Courtship Tales at Binghamton Zoo

Reality Check students on WEBO

Senator Akshar on WEBO

Tioga ASAP to hold community panel tomorrow

Senator Akshar on WEBO

State Senator Fred Akshar was a special guest on the WEBO Morning Show today. In a wide-ranging conversation, the senator…

Winter Weather Advisory until 1pm, power outages reported

A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 1pm today. A mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain will continue through this morning with wind gusts up to 25 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. The mixture is expected to change to all rain in the afternoon before moving out of the area.

Close to 2,000 customers lost power this morning after a power line fell on top of a house on Farm to Market Road in Maine. Around 5am, the East Maine Fire Company was called to a small fire on the roof of a garage at the home. No one was injured and the fire was out quickly. The incident caused a power outage to 1,700 customers in Broome County and close to 300 in Tioga County. There are other reports of power lines down around the Southern Tier due to the heavy, wet snow and wind.

Dunkin Donuts back open in Apalachin

The Dunkin Donuts in Apalachin is back open today. The restaurant on Route 434 was closed yesterday after a reported robbery. Customers tell WEBO it appears the inside was also vandalized. New York State Police and Tioga County Sheriff’s Deputies were on scene throughout the day, blocking the entrance to the property and investigating with K-9 units. We will update this story as more information is released.

NASCAR announces changes to race format

NASCAR has announced major changes to the race format this season. Races for the Monster Energy Cup, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series will now be split into three segments. The first two segments will make up about half the race. Points will be awarded for each stage and the winner of each final stage will qualify for the chase. The length of the races will remain the same, but the segment lengths will change each week. The new format was put together by a panel of drivers, teams, and track officials. They hope it will make races more competitive and enjoyable for fans. You can hear every NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series race live on WEBO this season, beginning next month at Daytona.

Parking garages will now be inspected

All parking garages in the state of New York will now be the focus of regular structural inspections thanks to joint legislation by local representatives Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Senator Tom O’Mara. The Department of State will draft the new regulations. Lupardo and O’Mara introduced legislation last year to require periodic inspections by licensed professional engineers after the collapse of the UHS Parking Garage in Johnson City and the closures of garages in Binghamton. That legislation was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but he vowed to work with the legislators to come up with a different approach.

Courtship Tales at Binghamton Zoo

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is inviting adults to come learn about animal mating and courtship rituals on February 11 and 12. Couples will be escorted by a tour guide throughout the zoo in heated vans, learning about how animals choose their mates and some hilarious facts for the zoo’s Courtship Tails event. Each tour lasts an hour and a half and includes behind the scenes visits, food, drinks, a commemorative photo, and a $30 gift card to a local restaurant. Reservations are required for the event, which costs $125 for non-member couples and $110 for member couples. More information is available on the zoo’s website and social media. Rachel Davenport from the Zoo was on the WEBO Morning Show Monday. Hear the full interview below.

Dunkin Donuts in Apalachin closed today

 

The Dunkin Donuts in Apalachin is closed today. State Police and members of the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office were searching the property this morning. They did not comment on their investigation, but customers of the store have told us it appears that the restaurant was broken into and vandalized overnight. There is no word on when the Dunkin Donuts on Route 434 will open again. We will update this story as more information is released.

 

Winter Storm Warning Monday-Tuesday

A winter storm warning is in effect for our entire listening area from 1pm Monday until 1pm Tuesday. The National Weather Service says heavy, wet snow will move into our area this afternoon and continue through tomorrow morning. A total of 4-9 inches is possible, especially across higher terrain. Strong winds are also possible with gusts near 30 miles per hour. The weather will begin as rain today before temperatures fall and it changes over to sleet and then snow in the late afternoon and early evening. We will continue to follow this storm and keep you updated. WEBO is the official emergency station for Tioga County.

Local rallies support Women’s March Saturday

More than 2,000 people showed up in Binghamton Saturday for a rally to support the Women’s March in Washington, DC. The event started in Martin Luther King Park before finishing outside the Broome County Courthouse. Binghamton was one of more than 300 cities around the world to rally for women’s rights and equality the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as our 45th President. That included a rally in Ithaca, where police estimate close to 10,000 marched around City Hall. The national movement was started in opposition to President Trump, including worries that he has plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and defund Planned Parenthood.

Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in local high schools

Students at some high schools in Tioga County will learn the truth about the ill effects of drug use starting today thanks to the efforts of a local drug prevention organization. Throughout the week, which is called National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, students get information to debunk common myths and misconceptions about drug abuse. Students at Candor High School will announce a different drug fact each day this week. Across the county at Newark Valley, students will make and display posters on drug facts. Other anti-drug activities are planned at Waverly High School. Organizers said the activities will benefit all teens and their families. Tioga County Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition and Trinity Casa will host local law enforcement and others to talk about the effects of the heroin and opioid crisis. The meeting is scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Nichols.