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Taking on ‘Value of Villages’ in Ontario County

If you own property in one of Ontario County’s eight villages, then you pay a village property tax on top of your town tax. That village tax is the center of a study by two Ontario County men who formed a nonprofit to shed light on the cost of local government. With the village of Rushville facing a June 27... more

Two children killed in Thruway crash ID’d

State Police released the identities of those involved in the fatal accident on the New York State Thruway early-Monday morning. The driver, who is in critical condition, was identified as Sean Ferguson, of Buffalo. The two children who died in the wreck were identified as Amir and Shamel Middleton. They were 9- and 11-years-old respectively. The passenger, identified as 34-year-old... more

Phelps man found slumped over wheel, charged with felony DWI

A Clifton Springs man was charged with driving while intoxicated after a complaint was filed with the 911 Center that a driver was slumped over the wheel of a running vehicle in Phelps. Deputies say 21-year-old Christopher Kane, of Clifton Springs was arrested and charged with felony driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, and driving while ability impaired by drugs.... more

Report paints a dismal state of NY for doctors

Doctors are among the highest paid and most educated professionals in the nation, but what’s the trade-off? In 2006, the average medical-school graduate left campus with more than $189,000 of debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Health-care reform, insurance costs, the rise of branded hospital networks and retirement of... more

Group advertises major savings if every Ontario Co. village dissolved

Dissolving is a good idea, according to one group out of Ontario County. The Ontario County Values, Inc. an independent and not-for-profit corporation was recently formed to study and compare the costs of local government services in Ontario County. The latest study — aptly named “The Value of Villages” shows the likely average savings that would accrue to each village... more

Three injured, service dog killed in multi-vehicle crash in Ontario Co.

Three people were injured and a service dog was killed in a three-car crash that happened in Ontario County on Thursday. According to a press release from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office the three-vehicle wreck involved a tractor-trailer, an SUV, and a pickup truck. Deputies say Darryl E. Richardson, 50, of Rome was driving a 2016 tractor-trailer west on Taylor... more

ELECTION RESULTS: Winners and losers from village contests (full-coverage)

The surprise from Tuesday’s slate of village elections was the loss of incumbent Waterloo Trustee David Duprey who has served on the board since 1996. In races that generated very few votes — Democrat Gina Suffredini and Republican John Butlak both secured seats on the Village Board. Butlak received 250 votes, while Suffredini secured 213. While there are still 44... more

Midlakes to honor grads of distinction

Midlakes to honor grads of distinction
The inaugural class in the Midlakes High School Graduates of Distinction program will be honored during a day of celebration on May 12. The program was approved by the school board last year to recognize the outstanding accomplishments or lifetime achievements of Midlakes alumni. Angela Simmons, a high school history teacher and chair of the committee that established the program,... more

In Clifton Springs, three vie for two trustee seats

Several of Ontario County's eight villages will be holding elections Tuesday, but Clifton Springs has the only one with a contested race. Three people are running for two trustee seats on the Village Board of Trustees. Incumbent Trustees Daniel Blondell, who is running as a Democrat and independent, and Melissa Kumkey, who is running as an independent, are running again... more

Clifton Springs woman rejects another deal in predatory sexual assault case

A Clifton Springs woman faced with the prospect of spending the rest of her life behind bars for allegedly sexually abusing multiple children and using them to make child pornography has again rejected a plea deal. Janiet Simonds, 26, appeared in Ontario County Court on Friday where it was revealed that if she pleaded guilty to predatory sexual assault, a... more

Ontario Sheriff extends ‘No Unnecessary Travel’ request

Ontario County Sheriff Phil Povero says that conditions are worsening in his county. A Travel Advisory has been issued by Povero until 10 pm. Povero extended the No Unnecessary Travel Advisory active in the county, which will remain until 5 am on Thursday. He says that motorists should use extreme caution on the roadways, especially as those individuals who have... more

Reed will meet with local constituents this weekend (dates & locations)

Republican Rep. Tom Reed will sit down with constituents this weekend to address the wealth of concerns many have with the state of politics in the region. After several requests from those constituents — Reed scheduled a series of Town Hall meetings, which would all take place on Saturday. Starting at 8 am — Rep. Reed will begin his day... more

Clifton Springs man receives 28 year to life for predatory sexual assault

The Clifton Springs man who admitted to committing a series of sex crimes against two child relatives, including using them to create child pornography, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 28 years to life behind bars. Before 32-year-old Tristan Mayes’ sentence was made official by Judge Frederick Reed in Ontario County Court, family members of the young victims addressed the defendant.... more

After 12,000 patients and 31 years, Clifton Springs doctor is retiring

When asked what he will miss most about a medical career that has spanned more than 30 years, Dr. Neil Scheier’s answer is instantaneous. “That’s an easy one. The people, of course — the relationships,” he said. “It’s been more than just giving them medicine for their hearts, or their lungs, or their diabetes. It’s about relationships, and I love... more

Sectional Saturday: Semifinals set for boys & girls in Section V (full coverage)

The second slate of Section V boys and girls basketball quarterfinal games were played out on Saturday throughout the region. For Wayne-Finger Lakes teams, the Wayne boys, Mynderse girls, South Seneca girls, Gananda girls, Red Creek girls punched their ticket to the Sectional Final Four rounds to be played this upcoming week. Full results from Saturday below… BOYS BRACKETS (.pdf): AA... more

SECTIONAL FRIDAY: Newark tops Midlakes, Gananda ousts Whitman, Mynderse survives (full coverage)

On one of the best nights for high school basketball fans of the year, over 60 boys and girls Section V basketball teams hit the court in quarterfinal postseason contents across the region. Full results and updated brackets below including video of a Wayne girls three-pointer to beat Geneva and full video of the Midlakes-Newark game on FL1 Sports below.... more

Clifton Springs basks in solar power

At first, Clifton Springs Mayor Bill Hunter wondered if the proposition before him and other village officials was for real. But over time, the proposal for a 351.54-kilowatt photovoltaic solar array introduced in May 2014 began to make more financial sense, and served a larger different purpose, Hunter said during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event and tour of the array site... more
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