Marcello Iaia

Councilmen Theodore Lounsbury and Alfred Field spoke about a slim likelihood of natural-gas drilling in town, the wearied process of evaluating the issue, and the state's long-awaited regulations.

KNOX — The questions were big — what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to living in Knox? — but the crowd was not. In this rural town of 2,700, about 18 men and women sat in small groups to discuss issues that would shape how the Knox comprehensive plan would be modified.

BERNE — The town’s process of spending money got an approving look from the state comptroller’s office this month.

Loneliness and depression are realities for some elderly people, and caregivers can be strained for others. A church hall in Berne is planned as a place where people who need help can go for social interaction and care.

County Legislator Deborah Busch of Knox says she's confident the violations against her and her boyfriend will be dismissed, but she feels frustrated by the attention paid because she's a public official.

The 12-year-old Greenville student who died last month was undergoing treatment for a brain tumor when the July 19 event was scheduled by the Medusa Volunteer Fire Company.

BERNE — Two neighbors — a man who raises cattle and a woman who keeps horses — were the only bidders for a 42.5-acre property foreclosed on by Albany County, which lies between them.

The parcel was slated for conservation and had a minimum bid set at $68,000.

BERNE — A taxi driver arrested in May for keeping a woman in his taxi and touching her breasts without her consent is awaiting sentencing.

Fifty-three students graduated from Berne-Knox-Westerlo in a ceremony on June 28. The otherwise jovial event was especially poignant when awards were given in memory of a student and  two alumni who died in recent years.

The valedictorian of BKW's Class of 2014, who is headed to Houghton College to study chemistry, has been a counselor at Camp Pinnacle where his father, a pastor, is executive director.

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