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Annual auction deemed success

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government’s annual tax-delinquent property auction Wednesday went well, with about 80 properties sold, county officials said. The event — run by Pleasant Valley-based NYSAuctions.com at the Holiday Inn — seemed to go smooth. “Initially, everything looks ...

One last dance along stage for Wells graduating class of 2019

WELLS — Dancing along the stage one last time were the students of the Wells Central School graduating class of 2019 who moved their tassels from the right to the left on Friday night. The close-knit class of 17 students, who spent the last several years together building friendships, had ...

SUNY approves acting president

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday announced that the State University of New York Board of Trustees signed off on the appointment of Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs Gregory Truckenmiller as acting college president beginning in ...

City Water Board again seeks water superintendent

JOHNSTOWN — After an unsuccessful search earlier this year to hire a city water superintendent, the city Water Board is trying a second time. “We are advertising it again,” board Acting President John Swierzowski said Friday. The board is also not accepting the city’s help is trying ...

Police release name of victim; continue to investigate attack

AMSTERDAM — Police are continuing to investigate the attack that left a man dead on Lefferts Street in Amsterdam Wednesday night, according to a news release. The victim in that attack is now identified as 37 year-old Michael C. Cable of 17 Lefferts St. 1st floor. On Wednesday at 10:31 ...

City to resolve EMS unit contract issues

JOHNSTOWN — The city must resolve some issues regarding revenue recovery contractor Certified Ambulance Group Inc.’s new contract involving the Johnstown Fire EMS unit, Mayor Vern Jackson reported Monday. Jackson told the Common Council at City Hall that the firm emailed him recently ...

County holds ‘Jeans Day’ to raise funds for Cribs for Kids initiative

FONDA — Earlier this month, Montgomery County employees showed their support for St. Mary’s Healthcare’s Cribs for Kids initiative by raising funds through a “Jeans Day.” The county raised $370 for the Cribs for Kids initiative by having a day in which employees paid to wear jeans. ...

Guilty!

JOHNSTOWN — After two weeks of hearing witnesses testify, seeing items of evidence, and approximately eight hours of deliberating, the Fulton County Court jury reached a verdict Thursday finding Daniel Nellis guilty of killing Michaela MacVilla. The jury found Nellis guilty on all charges ...

Prank 911 call locks down Park Terrace Elementary

GLOVERSVILLE — Park Terrace Elementary School was placed on lockdown for over an hour on Thursday morning after a phone call was made to 911 from a classroom in the building. The Gloversville Police Department initiated the lockdown procedure at 10:05 a.m. and area law enforcement agencies ...

Murder in Amsterdam being investigated

AMSTERDAM — City police are investigating the homicide of a 37-year-old man who was found dead at his residence at 17 Lefferts St. The 37-year-old was found by his girlfriend. Police are not releasing any names at this time. Detective Joseph Spencer with the Amsterdam Police Department ...

Harper new Mayfield superintendent

MAYFIELD — Mayfield Central School District named Christopher Harper as its new superintendent on Tuesday. “I am honored and humbled to be selected to lead the Mayfield Central School District,” Harper said. “I look forward to working with the board, staff, students and community. I ...

Several challenges in Montgomery County primary

FONDA — Montgomery County voters will decide several primaries Tuesday, including an Independence Party primary for mayor of Amsterdam. Voters will take to the polls from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday around the county. No Democratic primaries are scheduled. Normally, Primary Day is in ...

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

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 where several BOCES programs are ...

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 ...