Norwich police announced that 73-year-old Gary Powell of Norwich has been reported missing.  Powell was last seen yesterday afternoon operating a 2006 PT Cruiser, black, with New York license plate number CKR-5668. Police said that Powell may be suffering from dementia and is in need of dialysis treatment. Anyone with information can call 334-1212.


State Troopers arrested 31-year-old Brandon Hannah of Bainbridge on charges of 2nd degree burglary and reckless endangerment.  Hannah was charged following a complaint on Searles Hill Road, he was arraigned & was remanded to the county jail on $5,000 cash bail pending future court action.


The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local unemployment rates for November.  Locally, Chenango County’s rate went up one tenth to 6.3%, Delaware county’s rate went down 2/10’s to 6.9% Otsego county’s rate went down 1/10th to 6.1%.


The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce announced that the State of the State Breakfast would be January 7th at the Foothills Performing Arts center in Oneonta from 8:00 am to 10:00am. Area elected officials have been invited to attend, chamber members are advised to RSVP by January 3rd at 432-4500 extension 207. 


The NY State of Health reported that 447,990 New Yorkers have completed their applications and 214,077 people have enrolled for coverage starting on January 1st.  The number of enrolled New Yorkers increased by 25,531 since Monday.  More information is available at nystateofhealth.ny.gov or by calling toll-free at 1-855-355-5777.


The Binghamton Senators announced that they would be inducting Denis Hamel into the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame in an on-ice ceremony during the January 25 home game versus the Rochester Americans. Binghamton Senators Team owner Tom Mitchell explains:


(Tom Mitchell 12-26-13)


Hamel played in 438 games recording 203 goals and 189 assists, for 392 points, power-play goals with 86, game-winning goals with 36 and shorthanded goals with 14.  Tickets are available by calling the Binghamton Senators Executive Office at 722-7367 or at the Arena Box Office, or through Ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000.


A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates ranks New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids also included New York among states it said broke promises to use all or most of the money, from the tobacco company settlement 15 years ago, to combat smoking. The group said New York is spending about $40 million a year on tobacco prevention programs after annual declines the last decade. That spending is only about 16 percent of the $254 million in yearly funding recommended for New York by the CDC.



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