Gas prices highest since summer 2015

County Gas prices continue to be on the rise, and are at a level last seen during summer 2015, says AAA Northeast. Monday’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.76, up 10 cents from two weeks ago including a five-cent hike in the past week, according to a AAA Western and Central York report. Locally, the average price in the Rome area of $2.86 per... 4:10pm 04/24/18

Brush fires keep local firefighters busy; burning ban in effect through mid-May

Public Safety Despite a statewide burn ban, local firefighters responded to at least 10 grass and brush fires over the past two days as the warm weather has residents outside burning their old, dead greenery. The burn ban is in effect until May 14 for most of Oneida County. The burn ban is all year in the City of Rome. “We can’t emphasize enough how fast a small brush fire can get out of... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Robbery suspect to have case presented to grand jury for possible indictment

Public Safety The 29-year-old woman accused of robbing the Sunoco convenience store on East Dominick Street will have her case presented to a grand jury for a possible indictment. Brittney N. Vaughn, of Rome, was scheduled for a felony hearing in City Court this morning, but that has been adjourned to May 10. The District Attorney’s Office is expected to present Vaughn’s case to the grand... 12:00pm 04/24/18

Public hearings set for railroad plan

County A public hearing was scheduled for tonight in Old Forge on a state proposal to amend a master plan for how to define a railroad corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid, whose usage has been contested in court by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society. The society, which had successfully sued to stop a prior state plan to remove 34 miles of track between Tupper Lake and Lake... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Students competing this week in AFRL Challenge Competition

County Students from eight area high schools are competing in the 10th annual AFRL (Air Force Research Laboratory) Challenge Competition this week at the Griffiss Institute. The event is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) initiative for local high school students, held during a week when students are on a school break. It is presented by the AFRL Information Directorate... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Former Roman sentenced to 10 years in state prison

Public Safety A parolee and former Roman has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison as part of a large-scale drug trafficking ring operating throughout Central New York. Antwan Lockhart, 32, was sentenced Friday by Judge Thomas J. Miller in Onondaga County Court to a decade behind bars following a guilty plea to second-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class A felony,... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Blaze damages New Hartford house

Public Safety NEW HARTFORD — A vacant house was heavily damaged in an early morning fire today. Authorities said a vacant residence at 8713 Tibbitts Road caught fire shortly before 4 a.m. Volunteers from New Hartford and Willowvale responded and knocked down the flames in several hours. No injuries were reported in the fire. 4:00pm 04/24/18

Sports calendar — April 25, 2018

Sports Tonight’s Schedule...ProfessionalHockey — AHL Calder Cup playoffs: Toronto at Utica, Game 3 of best-of-five series, 7.Thursday’s Schedule...Scholastic boysBaseball — Baldwinsville at RFA, 1; New Hartford at VVS, Holland Patent at Westmoreland, Cooperstown at Adirondack, 4:30.Lacrosse — Proctor at VVS, 4:15; RFA at Notre Dame, 4:30.Tennis — New Hartford at VVS, 3:30.Scholastic... 2:00pm 04/25/18

Comets try to avoid being ousted by Toronto

Sports UTICA — The Utica Comets will be looking to avoid being swept tonight in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs by the Toronto Marlies when they host Game 3 at 7 o’clock at the Utica Memorial Auditoriuim. The Comets dropped the first two games of the series in Toronto, losing 3-2 in overtime in Game One and losing 5-2 in Game Two. If the Comets win tonight, they would... 1:00pm 04/25/18

It’s waiting time for Syracuse and other schools

College Sports RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The deadline has passed for college players to declare early for the NBA draft. Now it’s time to wait for the draft entries who didn’t hire an agent to decide whether they’re staying in or heading back to school. The early-entry deadline was Sunday night. The next date to watch is May 30 — 10 days after the conclusion of the NBA draft combine — as the last... 11:30am 04/25/18

Manfred encouraged by impact of mound visit rules

Sports TORONTO (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games this season. Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday before the Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. Mound visits without pitching changes... 11:30am 04/25/18

Jervis offers ‘Dementia Conversations’ program May 7

Senior Jervis Public Library, 613 N. Washington St., will host the Central New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association’s program, “Dementia Conversations,” at 4 p.m. Monday, May 7. The program will be held in the library’s fourth floor accessible auditorium and is free. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia Conversations” is not a traditional dementia education... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Center hosts movie and games night

Senior Ava Dorfman Senior Center, 305 E. Locust St., will hold a movie and open games night from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the center. All may attend. There will be open games and then from 6-8 p.m., there will be a showing of the movie, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” Food will be available: Hotdogs, $1; popcorn, 50 cents; and soft drinks and water for $1. For more information, call... 4:00pm 04/24/18

Center plans theater trip

Senior The next Ava Dorfman Center trip will be to the Landmark Theater, Sunday May 20 for a performance of “Dirty Dancing.” Cost is $110, $100 for members. Payment is due by May 4. Price includes the theater ticket, bus and driver’s tip. Dinner on your own will be at The Cracker Barrel Restaurant following the performance. The bus will leave the center, 305 E. Locust St., at 11... 4:00pm 04/24/18

MVHS names new Benefits Specialist

Health Nikita Marko has been named Benefits Specialist for the Mohawk Valley Health System. In this position, Marko will be responsible for the administration and coordination of medical, dental, vision, life insurance and voluntary benefits. She will ensure data accuracy and assist with education initiatives. Prior to taking this position, Marko was administrative assistant to the... 4:00pm 04/23/18