Man shot after hitting cop with car

Two Rutland, Vermont men were sent to the hospital Wednesday after a shootout and chase with police. Just after midnight Wednesday morning, Rutland police were conducting a narcotics investigation involving a vehicle and two male occupants on Terrill Street in the City of Rutland, officials said. Late Wednesday afternoon, Vermont State Police identified Michael Goodnough, […]

Skyler (left) and Melody Schinski, Ann Schinski’s grandchildren, show off some of the gear that will be given away at Saturday’s backpack drive.

Backpack program marks 14 years

By Matthew Saari School is scheduled to start in a little more than a month, so it’s time to think about gathering school supplies – the backpacks, rulers, folders, pencils, crayons and more – to get kids ready for a year of learning. All of those supplies can be obtained free of charge at this […]


Man shot by Rutland police

Two men were sent to the hospital Wednesday following a shootout and chase with police in Rutland, Vermont. Just after midnight Wednesday morning, Rutland police were conducting a narcotics investigation involving a vehicle and two male occupants on Terrill Street in the City of Rutland, officials said. During the course of the investigation, for reasons […]


Local businesses get big money from feds

By Matthew Saari Many of the region’s leading employers were the leading recipients of federal coronavirus stimulus money. The U.S Small Business Administration (SBA) released data Monday highlighting how much employers across the nation received as a part of the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program. In Granville, the top recipient was Telescope Casual Furniture, which […]


Village, town order cuts in water usage

By Matthew Saari The village and town of Granville both are restricting water usage in their respective municipalities due to extended dry weather. The village announced its water restriction at its board meeting on Monday. “It’s been extremely dry,” said Mayor Paul Labas. “We had 1.7 inches of rain in the month of June and […]

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Poultney man charged with arson

A Poultney, Vermont man has been arrested in connection with a May fire in Middletown Springs, Vermont. On Monday, Vermont State Police arrested Scott Saltis, 46, charging him with arson, criminal mischief and unlawful trespass for allegedly burning down a remote camp in neighboring Middletown Springs. The Middletown Springs Fire Department was dispatched to the […]

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Magill to host virtual concert

By Matthew Saari The show must go on. Despite all of the COVID-19 social-distancing guidelines in place, Daryl Magill is still going to perform for Granville. From more than 1,000 miles away. On Friday, Magill will host a virtual concert on his Facebook page from 7 to 8 p.m. “At least to bring something to […]

Summer Concert Enerjazz

Music in Park canceled

By Matthew Saari For the first time in more than 30 years, Whitehall will not have a musical summer. Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizers confirmed this year’s Music in the Park summer concert series has been canceled. “There was no way we could keep people separated,” said series organizer Carol Greenough. This is the […]

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Next two concerts canceled

By Matthew Saari The next two concerts of Granville’s Summer Concert Series have been cancelled. Following the complaints filed locally and with the state concerning the Village of Granville moving ahead with its inaugural summer concert last week, local officials sought guidance from the state Monday about this week’s and future concerts. “I emailed (the […]

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Health center to reopen

By Matthew Saari The Whitehall Health Center will reopen next week. Whitehall town supervisor John Rozell announced Thursday he had received notice of the opening earlier in the week. “Whitehall Health Center will be open two days a week, starting next week,” Rozell said. Glens Falls Hospital vice president Ray Agnew confirmed the statement, also […]

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Summer swim program starts July 7

By Matthew Saari Children will have the opportunity to learn safe swimming techniques from certified instructors this summer as part of the Granville Youth Commission’s Summer Swim Program. The program begins July 7 and runs through the end of the month. Registration is on Monday, July 6. “Granville is the only area that is doing […]


Whitehall school increases its regional ranking

By Matthew Saari Whitehall Central School jumped 15 spots in a ranking of regional schools. Every year, Albany Business Review publishes a ranking of Capital Region public school districts. The publication collates data from the state Education Department’s School Report Card data and uses a weighted system to determine rankings. “The overall score…is a weighted […]


Granville falls in regional ranking of state’s schools

By Matthew Saari Granville Central School dropped 13 spots in a ranking of regional schools. Every year, Albany Business Review publishes a ranking of Capitol Region public school districts. The publication collates data from the state Education Department’s School Report Card data and uses a weighted system to determine rankings. “The overall score…is a weighted […]

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State travel ban forces Magill out of concert

By Matthew Saari Granville’s flashiest musician has pulled out of this year’s Summer Concert Series. Daryl Magill announced Tuesday that, because of New York’s travel ban on COVID-19 hotspots, he will be unable to make an appearance in the Colored Slate Capital of the World. “Because of the recent New York quarantine requirement of Florida […]

The top three adult winners of the Sasquatch Calling Contest.

