The Syracuse men’s basketball team is back in action Saturday hosting NC State for their final home game of the regular season. Pregame coverage will begin on WEBO at 1pm.
After a thrilling Daytona 500, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is in Atlanta for a race on Sunday that will be heard live on WEBO. Coverage begins at 12pm.
The Binghamton girls and Horseheads boys won Section 4 Class AA Championships last night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Both teams beat Elmira in the finals. The Class A Championship games are tonight at the Arena, with Vestal and Maine-Endwell girls playing at 6 and the boys teams from Union-Endicott and Johnson City playing at 7:45. We will have live updates from both games on the WEBO Facebook page and Twitter account. The Class B and C finals will be played tomorrow.
Thirty eight wrestlers from Section 4 are competing in the state championships this weekend in Albany. Preliminaries started this morning.
Four Johnson City High School students and the president of Dynamic Innovation Group seek to decrease the number of accidents associated with driving while distracted. The four Johnson City High school students developed the concept behind a smart phone application that would allow parents, and possibly employers, the ability to cut off all social media and texting capabilities of an individual’s cell phone when they are driving over 10 MPH. This concept raised the interest of Dynamic Innovation Group President Stephen Donnelly at the Greater Binghamton Interscholastic Challenge. Donnelly says he plans to back the development of the application, which he says could take 6 months and cost up to $100,000.
Lockheed Martin has donated $150,000 to Broome-Tioga BOCES as they look to start a science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, hub. The STEM Hub of the Eastern Southern Tier will be created as part of BOCES’ School to Careers Partnership, which will fund the development of teaching and learning activities for teachers and students in the STEM fields. BOCES also hopes that the hub will generate more interest among students in the region in the science and math fields, while also being able to equip students with the necessary skills that businesses in the field desire. Lockheed Martin hopes that the funding will allow for the hub to succeed, and in doing so, create a pipeline of future employees for companies including the defense contractor. Broome-Tioga BOCES has fifteen component districts, including Owego-Apalachin, Newark Valley, and Tioga Center.
Voters across Tioga and Broome counties approved their school budgets on Tuesday. Some margins of approval were greater than others, with the greatest margin of approval in the region belonging to Chenango Valley, whose budget passed by a 6-to-1 margin. One of the toughest budgets in the region belonged to the Owego-Apalachin district, whose plan called for 21 staff cuts including 13 layoffs. The budget still passed with 820 votes in favor of the budget and 316 votes opposed. The cuts in the budget come as a result of O-A looking to rely less on its reserve funds. Over 97 percent of the districts across the state did draw from their reserves as they looked to balance their budgets. A number of schools also had plans approved for new buses. Those schools include Owego-Apalachin, Tioga Central, Newark Valley, Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Chenango Valley, and Susquehanna Valley. Whitney Point also voted to establish a capital reserve fund for the district. In Owego, three Board of Education members were voted for 3-year terms, including Becky Goodrich, Stacey Riegel, and Lee Dunham. Also included on the ballot in Owego and Apalachin was a vote for additional funding for the Apalachin Library, a vote which was approved 692 to 378.
Residents in four Southern Tier school districts approved capital projects on Tuesday. The projects called for building and grounds improvements ranging from $3 million to $17 million. Voters in the Union-Endicott district approved their proposal with 57 percent of the vote, Johnson City and Susquehanna Valley voters approved their plans by about 4-to-1 margins, and Windsor voters approved their plan with 70 percent of the vote.
In Union-Endicott, the $7 million project includes $2.3 million in improvements to the high school, with each district building receiving upgrades with the money. Residents in the district will be responsible for about $100,000 of the total cost.
Johnson City had the most expensive proposal at $17.8 million, which will be dedicated to a new science wing in the high school, along with other improvements. Funding is not expected to affect taxes. Windsor’s $16 million project includes kitchen renovations and upgrades to fire alarms, and voters also approved a separate $400,000 bus replacement plan.
Susquehanna Valley will be installing new theatrical lighting to the high school auditorium, along with other upgrades. Taxes should not be affected for the district’s $3 million proposal.
Johnson City High School is stepping closer to proposed projects and upgrades worth $17.8 million. School officials said the project, called “Vision 2015,” would be implemented without any increase in taxes. State and federal dollars will pay for a vast majority of the work. The school held a public meeting Tuesday night where parents and taxpayers had questions answered about the proposal. In addition to upgrading their 42-year-old science wing, plans call for a new multi-use turf field and new bleachers for the gymnasium. Questions from the public Tuesday surrounded parking concerns as well as the safety and costs of using artificial turf. The school district said while turf is more expensive to install, costs are much lower when it comes to maintenance of natural grass, making the turf option less costly over the long term. Johnson City voters may cast a ballot from noon to 8 p.m. on December 10th. Voting takes place at the high school and the Family Enrichment Network on Cherry Street. Johnson City residents with questions about their polling place can call 763-1238.
Voters in the Johnson City school district will decide in December whether the school will take part in a $17.8 million capital project. The project would renovate the district’s athletic fields, replace part of the high school, and upgrade the high school gymnasium. Most of the funding would come from FEMA and the state education department, with Johnson City using about $1.4 million from its reserves.
After months of hard work, local teams put their skills to the test at the Odyssey of the Mind tournament this weekend. Students of all ages competed in different problem solving categories, which is part of the Odyssey of the Mind international education program.
Teams are scored for long-term problem solving, on-the-spot problem solving and for style points. More than a hundred teams practiced and performed in front of judges in hopes of making it to the next round. Odyssey of the Mind had more teams sign up this year than the past two years. The regional competition held Saturday at Broome-Tioga BOCES determined which teams go on to the state tournament later this month. The state tournament is set for Saturday, March 23, at Binghamton University.