When COVID crisis hit, government program saved north country jobs

Woman dies after she was pinned against wood pile by UTV

State guidance on reopening schools expected Monday

  Spotty showers & cooler to start the week

  Cape Vincent restaurant temporarily closes, employee exposed to COVID-19

Cuomo says state COVID-19 numbers “remain low and stable”

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  Coyote Moon Salmon Run Mall location closes permanently

  Livestock swap and shop in Gouverneur

  Sunday Sports: Watertown Men’s City Golf Tournament kicks off

  Memorial held in Gouverneur for Treyanna Summerville

  Watertown multi-family home condemned following structure fire

  Festival to drive-thru: Adams’ Cheddar Cheese Festival adapts this year

  Wol the Barn Owl gets a new habitat at Zoo New York

A long time Zoo New York resident is getting a new habitat.

  Saturday Sports: Watertown City Golf Championship tees off this weekend

One of the few sporting events still taking place locally this summer due to COVID-19 began Saturday at the Watertown Golf Club as the best golfers in the area teed it up for the 2020 Watertown Mens City Golf Championship.

Two assisted by Red Cross after vehicle crashes into their home

The Central & Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting two after a vehicle crashed into their home on Sterling Street in Watertown this week.

A “wheely” cool skateboard designed by a Norwood teen

A north country teen’s artwork get’s decked out!

  Village mayor apparently had access to private information about COVID patients

North country sets heat records

  SUNY Canton to offer ‘crime analysis’ program

  Watertown mall reopens; shoppers happy

  Samaritan Medical gets $2.5 million in COVID aid

  Samaritan nursing homes preparing to allow visitation

  Samaritan nursing homes preparing to allow visitation

Nursing homes across the state have shut down in-person visitation in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic, only allowing for window visits. Now, those restriction are loosening.

  Friday’s Sports: Long time South Lewis Athletic Director retires

C. Brian Oaks has been a fixture at South Lewis for the last 25 years, but at the end of the school year the Falcons athletic director called it a career after 38 years as a teacher and administrator.

  Blast from the Past: 1996 Jefferson County Fair

On this week’s Blast from the Past, we go back to July 1996, to the Jefferson County Fair.

  Bringing summer camp to you, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Camp In A Box

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s annual North Wind Day Camp at the Learning Farm is off due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. But you can take it home with you by signing up for a Camp in a Box.

  Holy Smokes! A BBQ restaurant opens in Watertown’s Public Square Saturday

Holy Smokes Bourbon & Barbecue in Watertown is opening it’s doors Saturday.

Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself

In a report released to KBTX on Thursday, police at Texas A&M University said a student who reported finding racist notes on his car’s windshield last month may have placed the papers there himself.

  Local fitness center joins lawsuit to reopen gyms

A north country fitness center is part of a class action lawsuit that seeks to open gyms and fitness centers.

Friday’s numbers: new COVID cases in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties

St. Lawrence County added one new case; Jefferson County added two.

Numbers are good, but wear masks & stay distant, governor says

New York state has now recorded more than 400,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Early morning crash kills St. Lawrence County man

State police are investigating a crash early Friday morning that killed a Brasher man.

  Watch: celebrating North Country All-Stars

7 News couldn’t honor our North Country All-Stars with a banquet this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so we made a television special for them.

  Run for the River goes virtual

Save the River development director Bridget Wright says the event typically draws about 500 runners.

  Firefighters battle flare-ups at persistent Plessis fire

The Plessis Volunteer Fire Department was packing up after tackling an outdoor blaze Thursday.

Sackets Harbor residents asked to conserve water

The dry weather has been a cause for concern in Sackets Harbor.

Boil-water advisory posted in town of Alexandria

The advisory is expected to be lifted around noon Friday.

  South Lewis athletic director calls it a career after nearly 25 years

One of the longest tenured athletic directors in the Frontier League has decided to call it quits after almost a quarter century at the same school.

Trooper Davis honored on 3rd anniversary of his death

New York State Police are honoring and remembering Trooper Joel Davis.

North country sees record-breaking heat

The digital sign outside the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown showed a 93 degree reading, but that's not as hot as it got.

  The heat, business and workers

Keeping cool can be hot for business. At other places, keeping cool can be impossible. It all depends on where you work.

  Walmart now using security officers to remind shoppers to wear masks

Changes to how you shop at Walmart happened Thursday.

  North country farms help feed downstate

The owner of Lucki 7 Livestock Company has been on a mission to get north country agricultural products to people in need on Long Island.

  Stefanik assails ‘illegal leaks’ to media

North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she is “gravely concerned about the damage that illegal leaks to the media have done to our force protection and national security as a whole.”

  Firefighters face ‘treacherous’ challenges during hot weather

Beating the heat is one thing, but try doing it while fighting a fire with nearly 60 pounds of protective gear on.

