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Rachael Mattice pleads in case

MAYFIELD — A Johnstown woman has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting being abducted almost a year ago and held by a man, and is looking to move beyond this matter, according to her attorney. According to a court official, Rachael Lynn Mattice, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of falsely ...

Construction projects up

JOHNSTOWN — Construction activity in the city is picking up as the weather is getting warmer, Fire Chief Bruce Heberer told the Common Council Monday night at City Hall. Heberer gave the council his monthly report for May, which includes a Codes Division analysis. He said the division ...

Police still seek help in carjacking

GLOVERSVILLE — City police are still seeking the two men behind a carjacking that occurred in the city earlier this month. According to officers, on June 4, at approximately 12:10 a.m., police were called to the intersection of South Main and Harrison Street for the report of a robbery in ...

Dobby, one of the stars of the Harry Porter book and film series, is shown sporting the new summer giveaway helmet from the Gloversville Public Library on Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Library has host of summer programs

GLOVERSVILLE — Summer fun will be going on between now and August at the Gloversville Public Library. The Gloversville Public Library will be kicking off its summer reading program on Monday with a bevy of free activities for everyone in the family. The Build a Better World program ...

Village may dissolve police department

FORT PLAIN — The Village Board voted Tuesday to approve looking into the concept of dissolving the Fort Plain Police Department in favor of coverage by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Mayor Thomas Quackenbush said Wednesday the board approval at the Village Hall is to at least ...

Concerned area resident Rosemarie Sheperd of Johnstown speaks during a "Protect Patients and Hospitals" event outside Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Rally held to save healthcare

GLOVERSVILLE — A diverse group of healthcare professions, union representatives and the general public got together to ask Congress to help save healthcare. On Wednesday, representatives of Nathan Littauer Hospital, New York State Nurses Association, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers ...

HFM to create new opportunities

JOHNSTOWN — The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services is getting closer to creating some new learning opportunities on campus for students in the conservation program. During June 15’s Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustee’s meeting, ...

Ari Hoffnung, center in white shirt,  CEO, Vireo Health of NY, LLC provides narrative during a tour of the newly constructed greenhouse on the property during the CIREB Marketing Symposium at the Tryon Technology Park in Perth on Wednesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Marketing Tryon to the public

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County welcomed visitors from across the Capital Region to the Tryon Technology Park to see the economic and real estate opportunities that are available in the county. The Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc. Marketing Symposium was held on the Tryon ...

A manlift is seen blocking the door to the Amsterdam library. It started a fire Wednesday morning which was quickly extinguished keeping damage to a minimum.  (Photo submitted)

Fire at library causes minimal damage

AMSTERDAM — The prompt response of the Amsterdam Fire Department prevented the spread of an early-morning exterior fire at the front door of the Amsterdam Free Library Tuesday. According to a news release from the library, the fire was nearing the building’s roof when firefighters ...

Library reading program set to begin

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library’s annual summer reading program, “Build a Better World,” starts Monday and runs through Aug. 4. Library Director Erica Wing said this week that is the theme of this year’s program, which encourages readership of all ages during the ...

Domonique Rosario of Johnstown reviews activity ideas for children at the Salvation Army Educational Center on Spring Street Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

Salvation Army hosts summer day camp

GLOVERSVILLE — Children in Fulton County will have a place to go this summer to have some fun. The Salvation Army of Fulton County will be holding a summer day camp for children entering kindergarten up through sixth grade for the second year in a row for five weeks starting on July 10. ...

Trevor Evans

New publisher named at The Leader-Herald

Trevor D. Evans has been named publisher of The Leader-Herald effective immediately. Evans, 29, comes to Gloversville from his position as advertising manager for The Express, a daily newspaper in Lock Haven, Pa. He replaces Steve Herron who has been named publisher of The Inter-Mountain, a ...

Johnstown 3rd Ward Councilwoman Helen Martin reads a resolution allowing the city to endorse a St. John's Episcopal Church grant application to the state Monday night at City Hall. To the right is 4th Ward Councilman Timothy Cellary. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Church seeking state grant, again

JOHNSTOWN — After rejecting nearly $500,000 in state grant funding a year ago, St. John’s Episcopal Church is again approaching city government to assist with another state application. The Common Council on Monday night at City Hall passed a resolution “endorsing” an application by ...

An overview of the students awaiting their certificates during the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Career and Technical Center Student Recognition Program at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

HFM Boces awards ceremony

JOHNSTOWN —  Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Career and Technical Center held its student recognition program Tuesday night at the the Fulton-Montgomery Community College's gymnasium.

Petition online for pet law

ALBANY — State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has announced the launch of an online petition to see the passage of a new law aimed at expanding animal cruelty laws. Kirby and Quigley’s Law was renamed after two Montgomery County dogs were shot and killed during a burglary over a year ...

A group photo during the 50th year birthday celebration of the school out front of the school on Tuesday. The Glebe Street school building was built in 1967. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

Glebe Street celebrates turning 50

JOHNSTOWN — Glebe Street Elementary School celebrated a half a century of educating children with a party for students, staff and the community on Tuesday. Glebe Street celebrated its 50th birthday with food, music, memories and fun, in a party that also allowed them to have some fun ...

Montgomery County dairy farm lands $37.5K grant

PALATINE BRIDGE — A Montgomery County farm has been awarded more than $37,000 in a state grant to help with costs for running the business. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that more than $1 million has been awarded to 27 new and early-stage farms through the New York state New ...

Dr. Irina Gelman, director of public health for the Fulton County Public Health Department, left,  receives an $80,000 Innovation Grant check from Nancy Greensleeve, executive director of community assessment and prevention of the Adirondack Health Institute in Glens Falls, and Geoffrey Peck of Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home, who is the Fulton County Region Population Health Network leader. The funds will be used to expand the county’s telehealth program after its pilot project is completed. (Photo submitted)

Health department gets $80K grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Public Health Department will begin a pilot telehealth program in July aimed at improving health care access throughout the county and decreasing rehospitalizations and unnecessary emergency room visits. After the department assesses the experiences and ...

FMCC aims for enrollment increase

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is hopeful it will see an increase in enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. During Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Trustee William Easterly said that as of Thursday, 412 students have been enrolled for summer courses, an increase in ...

Enrollment for state scholarship begins

JOHNSTOWN — The Excelsior Scholarship has opened for applications. During Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting, Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger said the application process is underway from now until July 21. The state program will see the college tuition ...