Cal Harris of Spencer has plead not guilty to a charge of harassment. This charge comes after Harris was accused of verbally harassing an Owego business owner back in December. The identity of the business owner has not been released by authorities. This plea comes a month before Harris returns to court to stand trial for the disappearance of his wife Michelle Harris for the 4th time.
The United Way of Bradford County has announced that they exceeded the goal for their 2016 fundraising campaign. The United Way said that they had set a goal of $475,000 for Bradford County, and ended up raising over $520,000. The funds will now be distributed to 45 non-profits across the county. Fundraising began for 2016 last June.
Area residents gathered yesterday to remember the late Richard Brown. Brown was a former physical education teacher, athletic director, and coach for Owego Free Academy. He coached wrestling, baseball, football, and cross country. He was inducted into the Section 4 Hall of Fame in 1984, the Owego-Apalachin Hall of Fame in 2004, and most recently, the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2015. He was also a United States Army Veteran. Brown passed away peacefully on Monday at the age of 87.
Town of Owego Supervisor Donald Castellucci has announced that both the Town and Village of Owego is working together to build a shared facility. The facility will be located behind the current Owego Town Hall on Route 434 in Apalachin. Supervisor Castellucci says that this project is being funded by a total of $6 Million from the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program between the Village and Town of Owego.
The money comes as part of an effort to move local governmental facilities out of the flood plain. The new facility will house the Town of Owego’s Highway Department, the Village of Owego’s Department of Public Works, as well as Owego’s parks and sewage offices.
$25,000 has recently been donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The donation comes from the Park Foundation of Ithaca. This money will be spread across the Southern Tier region to provide hunger relief services. The Park Foundation seeks to address the basic needs of people living in poverty.
The Syracuse football team has 20 new players after Wednesday’s National Signing Day. New head coach Dino Babers and his staff put a priority on linemen, pulling in four offensive and four defensive linemen yesterday along with three new linebackers. The highlight of signing day for the Orange was the commitment of Fort Lauderdale defensive end Jaquwan Nelson, who chose Syracuse over Georgia and Kentucky.
Three local student-athletes made their commitments official Wednesday. Johnson City lineman Adam Korutz and Maine-Endwell athlete Michael Palmer are both on their way to Boston College, while JC quarterback Jake Thompson will play at the University of Albany.
Three Section 4 football champions from last year will be in the same class this season after school enrollment figures were released by the state this week. Section 4’s Class B will now include Maine-Endwell and Chenango Forks, joining 2015 champion Waverly, Owego, Chenango Valley, Norwich, Susquehanna Valley, and Windsor. Dryden will also join Class B this year.