraw teen killed in crash

Family of McGraw teen killed in crash raising money for funeral expenses – The family of a Cortland County teen who was killed in a car accident in Groton on Sunday is raising funds to give the young woman a proper funeral.

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5 – Group continues push for charter school in Truxton

Group continues push for charter school in Truxton – The group behind the proposed Truxton Academy Charter School is continuing to pursue the project despite several setbacks.

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6 – Virgil can accrue revenue from unpaid traffic tickets, an audit finds

Audit: Town of Virgil should pursue unpaid traffic tickets – An audit released by the New York State Comptroller’s Office on Tuesday found that the town of Virgil is failing to collect money on more than a dozen unpaid traffic tickets.

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7 – Authorities make heroin bust in Groton

50 bags of heroin found in Groton home; 2 charged – Brooklynn S. Davis, 18, of Groton, and Bryant P. Barnes, 27, of New Jersey, are charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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8 – Former Homer radio broadcaster calls first NFL game

Beth Mowins, former Homer broadcaster, becomes second woman to call NFL game – Beth Mowins began her career calling SUNY Cortland football games for WXHC in Homer. Now she’s doing play-by-play commentary for the Oakland Raiders.

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9 – Cortland State a top “small-town school”

SUNY Cortland makes “Best Small Town Colleges” ranking – SUNY Cortland checked in at No. 32 on the list from bestcolleges.com, which bases its methodology on student life factors as well as other metrics tied to enrollment.

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10 – Survey highlights alcohol use among youth in Cortland County

5 charts that explain alcohol use among youth in Cortland County – More than half of 10th and 12th graders in the county think it is easy or very easy to get alcohol.

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