Local News

Plans stabilize for city building

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials have gotten an update on the condition of a downtown building they took over ownership of earlier this year following a partial collapse. The city was recently able to secure a deal that saw Gloversville take over control of the former Littauer Building at ...

Labor union negotiations begin

JOHNSTOWN — Talks have begun between Fulton County government and its 260-member General Unit union, whose current multi-year deal expires in a few days. “We met with them once,” Johnstown 3rd Ward Supervisor Jack Callery said Thursday. Callery, chairman of the Board of ...

Councilman steps down, takes new board position

GLOVERSVILLE — Tuesday represented a time of changes on the Common Council as Councilman-at-Large James Robinson sat in on his last meeting. Tuesday was declared as James H. Robinson day in the city by the mayor and council. Robinson decided to step down from the council this year, but ...

Allen House nears completion

GLOVERSVILLE — Fulton-Montgomery Community College is on track to take over ownership of the Allen House next month. During the Dec. 22 board of trustees meeting, College President Dustin Swanger said the college is expected to take over the building on Jan. 23. Ground was broken on the ...

Five to be sworn in Jan. 1

JOHNSTOWN — Five city government leaders, including Mayor Vern Jackson, will be sworn in for new four-year terms at the Common Council’s organizational meeting at noon Monday at City Hall. The traditional New Year’s Day meeting will include a host of personnel items in the council ...

Counties offer up warming stations

With frigid conditions forecast for the area for the next several days, emergency management personnel in Fulton and Montgomery counties are reminding the public about available warming shelters. According to the office of Fulton County Civil Defense-Fire Coordinator Steve Santa Maria, such ...

Pets need to be protected from weather

GLOVERSVILLE — Although most animals have fur or feathers to help keep them warm; and some prefer to be outside, pets and other animals need to be kept warm and be protected during the harsh winter weather. According to The Humane Society of the United States, wind chill is dangerous to ...

Mayor: $300K sewer bill will be paid

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown Mayor Vern Jackson said Wednesday that an outstanding $300,000 sewer payment owed by the city should be resolved in early 2018. “It will be paid,” Jackson said. Both the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown make periodic payments to the Gloversville-Johnstown ...

GHA eyes kitchen renovations

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority is looking to make improvements to kitchens in at least one entire building next year. Frank DeSantis, temporary building maintenance supervisor, said there will be contract going on to replace all the countertops in Dubois Gardens, the ...

County warns about fires

JOHNSTOWN — The National Weather Service in Albany is predicting bitter cold weather into at least the middle of next week. With the bitter cold comes an increased risk of home heating fires, according to a news release from the Fulton County Office of Civil Defense and Fire Coordinator ...

Stop-DWI free taxi rides set for New Year’s Eve

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Traffic Safety Board will again sponsor a New Year’s Eve Free Taxi Ride Program, which runs late Sunday into early Monday throughout the county. “They’re offering it again,” board Chairwoman Margaret Luck said Wednesday. The program has been run for ...

Tank removal stalled until spring

JOHNSTOWN — In the month since the city rejected bids as too expensive for tank removal on a city property, officials decided to wait until spring to resolve the issue. Three bids received for removal of underground storage tanks at the city-owned, former Hi-Way Oil Inc. property were ...

Frigid weather moves into area

Anyone living in upstate New York knows just how bipolar the weather can be, especially during the winter. There could be a snowstorm giving 12 inches of snow within a day, and then the sun comes out melting all of it. Or there could be freezing rain with high winds following the snowstorm ...

From out of the flames

FONDA — Even though the fire that occurred in March at Fonda-Fultonville United Methodist Church burned the church to the ground and devastated the community, the congregation of 30 to 35 members are remaining strong. Since the fire occurred, the congregation has been meeting at Glen Town ...

City explores parking ban

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are still looking for a solution to parking tractor trailers, recreational vehicles and utility trailers in the city. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, city officials discussed a proposal to ban all tractor trailers, utility trailers and recreational ...

Man arrested for alleged assault

MAYFIELD — A 25-year-old man spent Christmas in jail after allegedly leaving bruises on his four-year-old son Christmas Eve, then attempted to strangle his wife when she went to go visit relatives on Christmas. State police said Chris Beougher, of Mayfield, was charged following a couple ...

Holiday match sets new record

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Holiday Match program has raised $1.89 million for local children’s organizations, setting a record for the fourth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated $945,000 to the program, which is ...

FMCC nursing program off to good start

GLOVERSVILLE — Around 100 people so far have shown interest in the new licensed practical nursing program started between Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Maria College. FMCC President Dustin Swanger said during Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting that he is excited about the ...

Residents speak out against plant

GLEN — Residents came together Thursday night during the town of Glen Planning Board meeting to speak out against the Lystek plant, a waste treatment technology company based in Canada. Representatives of the Lystek company were also there at the meeting, but did not make any comments, nor ...

Two sentenced in county court

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who sold cocaine in that city was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison. Mazell A. York, 24, of 68 Spring St., was sentenced by Judge Louise K. Sira, as part of a plea arrangement. He also received two years post-release ...