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ELECTION RESULTS: Winners and losers from village contests (full-coverage)

The surprise from Tuesday’s slate of village elections was the loss of incumbent Waterloo Trustee David Duprey who has served on the board since 1996. In races that generated very few votes — Democrat Gina Suffredini and Republican John Butlak both secured seats on the Village Board. Butlak received 250 votes, while Suffredini secured 213. While there are still 44... more

Dryden Central School District to vote on new capital project

The Dryden Central School District will bring a capital project to vote on March 28, 2017 that includes two propositions. Proposition #1 includes district-wide renovations and additions. Proposition #2 includes additional athletic site improvements. Voting hours are scheduled from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Middle/High School Auditorium. On March 20, 2017 the District held two community meetings fully... more

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of murder at Ithaca Walmart ruled ‘competent enough’ to stand trial

He’s competent to stand trial and has pleaded not guilty. Justin Barkley, who is accused of killing a man in the Ithaca Walmart parking lot in December has been found competent to stand trial, according to the Ithaca Voice. The 38-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder and menacing a police officer after he allegedly shot at officers. He did... more

Tompkins Co. dealing with more overdoses by the day

After officials released information outlining the possibility of eight overdoses in a short period of time — Ithaca and Tompkins County added another potential two overdoses to that list. Heroin has become one of the biggest, if not the outright biggest fight that local and state officials are trying to combat. The Ithaca Voice has extended coverage on the recent... more

ITHACA MURDER: Records hint at Barkley’s mental issues

The anonymous Aug. 27 911 call to Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies was the second they fielded about Justin Barkley that day. The first was from his mother, to check on his welfare. The second call was coupled with a vague warning and, as a deputy later reported: insistence that Barkley was "not a bad guy." Barkley's mother had called on... more

PIPELINE CONTROVERSY: Lawmaker wants variances denied

Dominion Transmission Inc.’s divisive New Market Pipeline project is awaiting approval on several variances before construction can begin, and a state legislator from Ithaca is hoping to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny those requests. Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, sent two letters last week to state and federal officials regarding the $159 million project to upgrade the existing... more

TC3 narrows presidential search to three finalists

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Board of Trustees has narrowed its search for a new college president to three candidates. On Monday, Elizabeth Burns, Board of Trustees chairwoman, announced the three finalists, Orinthia Montague, Seamus Reilly and Peter Soscia, will visit the campus in March for two days of interviews and meetings with the community. The new president will succeed... more

Ithaca man charged after assault in Dryden

On February 11th at about 1:21 am, New York State Police at Ithaca arrested Patrick R. Smuda, 59, of Ithaca was charge with felony of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. This arrest occurred after troopers responded to a Tompkins County 911 report of an assault at a home on Delong Avenue in the Town of Dryden.... more

Dryden girls closing in on back-to-back IAC North title

The Dryden Lions are closing in on another IAC North Large division title a year after they earned their first since 1991. But seeing as nothing comes easily, Whitney Point is playing protagonist with three league games for each remaining and the teams deadlocked at 6-2 in league play. “I think we all know that we all want a division... more

Dryden man arrested after domestic incident on German Cross Road

On January 15th at about 9:35 pm deputies responded to an address on German Cross Road in the Town of Dryden for a reported domestic dispute. Once on scene, deputies identified one of the parties in the residence as Phillip M. Lewis, 26, of Dryden. Lewis had previously been served with a full stay away order of protection which prohibited... more

Dryden awarded $3.64 million grant to repair bridges

The Town of Dryden is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $3.64 million from the NY State Department of Transportation under the 2016 Bridge NY Program. The Town of Dryden and Tompkins County will use these funds for repair and replacement of the bridges located at Freese Road over Fall Creek and South George Road over Virgil Creek.... more

UPDATE: Victim ID’d in fatal Dryden crash

On Friday at about 8:14 pm deputies from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 1600 Block of Ellis Hollow Road in the Town of Dryden for a fatal motor vehicle crash. The preliminary investigation revealed that a vehicle was traveling east on Ellis Hollow Road when it drove off the roadway and struck a tree. The operator was... more

Family: Cars were broken into in Dryden as they mourned death of 11-year-old girl

Family and friends of a an 11-year-old girl who was killed last week after being hit by a vehicle in Tompkins County said people had their cars broken into shortly after her funeral. Kaylee Wacht, 11, of Freeville, died Dec. 4 after she and Kristin Shevalier, 14, were hit by a pickup truck, state police said. After Wacht was buried... more

‘Heartbroken’ Dryden mourns loss of 11-year-old student in pedestrian accident

No charges are expected. State Police said on Monday afternoon that they didn’t expect any charges against the driver who was operating the pickup truck that struck two Dryden Central School District students. An 11-year-old Dryden Middle School student has been identified by police as the one reported fatality in the incident, which took place on Sunday around 5:11 pm.... more

Around the Lake: Transitioning to winter sports in the IAC

Before the temperatures plummeted and the first snow set in on the trees Saturday, it felt more like early season football weather than basketball. It would have been nice to have that weather when we were all bundled in winter jackets and scarfs during the final few weeks of local football action when the thermostat hovered near the freezing line.... more

Dryden Elementary learns to stop, drop and roll

Firefighters from the Dryden Township Fire Department recently discussed fire safety with Dryden Elementary students. In recognition of National Fire Prevention week, firefighters were on hand to provide tips and show off their equipment as students listened and asked questions. The fire officials offered advice in case the students are ever involved with a fire, while stressing the importance of... more
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