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Marketing campaign in the works

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County plans to implement two marketing campaigns in 2018 recommended in September by three visiting site selectors, an official said. Fulton County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Mraz outlined the planned marketing for his board last week at the ...

FMCC opens doors for hurricane-affected

JOHNSTOWN —Fulton-Montgomery Community College will be joining other State University of New York institutions in offering in-state tuition rates to those affected by two Caribbean hurricanes earlier this year. During Thursday’s meeting the FMCC Board of Trustees agreed to offer in-state ...

Overcoming difficult odds

GLOVERSVILLE — Back in 2015, Joseph E. Smith was down, but he refused to be out. At 47 he faced a tough challenge. He was laid off from his job, didn’t have a high school diploma, and wanted to get back into the workforce. “When you don’t have a high school diploma, the door is ...

Holiday parade held

AMSTERDAM — The sidewalks were virtually packed from Schuyler Street to Wall Street along the route of the hour-long 13th annual Halloween parade sponsored Saturday afternoon by city Elks Lodge 101. “We want to satisfy the young people for Halloween,” said Fran Sikorski, coordinator of ...

Two sentenced to jail time

JOHNSTOWN — Robbery and drinking and driving cases last week in Fulton County Court resulted in a pair of defendants being sentenced each to one year in the county jail. Jennifer L. Yudin, 36, of 19 E. Fulton St., Gloversville, was sentenced Oct. 16 by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to ...

Area woman learns the art of dog sled mushing

PERTH — When Kate Walrath has a harness in her hand, her dogs start “jumping, barking and howling.” “They’re very excited,” she said. That’s because she and they are trained in the art of mushing—traveling by dog power. Ten years ago, Walrath, owner of Run By Dogs at 3832 ...

Allen House nearing final phase

JOHNSTOWN — Progress is moving along swiftly on the new Allen House building at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. College President Dustin Swanger said the new building is expected to be completed on Jan. 29. “Now that it is halfway under construction you kind of get a sense of what ...

Poet uses words to connect with students

GLOVERSVILLE — In his junior year in a Toronto high school, Wali Shah’s teacher pulled him aside when she noticed he was unengaged during a section on William Shakespeare. Speaking with him in the hallway, Shah said she asked him where the richest place on earth was. Shah said he ...

FallFest sees large turnout Saturday

GLOVERSVILLE — Children were nonstop at the annual FallFest at the Rail Trail Park Saturday. When kids weren’t running races or involved in contests, they were making their own fun throwing footballs, kicking beach balls or chasing bubbles—or just chasing after each other. The big ...

Drug dealer found guilty

JOHNSTOWN — A Fulton County jury on Friday afternoon found a Gloversville crack cocaine dealer guilty of two felonies, and he now faces a maximum of 12 years in state prison. Shamar J. Sumpter, 34, of 37 Fifth Ave., Apartment 2, was convicted on charges of third-degree criminal sale of a ...

Public hearing set for tax exemptions

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing on a request by Gloversville-based Century Linen & Uniform to seek $724,800 in sales tax exemption benefits. The request is in conjunction with Century’s expansion move to the Johnstown ...

Bid process underway for former gas station

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday approved seeking bids for construction services for closure of underground storage tanks at the former Hi-Way Oil Inc. property, which the city owns. The state Department of Environmental Conservation is requiring that the tanks at 237 North Perry ...

Taylor Made shows off company

GLOVERSVILLE — Local politicians and business leaders went on a grand tour through Taylor Made led by the president of Taylor Made, David S. Karpinski. Karpinski showed them everything there is to know about Taylor Made, their products and how they’re made. Karpinski began with a ...

Local student studies abroad

CANAJOHARIE — Some people will go all the way around the world to learn more about saving animals – Morgan Gray is one of those people, according to a news release. This summer, Gray, 21, of Canajoharie, a senior at the State University at Oneonta, spent three weeks in Thailand helping ...

New course takes students out of the classroom and into nature

BROADALBIN — Broadalbin-Perth’s Adirondack Humanities class had an adventurous day as they hiked their way up Kane Mountain along with local author, Heidi Sprouse, on Wednesday. The class is taught by Dan Simonds and Tony Mucilli. The class has recently read Sprouse’s novel, ...

Electrical cord caused blaze

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Fire Department has released more information about a Friday morning fire that sent two residents to a Syracuse burn unit. According to the Gloversville Fire Department, three occupants of a two-family home at 25 Grand St. were rescued by police and ...

Two city positions open for resumes

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson said this week he is seeking resumes to replace two city department heads who will retire by the end of the year. At the end of Monday’s Common Council meeting at City Hall, the mayor spoke up about the pending departures of Johnstown Senior Citizens Center ...

Johnstown gets $100K grant for new bridge

JOHNSTOWN — The city has received its promised $100,000 grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York to go toward building a new Miller Street bridge, City Engineer Christopher Vose said Friday. The overall project is slated to be done inhouse by the city Department of Public ...

GHA considers agency for Sec. 8 program

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority is looking at possibly renewing a contract with a Saratoga Springs-based agency that administers their Section 8 housing voucher program. During Wednesday’s meeting, the board of commissioners had James E. Mastrianni of JEM Inc. come to ...

Officials get update on county airport’s pending master plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Board received a briefing on the Fulton County Airport’s master plan update Tuesday at the Fort Johnstown Annex. The county recently submitted to the Federal Aviation Administration its annual Airport Capital Improvement Plan. All of the near-term ...