Rome autobody company celebrates 40th anniversary

Business Greg Ellinger Collision is marking its 40th anniversary of operation, and thanking the community for its support. “It all started back in 1974 when Greg and his wife, Prudy, opened their own auto body repair shop business in a rented shop in Lee Center,” Greg Ellinger said. “Although the facility was great, we quickly outgrew it.” In 1977, Greg Ellinger Collision moved to its... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar; no immediate changes announced

Rome The consolidation of of two major U.S. discount retailers has local connections. Dollar Tree is buying rival Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion. Family Dollar’s distribution center for the Northeast is located in Griffiss Business and Technology Park. Employment at the facility was listed as 354 employees in a 2013 Oneida County Industrial... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Defendant in death of infant withdraws guilty plea in County Court

Public Safety “You’re nothing but a coward.” Those were the final words uttered by Mary Hascup of New Jersey, the grandmother of a child beaten to death by accused defendant Ian Gulbin in County Court this morning, after his guilty plea to second-degree murder was withdrawn. Gulbin, 31, told Judge Michael L. Dwyer during sentencing proceedings this morning that he was “coerced” into... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Town of Floyd solar power project unveiled

County FLOYD — A solar power project was unveiled Monday by the town. Supervisor Willard Streiff says on an annual basis the system will save Floyd about $8,150 in costs using electricity produced by sunlight. The project, the focal point of an event at the town hall,  8299 Old Floyd Road today, was paid for through a competitive $100,000 capital improvement project. Assemblyman... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Volunteers help Oneida flood victims

County ONEIDA — Although it’s been more than a year since the record setting floods in Oneida, the Madison County Long Term Recovery Group continues working in the “Flats” area of the city, providing rebuild and other services to flood-damaged homes. Volunteers from all over the country continue to reach out to help the victims of flooding. Sunday, more than 60 volunteers arrived in... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Boil water advisory in Lewis County

County The Lewis County Office of Emergency Management has issued a boil water advisory for the villages of Croghan and Beaver Falls until further notice. The office has also ordered no unnecessary water use in those areas. 4:00pm 07/28/14

Tiger again part of NB3 Challenge

Sports VERONA — Tiger Woods is coming back to Central New York. The Oneida Indian Nation today announced that the golf legend Woods will join an elite group of PGA Tour players along with four-time Tour winner and golf analyst Notah Begay III for the seventh annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. Returning to Turning Stone Resort Casino’s Atunyote Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug.... 4:10pm 07/28/14

Tramp and Trail offers outdoor activities

Health The Tramp and Trail Club of Utica offers outdoor activities open to the public. Participants must sign a waiver. Car pooling is encouraged. Those interested should call the hike leaders and arrive at the starting location 15 minutes before the start time. Call a hike leader for information. Scheduled events: Aug. 2 – Search for French Louie’s Cave on Cedar Lake – Hike –... 4:00pm 07/28/14

Yoga festival includes samples of area classes

Health STITTVILLE — A two-day festival on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3 will bring yoga enthusiasts of all levels together with local experts for an exploration of conscious living at Triple Creek Farm. In addition to the educational offerings, the festival will be a celebration with music performed by local musicians. Tickets are on sale, and ticket sales are limited. It is an... 4:00pm 07/28/14