Rome Strip Steel to get $150,000 grant to purchase new equipment

Rome Rome Strip Steel is one of two Oneida County businesses that will receive state funding through Empire State Development for projects to spur economic growth. The state agency announced approval of nearly $12 million in funding for nine projects across New York State. These investments will leverage over $144 million in private and other public funding to support small... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Strangulation among charges

Public Safety A 32-year-old man is accused of choking his girlfriend because she wouldn’t let him see her cell phone. Police said Carlos L. Rivera, of 114 Kossuth St., choked his girlfriend during an argument at their residence at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Rivera also grabbed the woman by her shirt, causing a bruise to her chest, and smashed her cell phone against the hard floor,... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Meetings—Nov. 26, 2014

Meetings / Events Wednesday Whitestown Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town Hall, 8539 Clark Mills Road. Trenton Town Board, 7 p.m. “Work session.” Municipal Center, 8520 Old Poland Road, Barneveld.  4:00pm 11/25/14

Utica man charged with rape

Public Safety A 42-year-old Utica man is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Stanley Liss, of Utica, was involved in the relationship in 2012 with a girl under the age of 17, according to the county Child Advocacy Center. Following an investigation, Liss was taken into custody on Thursday on a charge of third-degree rape, a class E felony, authorities... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Abraham House names winners of wreath festival

County NEW HARTFORD — Abraham House announced the 2014 wreath designer winners from the Festival of Wreaths, which was held Sunday at Daniele’s Banquet Specialists. There were 98 wreaths submitted by local businesses and individuals that the public voted on as their favorites in four categories:  • Most Original: “Spring in the Air,” by Renee Basile of the Black Cat Bar & Grill. •... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Comets sell out three upcoming home games

Sports UTICA — The Utica Comets have announced that the team has sold out of three home games, making it seven home games sold out for the season at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. The sold out games include, Wednesday’s clash between the Syracuse Crunch in a rematch of Saturday’s record-setting game played at the Carrier Dome, Friday’s contest against the Adirondack Flames, and... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Roman Runners hosting Thanksgiving Run

Sports The Roman Runners will host their annual Thanksgiving Day Run for the Rome Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the Rome Sports Hall of Fame at the Erie Canal Village.   Two distances will be offered this year, a 3.5-mile run and a 6-mile run both on the canal trail.  Registration starts at 7:30 and is $15 for adults and $10 for students.   Lightweight... 4:00pm 11/25/14

Rome Hospital to help with insurance signups

Health Rome Memorial Hospital will help people sign up for a health plan on New York’s State of Health Exchange. The hospital has several certified application counselors trained to help people find the most appropriate plan, hospital officials said. The counselors can also help people determine their eligibility for tax subsidies and for government-sponsored health plans such as... 4:00pm 11/25/14

View offers family friendly workshops for Thanksgiving

Arts & Learning OLD FORGE — View, the multi-arts center at 3273 Route 28, is offering workshops and activities for all levels of experience, and registration is open for the upcoming family friendly workshops to be held Thanksgiving weekend. Space is limited and advanced registration is required for the workshops at, call 369-6411 extension 201, or e-mail •... 4:00pm 11/25/14