Local News

Department wish list includes firetruck

JOHNSTOWN — Mayor Vern Jackson recently put out a “wish list” opportunity for city departments to impart their needs for the coming year, but at least one department may not have to wish too hard. It recently came out during a Common Council report that city Fire Department Chief Bruce ...

Town at impasse over $14K water bill

JOHNSTOWN — Town officials did not continue with discussions during their regular meeting on Monday regarding the Aspen Hills Water District bill after voting down the resolution at its June meeting to have the 55 homes pay back the remaining loan of $14,237 that was due to a water leak in ...

GHA approves plans for program

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners during the most recent meeting approved the authority’s plans for a $610,928 Capital Fund Program award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for 2019. The HUD Public and Indian Housing Office of ...

Pair arrested for assaulting state trooper

MAYFIELD — A couple from Northville were charged with several felonies Sunday evening after allegedly assaulting a New York State Police trooper who had pulled them over for a traffic infraction. According to a news release, the trooper stopped Jason G. Buyce, 40, for a lighting violation ...

Great Sacandaga Lake drowning victim ID’d

NORTHAMPTON — The body of the boater who went missing when swimming in the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday was located Monday morning. Major L. Adams, 36, of Saratoga Springs was found dead by searchers at approximately 10:50 a.m. According to a state police news release, Adams was ...

Board tours campus capital projects

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton-Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday toured areas of the school that are currently undergoing renovations as part of the summer 2019 capital projects being completed on campus ahead of the fall semester. Leading the tour was retiring FMCC ...

Fulton County continues to explore EMS options

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County is progressing in a fact-finding mode regarding county government potentially taking over all emergency medical services within the county. “We continue discussions with the [state] Department of Health,” county Emergency Management Office Director Steven Santa ...

Public hearings set for Common Council

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council will conduct two public hearings during today’s meeting at 6 p.m. regarding a property acquisition and the authorization of a state grant application. The council previously voted to schedule a third public hearing during today’s meeting regarding the ...

Future Rail Trail parcels eyed

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County government is in “great shape” to possibly purchase two more parcels for the ongoing county Rail Trail system by year’s end, an official said. County Planning Director Scott Hanze gave an update on county Planning Department activities to the Fulton County ...

Update: Body of deceased boater found

Update: The body of the deceased boater has been found. No other information is available at this time. NORTHAMPTON — Search efforts will continue today for the boater who was reported missing while swimming in the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday. “[There] is nothing new, [the] search ...

Little interest shown

JOHNSTOWN — Fulton County has seen little interest by property owners to tap into into its new Meco sewer district since it was established in May, a county official said. “I believe there’s been some interest,” county Planning Director Scott Henze said today. But he said the county ...

Felon gets 5 1/2 years for gun

AMSTERDAM — The city resident who pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and possessing a firearm as a felon was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. According to a news release, the announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. ...

When autos were still only toys for the wealthy

The year is 1909. Average life expectancy is 47 years. Only 14 percent of American homes have bathtubs, perhaps partly because many doctors advise that bathing in metal tubs isn’t healthy. There are only 144 miles of paved highways. Average blue-collar annual income is between 200 and400 ...

Man gets time served for DWI

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville man who drove last winter on a suspended license was sentenced Monday in Fulton County Court to time already served, as part of a plea arrangement. Michael D. Clay, 49, of Park Street, was also sentenced by County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye to a $500 fine. The ...

Fulton Center meets nursing shortage head on

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare is being proactive when it comes to the local and nationwide nursing shortages. The skilled nursing facility at 847 County Highway 122 in the town of Johnstown is meeting the shortage head on, with a new certified nursing ...

Caroga hosts a day of history and music

CAROGA — The former Sherman’s Amusement Park got in the spotlight twice in one day. An exhibit housing the amusement park’s arcade artifacts was on display Saturday at a fair run by the Caroga Historical Museum on London Bridge Road that brought back memories to visitors. “I can ...

Festival devotees brave the heat for annual Woodcarving and Fine Arts

NORTHVILLE — With the temperature about 90 and humidity near 70 percent, visitors to the annual Northville Woodcarving and Fine Arts Festival came in dribs and drab—not the usual flow of crowds the festival attracts. Still, the juried festival drew people in search of artistic items that ...

Seven arrested for welfare fraud

AMSTERDAM — Seven individuals were arrested on Thursday on welfare fraud charges. According to a press release, Montgomery County Department of Social Services Commissioner Michael McMahon announced the arrests were a result of a recent investigation into persons allegedly attempting to ...

Incident with a distressed individual ends peacefully

JOHNSTOWN — City police were able to peacefully end a standoff with a distressed individual on Friday afternoon, successfully getting the subject to a local hospital according to a news release from City . According to police, at approximately 11:29 a.m. Friday they responded to a 911 call ...