Berne

Democrats, who outnumber Republicans in Berne nearly 3 to 1, will need to surmount 17 votes held by the Republican Randy Bashwinger as absentee ballots are counted for the election of a new highway superintendent.

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The town tax rate is set to decrease for the second year in a row while the spending plan raises salaries and wages for employees and officials.

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Kenneth Weaver, who resigned from the post in September, confronted the town's supervisor publicly because his health insurance had been canceled, but the supervisor pointed to a provision in the employee handbook making Weaver ineligible after 2013.

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The public response has been mixed in the wake of Berne's purchase of 358 acres of land, with the hope to generate revenue and jobs from it as a destination. Despite some backlash and petitions, the town's supervisor has touted the decision as one most residents are excited about.

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BERNE — Travis Gardineer, who was found guilty of driving while intoxicated in Berne’s most recent jury trial, was sentenced on Oct. 14 to use an ignition interlock device for one year, without probation, and to pay fines and surcharges of $1,176.

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A back-door entrance to the Helderberg Evangelical Lutheran Church accesses three rooms where second-hand items for the home are sold for low prices on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Edward Hampton, a highway worker, is now filling in after the highway superintendent stepped down. Local party committees say Hampton and Randy Bashwinger will be on the ballot in the November election.

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BERNE — A taxi driver arrested for forcing himself on a customer pleaded guilty in Berne Town Court on Sept. 9 to third-degree assault.

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BERNE — Cars are parked alongside the town’s library even when the building is closed and its parking lot isn’t full. Its Wi-Fi signal is strongest there.

After a kitchen fire last month, the family's home on Bradt Hollow Road is uninhabitable as they stay in a family member's house. 

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