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Central Valley school board adopts $51.9M budget

ILION — The Central Valley school board voted Wednesday to adopt a $51.9 million proposed budget that carries no increase in the tax levy. The $51,949,184 spending plan shows an increase of 9.36 percent over the $47,500,000 budget for the current year, according to Business Administrator Jim Humphre


Marcy man accused of disrupting church service

Accused of causing a scene at evening mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Utica on Saturday, a 30-year-old man is facing a misdemeanor charge. Police said Jonathan Morse, of Marcy, tried to gain access to the altar on two separate occasions during the 9:30 p.m. service on Saturday. Off-duty police


Griffo: New bill could drive golf courses out of business

NEW YORK MILLS — If a newly introduced bill passes the state Legislature, it would allow municipalities and counties to assess private golf courses based on the property’s "highest and best use."


Kitten Shower aids animal rescue

NEW HARTFORD — Purrs and Whiskers Cat and Kitten Rescue in Oneida County will host its second annual Kitten Shower from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at the Clubhouse in the Cherrywood Community on Route 5.


Downtown Utica Vision Plan projects a bright future for the region

It’s being called the Downtown Utica Vision Plan. Global architecture firm NBBJ has been contracted to help prepare a new vision for Downtown Utica. The Community Foundation’s President and CEO Alicia Dicks explains how the plan is going to be implemented.


B Sharp concert May 5 in Utica

UTICA — The B Sharp Music Club will perform a free concert, “A Musical Travelog,” on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m. in the Sinnott Family/Bank of Utica Auditorium at Munson Williams Proctor Institute.


N.Y. Attorney General speaks with families impacted by opioid crisis

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York State Attorney General Letitia James paid a visit Thursday evening to local advocacy group Save the Michaels of the World, Inc. to meet and listen to Western New York families impacted by the opioid crisis, as well as city leaders.


Village and town seek revitalization

CLINTON — Four years ago New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo developed the Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a grant of $10 million to fix up and develop New York State downtown neighborhoods into more dynamic and vibrant communities.


May Day Festival Wednesday in Utica

UTICA —Central New York Citizen Action and other labor, faith-based, and community groups will sponsor the fourth annual May Day Festival to commemorate past human and labor rights victories and continue the struggle for social justice for workers, the elderly and disabled, immigrants, LGBQT, and pe


Mug Club: Bottle & Can Drive

It's time to meet the newest members of our Morning Mug Club -- brought to you by Holland Farms Bakery & Deli. Cleaning out your bottles and cans? Donate them to Boys Scout Troop 111 Whitesboro! They will take your old flags as well.


American Red Cross Aids 13 After Utica Gas Leak

UTICA, NY (April 25, 2019) – Volunteers from the Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross provided immediate emergency aid to 13 people after a hazardous material incident occurred early Thursday morning on Stark Street in Utica (Oneida County).


State appeals court modifies drug case sentence for Utica man

A state appellate court decision has reduced a state prison stay after a successful argument by Utica man Eddie Hamell that his 16-year sentence imposed for drug charges was too harsh.


NY man pleads guilty in beating death of 3-year-old stepson

WATERLOO, N.Y. (AP) — The Democrat & Chronicle says Donald Bovio of Seneca Falls pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this week in the May 2018 death of Peter Stephanides-Vacchino.


West Utica streets blocked off for propane leak

UTICA, N.Y. -- In West Utica, Stark Street and McVean Street were blocked off Wednesday night for a propane leak. NEWSChannel 2 camera crews went down to Warren Street, where they say there was a strong chemical smell.


Area Police Blotters — April 8-15

Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians: 1. Police Chief Michael Hayes encourages any residents with information concerning ongoing investigations or other crime tips to call the Cazenovia Police Department at 315-655-3276. Leave a message if an officer does not answer the phone. All calls


Syracuse doc arrested at hospital was cited for poor care in another state

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – St. Joseph’s Health is reviewing the vetting process it used to hire a doctor arrested last week who had previously been cited for providing poor care in another state.


Oneida County Prepares For Prom Season Driving Concerns

UTICA, NY - Spring means better weather, more outdoor activity and high school proms. In Oneida County, every spring the Sheriff Department and county's Stop DWI program launches special programs to instruct area teens on safety and reinforce safety laws for all drivers.


Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort Delivers Annual Address

Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort gave his sixth State of the County address Thursday. Now in his second four-year term, the Republican talked about how the Mohawk Valley county has changed during his time in office.


Balakian Wins 2019 Balmuth Award

HAMILTON, N.Y. (Colgate News) — Peter Balakian, Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor in humanities and professor of English, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Jerome Balmuth Award for Teaching.


New office manager takes on role at Herkimer Co. Chamber

HERKIMER — After hiring its office manager to take over as executive director last year, the Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce has been searching for a new candidate to fill the position.