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Not recommending school closings, Simons emphasizes

Education While a Rome school redistricting plan for elementary attendance zones could bring many changes, three things it should not involve are school closures, new grade configurations for buildings, nor a trend for less overall enrollment. Those were among points emphasized by school district Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons, in a presentation on his redistricting recommendations... 4:00pm 01/24/15

Reaction varies on Silver arrest

County Reaction among area state legislators to the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Thursday ranges from calls for his resignation to a wait-and-see stance. The 70-year-old Democrat from Manhattan was taken into custody by the FBI on federal charges that he took payoffs and kickbacks, crimes that carry up to 100 years in prison and could cost him his political seat. He was... 4:00pm 01/24/15

Area job count dips in December

County The local job count decreased slightly in December, though private sector employment locally eked upward, according to new state Labor Department statistics. For the 12-month period ending December 2014, the non-agricultural job count in the Utica-Rome metro area declined 200 — 0.2 percent — to 129,200. Private sector employment fared better, gaining 100 — 0.1 percent. Gains... 4:00pm 01/24/15

Movies — Jan. 24, 2015

Meetings / Events Cinema Capitol: “A Hard Day’s Night” 4, 7:30. Rome Cinemas: “Boy Next Door” (R) 12:50 3, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30. “The Imitation Game” (PG-13) 1:20, 3:55, 6:40, 9:15. “Mortdecai” (R) 1:50, 4:40, 7:10, 9:40. “Strange Magic” (PG) 11:50, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10. “American Sniper” (R) 1:10, 4:05, 7, 9:55. “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” (PG-13) 12:10. “Paddington” (PG) 11:45, 2,... 4:00pm 01/24/15

Lewis County skunk had rabies

Public Safety TOWN OF MARTINSBURG — A skunk tested positive for rabies after it was found on a dairy farm in Lewis County on Tuesday. According to Lewis County Public Health, one unvaccinated cow and its calf had direct contact with the skunk and were euthanized. Four additional cows and four calves were in close proximity and have been placed on a 6-month quarantine. All species of... 4:00pm 01/24/15