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Dog Fighting Suspected




Just 24 hours after being rescued from horrific conditions in Franklin, a young pit bull is happy to get some affection from Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA. (Libby Cudmore/

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

One rescued dog had a staple in her nose that was allegedly left in so long, the skin began to grow around it.

SIDNEY – Erin Insinga, shelter director, Delaware Valley Humane Society, described the scene of a rescue in Franklin as “like something out of a horror film.”

“I have never seen animals in such conditions of pain, torture and neglect,” she said through tears. “These dogs were stacked like pieces of furniture in a dark room.”

Cages were soaked with vomit, urine and feces. 19 dogs – 17 pit bulls and two German shepherds, ranging from 9 weeks to six years old – were emaciated, dehydrated and covered with wounds old and new.

“Based on what we saw and what our veterinarians said in their exams, we believe these animals were the victims of dog fighting,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA.

Missing Sidney Man Found Dead in Franklin

Missing Sidney Man

Found Dead in Franklin

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to

FRANKLIN  – The body of a 51-year-old Sidney man who went missing two months ago was discovered by utility line employees clearing branches in a wooded area of the Town of Franklin Wednesday, Delaware County Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced in a press release today.

The man was identified as Byron J. Furman and determined to have died “as a result of natural causes.” “He probably had a heart attack of some sort of medical emergency that led to his death,” Sheriff DuMond said.

Troopers Locate Missing Five Year Old

Troopers Find Destiny,

Missing Franklin Child

State troopers located a missing 5-year-old this afternoon after she was reported missing while walking her dog in the Town of Franklin..

FRANKLIN – A missing 5-year-old and her dog were found by state troopers after the child was reported missing in the Town of Franklin earlier this morning, according to a press release from Troop C.

What’s The Matter With NY? It’s Just Spending Too Much


What’s The Matter With NY?

It’s Just Spending Too Much

By TOM MORGAN • Syndicated Columnist

What is the truth about New York State? Why do we lose so many good people? Why do our businesses struggle, especially Upstate? Why do our schools, cities and towns struggle? Why are parts of our infrastructure dilapidated?

Our politicians offer us a blizzard of reasons. Every government department explains.

Here is a truth that cuts through it all: New York State spends too much.


Lyall H. Sage, 86; State Trooper

Guarded Rockefeller At Otesaga

Lyle Sage

FRANKLIN – Lyall H. Sage, 86, a state trooper who served on Nelson Rockefeller’s detail when the governor visited The Otesaga, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at the Veterans Home in Oxford.

He was born on March 21, 1932, in Sayre, Pa., the son of Edna Sage. He graduated from Towanda High School in June 1950.

He married Roberta Moody Sage in Dushore, Pa., on May 3, 1952.

Two Arrested For Making Threats Against Schools

Two Arrested For Making

Threats Against Schools


By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

FRANKLIN – A 21 year old man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin Central School, just days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. left 17 dead.

Aiden M. O’Day, Otego, was arrested by State Police Sunday, Feb. 18 after he allegedly made terroristic threats against Franklin Central School. Day was arrested without incident, and the investigation determined that there was no danger to the school or public. O’Day was arraigned in the Otego Town Court and remanded to the Otego County Jail.

We cooperated with law enforcement during the investigation, and we are grateful to the New York State Police for the swift action in making the arrest,” wrote Superintendent Brad Zillox. “Please know that the district is taking any threat seriously and will not hesitate to take action as needed. We ask that everyone be extremely mindful and cautious regarding their comments and/or communications.”

Jim Crosby, 31; Dies In Car Accident In Franklin

IN MEMORIAM:  Jim Crosby, 31;

Dies In Car Accident In Franklin

Jim Crosby

DELHI – James  Cullen Crosby, 31, of Delhi passed away suddenly on Friday evening, Dec. 29, 2017, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Franklin.

Jim worked for FORDO in Oneonta.

Friends and relatives are invited to call on the family from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, at MacArthur Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Delhi, where a celebration of life will be at 7 p.m.

Former Congressman Gibson Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Former Congressman Gibson

Draws Fans To Book-Signing

Retired 19th District congressman Chris Gibson signs a copy of his new book, “Rally Point,” for Dean Beams of Schenevus. Looking on are Bill Glockler, Middlefield, three times Gibson’s Otsego County campaign manager, and his wife Laurie. (Jim Kevlin/

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to

Gibson signs a book for Tyler Gregory after praising the Franklin Central junior for his commitment to tending the formerly decrepit Ouelette Cemetery. With Tyler is mom Laura.

ONEONTA – You could almost hear his former constituents’ sighs of relief to hear former Congressman Chris Gibson being, well, just Chris Gibson at a book-signing for his new book, “Rally Point: Five Tasks to Unite the Country and Revitalize the American Dream” this evening at Black Oak Books in Southside Mall, Oneonta.

During remarks to the gathering, an attendee praised Gibson for promising to retire after three terms, and then doing so.  As a military man (a retired colonel), he replied, “What we say is what we mean. When you are in combat, you have to keep your word.”

Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98; Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

IN MEMORIAM: Elizabeth ‘Sue’ Avery, 98;

Worked In Publishing In NYC And Locally

Elizabeth “Sue” Avery

ONEONTA – Elizabeth Huddleston “Sue” Avery, 98, who worked for newspapers and publishing in the New York metropolitan area and locally, passed away Nov. 9, 2017.

She was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Greenwich, Conn., to Thomas Oakley Woolf II and Judith Griffen Woolf. She was a 1938 graduate of Greenwich Academy.

She was a reporter for the Greenwich Time daily newspaper and worked as editor and proofreader thereafter, latterly for McGraw-Hill Book Company and Cambridge University Press.

Carmela Marner Steps Down As FSC Director

Carmela Marner Steps Down

As Franklin Stage Director

Carmela Marner has announced that she is stepping down as executive director of the Franklin Stage Company, the free theater troupe she nurtured into a much-anticipated part of the summer. (Ian Austin/

FRANKLIN – Carmela Marner, the Franklin Stage executive and artistic director who started the theater company with her parents two decades ago, announced moments ago that she is stepping down this season.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I have had to nurture young people in this precious environment, to collaborate with extraordinary artists, and to grow our far-reaching community,” she wrote in an email to the community. “For 20 seasons, there was nothing like looking down from the upstairs dressing room to see you all gathering below on the lawn and porch.”

She has served as the executive director for 11 of the theater’s 20 seasons and has performed in many of their shows, most recently, directing “We 3” last summer.

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