RFA grad involved in search for Zika virus vaccine

Rome A Rome native who just more than a year ago was part of a group of researchers who received a three-year multi-million dollar grant to develop a vaccine for dengue fever is now working to find one for the Zika virus. Dr. Sean Diehl, a 1994 graduate of Rome Free Academy, works for the University of Vermont Vaccine Testing Center, which will be involved in the clinical trials... 4:10pm 02/12/16

Man accused of threatening teacher at BOCES

Public Safety NEW HARTFORD — A 52-year-old man is accused of threatening to assault a teacher at Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES. Sheriff’s deputies said Jeffrey D. Murawski, of Utica, contacted a staff member at BOCES and threatened to come to the school with his “crew” and “take care of” him. Following an investigation, Murawski was taken into custody at his residence in Utica on Thursday... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Madison County seeks Oneida Nation host county status

County WAMPSVILLE — Madison County’s Board of Supervisors discussed the ongoing impact of the 2013 agreement between the Oneida Indian Nation and the state at a special meeting Tuesday. The board has sought, and received, the help of Assemblyman William D. Magee, D-121, Nelson, and state Sen. David J. Valesky, D-53, Oneida, in introducing legislation to the state that would give... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Griffo tapped for Senate GOP post

County State Joseph A. Griffo, R-47, Rome, has been named assistant Senate majority whip. Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan, Long Island, made the announcement this week. “This position will enable Senator Griffo to play an important and influential role in monitoring the progress of legislation and helping to secure votes in support of proposed legislation,” said in a... 4:00pm 02/12/16

Water study may make waves in Lee

County TOWN OF LEE — The town likely has the groundwater capacity to be able to supply a water system of its own that uses wells, according to a preliminary report by a hydrogeological company. But the town will seek further data, including another company’s review, before deciding whether to seek a change from its current system that involves buying water from the City of Rome. The... 4:00pm 02/12/16

VVS, Oneida moving down to Class B ranks next fall

Sports With enrollment rates at Section III high schools dwindling, some area teams will find themselves in different leagues and playoff brackets in the 2016-17 school year. The Basic Educational Data System (BEDS), a measurement used by the state public high school athletic association to classify schools on levels of competition, was approved by the New York State Public High... 4:10pm 02/12/16

Lincoln talk Sunday at Verona Historical

Arts & Learning TOWN OF VERONA — The Verona Historical Association will meet on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Verona Historical Building at 6600 Germany Road. Guest speaker will be David Reed, who will speak on Abraham Lincoln. 4:00pm 02/12/16

‘Suite Surrender’ a delightful, audience-pleasing farce Cast of skilled actors bring wonderfully outlandish personalities to life in Rome Community Theater production

Entertainment Farce is an art form that revels in the absurd, silly and improbable.  Farce depends upon extremes. The characters in farce must, as part and parcel of existing in the piece, be outlandish and overblown. Think Frasier — and the wonderful absurdities that made that television show such a popular and artistic success. THAT is farce at its finest. These elements are present in... 4:00pm 02/12/16