These are the top local stories of the past week.
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1 - Tim Horton's shutters stores across New York, and Cortland is not spared
Tim Horton's in Cortland closes – The Tim Horton's on Clinton Avenue, which first opened in 2008, closed its doors on Thursday, along with dozens of other Tim Horton's locations in New York and Maine.
2 - A grand jury indicts Daniel Haynes in crash that killed his daughter
Virgil man indicted in crash that killed 6-year-old daughter – Daniel A. Haynes III, 30, of Virgil, was indicted by a grand jury on 31 counts, including second degree murder, aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in an April crash in Cortland County.
3 - After public outcry, county legislature votes down "ash for cover" at landfill
County legislature rejects ash for cover at Cortland landfill – The Cortland County Legislature voted against a proposal that involved importing 4,500 tons of ash per year for use as cover at the county landfill. More than a dozen residents urged legislators to reject the contract, citing the potential thealth and environmental risks of importing incinerator ash.
4 - Does this mean the end of ash for trash? At least one county legislator thinks so.
Ash for trash is "a dead issue," says Cortland legislator who fought for deal – John Troy, who serves on the county's Solid Waste Committee, said he was disappointed by the county legislature's vote against ash for cover on Thursday while acknowledging that the broader ash for trash proposal is likely off the table for good.
5 - Richard Hanna will face familiar foe in 2016 GOP primary
Hanna faces primary challenger in 2016 congressional race – Claudia Tenney, the New York State Assemblywoman who challenged U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna's re-election bid in 2014, will launch a second bid for Hanna's seat in the 2016 Republican primary for the 22nd congressional district.
6 - Amid nationwide protests on college campuses, SUNY Cortland holds discussion on race
SUNY Cortland panel discusses race and discrimination on campus –The event was held in lieu of recent events on college campuses across the nation, including protests at the University of Missouri and Ithaca College.
7 - A Main Street business gets a tune-up
NBT Bank opens renovated Cortland branch on Main Street – Staff of NBT Bank’s Cortland Main Street Office unveiled a transformed branch at a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception held Monday, November 16, at the 65 Main Street office.
8 - Police find drugs, illegal firearm in drug raid of Cortland home
Cortland man arrested in cocaine investigation – A Cortland man was arrested earlier this month in connection with an investigation into cocaine and crack cocaine sales in the city, state police announced Friday.
9 - Questions surround expansion of trash operation
Cortland trash hauler's expansion project faces scrutiny – Greg Leach, the owner of Leach’s Custom Trash Service in Cortland, has faced more scrutiny than he expected for approval of an expansion project for his business.
10 - Police charge Cortland man with criminal obstruction of breathing
Cortland man arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend – A Cortland man was arrested last weekend for allegedly choking his girlfriend following a physical dispute.
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