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Two skiers rescued over the weekend in Dryden after nine hour search

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A pair of cross-country skiers were lost for several hours on Saturday within the confines of Hammond Hill State Forest in Dryden. As it grew darker, got colder, and the skiers’ situation became more dangerous — 70 volunteers and dozens of local agencies were looking for them. It took nine hours. One of the skiers and a rescuer both pointed... more

Local auctioneer accused of cheating estate out of $200K in Tompkins

Local auctioneer accused of cheating estate out of $200K in Tompkins
A local auctioneer has been charged with failing to pay an estate owner thousands for a property in Tompkins County, according to state police. Police say David C. Hall, 47, was arrested after a year-long investigation. He’s the proprietor of Worth Auctions, which is located on Dryden Road, in Freeville. Troopers said Hall failed to pay the owner of an... more

Construction impacts Dryden High School teams

Construction impacts Dryden High School teams
With the work that is taking place on Dryden high school’s athletic fields this fall, some teams have been forced to adjust their routines to some degree. The boys and girls soccer teams, for instance, have used the school’s practice field sparingly this season, and have been forced to find other areas for the teams to train. Repairs to the... more

Harmful Algal Blooms confirmed in Dryden Lake

Harmful Algal Blooms confirmed in Dryden Lake
Multiple blue-green algae blooms, known as Harmful Algal Blooms, have been confirmed in Cayuga Lake this summer, and most recently in Dryden Lake. The Tompkins County Health Department put out an alert Tuesday, urging residents and visitors to beware of the blue-green algae. Local lakes continue to be monitored for HABs. "These blooms can occur in any calm body of... more

Downtown Ithaca invites CU, IC and TC3 students to ‘Welcome Student Weekend’ celebration

Downtown Ithaca invites CU, IC and TC3 students to ‘Welcome Student Weekend’ celebration
Live performances, music entertainment and activities will be held on the Commons this weekend to welcome local college students to Ithaca. About 2,500 first-time Cornell University students, along with Cornell resident assistants and staff, are expected to participate in CU Downtown from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Restaurants and stores downtown will offer special samples, discounts and freebies for the... more

TC3 closed Tuesday for emergency water line repairs

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s main campus and athletics facility will be closed Tuesday for emergency water line repairs. The college closed suddenly Monday afternoon after construction work hit a water line. Repairs required water service to be shut down to the main campus and athletics facility. Work could not be completed Monday evening, so college officials made the decision to... more

Printing facility announces shutdown in Dryden, mass layoffs

It’s a sad day for Dryden. Vanguard Graphics LLC, also known as Vanguard Printing, has announced plans to close its facility at 17 Hallwoods Road, and lay off all its staff. Notices were given to employees Friday morning. The letters state that layoffs will begin in August and be completed by the end of September. According to an online business... more

Bail set as Dryden man charged with rape prepares for second trial

Bail set as Dryden man charged with rape prepares for second trial
Bail was set Monday morning for a Dryden man who is preparing for a second trial on rape and sex abuse charges after a 2016 conviction landed him in prison for the past two years. Jeffrey Horton, 56, is getting a new trial after the appellate division determined that a woman considered for a juror used language that indicated that... more

New mural graces downtown Dryden

Joanna Murphey is no stranger to the rolling hills and scrumptious scenery of Upstate New York. As a landscape artist, Joanna watches. "I observe the visual language of the community,” she said. Joanna met with me at the Community Center Café to discuss the mural that she is installing just above the Café’s doors on the north facing wall of... more

Convicted Ithaca shooter headed for re-sentencing following appellate court order

An Ithaca man, in custody for a 2015 shooting, is scheduled to be re-sentenced in Tompkins County Court after an appellate court found that the evidence in his 2016 trial was insufficient to support his assault conviction. James Marshall faced multiple charges after police say he shot a person in the leg at a woman's West Village apartment on June... more

Appeals court reverses Jeffrey Horton conviction in rape, stalking case

A Dryden sexual assault convict who has spent two years in prison will get a new trial, after a mid-level appeals court questioned Thursday a prospective juror's impartiality. Jeffrey Horton, 55, had been sentenced to 12 years behind bars in July 2016 after being convicted in Tompkins County Court of beating, raping and stalking a woman he had been in... more

Dryden finds new, but familiar, superintendent

Joshua Bacigalupi is not an unknown figure in the Dryden Central School District. Before taking his current position as principal of Alton B. Parker Elementary School in the Cortland Enlarged City School District, Bacigalupi filled the positions of both Assistant Principal and Principal of Dryden Elementary School. At the May 21 meeting of the Dryden Board of Education Bacigalupi was... more

Dryden student barred from school for 2 days over ‘distracting’ shirt

A 17-year-old senior at Dryden High School has been suspended from school for two days for not covering up after the school said her shirt was inappropriate. On Wednesday, Madison Kidney was told what she was wearing was distracting and revealing, her mother Erin Kidney told The Ithaca Voice. Madison Kidney was told if she did not cover up, she... more

Dryden fifth grader representing the USA

Sharing culture around the globe runs in the family for Nathaniel Poole. Nathaniel, a fifth grader at Dryden Elementary School and PeeWee Hockey player, is heading to Novomoskovsk, Russia as a member of the Albany Capitals ice hockey team representing the USA in the EuroChem Cup. Having a team from the USA will be a first for the EuroChem Cup,... more

Two charged after Dryden home invasion, held on ‘no bail’

Police say two men have been arrested following an investigation into a home invasion and burglary in Dryden. The incident happened on Wednesday, according to police, who say that Kevin P. Chambliss, 32, and Henry J. Moreno, 28, were both charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police say that Chambliss was also charged... more

Power of the sun: Community solar is a resource that Tompkins County has largely embraced

Here in Tompkins County, located in NYSEG’s load zone C, community solar has found a home. And another home. And another. Community solar projects, and solar for private production as well, has been popping up across the county for several years now. Most recently, BlueRock Energy opened a community solar project in Enfield, in partnership with local company Renovus Solar... more

Driver airlifted after Dryden rollover crash on Rt. 13 (photos)

One person was airlifted after an afternoon crash in Dryden, according to the Ithaca Voice. The accident happened in Dryden on Route 13 between Livermore Crossing and Bahar Drive. One person was reportedly injured and transported by LifeNet to an area trauma center after their vehicle rolled over during the wreck. No other injuries or passengers were reported. The Tompkins... more
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