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OFA Wrestling Loses, B-Sens and Jackals Home

The Owego Free Academy wrestling team lost nine of its final 11 matches against Windsor Thursday night as they were outscored 53-27 by the Black Knights.

Josh Lord won the bout of the night for the Indians, securing a takedown in overtime to beat Windsor’s Billy Cook at 152 pounds.

Owego will host their annual tournament Friday and Saturday at OFA. The Owego Duals will start at 4:30pm Friday and continue at 9am Saturday.

Union-Endicott won last year’s event. They will look to defend against the hosts as well as Newark Valley, Norwich, Elmira, Ithaca and Pittsford.

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Both the area’s professional hockey teams are home this weekend.

The Binghamton Senators will host Syracuse Friday and Charlotte Saturday, both at 7:05pm at the Broome County Arena, before traveling to Rochester on Sunday.

The Elmira Jackals are home to Trenton Friday and Toledo Saturday. The puck drops at 7:35pm for both games at the First Arena in Elmira.

State Police Bust Marijuana Ring

State Police say they have busted a local marijuana distribution ring.

Over several raids they seized 85 pounds of marijuana, $120,000 in cash and six vehicles that were allegedly used to move and sell the drugs locally.

Seven people have been taken into custody. They live in Endicott, Johnson City or Binghamton.

State Police say the individuals were planning to sell the marijuana in Broome County. They received it from New Jersey.

Troopers have been investigating the ring for the last six months with the help of Vestal Police and the Broome County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation continues and more arrests are expected.

C-PP Voters Approve Consolidation Plan

Corning-Painted Post School District residents have finally approved a plan to consolidate their schools.

A district-wide facilities plan went to voters Thursday for the sixth time in 10 years. This time, it passed, receiving over 60 percent of approval from residents.

The $97.4 million plan calls for the two middle schools and two high schools to each merge. Both the new schools will be renovated starting next summer.

State aid will cover most of the cost.

The district combined its athletic programs this year.

Tioga Downs and STHHA Donate to Food Bank

Tioga Downs and the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen’s Association each donated $10,000 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Thursday.

The Food Bank stocks pantries in six different counties, including Tioga and Broome. They say the donations will allow them to purchase over 9,000 pounds of holiday food for needy families in the area, including 850 turkeys.

Tioga Downs will kick in an extra $6,000 to help the Food Bank’s Turkey Drive this year.

For more information, visit the Food Bank’s website at www.foodbankst.org.

Tioga Downs and its sister track in Vernon donated over $76,000 to more than 50 charities this year, according to Racing Operations Manager Dustin Ross.

Unoccupied Home Catches Fire

A home under construction in the Town of Vestal was severely damaged by a fire early Thursday morning.

Dispatchers say they received reports of a structure fire at 2601 Pinebluff Drive around 3:30am.

Vestal firefighters were sent to the scene. Once they arrived, they determined that the home was unoccupied and under construction.

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Vestal firefighters received help at the scene from the Endwell Fire Department.

C-PP Residents Voting on Consolidation

Residents of the Corning-Painted Post School District are heading to the polls Thursday to vote on the latest consolidation plan.

The district’s $97.4 million plan would consolidate the district’s middle and high school students into one building each, the current East and West High buildings. Both of them would be expanded.

The plan also calls for the layoff of several teachers and staff members, and the closing of a few of the district’s elementary schools.

Voting will be open until 9pm. State aid will cover most of the cost.

This is the sixth consolidation proposal that the district has put up for vote since 2000. Each of them has so far been defeated, including Alternative C, which was voted down this past March.

If voters approve Thursday’s plan, construction will begin in the summer. If not, it will be at least a year before a new plan is presented to voters.

Sayre Woman Found Shot to Death

A Bradford County woman was found shot to death Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police were called to Snow Road in Litchfield Township around 1:30pm for reports that a woman had been shot.

When they arrived, they found 41-year-old Tara Shave of Sayre mortally wounded. She was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, where she was pronounced dead.

State Police have not released any other information except to say that they are investigating.

Litchfield Township is just east of Athens.

Cabot Reaches Deal with Residents & DEP

A Houston-based natural gas drilling company has reached a settlement with Susquehanna County residents and Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection.

Cabot Oil and Gas has agreed to split $4.1 million among 19 different households in Dimock Township that have been unable to use their water for two years. The water is contaminated with methane, which the DEP blames on a nearby Cabot drilling site.

Once the contamination was discovered, the DEP forced Cabot to provide bottled water to the affected families. The 19 families banded together to file a lawsuit against Cabot earlier this year.

The company’s settlement will also allow them to resume drilling in the area.

Windsor Girl Receives Service Award

A nine-year-old girl from Windsor has been busy helping out the Ronald McDonald House in Syracuse.

Maralee Bixby and friends have collected nearly a million soda can tabs at their elementary school, which Maralee and her parents have driven up to the home in Syracuse.

For her efforts, Maralee received a $1,000 community service award that she will also donate to the Ronald McDonald House. The facility offers free lodging to families whose children are receiving treatment at area hospitals.

Maralee says she is thankful to help out, since her parents stayed at a Ronald McDonald House in Florida when she was younger and dealing with a medical issue.

Maralee says she plans to continue collecting tabs and hopes to expand her fundraising efforts once she gets into high school.