Local officials blast state casino plan

County Yesterday’s recommendation by a state board to license a full-scale casino in Seneca County is coming under criticism in the Mohawk Valley. There’s fear that the Lago Resort & Casino, a $425 million project in the Finger Lakes town of Tyre, will hurt the Oneida Indian Nation’s sprawling Turning Stone Resort Casino in the town of Verona and nearby Vernon Downs, which attracts... 4:01pm 12/18/14

Added to honors group

Education Shannon M. Dooley, daughter of Karen Dooley of Marcy and Michael Dooley of New Hartford, was recently inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars. The society recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. Dooley attends Whitesboro High School. 4:00pm 12/18/14

Abuse charged

Public Safety A Utica woman was charged with having sexual contact with a child less than 11 years-old. Sheriff's Sgt. Denise Luker, of the county Child Advocacy Center, said a county indictment warrant was issued for Sandy Zagorski, 42, charging her with first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony. Zagorski was taken into custody Monday by members of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional... 4:00pm 12/18/14

Rome man charged with stalking

Public Safety A 21-year-old man is accused of stalking and harassing his pregnant ex-girlfriend in separate incidents. Police said Anthony L. Roland, of 500 E. Bloomfield St., sent his ex-girlfriend 20 text messages in the span of two hours on the afternoon of Nov. 8. Police said Roland threatened to slash the tires on the woman’s Hyundai Sonata. When she looked out her window at one point,... 4:00pm 12/18/14

Meetings — Dec. 19, 2014

Meetings / Events Oneida County Industrial Development Agency and Oneida County Local Development Corp. annual and regular meetings, 8 a.m., EDGE offices, 584 Phoenix Drive, Griffiss Business and Technology Park.  4:00pm 12/18/14

Movies — Dec. 18, 2014

Meetings / Events Cinema Capitol: “White Christmas” (PG-13) 7:30. Rome Cinemas: “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” (PG-13) 8:15. “The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” 3D (PG-13) 7.”Big Hero 6” (PG) 4:50, 7:20. “Dumb and Dumber To” (PG-13) 5, 7:30. “Exodus” (PG-13) 3:55, 7. “Horrible Bosses 2” (R) 5:10, 7:40. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1” (PG-13) 4:05, 6:50. “Intersteller”... 4:00pm 12/18/14

Camden back to Tri-Valley League

Sports CAMDEN — The Camden high school sports programs will head back to the Tri-Valley League effective this spring after playing independent schedules for the past three years, confirmed by Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Athletic Director Jim Burton this morning. “This wasn’t something that was sought after overnight, so it wasn’t a shock to us,” said Burton. “Aaron (Carey) has been... 4:10pm 12/18/14

Call for performers for 2015 NYS Fair

Entertainment Musicians, bands and entertainers who would like to perform at New York State’s largest festival can now apply for consideration for the 2015 Great New York State Fair. Applications are available at www.nysfair.org/contact-us/entertainment-application. Applications are reviewed as they arrive. Reviews will end when all available slots are filled. Last year, the Fair hired... 4:00pm 12/18/14