Get text messages on your mobile phone or PDA with news, weather and more from the Observer-Dispatch.

Stay connected to us wherever you are. Now you can get breaking news updates along with other Mohawk Valley information sent to you as a text message to your wireless device.

The Observer-Dispatch has created the following message categories for you to choose from to get updates as text messages on your wireless device.

  • News Alerts - Get breaking local or national news.
  • Weather Alerts - Be alerted to severe weather in our area.
  • Traffic Alerts - Get information about road closures and accidents.
  • Coupons, contests - Money-saving offers; having fun.
  • School Closings - Get information about school closings and delays, and cancellation of activities.
  • Sports News - Receive up-to-date sports scores from your favorite local high school and college teams.
  • Entertainment - Big events; what to do with the family.

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Important: Our systems are tested for performance and reliability on a frequent basis. However, normal network transmission limitations can occur from time-to-time and may cause delays in the receipt of messages.

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Message Groups

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1. Breaking News Alerts

2. Weather Alerts

3. Traffic Alerts

4. Coupons and contests

5. School Closings

5a. School Closings / Oneida County

5b. School Closings / Herkimer County

5c. School Closings / Madison County

5d. School closings / Otsego County

6. Sports News

6a. High School Sports

6b. College Sports

7. Entertainment
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