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Past articles by Rebecca:

Appetite grows for restaurants, hotels

Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Bite Bakery & Café, Jonny’s Pizza – the list goes on. Those are just some of the new → Read More

'Voice' winner coming to Utica with country star Chris Young

From jamming in a rock-and-roll band to topping the country music charts, it's been a wild ride for Cassadee Pope. → Read More

Progress slow for 2 area solar projects

Solar energy in Oneida County has had some setbacks, with two projects not yet producing at full capacity and another not producing energy at all. Off of → Read More

Oneida Co. legislators to address accesss, use of county-owned land

When it comes to using Oneida County land, a permit system is in place to make the process run smoothly. At Griffiss International Airport, that process → Read More

Oneida County DMV dilemma: In line or online

As the state Department of Motor Vehicles breaks records with its online services, local counties are hurting because of it. → Read More

Oneida County board expected to host new Griffiss tenant

Griffiss International Airport could have a new tenant soon. At its monthly meeting Wednesday, the Oneida County Board of Legislators is expected to approve a lease agreement between the county and Ax Enterprize. → Read More

Make your taxes a little less taxing

There are many things to be aware of that can help ease the stress and burden many taxpayers experience at this time each year. Do you need to hire a professional? Can you file your taxes by yourself online? → Read More

More people ages 20-34 staying in, or returning to, region

There's something different about Utica from when MeriEsther Luce lived here 12 years ago. When love brought her from big-city life in Seattle back to Utica – a place she swore she'd never live again – in 2012, she saw a change. → Read More

Speciale out as Oneida County legislator

According to a letter sent from the Oneida County clerk's office, Democrat Harmony Speciale no longer is the legislator for District 21. → Read More

57 new jobs could costs Oneida Co. $500,000

The Oneida County Board of Legislators is expected to vote on the creation of 57 county positions at its next meeting. → Read More

Armory might not be option for local homeless population

Getting the homeless population off the streets during winter months is a concern for local officials, but the help they’re requesting from the → Read More

Heroin epidemic costly for Oneida County Sheriff's Office

Getting heroin users off the streets isn't the only problem the growing epidemic has brought upon the Oneida County Sheriff's Office. → Read More

New positions on tap for county attorneys' office

The county Board of Legislators recently approved the creation of one paralegal assistant position and two assistant county attorney III positions. → Read More

Fees increase at Griffiss International Airport

If you rent space at, or travel through, Griffiss International Airport, you'll see an increase in your fees this year. → Read More

Need to break a bad habit? Here's how

A new year typically brings with it new resolutions to kick the bad habits you’ve been struggling with. Whether those bad habits include stress → Read More

Region's jobless rate shows best since 2007

Years after the Great Recession struck the nation in late 2007, the Utica-Rome area appears to be recovering. → Read More

Snowstorms cause 'all-hands-on-deck mentality' at 911 center

When a snowstorm hits, 911 call centers face the brunt of the challenges it brings. → Read More

GOP election commissioner: Board needs help

This year will be a big one for the Oneida County Board of Elections. With school elections being added to an already full workload including local, state, → Read More

Some Utica residents see higher tax bills after county tax levy cut

Depending on where you live, a cut in the county's tax levy doesn't always mean your tax bill will be lower. Anthony Carvelli, commissioner of finance for Oneida County, said there are a couple of reasons behind this. → Read More