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Assistant chief at Middlesex FD killed in snowmobile accident

Assistant chief at Middlesex FD killed in snowmobile accident
First responders around the region are mourning the untimely passing of a 46-year-old Middlesex man, who served as assistant fire chief for the Middlesex Fire Department. The accident happened on Friday night while snowmobiling at Adirondack Park. Inlet Police Chief Ronald Johnston says that 46-year-old Thomas Hetherington was riding with others outside of Raquette Lake. Johnston said that Hetherington missed... more

UPSTATE HOOPS: The week in Wayne-Finger Lakes high school basketball (podcast)

UPSTATE HOOPS: The week in Wayne-Finger Lakes high school basketball (podcast)
This week on the Upstate Hoops Podcast, a look at some big games in the Wayne-Finger Lakes high school basketball leagues and interviews with 1st year Lyons head coach Dean Schott Jr., Mynderse senior Darren Miller and Bloomfield senior Tanner Kimball. New Power Rankings, upcoming FL1 Sports live webcasts and spotlight games for the week ahead. . more

Man pleads guilty to Yates County Jail incident

Man pleads guilty to Yates County Jail incident
A local man who threw toilet water and its contents on corrections officers at the Yates County Jail will have time added to his prison term. Tyler Hurlbert, 20, pleaded guilty in Yates County Court to several counts of aggravated harassment of an employee by an inmate, a class E felony. The charges stem from an April incident at the... more

Torrey gets grant for water district

Torrey gets grant for water district
The town will be getting a large federal grant to form its first water district. In a press release, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he helped secure a $684,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. The program offers loans, grants, and lone guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development in rural communities. “We care... more

Yates 4-H’ers, volunteers honored at Annual Achievement Ceremony

Yates 4-H’ers, volunteers honored at Annual Achievement Ceremony
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County held the annual 4-H Achievement Ceremony Sunday, Nov. 18 in the auditorium of the Yates County Office Building. 4-H’ers, leaders, parents, and volunteers were honored for their hard work and dedication to the Yates County 4-H program. Congratulations to the following award recipients: Stepping Stone Awards are presented to 4-H’ers who have learned a... more

W-FL FRIDAY: Peters powers Newark over Mynderse; Whitman handles Bloomfield

W-FL FRIDAY: Peters powers Newark over Mynderse; Whitman handles Bloomfield
In the first full Friday night of high school basketball in the Wayne-Finger Lakes, it certainly wasn’t a Wonderful Life at Arthur L. Baker where the visiting Newark Reds defeated Mynderse in their home gym for the first time in six years. Also in the East, Wayne handled Penn Yan, Geneva snuck by Midlakes, and Waterloo rolled past Pal-Mac. In... more

UPDATE: Investigation into online predator continues, parents and students warned about risks

Authorities investigating online predator who’s blackmailing students at Penn Yan, possibly Dundee schools
LATEST: Police give update on warning to students, parents about online predator Police provided additional context to the ongoing investigation, as a number of underage girls in the Penn Yan Central School District have been solicited for inappropriate images. Police say they are aware of an individual or group of individuals who are attempting to gain nude images of local... more

W-FL THURSDAY: Marion girls defeat Gananda; Red Jacket’s Sydney Close joins 1,000 point club

W-FL THURSDAY: Marion girls defeat Gananda; Red Jacket’s Sydney Close joins 1,000 point club
The Marion Black Knights varsity girls basketball team scored a big win in a match-up of Wayne County contenders when they defeated the Gananda Blue Panthers on Thursday night in Marion. Also, Autumn Kunes scored 41 of her team’s 45 points but it wasn’t enough as the Dundee Scots defeated Naples. South Seneca and Red Jacket rolled to victory and... more

FLX WEEKLY: It should be another wonderful weekend in Seneca Falls (podcast)

FLX WEEKLY: It should be another wonderful weekend in Seneca Falls (podcast)
The annual It’s A Wonderful Life weekend festival and 5k race return to Seneca Falls this weekend. Join Jessica Lahr, Sydney Rogers, Josh Durso and Jim Sinicropi to talk all about it and give you some important details, take a look at the weather outlook, and share some other events going on in the region if you can’t make it... more

Buy local when choosing a tree

Buy local when choosing a tree
As families continue their search for the perfect Christmas tree, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking and preserving holiday trees. Brian Eshenaur a plant pathologist, specializing in plant diagnostics, is a senior extension associate with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program. He suggests – sight, touch and... more

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019

Tuition at SUNY schools could go up again in 2019
Tuition to the state’s public colleges next year could increase once again next, driving up the cost of a four-year public college education in New York. “It’s going to be a tight fiscal year. The state is looking at a deficit. Will the state increase financial aid? It’s going to be a big issue,” said Blair Horner, NYPIRG legislative director.... more

Champlin pleads guilty to sexually abusing two women at Penn Yan bar

Champlin pleads guilty to sexually abusing two women at Penn Yan bar
The former bar owner accused of sexually abusing two women last Christmas Eve at the downtown Penn Yan business has pleaded guilty to two felony charges on Wednesday. Bob Champlin, 61, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, a class D felony. The charge is punishable by up to three years in prison. He pleaded guilty in Yates... more

Keuka College names Vice President of Finance and Administration

Keuka College names Vice President of Finance and Administration
Veteran college administrator Bob Baumet will join Keuka College this month to fill the newly created position of Vice President of Finance and Administration. He’ll succeed Interim Chief Financial Officer Carl Sgrecci, who will remain on board through the transition. Baumet brings extensive management and government/nonprofit accounting experience to his new role. He comes to the College after more than... more

Branchport man accused of stabbing, beating mother to death gets a new lawyer

Yates murder suspect gets new attorney
A veteran attorney is now representing the Branchport man accused of stabbing and beating his mother in August, leading to her death two months later. Robert Zimmerman has been assigned to handle the case of Paul Khouzam. Khouzam made a brief appearance in Yates County Court Tuesday with his new lawyer. Khouzam, 38, faces charges of murder, burglary, criminal possession... more

Get your fill of treats at 10th Annual Cookie Walk

Get your fill of treats at 10th Annual Cookie Walk
If you are looking for help filling out your holiday cookie platter, why not let Keuka Comfort Care Home provide those specialty cookies you don’t have time to bake. The 10th Annual Holiday Cookie Walk to support Keuka Comfort Care Home, held at the First Presbyterian Church in Penn Yan, has become a favorite event each year since its beginning... more

Penn Yan committee takes a look at ideas for $10M DRI funds

Workshop, survey to give ideas to committee
The results of a public workshop held last week, combined with details submitted by the public through a survey will help the Penn Yan Village Local Planning Committee make decisions about spending $10 million in state grant money to revitalize Penn Yan. Survey The public is invited to complete the survey, which is available on the Village, Finger Lakes Economic... more

W-FL TUESDAY: Waterloo bounces back; Wayne falls to Leadership, VanAken drops 29 to lift Red Jacket girls

W-FL TUESDAY: Waterloo bounces back; Wayne falls to Leadership, VanAken drops 29 to lift Red Jacket girls
In a clash of Class A2 titans, the two-time defending Sectional champion Wayne Eagles lost to a tough Leadership team at Wayne Central Tuesday night, 83-72. After falling behind 26-9 after the first quarter, Wayne came back to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. They would never take the lead, however, as Leadership pulled away for the 11... more
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