Month: December 2020

Pier 1 Imports closing nearly half of stores as sales falter, Vestal location safe from closure

first_imgPier 1 tells 12 News that its Vestal location is not affected by closures. The company reported a net loss of $59 million for the quarter, which ended Nov. 30. Pier 1’s shares fell 17 percent to close at $5.18 Monday. Pier 1 also plans layoffs at its corporate headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. The company didn’t say how many workers will be impacted. FORT WORTH, Texas (AP/WBNG) — Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online. center_img The company said Monday it is closing up to 450 stores and will also shutter distribution centers. Pier 1 said sales in its most recent quarter fell 13 percent to $358 million as store traffic fell. last_img read more

Habitat for Humanity holds scrap metal fundraiser

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — Broome County Habitat for Humanity held a scrap metal drive Saturday, recycling the old in order to help build the new. “We provide education, training and opportunities to be able to purchase a home at a mortgage that is affordable for their income guidelines and give them that dream of an American home ownership,” she said. The organization is currently working on two projects, one on the south side of Binghamton and one in Port Dickinson. She explained the drive will enable the organization to continue fulfilling their mission despite the challenges of the pandemic. center_img The goal of the drive was to raise money to fund construction projects at a time when several of the organization’s fundraisers have been cancelled due to the coronavirus. Executive Director Amy Winans said the metal will be exchanged for funds that will be used for several of the organization’s upcoming projects. last_img read more

Annual ‘Trail of Truth’ march remembers those lost to drug overdoses

first_imgFamily members filled grass areas around the stage with tombstones dedicated to loved ones who have been lost to overdoses. The event continued with activists marching to Governmental Plaza for what organizers call a live performance art piece. Truth Pharm’s executive Director Alexis Pleus says she considered cancelling the event due to the pandemic, but ultimately decided to go ahead with it. Pleus says participants were required to practice social distancing and wear masks throughout the event. “We can’t leave them behind, they already feel isolated due to COVID itself and they’ve already been discriminated against. There’s so much stigma around people who use substances or are addicted that we can’t leave them behind,” she said.center_img BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The fifth annual Trail of Truth Memorial March took place in Downtown Binghamton Saturday with dozens gathered to raise awareness about overdose deaths, remember those who have been lost to an overdose, and to acknowledge those who have survived. The event, organized by Truth Pharm, kicked off with training sessions on how to properly use the overdose treating drug Narcan, followed by speeches at the Peacemaker stage. last_img read more

Binghamton man indicted on murder charges

first_imgThe district attorney’s office says Johnson stalked Brooks in July and August. The Broome County District Attorney’s Office says 45-year-old Lance R. Johnson has been indicted for shooting and killing Alison I. Salisbury and stalking and attempting to kill Shannon E. Brooks. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A Binghamton man has been indicted on multiple charges in Broome County Court on Friday. Johnson was indicted on the following charges: Murder in the 2nd degree, a class A1 felonyAttempted murder in the 2nd degree, a class B felonyCriminal use of a firearm in the 1st degree, a class B felonyTwo counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree, a class C felonyTampering with physical evidence, a class E felonyStalking in the 4th degree, a misdemeanorlast_img read more

Pennsylvania House will vote to override Governor Wolf’s veto of school sports bill

first_imgGovernor Wolf said the bill restricts state and local official’s ability to respond if there is an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Local school districts already have the say if they want to participate in sports or not. TOWANDA, Pa. (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives will vote on whether to override Governor Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 2787, next week. Tina Pickett, a Pennsylvania State Representative, said she has received calls from family members about who should make the decision to limit spectators. “I heard loud and clear from folks,” Pickett says. “This is what they want. They want the local school district to be able to determine what’s a safe number to be a spectator in those sports.” Governor Wolf also called the bill unnecessary and said the legislature should be focused on bills that protect the health and safety of students in schools. This bill allows Pennsylvania school districts to decided on the number of spectators allowed at sporting events. Currently, only 250 spectators are allowed for outside events and 25 for inside events. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced he vetoed House Bill 2787. last_img read more

Pennsylvania dairy farmers helped to provide milk, food for free distribution in Bradford County

first_imgULSTER, Pa (WBNG) — Pennsylvania dairy farmers and the American Dairy Association North East handed out milk and food to Bradford County residents at Harnish Farms Tuesday. The ADANE handed out 800 34-pound boxes filled with a gallon of milk, produce and meat.  Shedden also mentioned she’s glad that her farm was a part of something that benefits her community. Harnish Farms Owner Lynette Shedden says getting fresh produce and dairy out into the community is really important because of the pandemic.  Local farmers volunteered to help hand out the boxes and milk. center_img Cars began lining up on both sides of the road hours before the distribution began.  “Fresh food obviously has more nutrients and it’s important for people’s bodys to get vitamins that they are taken out when foods are processed,” Shedden said. The food was bought through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. last_img read more

Parts of Tioga County added to yellow zone

first_img12 News has reached out the Tioga County Health Department and County Legislature for more information and is waiting to hear back. Below is a map, from the governor’s office, detailing the yellow zone. (WBNG) — New York State has added parts of Tioga County into a “precautionary-yellow zone” as part of its Micro-Cluster Action Initiative.center_img A news release from the Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo states parts of the county had a 7-day average positivity rate of over 4%. Also, cases per 100,000 people have increased.last_img read more