Tri-county region reports 3 new cases of COVID-19

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Lewis and Jefferson counties Thursday. St. Lawrence County had no new cases.

Sherwood Florist closes permanently

In a Facebook post, owner Kevin Kitto said the decision was made based on financial losses from being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the “overwhelming constraints” to reopening.

  Watertown’s hospital sees cost of masks skyrocket

Samaritan Medical Center officials say they aren't running low on surgical masks, but the cost of buying them is higher.

  Ogdensburg’s interim city manager wants to ‘move right away’ on fire and police chief positions

Ogdensburg’s new city manager pledges to work with unions. He wants to get a fire chief and police chief on board and has other plans.

State working to resolve payment issue with ACR Health

ACR furloughed 70 staff members at the start of the month because the state owes it $1.6 million in back payments for services since January.

  Mobile mammography visits north country

A mammogram van rolled into the north country Thursday to offer breast cancer screenings.

  Beating the heat with ice cream

It's a tasty way to cool off in the heat - ice cream.

New COVID-19 cases in 46 New York counties

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released numbers Thursday that show 584 new confirmed cases were discovered Wednesday.

Ogdensburg man allegedly swerves vehicle into opposite lane

An Ogdensburg man is accused of purposely swerving his vehicle into the path of another vehicle.

Man accused of wielding taser during dispute

A Gouverneur man is accused of threatening someone with a taser.

Town justice accused of helping grandson violate probation

A Fort Covington town justice is in trouble after she allegedly helped her grandson violate the terms of his probation.

  NY Sea Grant offers decals to help make charter boating safer

The charter fishing, charter diving, and tour boat industries are fully up and running despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Local schools relieved to be getting state guidance on reopening

Governor Cuomo said the state will finalize guidance for reopening schools next Monday. North country school officials say getting that state direction will be helpful as they make their plans.

  St. Lawrence County sees surge in social distancing, mask complaints

A surge in complaints about people not complying with social distancing and not wearing masks is keeping St. Lawrence County busy.

  State issues warning to Can-Am Speedway over allowing spectators

Jefferson County officials say they're not going after Can-Am Speedway over the speedway allowing fans in the stands. New York state has stepped in with a warning.

  Coin shortage affects north country

Coins are at a premium right now as local banks and businesses try to work with what they have.

Salmon Run Mall to reopen Friday, St. Lawrence Centre staying closed

The mall's parent company, Pyramid Management Group, said it's "ecstatic" to welcome back tenants, employees and customers.

Skewed Brewing ‘not able to open’ at mall

One place that won't be part of the reopening of Watertown's Salmon Run Mall is Skewed Brewing.

  Soldier who helped girl at airport: ‘Show compassion for others’

It’s a photo that has been making its rounds on Facebook of a Fort Drum soldier doing a good deed for a young girl.

Watertown’s sewage to be analyzed for COVID-19

Jefferson County is trying a new way of tracking COVID-19 - through sewage.

3 new COVID-19 cases reported in Jefferson, St. Lawrence counties

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties Wednesday.

Harrisville paid more for buses than it needed to, audit finds

Auditors say the district did not apply for all the state aid it was entitled to when it bought seven buses.

Sackets Harbor & state at odds over budgeting

That disagreement was unveiled in an audit released Wednesday by the state comptroller’s office.

Malls can open Friday (depending) & decision on schools in August

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced those things at a briefing in New York City on Wednesday.

  2 charged with hate crime for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural in California

California prosecutors have charged two people with a hate crime along with other misdemeanors for vandalizing a Black Lives Matter mural.

Gananoque Boat Line halts tours of Thousand Islands

A Thousand Islands tour boat company in Canada is closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Man suspected of selling drugs outside store

A Watertown man is accused of possessing more than 100 envelopes suspected of containing heroin.

  Creativity and safety on display at new art gallery

Downtown Watertown has a new art gallery. It could be just what people need to get out of their isolation blues.

All but 1 Lewis County coronavirus cases recover

Lewis County’s 38th confirmed coronavirus case is the only one still in isolation.

Tonight: celebrating north country all-stars

“North Country All Stars: A Celebration,” will air on Channel 7, WWNY, Wednesday night at at 7:30 and on WNYF on Thursday at 7 PM.

  Morning Checkup: Children’s Miracle Network campaign

Children’s Miracle Network at Samaritan Medical Center has a campaign underway.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  Ogdensburg names interim city manager

The city of Ogdensburg has an interim city manager. Members of the city council went behind closed doors Tuesday afternoon to consider one or more candidates.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

Memorial planned for murder victim Treyanna Summerville

Her obituary, released Tuesday, says all are welcome to attend the memorial at Gouverneur Community Center this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.