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Cayuga County man reported missing Tuesday

Cayuga County man reported missing Tuesday
A town of Victory man has been reported missing, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday. Gregory A. Dechick, 43, of 11656 Route 38, was reported missing from the village of Cato at approximately 2:30 p.m. April 1 “by a person close to him,” according to a news release. He was last seen at a bank in Weedsport earlier that... more

Auburn school district looking into diversity, bias training, social justice studies for students

Auburn school district looking into diversity, bias training, social justice studies for students
The Auburn Enlarged City School District is looking into diversity and implicit bias training for staff and social justice lessons for students. On Tuesday, Laurel Ullyette, chairperson of the Harriet Tubman Center for Justice and Piece, addressed the Auburn Enlarged City School District Board of Education during the public comments section of a board meeting with center members by her... more

Little Sodus Bay ready for summer, west pier partially closed

Little Sodus Bay ready for summer, west pier partially closed
A popular summer spot, Little Sodus Bay in Cayuga County, will be seeing changes this summer. After the piers that protect the bay from Lake Ontario started showing signs of damage, the Army Corps of Engineers has stepped in. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District’s technical team completed a damage assessment of the Fair Haven east and west... more

Agricultural stakeholders suggest changes to Owasco Lake rules draft

Agricultural stakeholders suggest changes to Owasco Lake rules draft
Farmers from throughout the Owasco Lake watershed raised an array of specific concerns and suggestions for the first proposed draft of new rules and regulations governing the watershed at the second of two stakeholder meetings Tuesday. Members of the agricultural community in the watershed, which includes farmers in both Onondaga and Tompkins counties in addition to Cayuga County, met at... more

Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?

Are lawmakers teeing up a new tax to target golf courses in New York?
Senator Pam Helming joined local golfers and small business owners to oppose the Senate Democrats’ new “Golf Tax.” The so-called Golf Tax (S.4420) would allow municipalities to assess courses based upon the properties’ highest and best use rather than their current use. For example, many courses in the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario area have beautiful vistas. Under the plan... more

Nothing found in police drug sweep at Auburn Jr. and Sr. high schools

Nothing found in police drug sweep at Auburn Jr. and Sr. high schools
The Auburn Police Department, with the help of other area law enforcement, conducted a drug sweep of Auburn's schools Monday morning. The unannounced searches of Auburn High School and Auburn Junior High School are done annually, said APD Sgt. Greg Dann, who oversees the School Resource Officer program for the Auburn Enlarged City School District. He said school administration is... more

Auburn man sentenced for stabbing person’s eye, stomach

Auburn man sentenced for stabbing person’s eye, stomach
An Auburn resident was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in prison for repeatedly stabbing a man and causing him to lose an eye. Nathan Fillingham, 30, of 88 Capital St., was arrested after stabbing a 35-year-old man several times in the town of Victory on Aug. 6, 2017. When Cayuga County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the late-night incident at... more

Auburn police, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office to continue releasing mugshots

Auburn police, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office to continue releasing mugshots
Although state legislators voted to ban the release of mugshots as part of the state budget, Cayuga County and Auburn law enforcement agencies say they plan to continue releasing booking photos. The budget bill the mugshot ban is a part of allows law enforcement agencies to release mugshots if the images "will serve a specific law enforcement purpose and if... more

Debate continues around later start times for middle, high schools

Some CNY schools looking at later start times for schools
The Fayetteville-Manlius School District have been in talks recently to discuss the option of adjusting their school times to a later start time, including hiring an outside consultant to learn more on the effects of a later start time. Schools in 46 states have already made the change or will change in the next school year, including the Ithaca City... more

Weather blamed for pier damage, wall failure in Fair Haven

Army Corps of Engineers blames weather for Fair Haven pier damage
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is blaming weather events, especially a “significant” storm in late February, for bolt failures and sheet pile damage at the West Barrier Bar Pier in the village of Fair Haven. The Army Corps of Engineers followed its initial damage assessment in mid-March with a site visit two weeks ago to inspect the pier. A... more

Vehicle engulfed in flames near Fingerlakes Mall in Aurelius

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The Aurelius Fire Department responded to a car fire Monday afternoon. Photos from the scene show a vehicle fully-engulfed in flames upon arrival of first responders. Aurelius fire extinguish car engulfed in flames. (Kevin Rivoli, The Citizen) Gallery: https://t.co/xAKTJiSEgI — Kevin Rivoli (@KevinRivoli) April 8, 2019 The vehicle was pulled to the shoulder of the Arterial between Veterans Memorial Parkway... more

Certain fish should be avoided from Owasco Lake

State issues health advisory for some Owasco Lake fish
The state Department of Health, for the first time, has issued an advisory against consuming certain fish from Owasco Lake, warning they contain mercury levels that could adversely affect health. The health department issued varying levels of warnings for yellow perch, smallmouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, as they may contain unsafe levels of mercury. Women under 50 and children under... more

Port Byron Mayor tells public to “Just keep your mouth shut”

Port Byron village board votes not to renew school’s SRO contract
The village of Port Byron spontaneously voted against renewing the school resource officer contract with the Port Byron Central School District Monday night — something the district and parents have been seeking renewal of for weeks. Unless something changes, June 30 will be SRO Frank Ryan’s last day. On March 25, parents and district representatives asked the village to renew... more

Auburn Movieplex completes installation of new seats

Auburn Movieplex completes installation of new seats
Just in time for “Avengers: Endgame” and all the summer blockbusters to follow, the Auburn Movieplex 10 has finished installing 1,000 new plush luxury seats in its theaters. The installation was complete by the end of March. All 10 theaters have the new seats, which were made by Atom Seating, of Georgia. The seats in the first two or three... more

Getting online is nearly impossible in some very rural parts of the region

Getting online is nearly impossible in some very rural parts of the region
On some mornings when she gets into work, Tully Free Library Director Annabeth Hayes finds people camped out in her parking lot on laptops, logged onto the library’s free WiFi. Along with the local McDonald’s, the library is one of the few places in town to get free, reliable internet. In a place where one out of three households doesn’t... more

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed

Primaries emerge in Auburn, Cayuga County after petitions filed
Designating petitions for upcoming elections in Cayuga County were submitted last week, setting the stage for some previously unannounced contested races, including a mayoral primary in Auburn. State election law changes approved earlier this year, which moved the local primaries from September to June, pushed up the deadline for political party line petition signature submissions to between April 1 and... more
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