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FROM THE EDITOR: It’s Facebook’s world, we’re just living in it

FROM THE EDITOR: It’s Facebook’s world, we’re just living in it
This morning you probably noticed a story that was published to our Facebook Page, in which the featured image did not match the content of the story. In that case, our ‘daily forecast’, which is published every day around 6 a.m. was posted to Facebook with a featured image connected to another story. It meant a mugshot appeared as the... more

Auburn police chief graduates from FBI academy in Virginia

Auburn police chief graduates from FBI academy in Virginia
City Manager Jeff Dygert has announced that Police Chief Shawn Butler has graduated from the Quantico, Virginia based FBI National Academy, a prestigious leadership course designed for law enforcement executives from around the world. Less than one percent of law enforcement executives in the world are afforded this opportunity. “Chief Butler was one of two hundred and forty-nine enforcement officers... more

Legislators say funding for local roads and bridges is needed

Legislators say funding for local roads and bridges is needed
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to “once and for all make New York State’s commitment to local roads and bridges the strongest state-level commitment in the nation.” The area legislators were responding to Governor Cuomo’s proposal to launch a new $150-billion infrastructure plan next year. The governor unveiled... more

Kasey Kahne’s part-time Sprint Car schedule includes Weedsport in May

Kasey Kahne’s part-time Sprint Car schedule includes Weedsport in May
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series only visit to New York State just got even more intriguing, as Kasey Kahne announced his part-time series schedule on Tuesday afternoon, which includes a stop at Weedsport Speedway on Sunday, May 19. Following his retirement from full-time NASCAR competition, Kahne is going back to where it all started with plans of... more

Auburn man faces felony charges after dragging state trooper, leading authorities on pursuit

Auburn man faces felony charges after dragging state trooper, leading authorities on pursuit
Troopers arrested an Auburn man on Tuesday following an incident, which included a vehicle and foot chase, as well as an officer being dragged by a pickup truck. Around 7:06 p.m. Trooper Andrew Skerpon initiated a traffic stop on a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shaun H. Clark, 31, of Auburn, in the parking lot of Syracuse Upstate Market. Clark... more

Aurora may ban fireworks as a display may be responsible for farmer’s loss of sheep

Aurora may ban fireworks as a display may be responsible for farmer’s loss of sheep
The village of Aurora is considering banning fireworks as a local farmer believes a fall display is to blame for the death of a handful of rare Icelandic sheep from her herd. On Oct. 20, Wells College put on an “excessive” fireworks show as part of its 150th anniversary celebration weekend, said Trinity Farm owner Margaret Flowers at a village... more

Moravia town board doubles back continuing summer youth program

Moravia town board doubles back continuing summer youth program
The town of Moravia will resume its summer recreation program amid community criticism from ending the program last month. The town board unanimously approved a motion to continue the program for summer 2019 at a Moravia Town Hall meeting Wednesday night. Town supervisor Terry Baxter told the group of over 20 people packed into the hall that every municipality wishing... more

Finger Lakes Land Trust, Onondaga County receive millions to protect water quality

Finger Lakes Land Trust, Onondaga County receive millions to protect water quality
The Finger Lakes Land Trust announced Wednesday it was receiving more than $3 million from the state for projects protecting water quality in the Finger Lakes, while Onondaga County received nearly $1 million for work including the Skaneateles Lake Watershed. As part of a $3 million grant through the state’s Water Quality Improvement Project, the Land Trust was awarded $921,000... more

Report: 900 detained immigrant children still in Cayuga Centers’ care

Report: 900 detained immigrant children still in Cayuga Centers’ care
In under five years, a New York social-services organization called Cayuga Centers has gone from newcomer to one of the biggest names in the $1.5 billion-a-year business of housing immigrant children under government detention. Now one of the nation’s five largest providers, Cayuga was caring for nearly 900 migrant children as of Monday, 78 percent more than a year ago,... more

Auburn man reported fake school shooting on Facebook, police say

Auburn man reported fake school shooting on Facebook, police say
A 29-year-old Auburn man is accused of reporting a fake school shooting on Facebook, according to Auburn police. Corey C. Brown was charged with third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor, police said. Brown posted a message on Facebook on Monday that said “Check on your kids, shooting at Auburn high school,” police said. School resource officers at the school... more

Auburn city council gives green light to property tax settlements

Auburn city council gives green light to property tax settlements
The Auburn City Council unanimously voted to authorize three property tax assessment settlements Thursday. The authorizations will allow Auburn Assistant Corporation Counsel Nate Garland to accept settlement offers from three separate companies regarding the tax assessments of their Auburn properties. None of the settlements result in the city refunding the companies. Xylem, Inc., owner of 1 Goulds Dr., petitioned a... more

President at Cayuga Community College gets raise, contract extension

President at Cayuga Community College gets raise, contract extension
Cayuga Community College’s president has a five-year contract extension with a pay increase. CCC’s board of trustees unanimously extended Brian Durant’s contract to 2024 at its meeting Thursday. Durant will get an annual 1.9-percent pay boost until 2023, with a retroactive $5,000 merit bonus for performance for the 2017-2018 school year. A 2018 report from the Albany think tank Empire... more

Skaneateles Lake Association receives more than $200,000 for Nine-Element Plan

Skaneateles Lake Association receives more than $200,000 for Nine-Element Plan
The New York Department of State has awarded $235,650 to the Skaneateles Lake Association to develop a plan that would protect water quality and help combat harmful algal blooms, the association announced Thursday. A Nine-Element Plan, frequently referred to as 9E, is one of several watershed-based management plans that outline a strategy to improve water quality within federal Environmental Protection... more

Community vote set for Southern Cayuga schools’ proposed solar panel capital project

Community vote set for Southern Cayuga schools’ proposed solar panel capital project
Residents are set to vote on the Southern Cayuga Central School District’s proposed capital project for a solar panel array. A public hearing and vote are scheduled for January on a proposal for a $1.5 million project to create an approximately 750 kilowatt solar panel system on the district’s campus, according to a news release. The district would partner with... more

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing policing in Wayne, Facebook’s suffering, and NY’s shrinking size (podcast)

THE DEBRIEF: Discussing policing in Wayne, Facebook’s suffering, and NY’s shrinking size (podcast)
As the Finger Lakes closes in on Christmas – Josh Durso is joined by Ted Baker of Finger Lakes Morning News, who is heard daily on WGVA and WAUB to break down the week’s biggest headlines. Here are the headlines from Episode #39: – Contract negotiations in Wayne County for deputies; – Job Ghosting and who’s to blame; – Facebook’s... more
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