Rome to launch fresh website design this weekend

Rome The City of Rome is scheduled to launch a newly designed website over the weekend with an official launch date of Monday, Jan. 22. “When citizens, visitors, or tourists view the City of Rome’s website they are first greeted by a new design with a large visual on the homepage. This image will change with every season showcasing our four-season environment,” said Mayor... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Clinton Arena in running for new lighting

Oneida The Clinton Arena is competing against 32 other facilities across the United States and Canada for a new lighting system. The American Hockey League and power management company Eaton say 33 rinks have been chosen as quarterfinalists in the “Light Like the Pros” promotion, which will award a free light-emitting diode — called LED for short — system to one community arena in an... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Tenney votes in favor of stopgap bill

County Area U.S. Rep. Claudia L. Tenney voted with the majority in a divided House of Representatives Thursday to prevent a government shutdown after an eleventh-hour deal brought conservatives aboard. However, the GOP-written stopgap measure faces gloomy prospects in the Senate, and it remained unclear whether lawmakers would be able to find a way to keep federal offices open past a... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Community schools program may expand beyond Bellamy

Education A new community schools program that so far has focused on Bellamy Elementary School is aiming to expand to other Rome district schools, with the help of a $100,000 contract approved by the Board of Education. The community schools contract for services that was awarded to the non-profit Rome Alliance for Education may be used as “seed money” to help fund further services,... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Fire Department to hold test prep class at local church

Public Safety The Rome Fire Department is making an effort to appeal to more minority candidates for the next civil service test preparation class. The class, which is typically held at the Central Fire Station on Black River Boulevard, has now been moved to the Maranatha Church on North Washington Street. The free class is open to anyone interested and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday,... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Vernon native named development officer for Clear Path for Veterans

Madison CHITTENANGO – Vernon native Myron Thurston III has been named Chief Development Officer of Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango. Clear Path serves as a hub of information, programs and resources, and also a welcoming community, of staff and volunteers serving all veterans and their families. Thurston thanked Clear Path CEO and Co-Founder Melissa Spicer and her husband David... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Amazon won’t deliver new headquarters to Upstate NY

Oneida Amazon dashed the Rome-Utica-Syracuse region’s long shot hopes of landing the plum prize of its second headquarters and tens of thousands of new jobs, as the online retail giant excluded all of the bids from upstate communities from its list of finalists announced Thursday. New York City, however, did make the list. The company sifted through 238 proposals in coming up with... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Snowmobiler ticketed for riding on sidewalk

Public Safety A 31-year-old man was ticketed for riding his snowmobile on the sidewalk on Clinton Street Thursday afternoon, according to local law enforcement officials. Police said Cory A. Bilodeau, of Clinton Street, was riding his snowmobile on the sidewalk shortly before 5 p.m. Police said residents are not allowed to ride their snowmobiles on the sidewalk or the street unless it is... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Remsen man accused of robbing pharmacy

Public Safety A Remsen man is accused of robbing the pharmacy inside the Utica Walmart for Hydrocodone pills. Police said Jonathan Demala, 27, of Remsen, walked up to the Walmart pharmacy on Jan. 11 and demanded they give him Hydrocodone pills, an opioid painkiller. Police said Demala threatened that he had a weapon, and that he would hurt people if his demands were not met. Authorities... 4:00pm 01/19/18

Six months in jail for convicted sex offender

Public Safety A local man has been sentenced to jail time and probation in County Court for sex abuse, according to county records. Arthur M. Treen Jr., 70, of 7422 Soule Road, was sentenced by Judge Michael L. Dwyer Jan. 10 to six months in jail and 10 years probation on a charge of first-degree sex abuse. Authorities said Treen sexually abused a girl under the age of 13 in Floyd. 4:00pm 01/19/18

Britcher tops German for fourth World Cup win; Hamlin ninth

Sports LILLEHAMMER, Norway (AP) — Summer Britcher claimed her fourth luge World Cup victory today, adding her name to the list of potential medal winners at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The American trailed Natalie Geisenberger after the first run but Britcher was quickest in the second to beat the German by 0.033 seconds and win in a combined time of 1 minute, 35.266 seconds. It... 12:05pm 01/20/18

Syracuse women making slow strides on basketball court

College Sports (AP) — It's been almost two years since Syracuse lost to powerful Connecticut in the women's national championship game, and coach Quentin Hillsman is trying to recapture some of the magic that produced a program-record 30 victories in that breakthrough season. Fielding one of the more inexperienced teams in the nation this season has made it an uphill climb. There's no Alexis... 11:30am 01/20/18

RFA and Camden among teams vying for crowns

Sports CICERO — Rome Free Academy will be among five area wrestling teams on hand when the Section III Dual Meet Championships are held on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School beginning at 10 a.m. RFA will be competing in the Division I portion of the meet and is seeded No. 7. The Black Knights will wrestle No. 2 seed Jamesville-DeWitt/Christian Brothers Academy first, with... 4:10pm 01/19/18

Oneida County Health Department performs food service inspections

Oneida Oneida County Health Department inspectors conduct unannounced and periodic checks of food service establishments to determine if they comply with the state codes, rules and regulations. Here are health department ratings after recent inspections: Restaurant conditions were found unsatisfactory. PLATE AT HOTEL UTICA, 102 LaFayette St., Utica, Dec. 29. Plumbing/floor drains not... 4:00pm 01/18/18

Bluegrass jam Saturday

Entertainment STITTVILLE — Musicians and listeners are welcome Saturday when the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association holds its monthly musical jam session. It’s from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fire Department, 9069 Main St. It’s for anyone who enjoys bluegrass, country and folk music. On the net: MVBGA.com 4:00pm 01/18/18