More people flew out of the Greater Binghamton Airport in 2010 than the year before, according to the final numbers released by airport officials this week.
Commissioner of Aviation Carl Beardsley says passenger boardings at the county-owned airport jumped 10 percent last year, the 3rd largest percentage increase since 1984.
Beardsley says a rise in natural gas activities locally helped contribute to the hike as well as specials like a $99 flight to warmer destinations.
Three airlines fly out of BGM: Delta, United Express and U.S. Airways Express. Beardsley says Delta saw the biggest increase out of the three, as the number of people using their airline jumped 54 percent from 2009. The carrier added another daily roundtrip to Detroit.
The Owego boys’ varsity will host Windsor Friday in the WEBO Game of the Week.
Coverage of the Southern Tier Athletic Conference game will begin at 7:45pm on 1330AM, 107.9FM and online at www.newsradiowebo.com.
Owego had a rough start to the season with early games against STAC frontrunners Norwich and Johnson City, but they have played better in January, taking Oneonta to three overtimes and beating Chenango Valley on Tuesday.
Windsor is still looking for their first conference win of the season.
Again, coverage begins at 7:45pm on WEBO. Jake Reynolds will join me Chris Schmidt for the broadcast.
The Syracuse University men’s basketball team faces the next test to their perfect season on Saturday when they host No. 25 Cincinnati at the Carrier Dome.
Pre-game coverage will begin on WEBO at 11:30am. Tip-off is scheduled for 12pm.
The No. 4 Orange are 17-0, one of only four unbeatens left in the nation along with Ohio State, Kansas and San Diego State.
Syracuse is coming off a road win over St. John’s on Wednesday. After Saturday’s game, they will play Monday at Pitt.
Cincinnati has been a pleasant surprise this season, off to a 16-1 start and a 3-1 mark in the Big East. Their only loss was to No. 7 Villanova. The Bearcats beat South Florida on Wednesday.
A Pennsylvania court has denied an appeal from Steven Colegrove.
The 32-year-old Bradford County native who last lived in Broome County, N.Y. was convicted in 2009 of killing three family members.
Colegrove was found guilty of shooting his mother, father and brother with a shotgun inside their Tuscarora Township home in 2007. Authorities say his motive was cashing in on his relative’s life insurance policies.
Colegrove is serving three life sentences.
His attorney asked for a new trial based on a lack of evidence and a potential bias when a request to move the trial out of the county was denied.
A standoff that lasted over nine hours ended peacefully in Chenango County early Thursday.
Sheriff’s deputies and a state trooper were called to a home on State Highway 23 in the Town of Plymouth for reports of a man who was threatening suicide. The man was allegedly holding a rifle to his head.
The sheriff’s office says the deputies began negotiating with the man, but he broke them off. Seven hours later, the negotiations continued. The man peacefully surrendered about two and a half hours after that.
He was taken to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.
The sheriff’s office says criminal charges may be filed.
A warrant has been issued for the man accused of taking a 3-year-old Elmira boy last week after he failed to show for a court appearance on Thursday.
Quentin Singletary was originally supposed to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child on Wednesday in Elmira City Court, but asked for a delay because of the weather.
He then failed to show on Thursday morning. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
The Elmira mother who allegedly offered her son to Singletary last week as insurance the man would return her vehicle and then reporting her son had been kidnapped is facing the same charge. Stephanie Davila is also accused of violating her probation from a 2008 conviction for obstructing governmental administration.
She remains in the Chemung County Jail while her son and his siblings are at a respite home.
Tioga County saw a dip in sales tax revenue of nearly 11 percent last year, according to numbers released by the state Department of Taxation and Finance Office this week.
Sales tax receipts dropped from $18.6 million to $16.6 million in the county.
Broome County saw a small increase of 0.31 percent overall in 2010, but finished strong with a 5 percent increase in the final three months of the year.
The average for the state’s 62 counties was an 8.3 percent increase last year.
Chemung County helped that figure with a 13 percent increase in their sales tax revenue last year, including a 34 percent jump in the final quarter.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli says the increase is due to natural gas workers from just over the border in Pennsylvania who live and shop in Chemung.
Tompkins County saw a 3.8 percent increase in sales tax receipts for 2010.
A seventh-grade class at the Owego-Apalachin Middle School is holding a fundraiser to benefit the Stray Haven animal shelter in Waverly.
Stephen McGovern’s enrichment class is asking for food, treats, collars and toys for dogs and cats along with cleaning supplies and trash bags.
Community members who wish to donate can send them to the middle school with a student or drop them off at the school’s main office.
The fundraiser will run through the end of the month. For more information, contact McGovern at 687-6248.
Volunteer fire departments across the Southern Tier are struggling for new members, but Broome County stations are looking to change that with their third annual Open House this Saturday.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter or ambulance member is invited to visit their local Broome County fire station on Saturday for more information.
The Broome County Firefighter’s Association is sponsoring the event, where they expect to receive 20 to 30 new recruits countywide.
Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and can receive a tax credit of $200 if they join a fire department. Some scholarships are available for high school students.