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At right, Jody Place, Regional External Affairs for First Energy, recently presented a $1,000 check to Joan Smith-Reese, Executive Director of Animal Care Sanctuary, for the shelter’s veterans program.

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OWEGO — The Tioga County Chamber of Commerce Community Awards were presented at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner on Thursday at the Terra Cotta Owego Banquet Center.

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WYSOX — A Wysox couple is facing drug-related charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant on their residence this week.

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ATHENS — David Webster stepped into the Athens Area High School this week with a full heart — a heart that originally was not his own.

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VAN ETTEN — Recently dismissed Spencer-Van Etten Girls’ Varsity Cheer Coach Candis Seeley appeared before the school board Thursday during public session and accused the district of improperly removing her for another coach who did not have the proper certification.

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WAVERLY — While today’s hot-button issues continue to be debated and argued at the national level, the Christian Life Church in Waverly will be looking to remind residents of America’s heritage.

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The Sled Dogs of Smokey Hill will visit the Spalding Memorial Library in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. All ages are invited to attend this free event to learn about sled dogs and get to meet the dogs, too. For more information, contact the library at 570 888-7117.

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Bradford County District Attorney Chad M. Salsman reported that the following persons were recently sentenced in the Bradford County Court of Common Pleas, Towanda, Pennsylvania:

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SAYRE — With hearts and romantic well-wishes adorned across many store aisles, those who will instead opt to play The J. Geils Band’s Love Stinks in lieu of today’s Valentine’s festivities may want to keep an eye on their actual hearts.

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WAVERLY — As preparations for the construction of secure vestibules at the Waverly High School and Lincoln Street Elementary School, the Waverly School Board on Thursday approved an agreement with Welliver to manage the project.

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OWEGO — After a back-and-forth negotiation process that spanned a couple months, Tioga County Legislators and the Nichols Town Board agreed this week on a payment-in-lieu-of-tax agreement for a solar farm project in the town.

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SPENCER — The Spencer Town Board opened its meeting on Tuesday with an update from Kermit Bossard about the Spencer-Van Etten Community Food Cupboard.

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James Carl Robbins and Mary Lynn Robbins to Kathleen M. Kennedy of Athens for property in Athens Borough Fourth Ward for $160,000.

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The Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the 24th annual United Valley Business Banquet. The banquet will be held at the Best Western Grand Victorian Inn on March 18 starting at 5 p.m. The theme this year is “2020, What’s Your Vision?”

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SAYRE — Guthrie contributed $814.5 million in economic impact in Pennsylvania in 2018, according to an annual report by the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

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WAVERLY — Waverly Police Chief Dan Gelatt this week released his first monthly police activity report of 2020 for village officials to review.

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WAVERLY — Only two Waverly residents filed petitions before Tuesday’s deadline to be on the ballot for next month’s general election for the village’s board of trustees.

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OWEGO — On Tuesday, Tioga County Legislators stood in firm opposition of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to shift Medicaid costs down to counties as part of his Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

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The annual Souper Bowl fundraiser was held at Harlan Rowe Middle School to raise money for Arts4all and Food for Thought. Those who attended could purchase bowls with a large variety of soups and other food items to choose from. All bowls were made in art class. Different soups, with a salad…

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The Athens High School football program will head down to Florida in the fall for the Wildcats’ first game of the 2020 season — and they recently got some help from a local business. Sam’s Bar and Grill in Sayre donated $150 towards the Wildcats’ trip. Pictured here, Sam’s owner Becky Lantz …

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HORSEHEADS — After months of local speculation it appears that the worst is true — Sears at the Arnot Mall in Horseheads is going out of business.

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SAYRE — The squad from the Spencer-Van Etten High School had the most exciting match thus far of this year’s 40th Scholarship Challenge and carried that momentum with them as they claimed the second spot in next month’s finals.

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ATHENS — Friday’s snowstorm may have ruined weekend plans for some residents in the Valley, but it did not stop others from showing their support for a young community member in need.

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ALBANY — Fall back, or spring ahead, might be a thing of the past as the New York State Senate will consider opting out of daylight saving time in its current legislative session.

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TIOGA — Tioga Central Superintendent Dr. David Hamilton on Wednesday warned the school board of challenges that lay ahead in terms of staffing thanks to changes to the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) — the federal law that replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

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TIOGA — Only weeks after expressing interest in discussing the addition of a school resource officer (SRO) to the district’s ranks, the Tioga Central School Board on Wednesday hosted representatives of KST consultants, a security services agency that provides SROs to Bainbridge-Guilford and …

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WAVERLY — Fat, fluffy flakes flittered from above as an enthusiastic group of hikers energetically made their way through the wetlands and woodland at the Carantouan Greenway’s Wildwood Nature Preserve in Waverly on Sunday, Feb. 2 in homage to National Wetlands Day.

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SAYRE — Due to some winter weather expected to hit the Valley tonight and Friday, Sayre Borough has announced changes to this week’s curbside recycling collection.