Steps cited as progress toward Vision 2020 blueprint

County Steps are occurring that means Oneida County’s Vision 2020 planning document is more than a study gathering dust on a shelf. Released in July 2014, Vision 2020 was intended to be a blueprint for cultivating and attracting skilled workers, and promoting an entrepreneurial spirit and the renewal of communities in the county. Intended as a tool for capitalizing on new growth... 4:00pm 07/23/16

Rome teenager killed in car accident

Public Safety WESTMORELAND — A Rome teenager was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in collided with a car exiting a driveway on Moore Road Friday afternoon. Benjamin R. Edick, 19, of Carmel Drive, was partially ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, according to State Police at Marcy. Dawson K. Cook, 16, was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer when he noticed a 2014... 4:00pm 07/23/16

Syracuse police chief’s son among 7 arrested in drugs case

Public Safety SYRACUSE (AP) — The son of Syracuse Police Chief Frank L. Fowler has been arrested with six others on drug charges. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported Saturday that 25-year-old Frank L. Fowler Jr. was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail. Sgt. Richard Helterline says Fowler and the others were found with drugs in an apartment by officers investigating a loud noise... 4:00pm 07/23/16

Westgate NBT gets manager

Business Jeffrey Witherwax has been promoted to branch manager of NBT Bank’s Rome Westgate office. In this position, he has responsibility for branch sales, customer service and operations. Witherwax has 10 years of experience in the banking industry. He joined NBT in 2005 and held positions as teller and customer service representative. In 2012, Witherwax accepted a position as team... 4:00pm 07/23/16

$272,381 federal grant for Clinton VFD will help replace breathing apparatus

County CLINTON — The Clinton Volunteer Fire Department received a $272,381 federal grant. Rep. Richard L. Hanna, R-22, Barneveld, said the fire company received the funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The primary goal of the program is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and... 4:00pm 07/23/16

Public Safety Logs — July 23, 2016

Public Safety Fire logTo report an emergency: 911Friday2:56 a.m. South James Street, first aid.6:31 a.m. West Dominick Street, first aid.10:21 a.m. 1730 N. George St., first aid.11:23 a.m. 140 Ringdahl Court, first aid.11:38 a.m. 366 Otis St., first aid.12:14 p.m. 1012 W. Liberty St., first aid.12:35 p.m. 706 S. James St., first aid.12:41 p.m. Turin Road, first aid.1:33 p.m. 140 Ringdahl... 4:00pm 07/23/16

Griffey Jr., Piazza set to enter Baseball HOF

Sports COOPERSTOWN (AP) — When they were drafted nearly three decades ago, one was on everybody’s baseball radar, the other a blip at best, picked almost as an afterthought in the final round thanks to a recommendation by an important family friend. That their baseball paths started so differently — the Seattle Mariners made Ken Griffey Jr. the first pick of the 1987 amateur draft... 4:10pm 07/23/16

Mount Calvary Vacation Bible School starts Friday

Religion The Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 203 Erie Blvd. E., will host its annual Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, July 25-29. This year’s theme is “The Ultimate Climb — Hiking Up to Meet God.” Classes for nursery age children to adults will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Rev. Tommy Ray Jackson, Sr. noted the church is also offering community activities including... 4:00pm 07/23/16