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$9.6M in projects funded by state grants in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne counties

Senator Pam Helming today announced that seven towns and villages within the 54th District will receive a combined $9.6 million in state grants for local water infrastructure projects. As Senator, she has led the fight to ensure that New York State prioritizes water infrastructure funding for our local communities in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region. “Clean, affordable water isn’t a luxury... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Charlie Evangelista talks elections, Ontario County (podcast)

On episode #73 of the Inside the FLX podcast Josh Durso is joined by Ontario County Elections Commissioner Charlie Evangelista to discuss a host of local issues, including some local races taking shape. Over the summer, Evangelista transitioned from serving on the Ontario County Board of Supervisors to serving as the chief elections official for Ontario County. The Democrat has... more

Midlakes students disciplined after marijuana use on campus

Another rural school district is disciplining its students for illegal drug use. Monday, we told you the Geneseo Blue Devils were forced to forfeit their season due to allegations of OxyContin use by team members. Friday night, we’re learning several students at Midlakes High School are in trouble for marijuana use in school. The superintendent for the school district confirms marijuana... more

Garage a ‘total loss’ after Phelps fire

On Wednesday, the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office was called to the report of a fully-involved fire. Clifton Springs, Phelps, and Oaks Corners fire departments responded to the scene, as well as Phelps Ambulance and Ontario County Sheriff’s Deputies for a garage fire. Deputies say the garage was separated from the house, and the structure was deemed a ‘total loss’. Investigators... more

Walters wins Republican primary for Phelps highway superintendent

Phelps Highway Superintendent Terry Featherly was up by five votes in unofficial results after the Sept. 12 Republican primary, against challenger Lee G. Walters. But after last week’s absentee ballot count, Walters is the official winner. Walters beat Featherly in the Sept. 12 primary, with 284 votes, to 279 for Featherly. Walters will now appear on the November ballot for... more

Matt Sickles settling in as Midlakes superintendent

When he decided to transition to a superintendent’s position, Matt Sickles knew the kind of district he wanted to work for and eventually found it at Phelps-Clifton Springs (Midlakes) Central School District. He didn’t necessarily expect to move 200 miles away from where he grew up and spent his entire career, but Midlakes met all of his criteria, so he... more

Groundbreaking for Ontario, Seneca water expansion set for Thursday

Supervisors Norman Teed, Mark Venuti, Gary Westfall and Greg Wadhams and their respective boards invite all area residents and local leaders to attend the groundbreaking for an important economic development initiative impacting the four towns they represent. The project is an inter-municipal water expansion that highlights the success of shared services between the four towns of Phelps, Geneva, Waterloo and... more

Phelps woman charged after investigation finds ‘raw sewage’ inside home

A 33-year-old Phelps woman faces multiple charges after it was reported that living conditions inside her residence were unsanitary and uninhabitable. An investigation involving the Humane Society and Department of Social Services resulted in Renee K. Mobley, 33, of Phelps being charged with 15 counts of animal cruelty, having unlicensed and unvaccinated animals, as well as endangering the welfare of... more

Week 2 in Finger Lakes HS football features heavy Friday night slate

The second weekend of area high school football gets underway on Friday night with all but one game involving Finger Lakes East & West teams hitting the field. The lone Saturday game features Tri-Town (South Seneca/Romulus/Trumansburg) visiting Mynderse Academy for an afternoon affair on Saturday. Full schedule and game times below… FRIDAY NIGHT ER/Gananda at Midlakes 7 pm CG Finney... more

Rain doesn’t dampen first-school-day spirits in Ontario County

Teachers and administrators donned umbrellas to greet students, some of whom covered their heads with hoods and backpacks to shelter from the rain. “Children eagerly arrived to Victor Primary School this morning, wet from the rain and excited for the promise the year holds,” said Principal Jennifer Check. “This year, we are looking forward to growing as a school community,... more

Newark woman hospitalized, charged with DWI after Phelps crash

Deputies in Ontario County have arrested a 32-year-old Newark woman following an investigation into a crash on State Route 88. Deputies say multiple agencies responded to the report of an accident on Rt. 889, which happened when Ashlee N. Deary, of Newark was traveling north and left the east side of the roadway — striking a utility pole. An investigation... more

Substance Abuse Coalition announces drop box in Phelps

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, an initiative of the Partnership for Ontario County, is excited to announce the installation of a new medication drop box in Phelps, NY. The new drop box is located at the Phelps Community Center and can be utilized during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 6am – 9pm and Saturdays 8am... more

Deputies: Phelps woman had 20 bags of Fentanyl during stop

Investigators in Ontario County say a 29-year-old Phelps woman faces drug charges after a traffic stop on State Route 14. Amanda Smith, 29, of Phelps was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after her vehicle was stopped — and more than 20 bags of Fentanyl was located. According to investigators, she was planning on giving the Fentanyl... more

Phelps woman busted for trafficking heroin, fentanyl in Seneca, Ontario counties

A 29-year-old Phelps woman has been arrested after a heroin and fentanyl trafficking investigation spanned three agencies. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, working conjunction with the Geneva Police Department and Ontario County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amanda A. Smith, of Phelps — charging her with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as one count... more

Lyons man charged with DWI, sent to Strong after rollover crash; others inside vehicle uninjured

A 26-year-old Lyons man was arrested for driving while intoxicated and speeding following a one-car rollover accident in Phelps, according to deputies. The crash took place on Gifford Rd. on August 18th around 8:29 pm. Deputies say that Michael Thomas McKeever, 26, of Lyons was operating a 2005 Ford Escape when it appeared to be traveling west at a high... more

What are lowest rated bridges in Ontario County?

With just a few more weeks left before the start of a new school year, area families are busy wrapping up vacations, road trips and the annual treks “over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house.” But have you ever wondered about the safety of these summer jaunts — particularly the portion “over the river”? New York state... more

16-year-old airlifted to Strong, charged with DWI after Phelps crash

A 16-year-old Geneva teen is facing a driving while intoxicated charge, according to deputies after an accident happened on Friday around 12:30 pm. Deputies say the teen is currently recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital and has been charged. The teen had to be airlifted from the scene after suffering leg and arm injuries following a crash that happened off the... more
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