Local News

Public Health Director discusses rising lead poison level concerns

JOHNSTOWN — Concerns about rising lead poison levels were discussed Tuesday by new Fulton County Public Health Department Director Laurel Headwell. Headwell, who started in December, attended her first Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee meeting at the County Office ...

Barn burns

FLORIDA — A structure fire heavily damaged a barn in the town on Saturday with no reported injuries. Florida Volunteer Fire Department Chief Les Bramer said the alarm came in around 6:52 p.m. for 176 McGraw Road. “The building was approximately 25 percent involved when we got to the ...

Johnstown High placed in lockdown

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown High School was placed on a lockdown Tuesday morning after reports of a shooting threat was made against the school. A high school student reported credible information to Principal Scott Hale of a shooting threat against the school, immediately initiating a lockdown ...

Fulton County Airport building proposal on table

JOHNSTOWN — A new proposed user of the Fulton County Airport’s enterprise building has emerged, but is requesting the county make a few changes. The Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee on Monday authorized a proposed lease agreement with John Eisler. The full board will have ...

FMCCC education bonus with childcare

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County YMCA Playmates Child Care Center invites parents at Fulton-Montgomery Community College to bring their children to college to learn while they pursue an education. The Fulton County YMCA and Fulton-Montgomery Community College formed a partnership to provide ...

Fulton County aiming for more demo work

JOHNSTOWN —The Fulton County Department of Solid Waste on Monday presented a plan to county legislators aimed at getting the county Municipal Demolition Team to be more productive. The team razed five structures in 2018, but looks to take down at least a dozen annually by the next couple ...

SPCA awarded $50K for new shelter

AMSTERDAM — The Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced it has received $500,000 from the State’s Companion Animal Capital Fund. The MCSPCA will use the funds to build the new animal shelter. The MCSPCA is one of 13 organizations to receive grants during ...

Center for Regional Growth appoints officers, sets goals

By ASHLEY ONYON The Leader-Herald GLOVERSVILLE — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board of Directors appointed officers during the annual organizational meeting and discussed results of a board performance evaluation, setting areas of focus for the coming year. The Board of ...

DA to ‘fast track’ traffic cases

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown wants to launch a Traffic Diversion Program in the county, which would speed along the prosecution of lesser vehicle and traffic offenses clogging the court system. Brown outlined the program in an informational presentation at the ...

Bed bugs found at Gloversville High School

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Enlarged School District officials say there have been five instances in which a single bed bug has been found at the high school this school year in individual incidents that were each addressed according to federal guidelines immediately following the ...

Liberty ARC and Schenectady ARC rally against budget

AMSTERDAM — Liberty ARC and Schenectady ARC individuals advocated for state funding from Gov. Andrew Cuomo for Direct Support Professionals at the #bFair2DirectCare rally on Monday. The rally, which was hosted by Liberty ARC at the Riverfront Center, featured several speakers and ...

Convicted burglar faces 7 years

JOHNSTOWN — A convicted burglar with an extensive criminal background is expected to receive up to seven years in state prison following his guilty plea this week in Fulton County Court. Garrett A. Barnwell, 47, of North Melcher Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday before County Court Judge ...

Committee accepts five-year $4M state grant

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee on Monday voted to formally apply for and accept a five-year, more-than $4 million state grant to be used by the county Public Defender’s Office. The proposed resolution will come before the full board at 1 p.m. ...

Recreation Commission moves forward

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday heard about the Recreation Commission’s efforts to secure support to undertake revitalization projects in city parks and a possible project to overhaul the city basketball court. City Clerk Jennifer Mazur reported during Tuesday’s meeting ...

Company fined for ‘zombie’ properties

GLOVERSVILLE — A mortgage servicing corporation has been fined $100,000 by the state Department of Financial Services for failing to maintain and register two abandoned city properties. DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo announced in a press release the state agency has fined SN Servicing ...

Johnstown Common Council approves agreements

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council approved various agreements at its meeting Tuesday night at City Hall. The council approved a $114,000 contract with the Johnstown Senior Center for all of 2019. Mayor Vern Jackson was authorized and directed to execute a contract payable in three installments ...

Drunk driver pleads guilty

JOHNSTOWN — A city man pleaded guilty Thursday in Fulton County Court to a couple charges, including driving while intoxicated, and is expected to receive up to three years in state prison. John DeFrancis, 30, of Pearl Street, pleaded guilty before County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to one ...

Johnstown Council approves $4, 106 payment

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Tuesday night authorized as a roughly $4,106 city payment for the proposed regional business park’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The city share was approved at City Hall as part of a three-way payment in which the city along with Fulton and ...

Government shutdown impacted Johnstown Public Library

JOHNSTOWN — The federal government shutdown has impacted the evolving Johnstown Public Library. The library at this time has not been able to officially recharter itself as a school district public library without a federal tax identification number through the U.S, Internal Revenue ...

Man killed in snowmobile accident

EPHRATAH — The death of a 27-year-old Johnstown snowmobiler early Saturday is being investigated by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, according to a news release from Sheriff Richard Giardino. Adam Kline was reportedly found by emergency medical personnel lying next to his ...