State Police and New York Alert announced the disappearance of 2 Amish children from the North Country. Missing are 12 year old FANNIE MILLER, with Brown Hair, Brown Eyes, about 5 feet tall and weighing about 90 pounds, Police said that Fannie is Cross-eyed. Also missing, 7 year old Delila Miller, also with Brown Eyes & Hair, about 4 feet tall and weighing about 50 pounds, she has a round scar on forehead and is missing front teeth. Both victims last seen wearing dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets, Police said that both girls went to a roadside stand to wait on customer in a small white 4-door sedan. A Witness saw the suspect throw something into back of car then get into the back seat, the Vehicle then left scene and victims were gone. Any one with information is asked to call 1-866-NYS-AMBER or 911.
Published reports out of Albany suggest that the FBI and state Attorney General’s Office raided the home of State Senator Tom Libous of Binghamton last Friday. Libous and his son were indicted in July in connection with a FBI investigation; Senator Libous is accused of using his influence to get his son a job with a downstate Law Firm. Records and a computer belonging to Frances Libous, the wife of Senator Libous were seized.
Emergency Crews from North Norwich & Norwich responded this afternoon to State Highway 12 and County Road 32 for a tractor-trailer accident. Initial reports stated that the tractor-trailer was flipped onto its side, & the driver was out of the vehicle. WCDO will have further details as they become available.
The Chenango Arts Council has a new executive director, Diane Batson-Smith; she brings major theater & film industry credentials to Norwich venue. Batson-Smith told WCDO News of her plans to make the Martin W. Kappel Theater a community hub of activity:

(Diane Batson-Smith 8-14-14)

A line up of events is already scheduled through next may, the lineup and membership applications can be found online at chenangoarts. org.
The Upper Susquehanna Watershed Project will hold its annual conference on August 21st at 1:00 PM at Sidney High School. Students and teachers from the project will present reports on their research on the chemistry, biology,& hydrometeorology of the upper Susquehanna River basin. The project is an effort between area high schools from Cooperstown to Afton, and is directed by teachers from Sidney High School. The program is funded by ACCO & private donations. The public is invited encouraged to attend.
NYSEG is warning customers about callers who say they represent NYSEG about billing matters. Some customers have been contacted and warned that their service would be shut off & they should purchase a “Green Dot MoneyPak Card” and contact the caller with the card information. Customers who have any questions about a call for an overdue payment are urged to contact NYSEG at 1-800-572-1111.
The latest Siena College poll asked New Yorkers about the most important issues for the fall election. 28% said jobs, 21% said taxes, and 20% said education and 17% corruption. Only 2% of those polled said hydraulic fracturing natural gas reserves was their top issue, 1% involved guns and the state’s gun-control law.
Governor Cuomo signed a new law that bans direct contact between people and lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and cougars. The “Tiger Selfie” bill, is also directed at roadside zoos that charge people for photos with big cats. The governor said despite any level of training, big cats have instincts to kill. The penalty is $500 for the first offense.


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