Cortland Standard

Cortland Standard The Cortland Standard has been serving news to Cortland County communities since 1867. The Cortland Standard, the only daily newspaper published in Cortland County, is observing its 150th anniversary this year.

Although the Cortland Standard is one of the community’s oldest institutions, the newspaper, in a sense, remains as new as today’s edition. Known as the “Cortland County Standard,” the newspaper was established in June of 1867 as a weekly by Francis G. Kinney. The original publisher of the newspaper apparently encountered various difficulties in getting the paper started. In the first issue, he po

Although the Cortland Standard is one of the community’s oldest institutions, the newspaper, in a sense, remains as new as today’s edition. Known as the “Cortland County Standard,” the newspaper was established in June of 1867 as a weekly by Francis G. Kinney. The original publisher of the newspaper apparently encountered various difficulties in getting the paper started. In the first issue, he po

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It looks like an illegal drug; it acts like an illegal drug; it’s sold like an illegal drug. But it’s not illegal, so Co...
09/10/2021
DA, sherriff’s office call for ban of chemically-altered drugs

It looks like an illegal drug; it acts like an illegal drug; it’s sold like an illegal drug. But it’s not illegal, so Cortland County’s top law enforcers want to change that.

It looks like an illegal drug; it acts like an illegal drug; it’s sold like an illegal drug. But it’s not illegal, so Cortland County’s top law enforcers want to change that. The Cortland County di…

A goal 6:40 into the first quarter was enough for the Auburn Maroons to take the wind out of the Homer Trojans’ sails an...
09/10/2021
Homer field hockey falls to Auburn

A goal 6:40 into the first quarter was enough for the Auburn Maroons to take the wind out of the Homer Trojans’ sails and net a 1-0 victory in field hockey action Thursday at Homer High.

HOMER — A goal 6:40 into the first quarter was enough for the Auburn Maroons to take the wind out of the Homer Trojans’ sails and net a 1-0 victory in field hockey action Thursday at Homer High. El…

A Cortland man convicted of shooting a police officer in March 2020 was sentenced Thursday to 35 years to life in prison...
09/10/2021
Cop shooter gets 35 years to life

A Cortland man convicted of shooting a police officer in March 2020 was sentenced Thursday to 35 years to life in prison in Cortland County Court.

A Cortland man convicted of shooting a police officer in March 2020 was sentenced Thursday to 35 years to life in prison in Cortland County Court. Zachary L. Clark, 28, of 12 Elm St., was convicted…

Cortland County will lay out a plan by the end of the month to expand broadband service, including more than 400 miles o...
09/09/2021
County broadband plan coming in weeks

Cortland County will lay out a plan by the end of the month to expand broadband service, including more than 400 miles of rural roads.

However, six years may pass before the project is completed, David Bottar, executive director of the CNY Regional Planning and Development Board, told county legislators.

Cortland County will lay out a plan by the end of the month to expand broadband service, including more than 400 miles of rural roads. However, six years may pass before the project is completed, D…

The pitter-patter of rain Wednesday hitting the leaves and ground was a stark contrast to the loud machinery of the Cort...
09/09/2021
On the road, again

The pitter-patter of rain Wednesday hitting the leaves and ground was a stark contrast to the loud machinery of the Cortland County Highway Department crew working on Song Mountain Road in Preble.

The pitter-patter of rain Wednesday hitting the leaves and ground was a stark contrast to the loud machinery of the Cortland County Highway Department crew working on Song Mountain Road in Preble. …

While the city of Cortland hasn’t taken any action on converting the former Parker Elementary School into an early child...
09/09/2021
Parker plan pondered

While the city of Cortland hasn’t taken any action on converting the former Parker Elementary School into an early childhood center since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cortland Common Council is mixed about how and when to move forward.

While the city of Cortland hasn’t taken any action on converting the former Parker Elementary School into an early childhood center since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cortland Common Cou…

Four Cortland County Health Department managers racked up more than 700 extra hours of work during the coronavirus pande...
09/08/2021
County employees offered comp time payout

Four Cortland County Health Department managers racked up more than 700 extra hours of work during the coronavirus pandemic. They were paid more than 26% of the $63,000 bonus paid to employees from the American Rescue Plan, show county data released under a Freedom of Information request.

