Luke O’Hara, 36, allegedly left Community Bank at 1:3- p.m. on Friday, June 22, and grabbed the victim, who passed by him on his way to the post office, Police Chief Mike Covert said today.
OTEGO – Deanna Beers Utter, 73, a former aid at Fox Hospital, passed away Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home.
She was born Aug. 24, 1944 in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Ira and Doris (Williams) Beers.
Deanna went to Otego Central School and graduated in 1962. In 1965 she entered Davis College in Johnson City and graduated in 1967. For several years she worked at Gladding Keystone and Corning Class Company in Oneonta.
On Feb. 3, 1973, Deanna married Gordon C. Utter and they had one son together, Ira Gordon Utter.
In 1976, Deanna started working for A.O. Fox Hospital as an aid in the x-ray department then transferred to the surgery unit. She retired in 2006 to take care of her husband.
Key Tallies To Be Done Next Wednesday
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Usually, absentee ballots are counted in alphabetical order, according to the names of the jurisdictions, they said.
COUNTY BOARD OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 3
EDUCATION: BA Journalism
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Communications and Media Studies lecturer, SUNY Oneonta; freelance journalist
• Executive board, Greater Oneonta Historical Society
• Executive board, Harris Memorial Library, Otego
• Member of LINKS, Unatego educational compliance committee
FAMILY: One son, Armand Charles; two daughters, Cara Badham and Mary Brett; one dog, Daisy and two cats, Jasper and Jinx.
PHILOSOPHY OF GOVERNMENT: Open and honest, home rule, fiscally responsible, environmentally conscientious, stimulating economic prosperity.
MAJOR ISSUES FACING OTSEGO COUNTY: We need to work together, share resources, concentrate on our assets; hire a county manager, stimulate economic growth, consider revitalizing our railroad and move Upstate New York produce and meats to New York City; make Internet availability an infrastructure issue.
MY QUALITIES: I believe people are mostly good, most of the time. When we come together to solve problems, and we are mindful of the needs of all of the residents of our community, we can do wonderful things. I am an optimist. I believe happy, healthy people make decisions that benefit the community. If we treat all members of our community with respect, we will thrive. I am a very good communicator. I can bring people together for a common good.
STATEMENT: The county Board of Representatives has a responsibility to lead the community to a better quality of life. We are almost taxed out of existence, our schools are closing, our population is declining. But at the same time, this is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We have fresh air, clean water and beautiful vistas. This is the best virtual office any city-dweller might dream of. We are developing solar energy, nano batteries and organic markets. We are a tolerant, family oriented, hardworking community. We need someone to pull it all together. I am that person.
OTEGO – Janet B. Raymond, 84, a nurse who retired from Fox Hospital, passed away June 16, 2017 at her home.
Janet was born April 29, 1933 in the family home on Hudson Street in Oneonta, the daughter of Jay and Catherine (Smith) Woolheater. She graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950 and began raising a family of seven children and many four-legged friends. She married James Raymond in November 1969.
OTEGO – Frederick I. Underwood, 92, a life-long independent businessman who developed Underwood Heights in Otego, passed away June 8, 2017.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joyce Burnside Underwood, on Nov. 17, 2011.
Fred was born in Sidney Center on Dec. 10, 1924, to Henry and Fannie (Sheldon) Underwood, who along with siblings, Mildred, Seymour, Ken, Lucy and George predeceased him.
OTEGO – William “Bill” H. Schraft, 83 of Otego, passed away at his home on May 17, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and his devoted dog Midnight.
Bill was born on Nov. 2, 1933, in Oneonta, to William H. Schraft, Sr. and Sophie (Kovatchich). He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952, then spent two years in the Army. Bill worked for Best Brands Beverage as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He retired from SUNY Oneonta’s Bugbee Day Care, where he worked as a custodian and bus driver.
IN MEMORIAM: Richard Simmons, 64, Mechanic
OTEGO – Richard “Simm” Simmons, 64, of Otego, an auto mechanic and woodworker, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.
Simm was born in Oneonta, the son of Earl and Ida (Collison) Simmons. He married Lisa Toth at St Mary’s Church in Oneonta on May 4, 1991.
$1.5 MILLION SHORT
AUDIT REVEALS UNEXPECTED GAP
OTEGO – As it begins to prepare its 2017-18 budget, the Unatego Central School District has discovered an accounting error has left it almost $1.5 million short of where it thought it was on its finances.
Superintendent of School David Richards said today that a review of Unatego finances released last night found that as a result of a non-cash accounting error in 2010, compounded by expenditures made following that error which assumed the funding was available, has left the school district with a $1.484 million shortfall as it prepares to develop the 2017-18 school budget.
This shortfall came to light as the district’s new Shared Business Official was closing out paperwork related to the district’s $15.8 million capital project from 2010. She discovered that there was a significant amount of funding shown as due to the General Fund from Debt Service in the both the current year’s budget as well as in previously audited financial statements.
OTEGO – Services are planned later this month for Russell Anderson Southard Sr., 96, a WWII veteran who helped build the Downsville Dam and supervised other major construction projects while raising six daughters and a son in Otego. He died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the Oxford Veterans Home.
He was born Sept. 11, 1920, one of four sons of Lou and Bethel (Anderson) Southard. He married Marguerite Smith on Oct. 22, 1942, in the Otego Presbyterian Church. Together they raised a family of seven. She died Aug. 28, 1986.