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Annual Jazz Festival scheduled

FONDA — Community members are invited to jazz it up at Fonda-Fultonville’s 16th annual Jazz Festival. The jazz festival will be an all-day event on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the F-F High School auditorium. The festival is an Academic Jazz Festival for high ...

Mayfield festival postponed

MAYFIELD — The Mayfield community winter carnival has been postponed to Feb. 23, on the Mayfield Lake on Pump House Road, located off Woodside Avenue. It was canceled for Saturday due to open water conditions along the shoreline caused by rains and warm weather, according to village ...

Man flees; faces drug charges

AMSTERDAM — A city man faces drug charges after fleeing from state police on Tuesday. Eric L. Sumpter, 25, of was charged by state police in Fonda with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree attempted ...

Montgomery County Sheriff draws hard line

FONDA — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s office made several arrests and issued many arrest warrants following investigations in to contraband in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility. According to a news release the arrests and arrest warrants are a result of members of the ...

Committee actions for Johnstown school district in full swing

JOHNSTOWN — Committee action is in full swing this school year in the Greater Johnstown School District, including an event involving colleges on Tuesday. Upcoming events were noted during committee reports given at the district Board of Education meeting Thursday night at Johnstown High ...

Fulton County Airport capital plan unveiled

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Planning Department recently unveiled the county’s most-recent Airport Capital Improvement Plan to the Federal Aviation Administration. The plan is for the Fulton County Airport on County Highway 153, which connects with Route 67. The county is required to ...

Fulton County 4-year contract with FM faculty union under review

By MICHAEL ANICH The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday will consider approval of a new four-year contract with Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s faculty union. Action is expected at the board’s monthly meeting at 1 p,m. Monday in the ...

Parkhurst Field Foundation enters agreement

GLOVERSVILLE — David Karpinski, executive director of the Parkhurst Field Foundation, announced that the foundation has entered into an agreement with Eastern New York Travel Baseball (ENYTB) to host the Last Man Standing Tournament for the travel baseball organization after the $2.3 million ...

Ambulance of Fulton County may close doors

GLOVERSVILLE — The Ambulance Service of Fulton County was only be able to pay a portion of the payroll owed to the service’s 60 employees and suspended operations Friday as of 7 p.m. “We are going to be making a partial payroll [Friday], we’re not going to be able to make the full ...

Donation from 100 Women Who Care biggest yet

JOHNSTOWN — The 100 Women Who Care of the Adirondack Foothills organization on Thursday night celebrated its one year anniversary with its biggest donation yet — $17,000 to the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District’s Backpacks for Kids Program. The philanthropic ...

Felony drug arrest made

AMSTERDAM — A city man arrested on Thursday faces felony and misdemeanor charges for the alleged sale and possession of crack cocaine and ecstasy pills, along with the criminal possession of an electronic stun gun. Carl E. Byfield, 28, of 21 Brookside Ave., Apt. 1, was charged with ...

Board safety group backs plan

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety Committee recently supported establishing a $100,000 New Neighborhood Plan for school safety through the District Attorney’s Office. The full board will vote on the 2019 capital project on Monday. “This is just to set ...

GESD: Graduation rates ‘misleading’

GLOVERSVILLE — Gloversville Enlarged School District officials say that graduation rates released by the state Department of Education at the end of January are misleading, listing the district wide rate as of June 2018 rather than the August rates that will be used by the state for School ...

Two new positions to be added

JOHNSTOWN — Two positions are being added to the Fulton County Annex building in Gloversville, according to county Director of Community Services Ernest Gagnon. Gagnon briefed the Board of Supervisors’ Human Services Committee on the personnel matter recently at the County Office ...

Former GESD school nurse’s sex abuse case heads to grand jury

GLOVERSVILLE — The man accused of subjecting a six-year-old to sexual contact while working as a nurse at Gloversville elementary schools had his case waived to the grand jury following a brief appearance in City Court on Wednesday. Teddy A. Germain, 46, formerly of 305 Guy Park Ave., ...

60-unit apartment complex proposed for Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN — A proposal for a possible 60-unit standard housing apartment complex in the city — to be located east of Route 30A — came before the city Planning Board Tuesday at City Hall. No action was taken following a presentation by developer Gary Carstens of Saratoga Springs-based ...

Montgomery County volunteers seek out homeless

FONDA — Volunteers from Montgomery County’s Department of Social Services assisted in a Point-in-Time count of the community’s homeless population on Jan. 30. The department had 15 volunteers who used the PIT count to help track and create data of sheltered and unsheltered homeless ...

Mayfield school district begins search for supe

MAYFIELD — Mayfield Central School District took its first steps on Monday to began its search for a new superintendent after Jon Peterson resigned in October. Currently serving as interim superintendent is Kathy Dougherty, who was welcomed into the district with open arms. Dougherty, the ...

Local election dates moved up

JOHNSTOWN — Area political candidates this busy local election year must file their petitions earlier, in advance of Primary Day, which in 2019 will be June 25 instead of the traditional September. Fulton County Board of Elections Deputy Commissioner Cinda Spraker said Wednesday that Gov. ...