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Tornado confirmed in Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — The National Weather Service has confirmed that the weather event that occurred in the city during a severe storm on Wednesday afternoon was a tornado. Fulton County Office of Emergency Management Director Steven Santa Maria in a press release on Thursday announced the National ...

Fonda Fair around the corner

FONDA — Fonda Fair President Richard Kennedy believes much of the magic behind the success of the fair, is its ability to bring the community together. This end of the summer event has a deep history of bringing friends, neighbors, and family to one place for the last leg of summer. Kennedy ...

Artist creates totem pole out of tree

EDINBURG — People walking, driving or boating by 837 N. Shore Road often stop to gaze. A 22-foot tree stump was carved into a bear on top, wolf on the bottom and eagle in between, not counting owls and small bears. Color-changing LED lights give the totem pole-like structure a variety of ...

Practicing for the real thing

FONDA — Local police agencies in Montgomery County, along with state police and other emergency services worked as a team on Wednesday in conducting an active shooter full-scale exercise at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District. The exercise brought law enforcement and ...

Officials: We can only mow front lawns, not entire lot

JOHNSTOWN — One resident’s concerns over the city’s ability to correct lawn maintenance violations under city code prompted the city engineer on Monday to remind residents that the city only has the legal authority to mow the front lawns of non-compliant properties. During the public ...

Thunderstorms drop more than two inches of rainfall

FULTON COUNTY — Severe weather that rolled through the area on Wednesday afternoon produced some minor damage in Fulton County, but officials say there was limited impact produced by the storms overall. The National Weather Service in Albany reported the area received two inches of rain ...

Audit finds inadequate documentation

NORTHVILLE — A state Comptroller’s audit recently conducted on Northville Central School District indicated that extra-classroom activity clubs did not maintain adequate collection documentation. The goal of the audit was to determine whether ECA collections are appropriately supported, ...

HFM, police team up on project

JOHNSTOWN — The Criminal Justice program at the HFM Career and Technical Center is offering resources to local law enforcement to enhance forensic photography at crime scenes and other locations, according to a news release. Last year, the Career and Technical Center purchased a spherical ...

Body found on street ruled a suicide

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam police are ruling the body that was found in the street on the Southside of the city as a suicide. Detective Joseph Spencer said police were dispatched on Monday on reports of a person injured on the side of a street on the Southside of the city. He said the public is ...

Contract for paving, sidewalks set

JOHNSTOWN — The Common Council on Monday awarded a contract for street resurfacing after reissuing advertisements seeking bids for paving in July due to an error included in the initial bid package causing respondents to return inaccurate bids. The Common Council was slated to accept a ...

3 homes damaged in blaze

GLOVERSVILLE — A fire that severely damaged a two-family residence on Bleecker Street and the exterior of two neighboring homes on Tuesday afternoon before it was put out was set intentionally by a juvenile, according to police. Members of the Gloversville Fire Department and Gloversville ...

Plea deal reached in fatal hit and run

JOHNSTOWN — The 18-year-old woman indicted on a single felony charge in May in connection with the April hit and run death of a Gloversville man was indicted on a second felony count in July, according to Fulton County Court records. She accepted a plea agreement in county court on Friday, ...

Water district residents speak out

JOHNSTOWN — Residents of the Aspen Hills Water District were in an uproar at the town board’s regular meeting on Monday over having to pay back the remaining loan of $14,237 for a water leak which was discovered in 2015. The $14,327 stems from the approximate $18,000 that the town had ...

Early morning fire displaces family of four

GLOVERSVILLE — An early morning fire at a two-family residence on Prospect Place displaced four residents Monday and the cause is currently under investigation. Members of the Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments were dispatched to a structure fire at 4 Prospect Place on Monday ...

Active shooter drill planned

FONDA — Significant police presence is expected to be seen at the Fonda-Fultonville Central School on Wednesday as the district will be participating in a active shooter drill along with multiple emergency management and police agencies. The purpose of the active shooter drill is to ...

Second shooting arrest made

AMSTERDAM — The second person allegedly involved in a shooting that took place at a Mobil gas station was found and arrested on Wednesday. Israel Sharpe, 19, of 47 Milton Ave., Apt. 1, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree conspiracy. Sharpe ...

Common Council approves daily reporting procedure for DPW

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Aug. 13 approved a resolution establishing a daily reporting procedure for the city Department of Public Works. The measure is intended to keep the council better informed of the DPW’s progress each day while providing the city with data to determine ...

Prostitution sting nets 4

BALLSTON SPA— One Broadalbin resident and three Ballston Spa residents were arrested on promoting prostitution charges for allegedly operating a licensed massage parlor to illicit prostitution, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Lawrence B. Boutillette, 71, of Broadalbin, ...

Diamonds and denim gala

AMSTERDAM — Liberty’s third annual fundraising event known as the Denim and Diamonds BBQ and Country Concert was a big hit despite the thunderstorms. All proceeds from the event are going toward purchasing mechanical lifts for three area programs to help improve the quality of life of ...

AT&T FirstNet gets contract nod

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday officially designated AT&T FirstNet as the county’s base bid contract for all county cellular telephones and wireless communication device systems. The move is effective Sept. 1, and was recommended by the Public Safety and ...