Four Cortland County Health Department managers racked up more than 700 extra hours of work during the coronavirus pandemic. They were paid more than 26% of the $63,000 bonus paid to employees from…

The Cortland Purple Tigers fended off a shorthanded but pesky Greene Trojans squad to come away with a 3-0 victory in bo...
09/08/2021
Cortland boys soccer blanks Greene

The Cortland Purple Tigers fended off a shorthanded but pesky Greene Trojans squad to come away with a 3-0 victory in boys soccer action Tuesday at Moiseichik Field.

CORTLAND — The Cortland Purple Tigers fended off a shorthanded but pesky Greene Trojans squad to come away with a 3-0 victory in boys soccer action Tuesday at Moiseichik Field. Derek Myers, Jack Ph…

Local ceremonies to honor victims on 20th anniversary
09/08/2021
9/11: 20 years later

Local ceremonies to honor victims on 20th anniversary

Almost 20 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cortland Police Chief Paul Sandy remains a bit emotional. “It brings up some horrific memories of the newscasts that were going on that d…

Labor Day weekend isn’t your last chance for a dose of fun before summer ends. Coming Saturday, Marathon’s small-town fa...
09/07/2021
1890 Union Fair is a last gasp of summer

Labor Day weekend isn’t your last chance for a dose of fun before summer ends. Coming Saturday, Marathon’s small-town fair will take you back in time, complete with a horse-drawn parade.

Labor Day weekend isn’t your last chance for a dose of fun before summer ends. Coming Saturday, Marathon’s small-town fair will take you back in time, complete with a horse-drawn parade. Marathon’s…

SUNY Cortland’s new football coach, Curt Fitzpatrick, earneda 38-16 victory Saturday at Wittenberg University in his fir...
09/07/2021
Defense leads way in opening win

SUNY Cortland’s new football coach, Curt Fitzpatrick, earned
a 38-16 victory Saturday at Wittenberg University in his first game thanks to a staunch defense and a quick start.

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — SUNY Cortland’s new football coach, Curt Fitzpatrick, earned a 38-16 victory Saturday at Wittenberg University in his first game thanks to a staunch defense and a quick start. T…

Eleven-year-old Evan Chaddocks smiled wide as he held out his 11-pound bag of apples Saturday afternoon.Evan’s parents, ...
09/07/2021
How do you like them Apples?

Eleven-year-old Evan Chaddocks smiled wide as he held out his 11-pound bag of apples Saturday afternoon.

Evan’s parents, Tom Chaddocks and Susan Reckhow, are making apple picking their new end-of-summer tradition. Driving from Syracuse, the trio said they loved seeing the rural countryside and having the opportunity to be a part of nature when visiting Grisamore Farms’ orchard in Locke.

LOCKE — Eleven-year-old Evan Chaddocks smiled wide as he held out his 11-pound bag of apples Saturday afternoon. “We took a ride and enjoyed this beautiful day,” he said. “This is officially, for m…

Kevin La Due said his wood shop, that doubles as his acoustic guitar business — La Due Guitars — is an oasis. “This is j...
09/05/2021
Talking Shop

Kevin La Due said his wood shop, that doubles as his acoustic guitar business — La Due Guitars — is an oasis. “This is just what I do. This is what I am,” he said of his wood working.

Kevin La Due said his wood shop, that doubles as his acoustic guitar business — La Due Guitars — is an oasis. “This is just what I do. This is what I am,” he said of his wood working. Though retire…

David Congdon, of Moravia, topped off the gas tank of his Chevrolet Malibu with 7 gallons of gas for $23 Friday afternoo...
09/04/2021
Weekend Travel Burdens

David Congdon, of Moravia, topped off the gas tank of his Chevrolet Malibu with 7 gallons of gas for $23 Friday afternoon at the Speedway convenience store at Tompkins Street and Broadway in Cortland, the start of the Labor Day weekend.

David Congdon, of Moravia, topped off the gas tank of his Chevrolet Malibu with 7 gallons of gas for $23 Friday afternoon at the Speedway convenience store at Tompkins Street and Broadway in Cortla…

After decades of neglect, many of the Dwyer Memorial Park’s attractions fell into disrepair. Now, the remaining history ...
09/04/2021
A dream for Dwyer

After decades of neglect, many of the Dwyer Memorial Park’s attractions fell into disrepair. Now, the remaining history includes the pavilion, the recently renovated circus wagons and pieces of the original children’s playground.

