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State mandates drive proposed Clinton Co. budget
PLATTSBURGH — The proposed 2019 Clinton County budget stays under the state tax cap with a 1.1 percent tax levy increase. The estimated amount to be raised by taxes for 2019 is $29.3 million, on a $167.5 million total budget, which officials say is 2.4 percent under the county’s adjusted tax cap of
Convicted murderer tracked down after jumping parole
LEWIS — A convicted killer who violated his parole is back behind bars after multiple agencies collaborated on a search for him over several days. Martin Richards was convicted in 1997 of second-degree murder in the death of his grandfather, according to a press release from the Clinton County Sheri
Lookback: Week of Dec. 17 to Dec. 24
• The team that steered ORDA through a transition that became a transformation has left new President Robert Fries alone at the wheel. Fries thanks interim President Robert Flacke and a team of temporary consultants, managers and Department of Environmental Conservation personnel for guiding ORDA th
Weather: Snow lingers overnight, chilly for Tuesday
Torrance's Forecast: - Good evening folks, we are continuing to watch snow showers move into the region this evening. This is associated with a cold front that is moving south out of Canada. Light snow will continue to fall into the overnight hours, and for those mountain peaks, the snow lingers int
Is Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell Still In Prison? 'Escape At Dannemora' Tells Her Harrowing Story
Joyce "Tilly" Mitchell became infamous after assisting with an elaborate upstate New York prison break in 2015 which involved, among other feats, smuggling two hacksaw blades into the prison frozen inside packages of hamburger meat. Showtime's seven-part miniseries about the event, Escape at Dannemo
North Country at Work: Jean Caswell on working at Merkel's department store in Plattsburgh in the late 1940s
by Amy Feiereisel (North Country at Work correspondent) , in Lyon Mountain, NY. Imagine Plattsburgh about seventy years ago, in the fall of 1949. The war had ended a few years prior, and the wartime mindset still persisted, though the economy was on the upswing. The railroad was strong, and for Clin
Garage fire spreads to Bluff Point home
SOUTH PLATTSBURGH — A home in the Bluff Point area of South Plattsburgh was seriously damaged by a fire that started in an attached garage Saturday morning. According to Tim Schwartz, chief of South Plattsburgh Volunteer Fire Department, the fire was already well advanced when his department arrived
4th Annual Hannah's Hope Game goes PHS
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The 4th annual Hannah's Hope game went to PHS. The Plattsburgh boy's hockey team skated out to an early lead they added to and never looked back. A lucky 7 goals highlighted by Nate Boule's hat trick got the job done.
Cuomo calls for legal recreational marijuana in NY State
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Monday for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in New York, saying it was beyond time for the state to deal with the "debilitating criminal stigma" of prior convictions related to the drug.
Roblee: Central New York's special Greek Revival flavor
Last month, I touched briefly upon the prominence of the Greek Revival style of architecture throughout our region, a topic worth fleshing out further this month. The historic pathways along which architectural styles moved in New York state served to bring people and ideas to our area. The westward
NY boundaries on pilot hemp program misinterpreted as ‘ban,’ attorney says
Counter to the chatter aroused by a recent report, the State of New York has not ‘banned’ CBD, according to an expert on the legality of hemp products. The state did however put some boundaries around a pilot agricultural program.
Parking Committee grows to 6
PLATTSBURGH — Two more members have been approved for spots on the City of Plattsburgh Parking Advisory Committee. At Thursday's meeting, the City Common Council tapped David Merkel and Joseph Rotella to join City Police Chief Levi Ritter, Community Development Director Matthew Miller, Superintenden
Trucker Saves Dogs Thrown From SUV, With Help From New York State Police
A near-tragedy involving two dogs, Beagle mixes, is getting international media attention: someone threw the pups out of a speeding SUV on I-81 and they were saved by a kind trucker and a pair of troopers who just happened to be passing by.
Live tree tradition lives on
BEEKMANTOWN — A real, live Christmas tree isn't just about the ambiance it brings to a home, says grower Jim Gonyo. "It’s an outing; it gives people something to do, something with their family," he said on a recent frosty morning, the snow crunching under his boots.
Stiller: Take chances to do something special
PLATTSBURGH — No matter how the laurels settle from the many award nominations for "Escape at Dannemora," Director Ben Stiller will walk away with more tools in his actor's arsenal.
Firefighters rush to Altona blaze
ALTONA — Multiple departments are responding to a structure fire with possible entrapment at 25 Rushford Road. Altona Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched around 3:52 p.m., along with Ellenburg Depot, Dannemora and Clinton County Car 4.
Barking up the Christmas Tree
PLATTSBURGH — If you don't buy Christmas gifts for your cat or dog, you're in the minority. And you'd do well not to read this story aloud to them. According to a PetFinder.com poll, 63 percent of dog owners and 58 percent of those with cats make sure their pets don't come up empty-pawed on Dec. 25.
Wired for Safety: Password managers help keep passcodes secure
Editor’s note: Wired for Safety is a column on cybersecurity and other tech issues. Duane Dunston is an assistant professor of cybersecurity and networking at Champlain College. He received his bachelor’s and master’s of science from Pfeiffer University. From 2001 to 2011 he worked in cybersecurity
SUNY Plattsburgh graduates more than 300
PLATTSBURGH —The SUNY Plattsburgh Alumni Association formerly welcomed more than 300 newly minted graduates into its fold Saturday during the annual Winter Commencement held at the field house.
New York State Police join Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign
The New York State Police announce they will participate in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative. The campaign started Thursday, December 13, and runs through the holidays until Tuesday, January 1, 2019.