Local News

Broadalbin prepares to open beach

BROADALBIN — For the first time since 2010, the town beach will be open starting on July 1. Supervisor Sheila Perry made the announcement during the town board’s meeting on Tuesday that she received a phone call from the Department of Environmental Conservation Attorney Scott Abrahamson ...

City moves forward in Brownfield clean-ups

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday took several steps to further plans aimed at cleaning up former industrial areas across the city and a deteriorating former glove company building located in a residential neighborhood. The Common Council approved a resolution authorizing the ...

Gloversville School Board approves administrative restructuring

GLOVERSVILLE — Plans to restructure the administrative team overseeing the Gloversville Enlarged School District are underway following the approval by the Board of Education on Monday for the creation of a new position in the special education department and the movement of a curriculum ...

Survey of Johnstown Police Dept. shows room for some improvement

JOHNSTOWN — A survey of the Johnstown Police Department by Fulton-Montgomery Community College students found less than half the respondents were “satisfied” with the presence of the department in their community. City police Chief David Gilbo announced in March that the Johnstown Police ...

Trial focuses on body, witnesses

JOHNSTOWN — The man who discovered the body of Michaela MacVilla took the stand on Monday in Fulton County Court in front of Judge Polly Hoye as the trial against Daniel Nellis for the alleged murder of the St. Johnsville woman continued. MacVilla, who was reported missing on Sept. 25, was ...

Supervisors drop quest for eminent domain plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors decided strongly Monday not to pursue eminent domain proceedings to obtain town of Johnstown land owned by the late Robert Bowe for the county’s Hales Mills Development Area project. The board voted 17-0, with three absences, at the County ...

Workshop held to promote watercraft safety

AMSTERDAM — Kevin O’Flattery was riding personal watercraft in his younger days but said the speed and power of watercraft nowadays has put those craft in the lead for head trauma and vessel-to-vessel collisions. Traveling at 50 miles per hour or more, and sometimes having 500 horsepower ...

Gloversville Common Council to conduct public hearing today

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council will conduct public hearings today at 6 p.m. at City Hall on a pair of proposed ordinances seeking to modify city code to clarify the term “kennel” and to reintroduce provisions limiting the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling in the city ...

District honors outgoing board and staff

JOHNSTOWN — The Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education honored nine district staff retirees and three outgoing board members Thursday night at Johnstown High School. Superintendent Patricia Kilburn had those 2018-19 retirees in attendance come up and accept a certificate and ...

Phase two of building project winding down

JOHNSTOWN — The second and final phase of the Fulton County Office Building’s extensive renovation project — on the Family Court side — has basically wound down. County Planning Director Scott Henze recently told the Board of Supervisors’ Public Works Committee that all concrete ...

Johnstown High School’s top 10

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown High School’s top 10 students for the class of 2019 are: Emily Wheelis Emily Wheelis, the daughter of Wendy and Chris Wheelis, is the Johnstown High School class of 2019 valedictorian. She is president of the Science Club, co-president and captain of ...

Wells names top two students

WELLS — The valedictorian and salutatorian have been named for this year’s class at Wells Central School. Coby Stuart, son of William and Sandy Stuart, has been named valedictorian. Stuart is a member of the National Honor Society, band and chorus and participates on the varsity soccer, ...

Nellis’ phone, MacVilla’s phone ‘pinged’ together

JOHNSTOWN — The trial against Daniel Nellis for the alleged murder of Michaela MacVilla continued in Fulton County Court on Friday where dispatch records, recordings from 911 calls and witness accounts were introduced showing that Nellis made multiple 911 calls the morning of MacVilla’s ...

FMCC honors area HS seniors

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton Montgomery Community College and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services hosted the fourth annual student recognition dinner on June 3, honoring nearly 60 outstanding seniors from area high schools. Having been continually impressed by the ...

Our new Fulton County Alms House pleased the inspector

As revealed in a previous article, late 1890s state inspectors were aghast at conditions in the old 19th Century Fulton County poor house, and they literally strong-armed the supervisors into building the new Fulton County Alms House, which functioned from circa 1901 until closing in 1961. ...

Eminent domain gives rise to citizens group

JOHNSTOWN — The eminent domain issue that arose over a late town of Johnstown veteran’s property has spawned a new citizens group — the Fulton County Agricultural Development Agency. The FCADA, led by founding member and organic farmer Matt Ebert, wants to be a direct challenge to the ...

Historical tours and strawberries make ideal start to Rice Homestead season

MAYFIELD — The historic Rice Homestead is like a map of history. Though its first building in a family farm was constructed in 1790 by Oliver Rice and was later expanded, the Mayfield Historical Society has decorated and furnished each room to reflect different periods in the nearly 200 ...

N.Y. Outdoor Writers plan trip

JOHNSTOWN — The New York Outdoor Writers Association is planning to make its fourth trip to Fulton County in spring 2020. Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Tourism Director Gina DaBiere-Gibbs noted the visit during her recent report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ ...

Board to set FMCC budget hearing

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors will set a public hearing date on the proposed 2019-2020 Fulton-Montgomery Community College budget at its meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the County Office Building. The board will set a hearing on a proposed $17.2 million college operating ...

Odyssey of the Mind teams excel at Worlds

JOHNSTOWN — Odyssey of the Mind teams from two Fulton County school districts did excellent in the recent 40th annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Michigan. Teams from the Greater Johnstown School District and Broadalbin-Perth Central School District competed May 22 through 25 at ...