Two men are facing felony charges after allegedly stealing tractor parts from Goodrich Auction in Newark Valley. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office took 34-year-old Theodore Cooper of Nichols and 35-year-old Jack Cooper of Latham into custody around 1:30am Wednesday. The men were riding together in a car that was stopped on Zimmer Road in Newark Valley. Inside the vehicle, deputies found more than $1,000 worth of stolen tractor parts. The two men were arraigned on grand larceny charges were sent to Tioga County Jail in lieu of bail.
Owego, Newark Valley, and Endicott are just a few of the local beneficiaries of $40 million in Restore New York grants. The Village of Owego has been awarded $500,000 for a gateway project in the historic district, while the Village of Newark Valley will receive $100,000 to demolish a former ladder factory. The Village of Endicott has been awarded $440,000 to tear down a property on Madison Avenue and construct a parking lot in its place. Their award will also be used to rehabilitate the former Broad Street Elementary School into a building that can be used by other businesses.
Area firefighters were busy dealing with a reported barn fire in Newark Valley early this morning. The fire was reported around 2am at 544 Wade Hollow Road. Newark Valley firefighters responded to the scene along with tankers from the Owego, Campville, and Weltonville Fire Departments. All units were released three hours later. There is no information on the damage to the building or the cause of the fire.
Newark Valley’s 11th annual Holiday Magic community celebration is this Saturday from 4-8pm. This year’s event will kick off with a parade to honor the Newark Valley varsity football team which won its first state title this year. Holiday food, music, crafts, and activities will then be available at both the Noble Room of the Newark Valley Post Office, and at the former train depot for the remainder of the evening.
Tomorrow is the 11th annual Alumni Community Concert for Scholarships at the Newark Valley High School. The concert is held every year to raise scholarship money for current Newark Valley seniors. Performers this year include Newark Valley Alumni: Jewel Griffith, Jenny Gac, Mike Harris and the Men, Shanika Bridges, and many more. The concert begins at 7pm. Admission is free, however, donations will be collected at the door for the student scholarships.
The Village of Newark Valley held an official ribbon cutting ceremony for a new playground at Trout Ponds over the weekend. The new $42,000 playground offers updated and more various play equipment for children and was funded by a grant from the Floyd Hooker Foundation. The Village of Newark Valley hopes to even further expand the playground if additional grant money can be secured in the future.
Newark Valley Days is back again this year. The event begins this Friday and continues on Saturday. Friday night will feature a quilt show, art show, and musical performance by the Dixiekats at 7pm in the Newark Valley Depot. Then on Saturday, festivities will kick off at 11am with the annual NV Days parade. Musical performances will be held throughout the day on the village green. Then at 5:30pm, Watts on Tap will take to the stage at Trout Ponds. Then the annual fireworks display will take place at Trout ponds at 9:30pm. Mayor Jim Tornatore was a guest on Tuesday’s WEBO Morning Show. You can listen to the full interview below, and check out this weekend’s schedule by clicking HERE.
Numerous fire departments responded to a fire at Upstate Shredding off of Route 38 in the Town of Owego yesterday. The fire started at the top of a large pile of cars. An initial investigation has indicated that something inside one of the crushed cars ignited, causing the blaze. Campville, Owego, and Newark Valley Fire Departments all responded to the scene.