A panel of experts and area locals lead a discussion at Ithaca’s town hall last week about the rising costs of living in New York state, as well as its impacts on small-time homeowners and companies alike, and what can be done about it on a local level. ICB News Director Kyle Robertson has more.

The Tompkins Country Jail Alternatives Task Force held its first public discussion event this past weekend, as local residents, former inmates, and many other people gathered to talk about alternatives to jail expansion and the problem of mass incarceration. ICB’s Luna Olivaria Gallegos has the story.

Ithacon, Ithaca’s yearly local comic book convention, held its 39th event at Ithaca College’s Emerson Suites this past Saturday, drawing both students and community members who took the opportunity to share their love of everything fantastic. ICB News Director Kyle Robertson has more.

The Tompkins County Public Library celebrated its 150th founding anniversary this past week, and people from around the area came to speak about what the library has done for the community. ICB’s Assistant News Director Sara McCloskey filed this report.

A new club on the Ithaca College campus called “IC Save the Books” is looking to gather used books from both fellow students and local community members to donate to prisons across New York State. ICB’s Ben Tillem has the story.

The Ithaca Fire Department has put out a call for more volunteers as staff continues to grow smaller and smaller. WICB’s Kelli Kyle explains why the job of a volunteer firefighter is so difficult these days.

In light of the continued presence of winter weather in the Ithaca area, driving on the road can still be dangerous at times. WICB’s Assistant News Director Sara McCloskey gives some tips on what people can do to stay safe when taking their cars out for a spin.

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