Oneonta fire fighters responded to a blaze at 34 Watkins Avenue Sunday morning.  No one was home when the fire broke out, it was reported by neighbors at around 8:40 AM.  Fire crews from West Oneonta, Otego, Worcester, Sidney and Franklin were called in, the Joseph family will be staying with relatives, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


State Troopers arrested 32-year-old George Astalos of South New Berlin for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. The arrest was the result of a traffic stop in Hancock; Astalos was issued an Appearance Ticket returnable to the Village of Hancock Court at a later date.

State Police conducted an underage drinker initiative detail across Chenango County Saturday, which resulted in no arrests for the underage sale of alcohol.  Stores in compliance included the Mirabito Quickway stores of Norwich & Oxford, Valero in Oxford & Norwich, Hess express in Norwich & North Norwich, the Sunoco Convenience Express, in Norwich, as well as the Xtra Mart in Greene, Taylor’s Mini-Mart Norwich, Kwik Fill, Norwich, the Norwich Country Store & Kitchen, & USA Gas Mini Mart in Greene.


Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a book deal with HarperCollins, to write an account of his life and his time as governor of New York.   Cuomo’s book is scheduled to hit bookstores next year,


A Binghamton man has admitted to receiving heroin through the mail in January.  The package was collected by Edward Ciarleglio of Binghamton it was delivered by an undercover police officer.  The package contained narcotics, opiates and heroin.  Ciarleglio pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin.


Promote Oxford Now invites local residents to attend their meeting on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 PM at 6 On The Square, in downtown Oxford. Residents are requested to share ideas, and offer suggestions. Refreshments will be served.  More information is available at http://PON.oxfordny.com  or at  843-2121.


New York State continues to offer homeowners free energy assessments, in order to make their homes efficient, and to save energy.  Brad Pacalis with the Public Policy and Education Fund of the Southern Tier explains;


(Brad Pacalis)


Those who would like more information regarding the home performance with energy star program, and available grants, can call during normal business hours at 723-0110, or visit upgradeupstate.org/southern tier.


State lawmakers worked to make things easier for dairy farmers, as they struggle to meet the increased demands from the wildly growing Greek yogurt industry.  Assembly agriculture committee chairman Bill Magee Explains;


(Magee 4-30-13)


New York recently became the largest producer of yogurt in the 50 states, beating out California by about 15%.



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