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Gene Bettiol, Developer Of Southside, Dies At 85

Gene Bettiol, Developer

Of Southside, Dies At 85

Eugene A. Bettiol Sr., 85, who almost single-handedly created Southside Oneonta, the foremost shopping district for 50 miles in every direction, passed away Saturday in Albany Medical Center. A private man, very little has been written about him until now. In this week’s editions, available on newsstands this afternoon, his vitality, entrepreneurial spirit and accomplishment are explored.
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Check ‘Wish Book’ Twice For Local Christmas Gifts

Check ‘Wish Book’ Twice

For Local Christmas Gifts

The 2017 “Wish Book” has been inserted into this week’s copies of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, arriving today and tomorrow in your mailboxes and available on local newsstands. In addition to local Christmas gift ideas, the Wish Book includes an original holiday story by Libby Cudmore. Advertising Director & General Manager Tara Barnwell inspects an early copy.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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Expert To Inform County On ‘Manager or Executive’

Expert To Inform County

On ‘Manager or Executive’

With the Otsego County Board of Representatives certain to discuss whether to adopt a county-manager or county-executive form of government, a foremost expert in such issues, Dr. Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz vice president/regional engagement, will be in the county Thursday, Dec. 14, to speak on the topic, “County Manager or County Executive.” The public is invited to the presentation and discussion, planned in Springbrook’s new Family Engagement Center. Details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta… and much more, on newsstands Wednesday afternoon.
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EXCLUSIVE REPORT: RAILCARS RUN AWAY

EXCLUSIVE REPORT:

RAILCARS RUN AWAY

Three railcars broke loose from a siding at Cooperstown Junction Saturday afternoon and, 20 tons apiece, trundled across Route 7, closing the highway for five hours. Exclusive details in this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta. Plus much more, including Milford Methodists’ first service in their new church since the March 12 fire, and an exclusive report from Hudson, where the six candidates for the seat held by U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-19, held their first forum after this year’s local elections.
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‘Reform Caucus’ Backed; Clark Ouster Suggested

ENDORSEMENT EDITORIALS

‘Reform Caucus’ Backed;

Clark Ouster Suggested

Endorsement editorials of candidates for the Otsego County Board of Representatives appear in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. One supports County Rep. Andrew Marietta and the bi-partisan “Reform Caucus” that is developing. A second recommended the removal of county board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego/Laurens, and her bloc of supporters. For details, your newspapers are available at newsstands in Greater Oneonta and the Cooperstown Area.
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TIME OF TRANSITION — front pages

TIME OF TRANSITION

Cooperstown General Store Closes,

Ommegang Turns 20, Much More

The Cooperstown General Store is closing as CVS is about to move out of the downtown. Tom Rathbone is retiring from SUNY Oneonta after overseeing $140 million in renovations over the Kleniewski Era. Famed Oneonta novelist George Booker wins the $66,000 Man Booker Prize. And, revisit the day America’s foremost Nazi spoke at Old Main. And much more in Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands this afternoon.
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Exclusive Stories Abound In Your Local Newspapers

Exclusive Stories Abound

In Your Local Newspapers

Friends and readers, you’re in for a treat this week, with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal filled with exclusive stories you can’t find anywhere else. Reporter Libby Cudmore takes you to Troop C’s 100th birthday, stroll on Hartwick College’s new Founders’ Way with President Drugovich, review Frances Brooks’ life well lived as she and her husband built one of the county’s most successful enterprises. And there’s much more, on how local vets are coming to grips with NFL players “taking a knee,” to a deer wandering in to Cooperstown’s Price Chopper, to the intricacies of the in-fighting over the town-city fire contract negotiations. All in this week’s Hometown and Freeman’s, on newsstands across Otsego County Wednesday afternoon.  Don’t miss them.

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Otsego County Invited To State Police 100th

Otsego County Invited

To State Police 100th

Birthday Activities Saturday In Sidney

Otsego and other counties in the Troop C territory have been invited to a 100th birthday recognition of the New York State Police from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the barracks in Sidney. Get all the details – from tours to K9 and helicopter demonstrations to McGruff the Crime Dog – in this week’s Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. Also, get exclusive coverage of OHS Alumni Weekend in the Hometown, and read about sale of a Cooperstown institution, Spurbeck’s Grocery, in the Freeman’s, and much more. For sale on newsstands this afternoon.
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‘Hidden Figures’ Author Packs Dewar, Inspires Full House

‘Hidden Figures’ Author Fills

Dewar, Inspires Full House

Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the best-selling “Hidden Figures,” which became a movie nominated for three Oscars, told a full house at SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena Monday evening that, raised reading about mammoth figures like Martin Luther King, she wanted to write about characters regular folks could relate to. Exclusive story in this week’s Hometown Oneonta.  In Cooperstown, The Freeman’s Journal reports, the felled downtown flagpole now seems secure for another generation. A Freeman’s Journal exclusive. Both newspapers arrived on local newsstands this afternoon.
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Callahan Murder Trial No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Callahan Conviction Was

No Slam Dunk, D.A. Says

Trying a murder case 17 years after the event didn’t guarantee success, Otsego County District Attorney John M. Muehl says in an exclusive interview with Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal. But new information – of a conversation Casey Callahan initiated with friends four months before the slaying of his wife, and testimony from the wife’s psychiatrist – were keys to Muehl making his case. Foremost, the prosecutor said, Callahan had talked too much. For details of this story and more, read this week’s Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this afternoon.
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