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Remington workers in Ilion await bankruptcy proceedings

ILION – Members of the United Mine Workers of America Local 717, the union that represents Remington Arms employees, are waiting for the results of company bankruptcy proceedings with the hopes that they’ll still have jobs when they’re all said and done."We’re just hoping somebody will buy us and take a chance on us," Local 717 President Jeff Madison said following a news conference the union… → Read More

How Herkimer County differs in sharing COVID-19 data

When it comes to transparency with COVID-19 information and data, Herkimer County differs from its neighbors.Oneida County, for instance, announces potential public exposures to the coronavirus, detailing the addresses, dates and times of the incidents. The county has also released the ages of those who have died of the disease, as well as whether those individuals were nursing home… → Read More

‘It’s time’: Herkimer County Historical Society director to retire

HERKIMER – After nearly 40 years with the organization, Herkimer County Historical Society Executive Director Sue Perkins is retiring. → Read More

Records detail statements in Little Falls arson, murder case

The two women indicted on murder and arson charges in connection with the fatal Jan. 6 fire at the Snyder Apartments in Little Falls will be back in court → Read More

Image Quilt Cinema coming to Herkimer

A new independent film business is coming to Herkimer.Image Quilt Cinema is getting ready to open in the former H.G. Munger’s building at 142 N. → Read More

Human Calculator launches Counting Bee

HERKIMER – Scott Flansburg, also known as the Human Calculator, has spent the past 30 years touring the world demonstrating his mental math skills to everyone from students to celebrities.Now he’s challenging K-12 students at all public, private, charter and home schools to demonstrate their own calculating abilities in The Counting Bee™, a new event he is launching Sept. 9 in his hometown of… → Read More

Across Mohawk Valley, students return amid coronavirus restrictions, precautions

Standing in front of Hart’s Hill Elementary School in Whitesboro waiting to greet students, fifth grade teachers Balsamico and Kate Radell made it clear that they were glad to see students returning to the building."We’re all happy to be back," Balsamico said, holding a walkie talkie as part of the official morning meet-the-bus crew. Radell held a camera to take photos for the school yearbook.… → Read More

Ilion firefighters respond to fire at Duofold site

Ilion firefighters quickly extinguished a fire Tuesday at the former Duofold building on Spruce Street, said Fire Chief Tom Pedersen.The call came in at → Read More

Ilion firefighters respond to small fire at Duofold site

Ilion firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at the former Duofold building on Spruce Street Tuesday, said Fire Chief Tom Pedersen.The call came in at → Read More

‘It’s been tough’: Herkimer County bars struggle amid COVID-19

Bar patrons across the area may want to check the schedule before dropping into their favorite establishment.With local bars and restaurants open for business at 50 percent capacity amid New York’s coronavirus restrictions, customers are required to wear masks when they enter and to order food along with their beverages of choice.Some area bars have had to adjust their hours as a result. Others,… → Read More

CharlesTown Mall fire: Utica lifts air quality advisory

Air quality tests will continue through the weekend as U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi continue to call for immediate action to → Read More

What now for CharlesTown mall? Redevelopment efforts were underway, officials say

FRANKFORT – The deteriorating condition of the CharlesTown complex and fires at the former manufacturing plant, outlet center and business mall on the Herkimer and Oneida County line have been a concern for local government officials for years.And while answer to the issues appeared in sight, an overnight fire Thursday destroyed the structure — changing those plans."We were just working with a… → Read More

‘Panic button’: Episode at Herkimer office prompts security evaluation

A recent incident at the Herkimer village office has local officials planning to make some changes to improve security.Sometime late July, Village Clerk- → Read More

Regional water project out of Herkimer County awarded $1M

The Eastern Mohawk Valley Water Transmission Main project has received a major boost with the announcement of $1 million in federal funding.The grant, → Read More

Gyms in Oneida, Herkimer counties eager to reopen

With the release of guidelines Monday allowing gyms across the state to reopen next week, local gym owners are eager to get started.The guidelines — ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stem the spread of coronavirus — include a 33% capacity limit as well as requirements for face coverings at all times, 6 feet of separation and mandatory equipment cleaning. Gyms also are required to submit to an… → Read More

Gyms in Oneida, Herkimer counties eager to reopen

With the release of guidelines Monday allowing gyms across the state to reopen next week, local gym owners are eager to get started.The guidelines — ordered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stem the spread of coronavirus — include a 33% capacity limit as well as requirements for face coverings at all times, 6 feet of separation and mandatory equipment cleaning. Gyms also are required to submit to an… → Read More

Ilion watches spending, Remington situation

A vacancy in the Ilion village electric department will go unfilled, at least for now, as village officials wait to see what will happen with the Remington Arms bankruptcy sale.The Remington Outdoor Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month in the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the Northern District of Alabama. This is the second time in two years Remington has filed for bankruptcy."We need… → Read More

In-person or virtual? Schools seek input from parents

ILION – The Central Valley School District’s reopening plan calls for having prekindergarten through sixth-grade children in the classroom this fall, but district officials are looking at the possibility of offering both in-school and distance learning for those students.The question is what do parents prefer?The district has posted a survey on its website asking — if the choice were available —… → Read More

2 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Herkimer County

HERKIMER — Herkimer County Public Health reported two more COVID-19 deaths in the county Friday, bringing the total number to eight.Three new cases were reported as of noon Friday, bringing the total to 287 since mid-March.There are currently 39 active cases in the county, with four people hospitalized. Six people have died. Two hundred and forty have recovered.The number of those testing… → Read More

717 Remington workers in Ilion face layoffs

A total of 717 workers at the Remington Arms plant in Ilion face layoffs by around late September as the company goes through bankruptcy proceedings, → Read More