Local businesses adapt as they reopen under NY’s Phase 2

Watertown’s hospital resumes elective inpatient surgeries, recalls workers

Ogdensburg’s Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center calls back furloughed workers

St. Lawrence County reports 1 new case of COVID-19

No new cases of coronavirus reported in Jefferson County

  Protests are good, but must be smart, governor says

Continued Coverage

7 News announces leadership and on-air staff changes

  Your Turn: feedback on face mask order, George Floyd protests & SpaceX launch

Alleged altercation with troopers ends in K-9 bites for Hammond man

No change in Lewis County’s confirmed COVID-19 cases

Gouverneur man accused of reckless endangerment in alleged shooting incident

  7 News All-Stars to receive on-air recognition

Man allegedly hits someone in the head with a beer bottle

A Potsdam man is accused of hitting someone in the head with a beer bottle.

Dentist offices clear to reopen, governor says

There’s good news if you’ve been putting off that dental checkup because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traffic advisory: Watertown’s Smith Street

Part of Watertown’s Smith Street will be closed to traffic for most of the day Monday.

State of Emergency, curfews issued & clean-up follow demonstrations throughout state

Protests in Watertown, and the rest of the north country, continue to remain peaceful. However, demonstrations in other areas of the state became violent heading into Saturday night.

  Potsdam rallies peacefully Sunday

COVID-19 Update: St. Lawrence Co. adds 3 confirmed cases in 48 hours

  After a night of unrest, Governor Cuomo urges calm

  Peaceful protests continue in Watertown

  Sunday Sports: Former SU Football teammate reaching out, helping Floyd Little

  Another week of change, a look back at the last 7 days

  Astronauts reach International Space Station

A historic trip is completed with a successful docking about 19 hours after liftoff

Protests go awry throughout New York State

Although protests in the north country regarding the death of George Floyd remained calm, peaceful gatherings went awry in other areas of the state.

  SpaceX launch a success

Doug Hurley, who has extensive ties to the Clayton area, is space bound after a successful launch Saturday afternoon.

Stefanik witnesses SpaceX launch: says she’s “honored to attend”

North country congresswoman Elise Stefanik was at the launch of the SpaceX rocket Saturday.

  In Watertown Saturday, large protest over Floyd death

Watertown joined dozens of other American cities Saturday afternoon, as demonstrators rallied to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer pressed a knee into his neck.

  City manager disputes part of 7 News story

Watertown city manager Ken Mix is disputing part of a 7 News report concerning city Parks and Recreation supervisor Erin Gardner. But Gardner is sticking to her story.

  Saturday Sports: St. Lawrence football looks ahead to upcoming season

Spring football practice for the St. Lawrence Saints is usually a time to get a head start on the upcoming college football season.

DMV offices to start providing services again Monday

The reopening of state Department of Motor Vehicle offices is not far away.

  Businesses happy to reopen as Phase 2 begins

Saturday marked day one of Phase 2 of reopening in the north country.

  Astronaut Doug Hurley’s north country family waits for SpaceX take off

NASA’s SpaceX launch was scrubbed Wednesday due to poor weather, but is set to blast off Saturday afternoon instead. Astronaut Doug Hurley’s north country family has been watching their cousin as he prepares for attempt number two.

Report: Fort Drum MPs may be called to quell Minneapolis unrest

Military police from Fort Drum have been told to be ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked widespread protests.

Saturday: two new COVID cases in Lewis County, none in Jefferson

The new total is 26, up from 24 on Friday.

COVID-19: Friday night update

Three new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the tri-county region.

Gray: state testing site needed in Jefferson County

New York state needs to open a COVID-19 testing center in Jefferson County, Scott Gray, chairman of the county legislature, said Friday.

  Confusion, frustration mark Phase 2 reopening in north country

The north country's move into Phase 2 of reopening businesses is officially on after the state put all regions on pause less than 24 hours ago.

  Cuomo approves north country for Phase 2 of reopening

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday during his 1 p.m. briefing that the north country region can reopen under Phase 2 effective immediately.

State issues guidelines for phase 2 businesses

The state has issued detailed guidelines on the requirements for the businesses and industries scheduled to reopen under phase two.

  Assembly minority leader wants to limit Cuomo’s expanded powers during pandemic

Why is it Governor Cuomo and not state lawmakers making the decisions during the pandemic? Well, it's because of a state law approved by state legislators as the pandemic began to hit, allowing the governor to suspend laws and regulations during a state of emergency.

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

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

  Restaurant owner frustrated over lack of guidance on reopening

A Jefferson County restaurant owner is saying enough is enough to the state’s lack of guidance on how to reopen.

  Ogdensburg lawmakers approve airport security deal

Ogdensburg City Council approved an airport deal Friday that will keep city police patrolling there.

Chris Young among performers Saturday night at Grand Ole Opry

Chart-topping country music stars are once again returning to perform at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night for a live concert at the empty venue.

  Many disappointed as Jefferson County Fair is canceled

There’ll be no rides, food, or animals this July at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

Pitkin appointed as State Police Troop D commander

A 52 year old Dexter man, who has spent decades serving with the state police, has been appointed commander of a region stretching from the north country to central New York.