Walking along Little York Lake, it may be hard to imagine a gazebo once sat right on the water, where you’d be greeted by the sounds of families picnicking, children playing and music flowing from …

Ella DiIorio began her work with the Cortland Housing Authority nearly 16 years ago, and she will soon be its newest exe...
09/03/2021
Getting a promotion

Ella DiIorio began her work with the Cortland Housing Authority nearly 16 years ago, and she will soon be its newest executive director — a responsibility she says she’s more than ready to take on.

Ella DiIorio began her work with the Cortland Housing Authority nearly 16 years ago, and she will soon be its newest executive director — a responsibility she says she’s more than ready to take on.…

Cortlandville will continue a needle exchange program, the town board has decided, over the objections of the Cortland C...
09/03/2021
C’ville continues syringe exchange program

Cortlandville will continue a needle exchange program, the town board has decided, over the objections of the Cortland County district attorney.

Cortlandville will continue a needle exchange program, the town board has decided, over the objections of the Cortland County district attorney. Last month, the town board approved the decision to …

Almost three-quarters of the enrolled students at SUNY Cortland have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and school ...
09/03/2021
SUNY pushes on jabs

Almost three-quarters of the enrolled students at SUNY Cortland have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials are pushing to get all students vaccinated by the end of September.

Almost three-quarters of the enrolled students at SUNY Cortland have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and school officials are pushing to get all students vaccinated by the end of September.…

When the village of Homer began planning to build a bus shelter at 53 Main St., the project was to be completed by the e...
09/02/2021
‘No construction yet’

When the village of Homer began planning to build a bus shelter at 53 Main St., the project was to be completed by the end of the summer. Now, delays are making it unclear whether the shelter will be finished before winter.

When the village of Homer began planning to build a bus shelter at 53 Main St., the project was to be completed by the end of the summer. Now, delays are making it unclear whether the shelter will …

A year after the town of Cortlandville stopped enforcing its sign law — following complaints of both selective enforceme...
09/02/2021
C’ville to resume enforcing sign law

A year after the town of Cortlandville stopped enforcing its sign law — following complaints of both selective enforcement and questions of its constitutionality — town officials conceded Wednesday they won’t have an amended law ready for this election season.

A year after the town of Cortlandville stopped enforcing its sign law — following complaints of both selective enforcement and questions of its constitutionality — town officials conceded Wednesday…

The Marathon Olympians will host the Cincinnatus Lions in girls soccer action at 4:30 p.m. today. Before their matchup, ...
09/02/2021
Marathon, Cincy win ahead of clash

The Marathon Olympians will host the Cincinnatus Lions in girls soccer action at 4:30 p.m. today. Before their matchup, they each piled on the offense in the poor conditions Wednesday afternoon.

The Marathon Olympians will host the Cincinnatus Lions in girls soccer action at 4:30 p.m. today. Before their matchup, they each piled on the offense in the poor conditions Wednesday afternoon. Ma…

Karen Ballog was in her late 40s when she found her first cancerous lump.The breast cancer led to a double mastectomy, b...
09/02/2021
Cancer center unveiled

Karen Ballog was in her late 40s when she found her first cancerous lump.

The breast cancer led to a double mastectomy, but not before cancer spread to her bones. She’s become accustomed to driving all over town for her regular check-ups and treatments, but soon she’ll be able to get everything done in one place.

Karen Ballog was in her late 40s when she found her first cancerous lump. The breast cancer led to a double mastectomy, but not before cancer spread to her bones. She’s become accustomed to driving…

You may not want to admit it, but summer is coming close to an end.And as Labor Day weekend approaches, and with the ris...
09/01/2021
Safety urged as Labor Day weekend approaches

You may not want to admit it, but summer is coming close to an end.

And as Labor Day weekend approaches, and with the rise of cases from the Delta variant, local, state and national officials are urging people to act safely.

