State Police at Oneonta arrested 28-year-old Timmie Clarkson of Oneonta for 2nd degree Strangulation, Aggravated Harassment, & Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The arrest resulted from an investigation of a dispute on Elmwood Avenue in Oneonta, where Clarkson is accused of choking the victim until she lost consciousness and after he left the residence, he continued to call the victim and threaten her.  Clarkson was arrested, he was found to be in possession of narcotics. Clarkson was arraigned at the Town of Oneonta Court and remanded to the Otsego County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer confirmed that several local river gauges will receive funding through 2014.  The funding avoids an October 1st shut off, at gauges on the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge, Windsor and Binghamton, the Unadilla River at Rockdale and the Chenango River at Sherburne and Greene. Schumer noted that the funding does not include all river & stream gauges, and he will continue to pursue permanent funding sources.


State DEC deputy commissioner Anne Reynolds testified that the agency continues to review comments they received on the 2011 draft review on Hydraulic Fracturing.  Reynolds testified on behalf of the DEC at a hearing held by a legislative committee Friday, she said that there is no set schedule for a final decision on hydrofracking.  The DEC review of fracking first started more than 5 years ago.


Delaware County Deputies investigated a motorcycle accident on Basin Clove Road in the Town of Hamden. 54-year-old Anthony Ives of Bainbridge lost control of the motorcycle and rolled it over.  Ives was transported by Life-net helicopter to Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown with undisclosed injuries, he was listed in stable condition.


Those who were thinking of working to get their GED need to act quickly, before the tests change next year.  June White of the Adult Continuing Education Program at Afton Central school district explains:

(June White)

White said their department is offering GED classes in several locations around the tri-county area.  For more information call 639-2811.


The Board of Directors of the Afton Fair has developed an online poll that will be available through September 30. The purpose of the poll is to find out what fairgoers would like to see at 125th Afton Fair in 2014.  The poll is available at theaftonfair.com,  more information is available at 639-1525.


Governor Cuomo announced a new program under Charge NY to accelerate the market adoption of electric vehicles and to make EV infrastructure easier to use and more economically viable in New York.  The Electric Vehicle-Enabling Technology Demonstration Program offers $2 million to fund research and demonstration projects for electric vehicles. The program aims to create a statewide network of up to 3,000 charging stations over the next 5 years.  Proposals for the Program are due October 22.   More information is available at nyserda.ny.gov.


Sidney Center’s 4th Annual Tractor Parade will be Saturday, September 21st, with the parade line-up at 10:00 AM and the parade beginning at Noon. There will be activities for the kids & the Sidney center Fireman’s BBQ.   Last year over 80 vehicles participated, this year organizers expect the numbers to top 100 vehicles traveling in from other states.  The Sidney Center Improvement Group sponsors the event.



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