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Speakers bring up 2020-21 budget

JOHNSTOWN — Three out of four public speakers at the recent Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education meeting had the upcoming budget on their mind. Speakers included John Sagan of Linden Avenue, who noted he spoke last fall to the board about trying to find savings in health ...

Family in need of help after fire

BROADALBIN — A family in the village is seeking donations after losing their childhood home and pets after structure fire occurred at the home on March 1. According to a statement made by the Broadalbin-Kennyetto Fire Company on its Facebook page, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the fire ...

Two cases of self-quarantine in area

JOHNSTOWN — At least two Fulton County residents are in a “self-quarantine” situation from the coronavirus, county Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria said this morning. But no confirmed cases are being reported yet in the county. “Last I knew, it was two ...

Officials: Death in Root ‘not criminal’

ROOT — The Saturday death of a 48-year-old woman was determined not criminal in nature after police discovered the person who called 911 to have allegedly violated an order of protection. Charles Gray was charged by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies with second-degree criminal ...

Two buses sought for GJSD

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District will be asking voters to approve using reserves to purchase two $114,071 school buses during its annual budget vote May 19. The Board of Education on Thursday at Johnstown High School approved a proposed proposition on the ballot for ...

Lawsuit filed over fall at store

JOHNSTOWN — Two civil lawsuits were recently filed in state Supreme Court in Johnstown alleging negligence after falls at stores. Sandra Frank of 41 Hamilton St., Gloversville, on Feb. 18 filed a complaint against Dollar Tree Inc. of Chesapeake, Va. and MXW Holding Corp. of Albany. ...

Sergeant promoted to lieutenant

FULTONVILLE — A position at the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office that has been vacant since August has been filled by one of its members, who is getting a promotion to the position. Moving up into the position of patrol lieutenant from sergeant is Michael J. Lewis, according to a news ...

Code Blue shelter opens in Gloversville

GLOVERSVILLE — Despite a relatively mild winter, a new code blue shelter that opened in the city less than two weeks ago has already opened its doors to welcome members of the local homeless population in out of the cold on eight nights. The code blue shelter, located at 33 Bleecker St., ...

Conviction upheld in the ‘Stratford 22’ case

ALBANY — A state appellate court has rejected the appeal filed by a Stratford man, who was convicted of aggravated animal cruelty after authorities found multiple dead dogs and emaciated canines on his property. Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown sent a news release Friday that ...

Missing Saratoga man found deceased inside his vehicle in Broadablin

BROADALBIN — The Fulton County Sheriff's Office has announced that a Saratoga Springs man reported missing on Thursday has been found deceased in his vehicle. The sheriff's office said in a news release that Michael J. McNaughton, 79, was found in his vehicle, which was partially submerged ...

Dale Trumbull is the new water superintendent in Johnstown

By MICHAEL ANICH The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — Former Gloversville Department of Public Works Director Dale Trumbull will start Monday as the city of Johnstown’s new water superintendent. The city Water Board voted Thursday night to hire Trumbull to a four-year term to be the top ...

Fulton County considers being a ‘Purple Heart County’

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is poised to proclaim the county a “Purple Heart County” at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building. Prior to the designation, state Assemblyman Robert Smullen is due to address the board about the significance of the ...

Strategies for late season ice fishing

This ice fishing season has been a tough one for area anglers. The sporadic weather and thin ice on the bigger lakes has made access tough and, in some cases, dangerous. However, the late February cold snap tightened up the deep-water lakes and made for some outstanding fishing. As this ...

GJSD eyes repurposing Knox

JOHNSTOWN — A dozen years ago, the Greater Johnstown School District taught its students in six buildings. That figure could be cut in half by this fall. The Board of Education on Thursday night — in a non-binding, straw vote — agreed 7-1 to hold an upcoming public hearing on a bold new ...

Chase suspect facing more charges

AMSTERDAM — One of the passengers allegedly involved in the police chase that occurred on Tuesday has also been charged with conspiracy in an unrelated incident. Destanee Gilchrist, 24, of 32 William St., who is facing drug charges from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office following a ...

Housing complex design changing

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Friendship House, a drug and alcohol abuse treatment facility, is changing the design of it’s planned affordable housing complex off North Perry Street from a two-story “concept” to a three-story one. David D’Amore, an architect for C.T. Male Associates, ...

Red Cross to hold ‘Sound the Alarm’

AMSTERDAM — Through initiatives such as the Home Fire Campaign, The American Red Cross is working to help prevent lives lost in tragic house fires. With the goal to save hundreds of lives by installing 100,000 free smoke alarms nationwide, Red Cross volunteers are partnering up with the ...

Planning board resumes solar project review

GLOVERSVILLE — The city Planning Board on Tuesday resumed its review of a subdivision application seeking to divide the former Pine Brook Golf Club on South Main Street into four parcels. The resulting center parcel is eyed for the development of a solar farm, requiring additional board ...

Fulton County Restaurant Week starts Saturday

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County Restaurant Week will begin Saturday, with special menus and prices ranging from $10.20 for lunch to $20.20 for dinner. The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is “aggressively” promoting 2020 Fulton County Restaurant Week, and numerous restaurants ...

Did Stefanik violate ethics rules with video links?

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Laker lodged an ethics complaint in December accusing U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign of using House floor footage improperly for campaign reasons. The complaint is under review by the Office of Congressional Ethics. Stefanik’s Democratic opponent in the ...