You may not want to admit it, but summer is coming close to an end. And as Labor Day weekend approaches, and with the rise of cases from the Delta variant, local, state and national officials are u…

The Healing Hearts Collaborative and other Central New York addiction support services organizations organized a candlel...
09/01/2021
Overdose Awareness Day vigil in Cortland shines light on addiction

The Healing Hearts Collaborative and other Central New York addiction support services organizations organized a candlelight vigil Tuesday evening at Courthouse Park in Cortland to remember those who have died from an overdose as part of International Overdose Awareness Day.

Valerie Partridge never imagined she would stand in front of a crowd of a hundred people and admit her struggles with addiction. Grieving for the friends and family she’s lost to drug overdose, she…

The town of Cortlandville could soon adopt its first comprehensive plan in more than 40 years, though implementation may...
08/31/2021
A plan for the future

The town of Cortlandville could soon adopt its first comprehensive plan in more than 40 years, though implementation may take more time, a town official said Monday.

The town of Cortlandville could soon adopt its first comprehensive plan in more than 40 years, though implementation may take more time, a town official said Monday. The plan — which provides recom…

Eleven years after the state Comptroller’s Office criticized the city of Cortland for inadequate oversight of vacation a...
08/31/2021
City faulted for $135K in benefits, vacation time

Eleven years after the state Comptroller’s Office criticized the city of Cortland for inadequate oversight of vacation and leave time — spending about $150,000 without council approval — the state again criticized the city for letting some employees accrue $135,000 in vacation time without sufficient oversight.

Eleven years after the state Comptroller’s Office criticized the city of Cortland for inadequate oversight of vacation and leave time — spending about $150,000 without council approval — the state …

Homer Congregational Church held its sixth annual back to school event Saturday, providing resources and essential suppl...
08/30/2021
Groups donate essentials to students

Homer Congregational Church held its sixth annual back to school event Saturday, providing resources and essential supplies to prepare families for the school year. More than 315 registered K-12 students received free sneakers, socks, underwear, shampoo, soap, washcloth, and a toothbrush with toothpaste.

Casey Avery chatted with her sons while they waited their turn — excited to see what was in the give-away bags at this year’s back to school prep event. Volunteers searched through a room full of b…

The whizzing of carnival rides, the hum of dirt bike engines and country music sounded Saturday across Main Street in Gr...
08/30/2021
A get-together in Groton

The whizzing of carnival rides, the hum of dirt bike engines and country music sounded Saturday across Main Street in Groton. Families were lured by the aroma of funnel cake and chicken barbecues and the promise of a good time.

Visitors and Groton residents alike poured into the downtown area for annual Groton Olde Home Days activities.

GROTON — The whizzing of carnival rides, the hum of dirt bike engines and country music sounded Saturday across Main Street in Groton. Families were lured by the aroma of funnel cake and chicken ba…

Former Cortlandville Town Attorney John Folmer and others thanked former state Sen. James Seward and Assemblyman Gary Fi...
08/30/2021
Ex-legislators honored

Former Cortlandville Town Attorney John Folmer and others thanked former state Sen. James Seward and Assemblyman Gary Finch for their time representing the county during the first annual GOP Picnic at Lovell Field in Marathon on Sunday.

In thanking former state Sen. James Seward and Assemblyman Gary Finch for their service to Cortland County, former Cortlandville Town Attorney John Folmer shared three rules Sunday all politicians …

Alex “A.J.” Burgess said he’s won three microd races in his eight seasons competing.“I have never been one of those guys...
08/29/2021
Microd club makes racing accessible

Alex “A.J.” Burgess said he’s won three microd races in his eight seasons competing.

“I have never been one of those guys that had to be the winner,” the 65-year-old said. It was about being involved.

Burgess is the president of the Finger Lakes Microd Club, based at Little Wheels Speedways, a microd track in Dryden.

Alex “A.J.” Burgess said he’s won three microd races in his eight seasons competing. “I have never been one of those guys that had to be the winner,” the 65-year-old said. It was about being involv…

Cortland County legislators approved the creation and hiring of two new positions for the Health Department, to be funde...
08/28/2021
County OKs 2 new health department hires

Cortland County legislators approved the creation and hiring of two new positions for the Health Department, to be funded by federal COVID-19 grants for the first two years.

