Gov. Cuomo, Main Street needs a hand from Albany

Covid-19 has completely changed the way we all live. But along with worrying about keeping themselves and their families healthy, thousands of small business owners across New York state are losing sleep over how to keep this virus from killing the businesses they have worked so hard to build. At the same time, lawmakers in Albany […]

The Washington County Board of Supervisors

County faces financial ‘uncertainties’

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials are clouded by financial uncertainties stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic with County Administrator Chris Debolt revealing that the Governor’s orders regarding non-essential businesses and workers is likely to be extended through Memorial Day. Debolt spoke to the county board of supervisors during an emergency meeting held via teleconference on […]

Whitehall High School

School slated to resume soon, officials await state guidance

By PJ Ferguson As the news develops around the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitehall Central School District faces some changes and more questions than answers moving forward. While school budget votes and school board have been postponed statewide until at least June, it still remains to be seen if school will reopen at all for the […]

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

Low COVID-19 numbers in county due to lack of testing, officials say

By PJ Ferguson Washington County officials project that more positive cases of the novel coronavirus exist in the county than are being reported due to a lack of testing. “There has been no testing here for two weeks,” said county administrator Chris Debolt signifying that the state has pulled tests from upstate medical centers to […]

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Town offices close April 1

By Matthew Saari The Town of Granville offices will be closed to the public “until further notice” as of April 1. Town supervisor Matt Hicks notified the Sentinel Monday of the change in operations, finalizing the policy Tuesday morning. “It will be closed to the public starting tomorrow,” Hicks said Tuesday. The closure notice cited […]

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Village, school elections postponed until June

By Matthew Saari The elections scheduled for both the Granville village and school boards have been pushed back several months. Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order Monday postponing all village and school elections across the state until “at least June 1.” “My understanding is there is no specific date for the village election,” said […]


Vermont schools closed, Granville eyes reopening

By Matthew Saari   Vermont Gov. Phil Scott announced last week that all schools in the Green Mountain State will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The next day, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said all schools this side of the border will remain closed for a further two weeks. On […]

Washington County has declared a state of emergency resulting in the closure of all non-essential departments.

Washington County: Visitors, stay away

By PJ Ferguson Washington County is urging visitors, weekenders, second-home owners and short-term rental owners to stay away during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter sent out by Washington County Board of Supervisors chairman Board Samuel Hall, he outlined the issues that the county faces by welcoming visitors. Essex County issued a similar letter first, […]

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Whitehall fiscal health ‘good’

By PJ Ferguson The village of Whitehall is in good fiscal health, according to the annual fiscal stress report by the New York State Comptroller’s Office. While Whitehall’s fiscal score saw a slight uptick from last year’s 3.3 points to this year’s five, both scores are substantially below the 45-point threshhold for susceptible fiscal stress. […]

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Cumberland Farms robbery suspect arrested

By PJ Ferguson The Whitehall Cumberland Farms armed robbery suspect has found and arrested, police say. Nathan Kupiec, 21, of Cambridge, was arrested in Bennington, Vermont after the Whitehall Police Department received multiple tips on his identity and possible whereabouts. He is facing a charge of robbery in the first degree, a class B felony. […]


U.S. Marshals arrest parole absconder in Granville

By Matthew Saari A U.S. Marshals task force was deployed to the Village of Granville Wednesday evening to apprehend a parole absconder. Granville police received information Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. Ryan Pedone said, which indicated Austin J. Mosher, 22, was living in the village. “We received some credible information there was a parole absconder,” said Pedone. […]


Village improves fiscal stress rating

By Matthew Saari For the second year running, the Village of Granville improved its fiscal stress score. The state Comptroller’s Office’s annual fiscal stress reports examine the fiscal health of village and cities throughout the state. To ascertain how municipalities are trending fiscally, the state examines six distinct categories, with each category assigned a point […]

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Car hits fallen electric pole

Occupants stay inside for 90 minutes till power shut off By PJ Ferguson A vehicle drove into a fallen electrical pole on County Route 18 on Monday night and its two occupants remained inside the vehicle for about 90 minutes until the power could be shut off. First responders received the call at 8:39 p.m. […]

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Alcohol, dog droppings concern village

By PJ Ferguson Whitehall Village Board member Teresa Austin aired multiple concerns she received from individuals regarding allowing the sale and consumption of alcohol in Riverside Park for the Sasquatch Calling Festival and other approved events. The concerns varied from the Sasquatch Festival being a “family event,” to increased police presence being required costing the […]

