Local News

U-Haul proposes $15M facility

FONDA — The Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday night voted to approve U-Haul International’s plan to build a $15 million 68,000-square-foot climate-controlled storage facility/retail location on the Perth Road portion of Route 30 in the town of Amsterdam. Russ Dumas, executive ...

Bacon Fest set for Oct. 7

GLOVERSVILLE — Nothing can wrong with bacon. Planning is ongoing for the Oct. 7 Bacon Jam festival in downtown. Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings told the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Board on Friday that she has been busy securing vendors and musicians for the ...

Board tidies up paperwork issues

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education conducted a special meeting Thursday night to mainly solidify personnel at the top of the district’s administration for coming years. “We set up a different model,” Superintendent Patricia Kilburn said Friday. The ...

Man escapes, turns self in

FONDA — The prisoner who escaped from the custody of Montgomery County sheriff's deputies that initiated a search involving K-9s and helicopters, as well as dozens of officers Thursday, has turned himself in. The sheriff’s department issued a news release that indicated Boyd Wells, 18, ...

$100K grant to improve airport set

JOHNSTOWN — The federal government has approved a grant to design a $100,000 project to improve all the lighting at the Fulton County Airport, county Planning Director James Mraz said Wednesday. Mraz made his announcement during a review of “open” capital projects at the Board of ...

Woman jailed after 2 kids found alone

GLOVERSVILLE — A city mother is facing charges after city police said she left her young children to walk home alone so she could go to a bar. Kayla M. Trickler, 30, of 43 West St. was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled ...

Man pleads in city drug case

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man accused of selling cocaine at least three times in that city is headed to state prison for four years. Mazell A. York, 24, of 68 Spring St., pleaded guilty in Fulton County Court before Judge Louise K. Sira on July 21 to one felony count of third-degree ...

City to make accident-prone intersection into 4-way stop

GLOVERSVILLE — The city is looking to make the intersection of Lincoln and West Streets into an all-way stop. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, police Chief Marc Porter said he has recommended the intersection be altered on or before Sept. 1. The city is also looking to ...

Officials look to stripe Kingsboro

GLOVERSVILLE — City officials are hopeful Fulton County will be able to stripe South Kingsboro Avenue before the end of the summer. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull told the council that he has been in touch with Fulton County DPW ...

Escaped prisoner caught

FONDA — The prisoner who escaped from the custody of Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies Thursday has been caught, according to the Montgomery County Emergency Management Department. A message that went out via Twitter and a Facebook status update from Montgomery County Emergency ...

County unveils $12.5M capital plan

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government on Wednesday unveiled a proposed $12.5 million county capital plan for 2018, including a $914,571 project to improve vital emergency 911 communications. The Board of Supervisors’ Capital Projects Committee met for the first time this year at the County ...

Police looking for escaped prisoner

FONDA — Several high-ranking Montgomery County officials have confirmed that the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the New York state police are looking for a county prisoner named Boyd Wells who escaped from the Montgomery County Courthouse earlier today. A "hyper-reach" reverse 911 ...

City sets approval for alcohol

GLOVERSVILLE — City events will be able to serve alcohol for sample or sale with the proper permits and licenses following a decision by the Common Council on Tuesday. The council voted to approve a resolution that altered the city code chapter on special events to allow public events on ...

Mayor considering GHA options

GLOVERSVILLE — Mayor Dayton King said he is not ready to appoint anyone to the board of commissioners at the Gloversville Housing Authority. During Tuesday’s Common Council meeting, King told the council and public that he has not yet found anyone he thinks would be a good fit for the ...

21-year fire dept. veteran retiring

JOHNSTOWN — A pending city fire department retirement was noted by Mayor Vern Jackson at the Common Council meeting last week at City Hall. In his report to the council, Jackson said he received a letter from Fire Chief Bruce Heberer that one of the department’s four assistant chiefs was ...

County approves $125K loan from IDA to local business

FONDA — The Montgomery County Legislature Tuesday voted to authorize a $125,000 Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency loan to the TES Corporation and New Process Cleaners to enable the dry cleaning company to purchase the former Hotaling Florist building in the city of ...

City man charged with arson

GLOVERSVILLE — A city man has been charged following what city police and fire officials are calling an arson at a downtown church. Mitchell S. Swart, 32, of 15 Second Ave., Apartment 1, was charged with third-degree arson, third-degree burglary and second-degree escape on Tuesday. ...

County sees sales tax revenue drop

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County’s sales tax came in slightly lower for the second quarter — the reverse of several other regional counties that saw gains. Fulton County was one of only nine of New York state’s 62 counties that saw a sales tax decrease for the quarter. “It just concerns ...

Funds for fair ‘Youth Days’ in limbo

FONDA — After debating on where the funding should come from, the Montgomery County Legislature decided not to vote on a resolution that would have given $15,000 to promote “Youth Days” at the Fonda Fair. Discussion of the funding resolution began Tuesday night with District 1 ...

Mall owners seek lower taxes

JOHNSTOWN — Owners of the Johnstown Mall earlier this month filed legal action against the city to get the mall’s assessment lowered by $2.5 million. Johnstown Comrie Associates LLC of King Of Prussia, Pa. on July 5 in state Supreme Court in Johnstown filed court papers. Filed was a ...