Upstart Bigfoot fest proposed

By PJ Ferguson   COVID-19 or not, Whitehall will not rest on celebrating their beloved mascot. While the Sasquatch Calling Festival has been canceled this year because of the pandemic, an event celebrating the mythical creature may still occur on Sept. 26, provided the town permits it. Paul Thompson, owner of Vermont Marble, Granite, Slate […]

Recent News

Obituary: Donald Herman Herbst

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Whitehall-Donald Herman Herbst, 81, of Champlain Ave., passed away peacefully at the Glens Falls Hospital, after a valiant fight with cancer.  Born in Whitehall on June 17, 1939, he was the son of the late Herman and Edna (Shinvier) Herbst. Don graduated from Whitehall High School, Class of 1958. Upon graduation, he immediately enlisted in […]

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Obituary: Jason C. Thomas

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Jason C. Thomas, 44, of Willow Spring, NC (formerly of Granville, NY) passed away peacefully with family by his side on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Jason was an active member in his community, a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Garner, Raleigh Dart League, Carolina Bronco Club, and Wings of Carolina Flying Club. […]

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Chasin’ Racin’: Fonda welcomes ‘Jeffer,’ Jeff Heotzler

By Mark Kane Who would have ever thought when you looked out the window early Saturday morning or right up until mid-afternoon that Fonda Speedway would have ever gotten its entire racing program in last Saturday night? The “Valley of Speed” called its show earlier in the day, but Fonda held on watching the radar […]

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Obituary: Tasia Oakman Benson

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Tasia Oakman Benson of Poultney passed away suddenly of a stroke on June 13, 2020.  Born February 2, 1951 to Beverly (Jones) and Walter Oakman.  She was a 1969 graduate of Granville High School.  She earned her Paralegal Degree from Woodbury College in 1988 and then her Vermont Real Estate License in 1994.  Tasia was […]

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Obituary: Ramon (Ray) George Vaughn, Sr.

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Ramon (Ray) George Vaughn, Sr., of Moss Beach, CA passed away on June 19, 2020 after a 20 year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Ray was born on February 26, 1937 in Glens Falls, NY at the home of his parents Bethuel G. Vaughn and Minnie Bell (Farr) Vaughn. Ray graduated in 1956 from Glens Falls High […]

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Chasin’ Racin’: Fonda Speedway, week two

By Mark Kane Under bright skies and temps in the 90s there was a freeze warning in the Capital District, and like a hurricane it had a name: Mr. Freeze, Stewart Friesen. The likable Friesen started off the weekend with a win at the “Great Race Place” Albany Saratoga and came right back Saturday to […]

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Summer concert abruptly canceled

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By Matthew Saari Granville’s first concert of its Summer Concert Series has been canceled. Mayor Paul Labas made the announcement Monday afternoon. “Right now it’s just the first concert,” Labas said. “I haven’t made a decision about the rest…we’ll wait and see what happens next week.” The decision was made, Labas said, after several complaints […]

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Obituary: Harry Woodruff

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Pawlet, VT/South Bethany, Delaware –  On June 26, 2020 Harry Charles Woodruff (Woody) passed on peacefully at home surrounded by family, friends and caregivers.  He loved his home and spend the last months sitting on the porch and watching his favorite magnolia tree, which was blooming as he passed. Harry lived in South Bethany, Delaware […]

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Section II’s greatest basketball players

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By Keith Harrington EDITOR’S NOTE: The writer has been a part of Section II athletics for more than 40 years as a team manager, player, coach, broadcaster and sportswriter. He has seen nearly every one of the area’s best basketball players in person. This week he is recognizing a group of the best players ever […]

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Teen hit by car


A Whitehall teen was sent to the hospital Wednesday evening after being struck by a car. Whitehall police and EMS were dispatched to the intersection of Poultney Street and South Williams Street Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for a reported car v. pedestrian accident. Police found a 13-year-old girl being attended by  EMS personnel. Police said […]

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Two teens charged for breaking into Mary J. Tanner School

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By Matthew Saari A bout of curiosity resulted in felony charges for two local teens. On Monday morning at 5:30 a.m., State Police were dispatched to Mary J. Tanner School to investigate a security alarm activation. “We had two 16-year-olds break into Mary J. Tanner,” said Granville school resource officer Ryan Pedone. However, a sweep […]

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Village may go to court over canal wall ownership


By PJ Ferguson   The Whitehall Village Board is pursuing taking the New York State Canal Corporation to court over ownership of the damaged canal wall. “To go down that path and sort out who actually owns it is kind of a long-term thing,” cautioned Mayor Phil Smith. Since the damage to the canal wall […]

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Ask Matt: Will another network pick up canceled Single Parents?

Question: Is there any word on Single Parents being picked up by another network? The talented adults and kids were […]

“Hot Mess House” shows how to clear up clutter


By Barb Oates Good news for you clutter kings and queens out there. You’re not messy, lazy or disorganized! “You’re […]

Lost on Everest


By Rick Gables National Geographic Channel will premiere Lost on Everest Tuesday, June 30, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The one-hour […]

ReMIND, ReWIND – 50 Years Already?


“Love Story,” “MASH,” “Patton” and other classic films celebrate a milestone By Paul Hall, ReMIND Magazine I shake my head […]

Celebrate the 4th of July

Because of concerns about large group gatherings in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Fourth of July events have […]

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