School board divided on teacher hiring policy, playground

Education A 4-4 deadlock that defeated passage of a revised recruitment policy, and a 6-2 approval of playscape repairs at Ridge Mills Elementary School, were split-vote results of topics debated by the Board of Education Wednesday. -- The board tallied two 4-4 votes regarding a first-reading of a professional staff recruitment policy revision, voting first on a motion to table it and... 4:00pm 10/24/14

Mysteries, mayhem at Fort Stanwix

Rome People fascinated by bone-chilling tales are in luck. During the American Revolution, the soldiers and families of Fort Stanwix lived in fear every day they served at the wilderness outpost. At a candlelight program on Saturday, visitors can learn about three actual events that made life at the fort terrifying — both day and night. The event will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All... 4:00pm 10/24/14

Woman accused of shoving officer

Public Safety A 45-year-old woman is accused of attacking a police officer when she was caught dumpster diving on East Dominick Street early Wednesday. Authorities said Tammy M. Drake, of 128 Second St., was caught by Officer Hollie B. Kennedy scavenging in the dumpster behind J.D. Hildenbrandt’s Automotive in the 200 block of E. Dominick St. at 12:36 a.m. Police said Drake was grabbing... 4:00pm 10/24/14

IDA backs bid for reuse of urban buildings, targets housing

County A policy that rewards developers for pursuing projects that blend residential and commercial uses is moving its way through the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency. A primary goal is to encourage the reuse of buildings, or new construction, in urban areas like the county’s two largest cities, Rome and Utica. Board members have been reviewing drafts of such a policy at... 4:00pm 10/24/14

Hanna applauds Social Security boost

County Oneida County’s represenative in Washington, D.C., welcomes this week’s announcement that Social Security payments for 64 million retired American workers will increase 1.7 percent next year. That means the typical retiree will get an extra $22 a month, receiving a $1,328 average monthly Social Security payment and $15,936 annually. “(Wednesday’s) announcement is good news for... 4:00pm 10/24/14

Yorkville Fire Department to host parade

County YORKVILLE — The Yorkville Fire Department and its Ladies Auxiliary will host its annual Halloween Parade on Friday, Oct. 31. The parade will start at the Campbell Avenue Playground at 6 p.m. and proceed to the firehouse on Calder Avenue. At the firehouse, there will be a costume contest and refreshments will be served, according to a press release from the department. 4:00pm 10/24/14

Rome looking to make it two football wins in row

Sports The Rome Free Academy football team is eyeing a second consecutive victory to add to the win column tonight. After not qualifying for the Section III Class AA Tournament, the Black Knights will instead take part in a Class AA crossover game at home against Fowler High School of Syracuse at the Stadium starting at 7 o’clock. Rome comes into the contest on the heels of a 43-21... 4:10pm 10/24/14

World champ on $140,000 Downs card

Sports VERNON — World champion colt Centurion ATM will headline three divisions of the Simpson Stakes for two-year-old trotters tonight at Vernon Downs during a 13-race card that features purses totaling more than $140,000. Four other divisions featuring freshman filly trotters and colt and filly pacers will also take place with racing beginning at 6:45. In just his fourth career... 4:10pm 10/24/14

Art 4 Soup aids UCP program Saturday

Entertainment UTICA — Upstate Cerebral Palsy will serve up a fund-raising event, Art 4 Soup, on Saturday in the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 714 Washington St. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., attendees can purchase one-of-a-kind soup bowls, handmade by artists in the agency’s Pieces of Heart creative expression program. Bread and soup will be provided by The Phoenician, Moose River, Hill and... 4:00pm 10/24/14

Habitat tells about ways you can help

Home UTICA — Oneida County Habitat for Humanity will hold a volunteer open house Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Restore, 216 Seward Ave. (across from Chanatry’s). Officials stressed that there are many opportunities besides construction. You are invited to meet volunteers, Executive Director Lou Labella and hear about ways you can help. There is a wide variety of ways to give... 4:00pm 10/24/14