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Jefferson IDA approves sales tax abatement for couple seeking to open Carthage restaurant

CARTHAGE — The couple who want to transform a derelict Dock Street building into a restaurant will not have to pay sales tax on purchases for renovations. The Jefferson County Industrial Development Agency approved sales tax abatement Thursday for restaurateurs Scott C. and Shannon J. Sauer, Beaver


Dad and four daughters die in Watertown house fire after electric stove blaze

Aaron Bodah and four daughters lose their lives after a fire started at their Watertown, upstate NY home after an electric stove caught on fire. A father and his four young daughters have all died in a New York house fire as the man desperately went back into the blaze and save his children, early F


Latest births at Carthage Area Hospital

CARTHAGE, NY (Feb. 16, 2019) — The latest births at Carthage Area Hospital:. HAAS — In Carthage Area Hospital on Feb. 13, 2019, to Charles and Ashlee Haas, Castorland, a daughter, Norah Diana, 7 pounds, 12 ounces.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to shut down up to 3 NY state prisons

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he wants to shut down up to three state prisons by Labor Day, citing record declines in the state’s prison population and crime rate. Cuomo said he wants the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to recommend which of the state’s 54 correctional f


Election committee formed for Carthage-Wilna Fire District

CARTHAGE — The Carthage-Wilna Fire District, during its organizational meeting, decided to form a permanent election committee. Linda Prashaw will be the election chairman and Joan Draper and Kathy Countryman will serve as election clerks with Jan Sears as substitute election clerk.


Carthage Area Hospital Unveils 2018 Employee of the Year

(February 14, 2019) CARTHAGE, N.Y. — Carthage Area Hospital employees gathered in the hospital’s conference room on January 17th, 2019 with anticipation. The Employees of the Quarter for 2018, as well as the 2018 Employee of the Year were to be announced that afternoon.


Man sentenced for DWI in Jefferson County court

WATERTOWN — A Watertown man was sentenced in Jefferson County Court on Monday to two years probation for attempted grand larceny. Cedric D. Sapp, 24, of 22489 Echo Drive, pleaded guilty in December to fourth-degree attempted grand larceny after admitting he stole a wallet with a credit card and $110


Father went looking for other daughters in fatal Myrtle Avenue fire

WATERTOWN — The father who died in Thursday’s fatal fire sent the only surviving daughter across the street to call the fire department while he went to help his four other daughters from the home.


Volunteers Needed for 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course

HELP WANTED! Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County and The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition are excited to announce the launch of their 2019 New York State Seed to Supper course. Throughout this 5-week class, new gardeners will learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening—on a bud


Community grieves at evening vigil for five who died in city fire (VIDEO)

WATERTOWN — Aaron J. Bodah would have been awestruck by the outpouring of support that filled a block of Myrtle Avenue on such a blustery, wintry Friday evening. About 300 people — many of whom never met Mr. Bodah, who died in Thursday’s devastating fire in his Myrtle Avenue home — huddled together


Benefit for Joe Elliott set in Carthage

CARTHAGE — Family and friends of the late Joseph E. Elliott are moving ahead with a benefit they planned to help defray the costs of his cancer treatment. Mr. Elliott, who died Feb. 2 under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County, was diagnosed with a rapidly spreading cancer just bef


Friday Sports: Boys' Section 3 Basketball Playoffs Underway

The Section 3 Basketball playoffs underway Friday night at a variety of locations starting with the Boys' Section 3 Class A playoffs from Carthage as the Comets hosted C.B.A. In the 1st quarter, it's Jaden Kennedy inside for the bucket, putting the Comets up by 2. Then it's Calvin Harper driving bas


Heart luncheon to kick off Carthage Area Hospital engagement series

CARTHAGE — Since February is National Heart Month, Carthage Area Hospital is kicking off its 2019 Community Engagement Series with its annual Heart Luncheon. Set for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carthage Elks Lodge 1762, 511 Fulton St., it will feature a provider discussion aimed at main


2 children pass away overnight; 5 family members now killed in Watertown fire

WATERTOWN N.Y. (WSTM) - Watertown police said two girls injured in a house fire died overnight, and now five of the six people living at a home that caught fire have passed away.


Report: Payless ShoeSource To Close All Stores

Payless ShoeSource plans to close all of its stores, according to a Reuters report. There are two stores in Watertown - one in the Towne Center plaza and one in the Salmon Run Mall.


Dealing with grief following the city’s fatal fire

WATERTOWN — A fire early Thursday morning that killed five family members has left the community struggling with how to cope. What could one say to a family who has been through such abrupt tragedy? In the hours after the fire department packed up their equipment and left 906 Myrtle Ave., the front


Benefit planned for Nier family

WEST CARTHAGE — A spaghetti dinner is planned Saturday to raise money to help a Carthage family whose son is facing numerous health challenges. According to family friend Brandi Gates, Garrett Nier, the younger son of Justin and Tracie Nier, was taken to the hospital last year when he wasn’t feeling


Virtual sports complex celebrates grand opening

WATERTOWN — William and Debra Gaudette will celebrate the grand opening of their virtual reality sports center today in the Stateway Plaza. Above Reality Virtual Sports Complex, located in the former Cici’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery, 1222 Arsenal St., features four golf simulators and will have


Watertown woman accused of shoplifting at Party City

WATERTOWN, NY — Juliane S. Aubertine, 45, of 15735 Eimicke Place, Apt. 302, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 7:47 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Party City, 1125 Arsenal St., with petit larceny.


Fatal Fire Raises Questions About Rental Registration, Inspection

The home on Myrtle Avenue struck by Thursday's fatal fire in Watertown is not registered with the city by a landlord who lives in Virginia. "We can't find any record of it at this time. They're still looking through the computer programs, but we haven't found anything as of today," said Shawn McWayn