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Cato-Meridian school district eyes preliminary plans for capital project

The Cato-Meridian Central School District is in the early stages of planning a capital project taxpayers could vote for by year’s end. The $3 million to $5 million project and the possible referendum for it were discussed at a district board of education meeting Monday. District Superintendent Noel Patterson said Tuesday that although the exact costs and scope haven’t been... more

Health department lifts Cato boil water order

The Cayuga County Health Department announced Thursday that a boil water order for the village of Cato has been lifted. The department had issued the order on Monday while repairs were made to the water distribution system. The work caused a loss in water pressure, potentially causing harmful bacteria to be in the water. The department said repairs were completed... more

Health Department issues boil water order for Cato residents

The Cayuga County Health Department issued a boil water order for village of Cato residents Monday afternoon due to repairs on the water distribution system. The department said repairs have caused a loss of water pressure, which may allow disease-causing organisms to enter the water. The department expects the order to be in effect for a few days, and it... more

Cayuga County road rage killer denied fifth request for parole

An inmate who killed a man in a road-rage crash in Cayuga County has been denied parole for the fifth time. William LeVea was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in 2011 and was sentenced to six to 18 years in prison. At the time, the court found him guilty of... more

Cato-Meridian school board picks Lees for president, Bratt for vice president

The Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education appointed its leadership going into the upcoming school year at a board re-organizational meeting at the district conference room Monday night. Michael Lees was re-elected as board president, while Kathleen Bratt was made the new vice president following the board resignation of L. Lee Epprecht — who previously held the position —... more

Cato Hotel reopens as country rock restaurant

On May 18, 2017, the Cato Hotel made a post on Facebook: “Who wants to see the doors reopen at The Cato Hotel?” it said. Built in 1876, the historic site had originally opened its doors as a hotel on West Main Street and, over the next century, it served as a popular gathering place for locals and travelers. But... more

Newly relocated Cayuga County Fair approaches

This summer, the Cayuga County Fair will be held in a new location: The Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural & Country Living Museum and Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. Educational Center at Emerson Park in Owasco. Fair hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 8, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 9. The Citizen: Read More more

Cato-Meridian school board candidate gets seat following vice president’s resignation

A Cato-Meridian Central School District Board of Education candidate who lost by five votes last month now has a seat at the table. Monica Waite was appointed by the board at a meeting Monday night following board vice president L. Lee Epprecht’s resignation. Epprecht closed a deal on a home in Red Creek and moved from the school district in... more

State Police ID woman found dead on Cayuga Co. trail

State Police say the dead body discovered in Cato on Thursday is an isolated incident. They say the public is not at risk, as the investigation into this incident continues. The latest from State Police indicates that 41-year-old Ginger Kurtz was found, unresponsive, mostly-submerged in water off of a Cayuga County trail. Police did note that the individual was last... more

Cato man charged with sexually abusing girls accused of trying to silence victims

A man charged with sexually assaulting young girls is now attempting to silence his victims, the district attorney said. William Lewis, 30, of Cato, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three felonies — one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child — and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a... more

Cato-Meridian superintendent set to retire in December

Cato-Meridian Central School District Superintendent Noel Patterson intends to retire in December because he feels it’s an ideal time to say goodbye. “The district’s in good shape. We have high graduate rates, our academic performance is high, we have a good reputation, and our facilities are in great shape,” Patterson said this week. The 62-year-old — who has been head... more

Convicted road rage killer could be paroled, hearing scheduled for June

The Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office announced on Friday that the NYS Parole Board will be considering parole for William LeVea, who killed Christopher Spack in a violent DWI crash after chasing and ramming the victim’s truck multiple times on November 20th, 2009. The public has one week to submit objections and statements in opposition LeVea’s release. The process now... more

Cato-Meridian community supports 7-year-old girl fighting cancer a second time

In October 2016, Amanda Lamphere left her job. The single mother of two had been working at Dunkin' Donuts in Auburn when she discovered her 7-year-old daughter, Samantha, was sick with her second round of leukemia. And Amanda had no choice but to step back from work. Samantha was first diagnosed with leukemia in October 2013, but — after seven... more

Cayuga County and village of Cato settle tree removal case with trucking company

Cayuga County will pay $13,000 and relinquish an old radio tower to a transportation company as a result of a settlement involving trees removed in the village of Cato. The case involves an incident in July 2013, when the village of Cato requested, and was granted, permission from the Keith Titus Corporation to cut down some trees and shrubs to... more

Sheriff: Deputies make two arrests in Cato during burglary in progress

Sheriff David Gould reports that the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an address on Route 34 in the Town of Cato for a reported burglary in progress at an unoccupied residence. Upon arriving, Deputy Zach Prentice observed a dark Chevy pickup pulled into the garage and a door at the rear of the residence appeared to have been... more

W-FL Tuesday: Midlakes tops Gananda, Lyons drops 92 & Pal-Mac loses home opener

There were four games on Tuesday night that involved Wayne-Finger Lakes boys basketball teams and all four contests were won by the visiting team. In Palmyra, the Red Raiders hit the court for the first time since coming up short against Newark at the Blue Cross Arena in the sectional Class B1 championship game in February. Pal-Mac hosted former Finger... more

W-FL Hoops: Red Creek, Red Jacket & Marion drop openers

A handful of Wayne-Finger Lakes high school boys and girls basketball teams were in action on Friday at both geographic ends of Section V. Warsaw and Red Creek are hosting their annual holiday tournaments and Friday’s results are below… Red Jacket 54, Warsaw 56 Warsaw’s Ethan Grawe made 2 free throws with :03 left on the clock to hand Red... more

25-year-old charged with disseminating indecent materials to 12-year-old Cayuga County child

Sheriff David Gould reports that last Thursday, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into an allegation that an adult male from Syracuse had been engaging in inappropriate online contact with a 12-year-old child from Cayuga County. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Joshua E. Mauro of 209 ½ Lawrence Avenue in Syracuse was arrested on Monday for disseminating... more
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