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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

Cato-Meridian girls soccer registers five 2nd-half goals in rout of Red Creek

Miranda Myhill-LaForce completed the hat trick and tallied another goal moments later. The junior scored four times to lead the Cato-Meridian girls soccer team’s attack, which registered five goals in the second half in a 7-1 rout of Red Creek Monday. The Auburn Citizen – Sports: Read More more

Cato-Meridian cancels homecoming game due to ‘disciplinary incident’

Cato-Meridian’s homecoming football game scheduled for Friday night has been cancelled, the district superintendent said. According to superintendent Noel Patterson, the game has been canceled due to disciplinary action taken against some of the players for an incident off campus. Read More at LocalSYR.com more

Cato-Meridian cancels Friday’s football game due to lack of eligible players

The Cato-Meridian football team has canceled its game on Friday due to a lack of eligible players to field a team, according to athletic director Jim Miller. Prior to the season, Cato-Meridian head coach C.J. Hannon had expressed concern over the lack players on the roster. The Blue Devils opened its schedule with 24 listed players, but that doesn’t account... more

Cato-Meridian girls soccer scores big in first half to top Tyburn

Once the Blue Devils starting meshing offensively, they couldn’t be stopped. The Cato-Meridian girls soccer team buried seven goals in the first half en route to an 11-0 win over Tyburn Academy Thursday at the CIMARF Fields in Cato. The Blue Devils put the game away with six goals in a 15-minute span to end the first half. Read More more