Probe supports Torres’ firing

By Krystle S. Morey An investigation by the Granville Central School District that led to the firing of varsity football coach Mario Torres offers myriad reasons for his mid-season ouster. Torres maintained that he had “no obligation” to notify school administrators after he learned that police had found three of his players smoking marijuana on […]

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Granville begins superintendent search

By Krystle S. Morey The Granville Board of Education has started its search for a new superintendent as the district’s current leader prepares to retire. Superintendent Mark Bessen announced recently that he would retire on Jan. 31. Soin the coming weeks the board will form search committees, determine a salary range and establish a list […]

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Whitehall Fire Co. seeks new contract

By Dan King Whitehall Volunteer Fire Company is looking for a three-year fire protection contract that would increase its budget 3 percent each year. Deputy Chief Brian Brooks gave copies of the proposal to both the town and village and last Wednesday pitched the proposal to the town board. “We’re getting BMW service for a […]


Chief eyes expansion of shared police services

By Dan King and Krystle S. Morey It’s been a year since the Granville and Whitehall police departments have shared a chief, and officials agree that the arrangement has worked out in both municipalities’ favor – so much so, in fact, that expanded shared services are being considered. “I think it’s worked very well the […]


Car Show draws hundreds

By Krystle S. Morey Ward Woodruff remembers Sunday drives as a kid with his father in their family’s ‘67 Dodge Polara. Now, Woodruff has his own 1967 Polara. The only difference is Woodruff’s is a convertible – his dad’s was a hardtop. Woodruff, of Fort Edward, found the vehicle listed in an ad on Craigslist. […]

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By Krystle S. Morey An incident involving a cover-up of Granville football players smoking marijuana on school property has led to the dismissal of Granville varsity football coach Mario Torres. School officials said Torres was informed of the incident by a police officer on Sept. 5, three days after the incident, but failed to notify […]

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By Dan King You’ve heard of hog-calling contests at county fairs, but Whitehallers will be calling a much more exotic creature this weekend. The Whitehall Beautification and Enhancement Committee and the Arts and Recreation Commission of Whitehall are working together to sponsor the inaugural Whitehall Sasquatch Festival, which will kick off Saturday at 10 a.m. […]

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Bessen to retire in January


By Krystle S. Morey After more than 35 years as an educator, Mark Bessen has decided to put down his No. 2 pencil. Bessen announced last week that he will retire and leave his post as the superintendent of the Granville Central School District, making his last day on the job Jan. 31, 2017. Bessen, […]

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Old church closes doors


By Dan King A small congregation of Presbyterians is currently without a full-time home. The First Presbyterian Church of Whitehall closed its doors in July, after the Albany Presbytery – which oversees the church – became aware of some code issues at the church, which was built in 1848. “What we were told was that […]

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Zumba event to benefit local girl


By Krystle S. Morey Like any other 9-year-old, Shaylah Shattuck loves reading books and listening to music, especially “Shoop” by Salt-N-Peppa. But much of the time that a typical youngster would spend watching cartoons and playing with building blocks has been taken up by doctor’s visits and genetic testing. Shattuck, of Granville, has a neurogenetic […]

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By Krystle S. Morey After an abrupt shutdown last year, Scotties’ is ready to reopen – under new ownership. Complete with a new breakfast bar, penny candy display, updated menu and main-floor bathroom, the restaurant and convenience store on Granville’s Main Street will host a grand opening Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 […]

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