The state senate finished up their work on the state budget plan Wednesday, area state senator Jim Seward said that he was pleases with the school aid increases:


(Seward 3-28-13)


Seward also approved of the budgets ability to continue to control state spending, cut taxes, & send money to municipalities for road & bridge projects.


Commerce Chenango’s Economic Development Department announced the approval of a foreign-trade zone in Chenango County. Commerce Chenango CEO Steve Craig told WCDO News how it works:


(Steve Craig 3-28-13)


Craig said that CWS & Norwich Pharmaceuticals would be taking advantage of the program, which could lead to job growth at both companies in the future.


The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 22-year-old Phillip Kennedy of Greene for 2nd degree obstructing governmental administration.  Kennedy is accused of attempting to prevent law enforcement from interviewing a witness to domestic dispute in the Town of Greene; he was arraigned in the Town of Greene Court and was released and ordered to reappear at a later date.


Walton Central School agriculture education teacher Tina Miner-James is being recognized this afternoon as 1 of the top 6 Outstanding Agricultural Teachers in the U.S. by receiving a complimentary 2-year lease on new 2013 Toyota Tundra.  A Toyota representative will recognize James during a special assembly at the Walton Central School this afternoon.


Jazz musician Branford Marsalis will perform at the Foothills Performing arts center in Oneonta April 7th, with local performers also involved in the show.  Foothills Spokesman Huemac Garcia explains:


(Huemac Garcia 3-28-13)


Tickets are on sale at FoothillsPAC.org or by calling 431-2080.


State Troopers arrested 32-year-old Shakeen Elliott of Johnson City for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC result of .15 %. The arrest resulted from a traffic accident on State Route 12 in Greene; Elliott was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Greene Court at a later date.


State Troopers at Sidney arrested 31-year-old Larry Miller of Oneonta, for Driving While Intoxicated.  The arrest resulted from a traffic stop on State Route 7 in the Village of Unadilla; Ellis was issued tickets and released pending further Court action in the Town of Unadilla Court on April 22nd.


The Chenango county sheriff’s department arrested 19-year-old Dylan Comfort of Otselic on an active bench warrant for violating the terms of his probation.  Comfort was originally charged with 3rd degree Forgery, 3rd degree Identity Theft & Petty Larceny.  Comfort was arraigned and was sentenced to Chenango County Correctional facility for 180 days due to the probation violation.


The Bainbridge-Guilford Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight in the District Conference room at 6:00 PM. The Board will move into Executive Session to discuss the potential staffing implications of the increased state aid.

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