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Kilburn finalist for OHM BOCES spot

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn may be leaving her position for a Central New York BOCES district. She confirmed this morning she is a finalist for the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES district superintendent position. She said a decision by that ...

Nellis case handed to jurors

JOHNSTOWN — The 12 member jury began their deliberations on Wednesday to determine the innocence or guilt of Daniel Nellis, who has been on trial the past two weeks for the death of Michaela MacVilla. Prior to the start of deliberations, Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown and ...

Officer to be assigned to Meco school

By ASHLEY ONYON The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES Board of Education on Wednesday approved an agreement with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department to have a special patrol officer assigned beginning this fall to Meco Elementary School in Gloversville ...

Republican primaries Tuesday

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s Republican Party voters will decide nine GOP primaries Tuesday, including the marquee countywide matchup for sheriff. Primary Day polls will be open for Republican voters from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Normally, Primary Day is in September. But Gov. Andrew ...

Vintage ball game planned

GLOVERSVILLE — Anyone out at “the old ball game” this week will see just that during the seventh annual Vintage Baseball Game and Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame 2019 induction ceremony Saturday at noon at Parkhurst Field. The Vintage Baseball Game held annually at ...

Bidding process for paving starts

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday night authorized bidding for 2019 street resurfacing, but officials aren’t ready to divulge information about what streets will be paved. “We’ve got a pretty good working list,” City Engineer Christopher Vose told the council at City ...

Johnstown’s school budget passes

JOHNSTOWN — Greater Johnstown School District residents in a revote on Tuesday approved the district’s contentious $37.8 million budget for 2019-20 by 63 percent. The vote was 1393 to 803. Voters only had to approve it by 50 percent, but the 2,196 total voting block’s approval ...

Murder trial set for closing statements

JOHNSTOWN — The defense wrapped up its case in Fulton County Court, Tuesday, calling two more witnesses after Daniel Nellis, who is on trial for allegedly murdering Michaela MacVilla by shooting her at point blank range in the back of the head, was cross-examined by Fulton County District ...

BOCES students recognized at CTE program

JOHNSTOWN — Graduating seniors from the HFM BOCES Career and Technical Center were recognized and presented their certificates of completion on Tuesday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. HFM Career and Technical Director Jay DeTraglia welcomed a crowd of roughly 1,000 family, friends, ...

Dolgeville school budget doesn’t pass

DOLGEVILLE — Voters in the Dolgeville Central School District rejected the district’s revised proposed budget of $19 million for the 2019-20 school year. Although there were 358 yes votes and 306 no votes, they did not meet the supermajority of 60 percent needed to pass the proposed ...

Top two YMCA leaders retiring

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County YMCA’s two top administrators will be retiring prior to the end of 2019. YMCA CEO Steven Serge and Vice President of Finance & HR Cathleen Abel will be retiring within a month of each other, the facility announced in a news release issued Tuesday. Serve ...

Nellis takes the stand in defense

JOHNSTOWN — Daniel Nellis, the man who is on trial in the death of Michaela MacVilla, took the stand on Monday in Fulton County Court testifying that he was not the person who killed her. While on stand, Nellis’ testimony went through the course of events leading up to the last time he ...

Catena named to 4th Judicial District

FONDA — Montgomery County Court Judge Felix J. Catena has been named to succeed Vito J. Caruso as administrative judge for the 11-county, 4th Judicial District starting in July, the New York State Unified Court System confirmed. Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks announced ...

Businesswoman asks council’s help to make Johnstown better

JOHNSTOWN — Downtown issues were brought to the attention of the Common Council Monday night by a business person. Jessica McClements, owner of McLemon’s, a West Main Street clothing and accessories store, brought her perspective as a businesswoman to the council’s meeting at City ...

Law limiting number of pets gets nod

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday approved a pair of ordinances modifying city code to include existing provisions from the city zoning regulations that limit the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling. The first ordinance seeks to “clarify” the term “kennel” ...

Teen dies during sports event

CHARLESTON — A New Jersey woman was killed as the result of injuries she suffered from her participation in a Mountain Maddness motorsports event Saturday, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported. Sheriff Jeffrey Smith reported Monday that Katie L. Falgiano, 19, of Budd Lake, N.J. ...

Process for 2020 county budget begins

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government this month has begun the lengthy process toward eventual adoption of a 2020 county budget. County Budget Director Alice Kuntzsch released a budget schedule, which began June 5 with her office providing county departments with budget guidelines. That ...

Free summer movie nights slated

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Recreation Commission will host the first free movie night of the summer event series on Saturday at Myers Park with a screening of “The Secret Life of Pets” beginning at dusk. After borrowing equipment to show movies in city parks twice last summer, City Clerk ...

Murder trial in 3rd week

JOHNSTOWN — Evidence and photographs collected throughout the investigation into the disappearance of Michaela MacVilla continued to be presented to the jury on Friday during the Fulton County Court trial of Daniel Nellis who has been accused of shooting her to death. What began as a ...

Library still without federal ID number

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library — whose charter as a school district public library was approved last December by the state — will conduct its annual election June 26 at the library. Director Erica Wing, meanwhile, noted Friday that the library still doesn’t have a federal ...