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Gary Munker of the Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan reads a passage about Jews from the King James Bible during a recent interview in a Gloversville woods. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The KKK targets area, state

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series of the local presence of the Klu Klux Klan and its efforts to infiltrate and divide the community. Part III will run on Tuesday. GLOVERSVILLE — Stepping up efforts to attract new Ku Klux Klan members from this area is not without ...

County considers site selectors’ advice

GLOVERSVILLE —Fulton County economic officials are reviewing the findings of a site selector team and seeking ways to implement their suggestions. Three international site selectors came to the Holiday Inn in Johnstown in September to speak with local officials and business owners about ...

Culinary historian Lavada Nahon explains the foods black slaves prepared during a program on African traditions in colonial New York Saturday at Johnson Hall Historic site in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Slave life in colonial N.Y. highlighted

JOHNSTOWN — Slavery has been so identified with the South, Northerners might not be aware of slavery in colonial New York. For Northerners, a program on African traditions in colonial New York at Johnson Hall Historic Site Saturday was meant to illuminate that aspect of history—courtesy ...

Four members of the Loyal White Knights of the Klu Klux Klan stand during a recent interview in a secluded part of a woods in Gloversville. The members on the far left and far right declined to identified themselves. Second from left are Gary Munker and KKK Realm of New York President Ben Christian, both Gloversville residents. Those are not their real names. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

The KKK is in town

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series of the local presence of the Klu Klux Klan. Part II will run on Monday and Part III on Tuesday. GLOVERSVILLE — They’re here, and probably to stay. The Ku Klux Klan — the group infamously known for cross burnings, black ...

John Olsson of Brooklyn prepares to buy baked goods and cider from Alicia Mutz and Nolan Sawyer of Northville-Edinburg Cub Pack 55 during the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

Northville celebrates fall season

NORTHVILLE — Although no one organization sponsored the annual Northville Harvest Festival Saturday, it continued because it’s a tradition. Churches and businesses offered food and other benefits to festival-goers—so Main Street was a venue of opportunities to celebrate ...

Difficult to make sense of the senseless

More than 50 lives taken in four minutes of horror. Another 515 people were injured. Thousands of lives in one city will never be the same for no reason what so ever. The lives of mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters taken in a moment by a man who feels he the right to ...

One of the benefit groups organized by Erin Jennings. (Photo courtesy of Erin Jennings)

Business owner organizes fundraisers to bring community members together

AMSTERDAM — The owner and instructor of Tribe Fitness, Erin Jennings, is helpful in more ways than one. Since Jennings opened the Tribe Fitness studio in August 2016, she has been a fitness instructor, has held fundraisers and ran in 5Ks for various causes. “At least once a month I try ...

State police are shown at the scene of a stabbing at at a home at 136 County Highway 138, Broadalbin on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

Argument leads to stabbing in Broadalbin

BROADALBIN — Two men got in a verbal argument Friday afternoon that escalated to a domestic dispute resulting in one of the men being stabbed. John Mahoney, 69, of 136 County Highway 138, was charged by state police on Friday for second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession ...

Leader in cities gives downtown observations

GLOVERSVILLE — Those driving through downtown on Thursday morning may have seen a curious site along North Main Street at Church Street — a dozen people standing a few feet part in an L sharp near the curb listening to a man in the center. No, it wasn't a protest or some kind of strange ...

Mayfield sewer district proposed

JOHNSTOWN — Mayfield-area sewer matters have come before members of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors, who meet Tuesday to consider action on a Vail Mills sewer collection system. County Planning Director James Mraz updated the board's Economic Development and Environment Committee on ...

Drunk driver hears fate

JOHNSTOWN — A Northville woman who drove intoxicated last November while her license was suspended for a prior alcohol-related offense was sentenced Monday in Fulton County Court to probation. Stacy L. Jackson, 40, of 130 Ridge Road, was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to five years ...

Johnstown shows interest in extending waterline to Route 67

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County supervisors on Tuesday may bring back a tabled resolution to obtain cost estimates for a waterline project, but which of the Glove Cities becomes involved is still unknown. The Board of Supervisors in September tabled a resolution to prepare cost estimates to ...

County asked to support mandate

JOHNSTOWN— The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is being asked to support a statewide ballot proposal that eliminates the need for Adirondack and Catskill communities to secure a state amendment if they want to do projects requiring use of state Forest Preserve land. The board will ...

Smooth streets

The street repaving project in the city of Gloversville continued Thursday on Orchard Street.

First Choice Financial is opening a new branch at the Subway Plaza in Broadalbin. 
The Leader-Herald/Briana O’Hara

First Choice to open new branch

BROADALBIN — First Choice Financial Federal Credit Union bank looks to increase its field of membership by opening a new branch in Broadalbin. The bank will have a new location coming soon in Broadalbin at 3677 Route 30, in the Subway Plaza. Brenda Coon, president and CEO said the new ...

Board completes district’s set goals

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education has completed a list of district goals, and will look to approve the final list on Oct. 26. District Superintendent Patricia Kilburn said Thursday that the board completed five main goals during a recent workshop conducted ...

B-P pilots children’s theater program

BROADALBIN — Each spring, Broadalbin-Perth High School stages a Broadway-style musical, complete with elaborate costumes and sets. Students do it all, both on stage and behind the scenes, with more than 100 high schoolers participating each year. Younger children pack the auditorium for ...

United Way announces division chairs

GLOVERSVILLE — The United Way of Fulton County has announced its all volunteer driven division heads who will lead the organization’s 2017-18 campaign. The Division Chairs are: ∫ Accountants: Neil LaMere; WEST and Co. ∫ Attorney: Kelly D. Hoyt, Esq. ∫ Auto Division: ...

Historian brainstorming for ideas

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino said recently she is planning programming for 2018. “I’m continuing to look ahead for programming for next year,” she told the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee. Hall-Saladino said she is ...

A shortage of bus drivers is creating a dilemma for many school districts and bus service companies. The odd hours, low pay and responsibilities keep many possible applicants away. (Source: Metro Creative Graphics)

The bus driver dilemma

There are signs of it everywhere—school bus drivers wanted School districts and bus companies in the area and nationwide are struggling to meet the increasing demands for transporting students and a chronic shortage of drivers. It’s been an ongoing crisis for few years now,” said ...