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Store robbed at knifepoint

By PJ Ferguson A man armed with a knife robbed the Cumberland Farms store in Whitehall on Monday afternoon. At about 1 p.m. on Monday, a man, standing at about 5’2,” wearing a camouflage hoodie, a green knit hat, dark jeans and black boots brandished a knife to the clerk, taking an unknown amount of […]

Recent News

Obituary: David G. Morehouse

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Fort Ann, NY – David G. Morehouse passed away at his Dad’s house on March 13, 2020, joining his parents and his brother. Dave was born on March 19, 1956 in Granville, NY the son of George and Eleanor (Bassett) Morehouse. He grew up in Granville and attended Granville schools. He played football while in […]

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Obituary: David J. Little

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Middle Granville, NY – David J. Little, age 60, passed away on March 29, 2020 at his home, with his loving wife by his side, following a long battle with cancer. David was born on November 25, 1959 in Granville, NY the son of William and Eileen (King) Little, Sr. David joined the Army in […]

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Obituary: Crispen Winterburn

Crispen Winterburn, 49, of Manchester, NH, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, March 23, 2020 after a brief illness. Crispen grew up in the Granville area. He is survived by his parents, Spencer and Susan Winterburn of Granville, N.Y. and a brother Barry Winterburn and his wife Jenn of Schylerville, N.Y., and 5 nieces […]

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Obituary: Joan R. Monger

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RUTLAND — Joan R. Monger 87, formally of Fair Haven, passed away on March 15, 2020, at The Pines at Rutland Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where she resided since April of 2019. Joan was born in Hampton New York, June 27, 1932, daughter of Albro and Helen (Douglas) Ramey.  Joan graduated from Fair Haven […]

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Officials quash martial law rumors


By Matthew Saari Rumors have been spreading faster than the novel coronavirus in recent days, following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 100% reduction of non-essential workers and Policies Assure Uniform Safety Everyone (PAUSE) executive order. Being spread mostly through social media platforms like Facebook, the rumors range from a simple curfew being enacted to the New York-Vermont […]

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Restrictions have little effect in Hartford

The Hartford town hall will still be open for its regular business hours.

By PJ Ferguson The town of Hartford’s operations will go largely unaffected by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order to shut down all operations deemed non-essential in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Town supervisor Dana Haff sent out a statement ensuring that town clerk and highway services will continue operating per usual with slight adjustments. […]

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Truck knocks out hydrant


By Matthew Saari Whitehall’s Department of Public Works employees were working till midnight Thursday after a truck struck a fire hydrant. DPW foreman Steve Brock said he was alerted to the situation at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. “We got two phone calls…that (a truck) clipped a fire hydrant,” he said. The hydrant, at the corner of […]

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Open meetings law suspended by state


By Matthew Saari A directive from the state has suspended the open meetings law, meaning residents are now unable to attend public meetings held by villages, towns and schools. On Friday, March 13, Gov. Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.1 which suspends Article 7 of the Public Officers Law – more commonly known as Open Meetings […]

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Park, rec center, courts closed

The Whitehall town board.

By PJ Ferguson The Whitehall Town Board decided at its meeting last Wednesday to close the rec center and Skenesborough Park. “The park is closed to any gatherings of 10 people or more until further notice,” declared town supervisor John Rozell. Signs will be erected and police will be notified to break-up any gatherings that […]

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Businesses adjust to deal with virus

The Railyard Taproom and Restaurant is offering take-out orders and adjusting their hours due to the coronavirus pandemic.

By PJ Ferguson Local businesses are having to make serious adjustments due to the announcement on Monday that all bars, restaurants and gyms must close because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and bars are still permitted to offer delivery and take-out services. Joe’s Pizza owner Joe Kelley said his business has taken a significant […]

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Obituary: Mary Anna Billow Woodell

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Mary Anna Billow Woodell, a rare, creative spirit, softly completed her life journey March 17 at her Loudonville home, in the loving care of her son, Paul, and daughter-in-law, Kristin, following a short illness. During the last few days of her life, Mary Ann enjoyed visits from members of her family and close friends. The […]

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Obituary: Anne M. Herschleb

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Queensbury, NY – Anne M. Herschleb, age 99, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Elderwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in North Creek, NY. Anne was born on February 1, 1921 in Granville, New York the daughter of Adam and Suzanne (Stritch) Macura. She was one of thirteen children. Anne left this earth to […]

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Municipalities close offices to public


Matthew Saari As COVID-19 cases increase and spread throughout the state, most municipalities are shuttering their doors to the public […]