Cortland County legislators approved the creation and hiring of two new positions for the Health Department, to be funded by federal COVID-19 grants for the first two years. The full-time positions…

No one was injured Friday morning in a Homer house fire, but damage left the building uninhabitable, a Homer fire offici...
08/28/2021
Homer house gutted by fire

No one was injured Friday morning in a Homer house fire, but damage left the building uninhabitable, a Homer fire official said.

No one was injured Friday morning in a Homer house fire, but damage left the building uninhabitable, a Homer fire official said. The fire was called in at 9:04 a.m. for 6035 Cold Brook Road, accord…

Monday is the first day of scheduled classes at SUNY Cortland as students continue to move back into the city and reside...
08/28/2021
Many changes greet returning SUNY students

Monday is the first day of scheduled classes at SUNY Cortland as students continue to move back into the city and residence halls.

As the school year gets underway again, new changes like vaccination mandates have been implemented to protect students and halt the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

As car after car drove up Graham Avenue in Cortland on Thursday, SUNY Cortland junior Miriam Fink gave directions for families moving their students into DeGroat and Cheney halls. The unofficial st…

A general contractor with coaching experience and a project consultant who volunteers with a veterans group are among th...
08/27/2021
City Republican candidates endorsed

A general contractor with coaching experience and a project consultant who volunteers with a veterans group are among the five Republican candidates for the Cortland Common Council recently endorsed by the Cortland County Republican Committee.

A general contractor with coaching experience and a project consultant who volunteers with a veterans group are among the five Republican candidates for the Cortland Common Council recently endorse…

Undeveloped river banks, close proximity to communities and lack of awareness were discussed Thursday by Cortland County...
08/27/2021
Public, officials discuss Tioughnioga River revitalization project

Undeveloped river banks, close proximity to communities and lack of awareness were discussed Thursday by Cortland County residents and officials as part of a presentation on the Tioughnioga Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.

Undeveloped river banks, close proximity to communities and lack of awareness were discussed Thursday by Cortland County residents and officials as part of a presentation on the Tioughnioga Local W…

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The Cortland Standard, the only daily newspaper published in Cortland County, is observing its 152nd anniversary this year. Although the Cortland Standard is one of the community’s oldest institutions, the newspaper, in a sense, remains as new as today’s edition. Known as the “Cortland County Standard,” the newspaper was established in June of 1867 as a weekly by Francis G. Kinney. The original publisher of the newspaper apparently encountered various difficulties in getting the paper started. In the first issue, he pointed out that the press had not arrived in time for the printing of the first edition. The first issue of the paper, therefore, was printed in the offices of the Homer Republican. In 1872, Wesley Ho**er purchased the paper. At the same time, he also purchased the Cortland Journal and combined the two papers under the name, “The Standard and Journal.” The name was changed to the Cortland Standard in 1879. On April 1, 1876, William H. Clark purchased the paper and served as its editor and publisher for nearly 52 years. His son, Edward H. Clark, became president and editor of the newspaper in 1928 and continued to serve in that capacity until his death on August 28, 1973. The Cortland Standard, which is one of the few remaining family-owned newspapers in New York state, continues to be published under the ownership of members of the Clark family. The Cortland Standard was relocated to its present site on the corner of Main and Tompkins streets on March 1, 1883. The building was at first shared with the Post Office, and the YMCA occupied space for a time on the upper floors of the Standard building. In marked contrast to the appearance of today’s newspaper, the first issue of the daily Cortland Standard was a four-page paper published on March 8, 1892. The paper was printed on an eight-page flatbed press that was capable of producing up to 3,500 copies per hour. The Cortland Standard has grown steadily with the population of Cortland County and with the rapid technological changes which have occurred over the years in the gathering and printing of news.

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Why wasn't the Mack Sams attack on Main Street covered?
my name is Donald Leonard JR and my Dad passed away a few weeks ago (Donald Leonard SR) Ive been looking for a photo of the old RH Miller factory in Homer NY with old original men that worked there in the 60s does anyone have or knows where I can get this pic
Please share this with parents. Parents in Cortland county please put a bear in your window! So kids can go on a “bear hunt”. My kids have done this and only a few houses have had bears. If more people participated the kids around cortland could have something to do!
Drove by and got some pictures of the fire at the Greek Peak storage shed up in flames.