More local lawmakers slam Cuomo’s delay of Phase 2

More north country lawmakers are piling on the criticism of Governor Andrew Cuomo's delay of the Phase 2 reopening of businesses

Lake Ontario water levels drop, outflow strategy adjusted

Water levels on Lake Ontario hit their peak early and are on the decline for the season - far cry from the record flooding of last year.

1 person left in COVID-19 isolation in Lewis County

Of the 24 people known to have contracted COVID-19 in Lewis County, all but one have recovered.

  Apartment complex thanks firefighters by treating them to lunch

Managers from a town of Philadelphia apartment complex said thank you to 4 north country fire departments Friday.

  Watertown residents to vote June 9 on funding for Flower Memorial Library

If you live in the Watertown City School District, you’ll be voting June 9 on the school budget and something else - Proposition 1 - which will secure funding for Flower Memorial Library.

  Watertown letter carrier retires after 32 years

It was a heartwarming send off for a Watertown letter carrier, who's retiring after 32 years of service.

  Blast from the Past: 2000 high water

On this week’s Blast from the Past, we go back to 2000 when water levels were high, but not like we've seen recently.

  Officials: reopening phase 2 delayed, but ‘positive news’ coming

in a Facebook post, Jefferson County legislature chairman Scott Gray wrote “...the delay on phase 2 is very short.”

  Restaurants consider defying state’s reopening plan

Restaurants are slated to open in phase three of the state’s reopening plan, but some north country eateries don’t want to wait.

  Muggy today, cooler tomorrow

There are big changes ahead in the weather forecast.

Originally set for Friday, Phase 2 will begin Saturday ... maybe

Many area businesses ended Thursday thinking they could open in the morning.

COVID-19: Thursday night update

St. Lawrence County reported 1 new case of coronavirus Thursday, bringing the overall number of cases to 200 in the county.

  Suspended Watertown Parks & Rec superintendent speaks out

Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin Gardner is telling her side of the story after being suspended without pay.

  A story behind the staggering jobless rates

Unemployment skyrockets in the north country. Behind those numbers are people - your friends and neighbors.

  Phase 2 of reopening begins Friday, but businesses confused about guidelines

Phase 2 of reopening starts Friday. However, which businesses can start along with it isn't exactly clear.

Man allegedly strangled, robbed man in Watertown

A 35 year old Lowville man is accused of strangling a man into unconsciousness and stealing his wallet in Watertown.

  Businesses can deny entry to people not wearing masks, governor says

As retail and other businesses start to reopen in phase two of the state’s reopening plan, private business will have the authority to deny entry to anyone not wearing some kind of face covering.

Compromise in works for Ogdensburg airport security

A compromise is in the works for security at the Ogdensburg International Airport.

Necco Wafers are returning! Here’s where you can buy the classic candy

You will soon see Necco Wafers on store shelves again after a two-year absence.

St. Lawrence County sees 200th case of COVID-19, Jefferson County reports no new cases

One new case of COVID-19 was reported to the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases to date to 200.

  Potsdam pecks away at law to allow villagers to raise chickens

Chicken coops and chicken runs might be coming to Potsdam.

More COVID-19 recoveries reported in Lewis County

On Wednesday, Lewis County had eight people in isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus. On Thursday, that was down to three.

  Victims Assistance Center seeks donations of board games

The Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County wants families to stay mentally happy and healthy at a time when staying home is the norm.

North country’s phase 2 set to begin Friday

Jefferson County Legislature chair Scott Gray says phase two will officially begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

State Legislature votes to extend Child Victims Act deadline

The New York state Senate and Assembly have voted to extend the deadline for residents who were sexually abused as children to file legal claims because of the upheaval caused by the coronavirus.

Minor crash snarls traffic at Watertown intersection

A traffic light at a major intersection in Watertown was out Wednesday evening after an SUV hit a pole.

Orchestra of NNY cancels concerts for rest of year

The orchestra had already canceled two concerts in July – the July 2 Concert in the Park at Watertown’s Thompson Park and a concert in SUNY Potsdam’s Hosmer Hall on July 3.

New ‘Hunger Games’ book sells more than 500,000 copies

A decade after the “Hunger Games” series had apparently ended, readers were clearly ready for more.

COVID-19: Wednesday night update

For the second day in a row, no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties. The total remains at 294.

  Beating the record heat during the pandemic

For the second day in a row, temperatures in the north country reached a record high.

Unemployment rate skyrockets in state, north country

The unemployment rate in the north country and the rest of the state skyrocketed in April, the first full month of New York’s COVID-19 shutdown.

Gardner suspended by city manager

City Parks and Recreation superintendent Erin Gardner was suspended without pay Wednesday by acting city manager Ken Mix.

  Gray: boat tours back in business

That’s according to Scott Gray, chairman of the Jefferson County legislature, who announced Wednesday the state has cleared “scenic and sightseeing” tours.

Cuomo slams ‘toxic’ divide in Washington, has ‘good conversation’ with Trump

Fresh off his White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday slammed the political divide over a federal stimulus bill for state and local governments.