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Woman beats dog to death

BLEECKER — A woman was arrested Saturday after killing a dog and stabbing a man during a family offense in the town. Rebecca J. Wesson, 56, was arrested at 8:20 p.m. at 150 County Highway 112 in the town of Bleecker. A Fulton County Sheriff’s Department release said she was charged with ...

Heroin dealer gets 4 years prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Syracuse man who local police and federal authorities said sold heroin in the area was sentenced last week in Fulton County Court to four years in state prison. Edwin Montanez, 21, of 199 Hood Ave., was sentenced Dec. 13 by County Court Judge Louise K. Sira, as part of a plea ...

End-of-year contracts approved

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors approved numerous year-end contracts last week at the County Office Building. Among items authorized was the awarding of bids for foodstuffs and other supplies for use in the Fulton County Jail. “This is our four-month allocation,” ...

Local cheer group competes for title

GLOVERSVILLE — Two of the five cheer teams of the local gym in Gloversville, Twin City Twisters, cheered their way to New Jersey for their first cheer competition of the season on Sunday. The two teams were the senior level one team and the senior level two team. Both teams placed in the ...

Art plus technology equals STEAM

FONDA — At first you would have thought Kathleen Hallam-Bushek’s fourth-grade art class at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School was a science class. She asked the students to describe what launching a rocket into space involves—a simplified physics question. Once they had the basics ...

Council holds back on terms

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council has decided not to move forward with a proposal to extend some appointed position terms out to four years. The council was scheduled to vote on a local law that would have made the deputy commissioner of finance, city clerk, deputy city clerk, city ...

Gloversville’s police department gets five-year accreditation status

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Police Department has finalized its accreditation process. Police Chief Marc Porter said during Tuesday’s Common Council meeting accreditation has been around for police agencies in New York since the 1990s. The department was previously fully accredited ...

A Civil War Christmas through letters

AMSTERDAM — The Christmas of 1860 had its festivities, but it was also a time of foreboding, in both North and South. “By 1860, many worried about civil unrest, fearful this Christmas would be the last before the outbreak of war,” Wanda Burch told her audience during a presentation on ...

School bus collision, 11 students safe

JOHNSTOWN — The driver of a car that collided with a Wheelerville Union Free School District bus about 3:15 p.m. Friday was taken to St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam for a possible left wrist fracture and some bruises, according to the county sheriff’s department. Kathleen Barker of ...

Waterline extension still null

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County officials this week discussed an unresolved issue from September involving which of the two Glove Cities the county will explore doing a waterline extension project with. The Board of Supervisors in September tabled a resolution to prepare cost estimates to extend ...

Berkshire community bestowed designation

JOHNSTOWN — The New York State Department of Transportation has recently put up signs to help with identifying the Berkshire community located in the town of Johnstown. A total of four signs have been put up throughout the community. Michael Gendron, who grew up in Berkshire and attended ...

Collecting toys for local children

JOHNSTOWN — The Clerical Union of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Educational Support Personnel, collected toys for FMCC’s Toys for Tots toy drive and for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.  Both programs provide toys for children who usually have to go without Christmas ...

Local law agencies to participate in holiday season DWI crackdown

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown and STOP DWI Coordinator Amanda Nellis announced Fulton County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. “While we spend this holiday season celebrating with friends and ...

Colleges partner, form LPN program

JOHNSTOWN —A joint weekend licensed practical nurse training program has been launched by Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Maria College in Albany. More than 50 interested people attended FM information sessions Thursday given by representatives from both schools. The program will ...

Coach gets porn charge

AMSTERDAM — A Hagaman man has been charged with possessing child pornography along with other charges relating to crimes against children according to state police. John D. Salisbury, 46, was charged with promoting a sexual performance of a child, possessing a sexual performance by a ...

Student VIP lounge reinstated

GLOVERSVILLE —Middle School students in the Gloversville Enlarged School district now have an extra incentive for doing their best with a special new place to have lunch. Principal Mark Batty announced during Monday’s Board of Education meeting that the middle school has brought back the ...

Eco-contest rewards knowledge

Caroga Lake — Conservation Field Day contest winners were honored at an awards ceremony held Dec. 6 at Wheelerville Union Free School. Twenty-three fifth- and sixth-graders received certificates, ribbons, and prizes for their essays and posters composed on the theme “Conserving Hamilton ...

Zeke finds forever home for holiday

GLOVERSVILLE — More than two years after he was found dirty, underweight and afraid on Third Avenue in the city, Zeke the dog has found his forever home. During their holiday party on Saturday, Regional Animal Shelter Director Renee Earl announced that Zeke would be staying with Heather ...

Tedisco targeted in identity theft scheme

ALBANY — Sen. Jim Tedisco recently fell victim to the Equifax breech, which for him resulted in hackers trying to steal his identity. The Republican Senator said the process of stopping fraudulent activity was not only daunting, but time consuming and stressful. He is now taking that ...

Let the festivities begin

Sen. Jim Tedisco, right, joined Mayfield Mayor Jamie Ward, second from right, with others to welcome Santa and Mrs. Claus for the village of Mayfield’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony Thursday.