NWS: Advisories set to expire later today

As winter takes one last swipe at the Finger Lakes — the region is preparing for an event that could be much worse than a typical, snowy evening. *** PLANNING FORECAST AT A GLANCE *** The National Weather Service has issued Ice Storm Warnings for Cayuga, Wayne, Ontario, Monroe and Livingston counties, which are active until 2 p.m. on Sunday.... more

Fire official in Ontario County accused of stealing $20K to cover gambling debt

Authorities say a 53-year-old Manchester resident, who served as the treasurer of an Ontario County fire company is accused of stealing more than $20,000 to cover gambling expenses at casinos in New York and Las Vegas. Wendy Wharton, 53, of Manchester was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree grand larceny. The charge stems from an audit and investigation by... more

Police divers searching Cayuga Lake inlet in Ithaca

Several branches of law enforcement were conducting a search on Thursday morning in the area of Cayuga Inlet, located off of Route 89 and across from the Ithaca Children’s Garden. Members of the Ithaca Police Department, New York State Police and an agent from the FBI were present at the scene. The area was marked off with crime scene tape... more

With the death of fracking, can renewables fill New York’s energy gap?

It began with an irresistible promise backed by millions in cash. After paying Southern Tier farmers $110 million for mineral rights to their land, prospectors from XTO Energy drove large stakes into fallow fields and woodlots to mark where they expected to harvest billions of dollars in natural gas. Extending under this 50,000-acre leasehold in Broome and Delaware counties was... more

Route 96 bridge over Mud Creek in Victor to close until July

A bridge in Victor will be closed until late July. According to a tweet from state senator Rich Funke, the Route 96 bridge over Mud Creek in Victor will close on Monday, April 16. Citing the New York State Department of Transportation, Funke says that the Ontario County bridge will be closed until late July. An exact date for its... more

Fire closes Savannah Bank in Port Byron

Savannah Bank in Port Byron will be closed for several days after a small fire broke out in the building Thursday evening. A passerby noticed the fire inside the 126 Main St. building and called 911 just before 7 p.m., according to a Cayuga County 911 dispatcher. Initial reports indicated a chair was on fire inside the bank, which had... more

Delays abound for English assessments across Cayuga County area

Delays plagued English language arts assessments across Cayuga County-area schools Wednesday and Thursday. Auburn Enlarged City School District Director of Instruction Dennis Taylor and Port Byron Central School District Superintendent Neil O’Brien said the Central New York Regional Information Center — the internet provider for several state BOCES components — had connectivity problems Thursday that delayed testing for some students... more

After state aid concerns, Port Byron school district to have a tight budget

The Port Byron Central School District will have a tight 2018-2019 budget after state aid issues. At a district board of education meeting Thursday night, the board approved the 2018-2019 budget to be brought forth to taxpayers for the budget vote May 15. Mitch Toleson, the district's assistant superintendent for business and finance, said during a budget presentation before the... more

Mother of Kevin Ward Jr.: ‘I have no other choice’ but to settle with Tony Stewart

The family of Kevin Ward Jr. agreed in court today to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, but Ward Jr.’s mother told the judge she felt like she had “no other choice.” Ward Jr. was 20 years old when he was killed in a sprint car race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9, 2014. He walked out on a live... more

Increase in baby boomers puts strain on Wayne Co. Meals on Wheels program

The boom of the baby boomers is putting a financial strain on the Wayne County Meals on Wheels program. Ninety-year old Dorla Seely is a retired art teacher. She’s been receiving hot meals from the Wayne County Meals on Wheels program for the past three years. “It’s been marvelous,” she said. “It saved me.” She recently fell seriously injuring herself... more

Teen charged with possessing crack cocaine in Ontario County

An 18-year-old Fairport resident was arrested for possessing cocaine and crack cocaine after a traffic stop. Sabrina L. Olin, 18, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. This resulted from a traffic stop, in which Olin was a passenger. Deputies found her to be in possession of a small amount of cocaine and crack cocaine. She was... more

School leaders grateful for increased education aid

School officials throughout the area got some good news as they were starting their spring break last week, but many feel the increase in educational aid is still insufficient. At the 11th hour on March 30, an additional $226 million in education aid was added to the proposed 2018-19 spending plan shortly before it was passed by the Legislature and... more

Help shape future of lake parks in Gorham

The eastern shore of Canandaigua has two small public parks that give locals and visitors a chance to enjoy the lake. But much can be done to make Ontario Beach and Deep Run Parks more watershed- and people-friendly. That’s what Ontario County planners are working on and looking for public input. A kick-off meeting that will be more like a... more

Yates County plans handgun safety training seminar for April 21

Yates County will be holding a Handgun Safety Training Seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21 in the Yates County Office Building Auditorium. Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office and the Yates County Chapter of SCOPE. Registration is being... more

Cayuga County sex offender admits third failure to register address

When Shawn Evans pleaded guilty to failing to register a change of address as a sex offender last month, the court initially agreed to sentence him to one year in Cayuga County Jail. But when Judge Thomas Leone learned it was Evans’ third failure to report his address, he said the punishment did not fit the crime. Evans, 37, of... more

Three Brothers’ suds hop to top

It didn’t take long for Three Brothers Winery to become one of those must-see stops along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail because of its reputation as the Disneyland of Finger Lakes winemakers. However, it’s gaining a growing reputation — and customer base — for its beer as well. War Horse Brewing Co., Three Brothers Wineries & Estates’ brewery, has been... more