Local News

County to sell tractor to city of Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Highway and Facilities Department is selling a tandem tractor to the city of Johnstown. Department Superintendent Mark Yost recently informed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee the city was the only bidder for a piece of county equipment. He ...

Local teen deemed hero after fire rescue

PALATINE BRIDGE — A local teen is being deemed a hero following a fire that burned a family of 10's home on July 27. Miles Lapi, who was staying overnight with the family the night of the fire, broke a second-story window in the home and jumped out, along with Mary and April Kwiatkowski. ...

Paradise Ranch rodeo draws hundreds

CAROGA — With the Paradise Ranch rodeo returning to Caroga for the first time in 17 years, cars were parked up and down the road and hundreds of spectators, cowboys and cowgirls filled the ranch. The rodeo featured bull riding, barrel racing, break-away roping, sheep riding, dollar catch, ...

Concrete poured for entrance of Fulton County Office Building

JOHNSTOWN — Concrete was poured Monday for the new Fulton County Office Building front stairs and ramp, part of the building’s $500,000 facelift that continues this summer downtown. R&B Construction LLC of Amsterdam poured the concrete for the major construction project, which isn’t ...

CRG courts international business

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has been courting international business, according to a report given to county legislators. CRG President and CEO Ronald Peters gave a report Wednesday to the Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development Committee that touched on ...

CMK joins Howard Hanna

AMSTERDAM — Area residents will soon be seeing a new brand of real estate sign throughout the region as local real estate company CMK and Associates has been acquired by Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. The deal, which went into effect on July 24, makes the local company a part of the third ...

FC marketing campaign launched: “The Capital Region’s New Frontier”

JOHNSTOWN — Officials recently launched a marketing campaign for Fulton County with the theme, “The Capital Region’s New Frontier.” County Planning Director Scott Henze said the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency previously submitted a grant to National Grid and $100,000 was ...

Summer, a time to prep for fall hunting season

Summer is normally thought of as a time for picnics, fishing on the lakes, camping, and family vacations; not necessarily for preparing for this coming fall’s deer season. However, preparation and scouting now can mean early success and getting that trophy buck. For me and many others, ...

Starlings, chickadees and hummingbirds; oh, my!

Just right outside my bedroom window are six different bird feeders. One is filled with sunflower seeds, one with a suet cake, one with thistle seed, then a bell-shaped hanging seed sculpture and two hummingbird feeders.  The thistle feeder, in theory, was supposed to attract goldfinches, ...

Pet ambulance to help animals in need

GLOVERSVILLE — A city woman has opened a new ambulance service to support animals facing emergency situations. After spending more than 30 years caring for animals, city resident Elizabeth Martinovic founded Adirondack Pet Emergency Transportation Services which provides transportation for ...

Man sentenced for striking an infant

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment last month for assaulting a two-month-old boy was sentenced in Fulton County Court as part of a plea agreement. Marcus E. Ralbovsky, 29, of 5 Alexander St., Gloversville, was sentenced to six months in ...

FAA wants some trees removed at airport

JOHNSTOWN — The Federal Aviation Administration has identified “tree obstructions” on Fulton County Airport property that must be removed. County Planning Director Scott Henze informed the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee Monday that the FAA “threatened” the county it ...

Landfill project up and running

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County landfill’s $5.4 million expansion project — begun in spring 2017 — is finished and the new area is now being utilized. David Rhodes, county Department of Solid Waste deputy director of operations, updated the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee ...

Northville church gets $2k construction grant

NORTHVILLE — St. Francis of Assisi Church in the village was awarded a $2,000 Sacred Sites Grant from the New York Landmarks Conservancy. According to a press release, St. Francis of Assisi Church was among the 21 Sacred Site Grants being awarded. The grants went to historic religious ...

From the ashes, Palatine family begins anew

PALATINE BRIDGE — Local communities, families, businesses and first responders have all come together in support of the family displaced by a fire that broke out at their home at 555 Brower Road last week and destroyed it, along with everything they owned. “The community’s outreach has ...

Johnstown police capture alleged burglar

JOHNSTOWN — A city man with an extensive criminal record — who led police on a nearly 90-minute search through various city neighborhoods —was arrested Thursday in connection with an attempted house burglary. A city police news release indicated Garrett A. Barnwell, 47, of 22 S. Melcher ...

Glove presents ‘101 Dalmatians KIDS’

GLOVERSVILLE — The Glove Theatre Performing Arts Center will present four performances of “Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS,” directed by Jennifer Flynn this weekend featuring a cast of 90 local students today at 3 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. “I’ve ...

Annual block party tonight

JOHNSTOWN — Food, music and fun are being guaranteed at the 16th Annual South William Street Block Party set to start at 5 p.m. today on that street. The event is hosted by Partner’s Pub and Grill, 21 S. William St., and is held in a blocked off area near the establishment. A stage area ...

Convicted thief sentenced to prison

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man involved in a stolen property case was sentenced recently in Fulton County Court to two to four years in state prison. Andrew S. Rutauskas, 31, of 43 Grove St., was sentenced July 23 by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to the prison time, as a second felony ...

Plans to draw water from Great Sacandaga Lake hit snag

JOHNSTOWN — Officials said Wednesday that Fulton County has no immediate plans at this time to pursue a project to draw useable water from the Great Sacandaga Lake, which would cost $24 million and 10 years to complete. Details of a potential SMART Waters project on the lake were related at ...