‘Finding Bigfoot’ draws large crowd

By Dan King The green trucker hat atop the mop top head of James ‘Bobo’ Fay read “Keep it Squatchy” and that’s just what Whitehall did on Tuesday evening. Bobo and his fellow crew members – Cliff Barackman, Matt Moneymaker, and Ranae Holland – were at the Whitehall Athletic Club on Tuesday evening filming a […]


Washington County residents smoke more, weigh more

By Derek Liebig County residents smoke more, weigh more and have limited access to exercise and medical care in Washington County, which a study ranks in the lower third among all 62 counties in New York. Those are the findings of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings. The rankings, a collaboration between the […]

Haley Wiskoski waves to the crowd after winning the 2016 DYW title

Wiskoski wins Distinguished Young Women crown

By Dan King Haley Wiskoski has become the first junior to win the Distinguished Young Women Program at Whitehall High School. In front of a packed auditorium – which included DYW winners from 1971, 1975, 1982, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2010 and 2015 – Wiskoski competed against nine other junior girls for scholarship money and the […]

Racing Against Cancer

Family racing to beat cancer

By Derek Liebig When Frank Hoard Jr. climbs into his race car later this month at Lebanon Valley Speedway, he will do so with a new source of inspiration. But it won’t be the thrill of victory or personal glory motoring him around the track. Instead, Hoard’s inspiration will come from a desire to help […]

First Friday Moose Crossing

First Friday welcomes spring

By Derek Liebig The remnants of a long, cold winter may still be holding on but, inside Granville’s museums, spring has arrived. The Slate Valley Museum and the Pember Library and Museum will usher in the season tomorrow night during their monthly First Friday celebrations. “Spring is finally here and winter has been officially banned […]

Recent News

Whitehall man faces sexual abuse charges

A Whitehall man with an extensive criminal record has been indicted on charges that accuse him of multiple occasions of molesting a child. Jerry L. Vaughn, 47, of Northeast Street was charged with a felony count of course of sexual conduct against a child, as well as a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of […]

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Village of Whitehall officials honored

By Dan King Bob Dylan once said “the times, they are a changing,” and such is the case in the Village of Whitehall. Last Tuesday was the end of an era for three longtime workers in village government. It was officially the final day of work for longtime DPW Supervisor Don Williams, who has retired, […]

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Eagle Scout to build prayer garden

Eagle Scout Project

By Dan King Garrett Stevens hopes by the time his Eagle Scout project is over that people won’t even recognize the fenced in plot behind Our Lady of Hope Church. Stevens, who began scouting in fifth grade, will be building a “Prayer Garden” in the fenced in lot. The garden will include a walkway, which […]

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Man arrested for growing pot

MUGSHOT-Pot grower

A New Hampshire man was charged last week with operating a marijuana growing operation out of a house he owns in Granville. State Police said that Craig Hutchinson, 58, of Mount Vernon, N.H., was operating a sophisticated growing operating out of a home at 150 Conety Road. Police found more than 90 fully mature marijuana […]

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Whitehall still seeking superintendent

By Dan King Finding a new superintendent of schools, even an interim appointee, is proving to be not a quick process in Whitehall. Despite interviews with multiple candidates, the Whitehall Board of Education has yet to decide on a successor for outgoing superintendent Liz Legault. Officials said that they have interviewed candidates and that they […]

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State aid unclear for school budget

By Derek Liebig Uncertainty over the distribution of state aid is muddling Granville Central School District’s budget process. The district is eyeing a proposed $26.6 million dollar budget that would increase the tax levy by 1.11 percent, but how the district ultimately arrives at those numbers remains unclear. State lawmakers were expected to approve a […]

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Village of Whitehall eyes 1.4 percent tax increase

By Dan King The proposed budget for the Village of Whitehall would raise taxes slightly. The Village Board work-shopped its preliminary budget for the ensuing fiscal year and, if approved, there will be a 1.4 percent tax hike. “It’s below the two percent tax cap; I think we’re being pretty fiscally responsible,” said Trustee Walt […]

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Granville man arrested for fraud

Mark Bardin

A Granville man was charged last week with a felony after he tried to use a stolen public benefits card. Mark N. Bardin Jr., 25, was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony. Bardin is accused of possessing and attempting to use a benefits card that belonged to someone else. He was […]

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Granville man faces multiple felonies

A Granville man is facing multiple felonies after he used another person’s debit card. Judson M. Cody, 30, of Granville, was charged last Tuesday with fourth-degree grand larceny and forgery. On Feb. 21 Cody used a debit card to withdraw $500 from an acquaintance’s account. Police said the woman had asked him to get her […]

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Search for Sasquatch resumes, forty years later

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By Dan King It’s been 40 years since the first reported Sasquatch sighting in Whitehall and now the quest to find the creature has been reenergized. Unlike 1975, this time around, the quest will include television cameras and crews hoping to reap the reward of finding one of the most heralded mythical creatures in the […]

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Apathy leaves trustee seat vacant

Candidate pic Ken Bartholomew

By Dan King Whitehall’s mayor-elect, Ken Bartholomew was hoping someone would emerge to take his old trustee position, but that […]

Jane O’Shea resigns, cites issues with board

Jane O'Shea BW

By Derek Liebig A Granville principal is resigning at the end of the school year because of a disagreement over […]

Whitehall Elks honor three for service

New Elks officers are sworn into office

By Dan King Ken McKee, an old Whitehall Elk, used to tell his kids that the acronym BPOE stood for […]

Reelected, incumbents face challenges

By Derek Liebig Members of the Granville Village Board will be together for at least two more years. Incumbents Dean […]

Keough to plant community garden

Jensen Keough

By Dan King A Whitehall High School student has come up with a creative way to support local charity and […]

Whitehall school officials want bobsled club back

By Dan King Until this year, Whitehall High School was the only school in the country with a bobsled club, […]

District, school administrators reach pact

By Derek Liebig The Granville Central School District and the Granville Administrators’ Association, with five members, reached agreement last week […]

Karas not concerned about budget

By Dan King Despite fiscal concerns voiced Board of Education member Frank Barber, Whitehall Central School Business Administrator Joe Karas […]