on Wednesday, 04 December 2013.
Lewis County's former recreational trail coordinator was in Lewis County Court for sentencing for allegedly using county-purchased gravel for his personal use. According to the Court Report from the Johnson Newspapers, Robert Diehl received two three-year conditional discharges and two 300-hour community service sentences by acting County Judge Donald Todd. The sentenced will be served concurrently & avoids jail time and probation. Diehl had been found guilty by Judge Todd of attempted grand larceny 3rd degree, offering a false instrument for filing 1st degree and official misconduct. Diehl will appeal the guilty verdict.
Disabled American Veterans are looking for drivers. We wrap up with Andrew Newcomb, who has more on the organization.
For more information, call 425-4353.
The Lowville Village Band & the Lowville Jazz Orchestra will be in concert Saturday evening. We spoke with Pam Hirschey, who has more.
Once again, the concert will be on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Lowville Academy & Central School Auditorium.
Residents turned out yesterday for a forum on Common Core standards held at Lowville Academy. Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush organized the forum with members of the Assembly's education committee also on hand. Blankenbush says he's not opposed to the idea of the Common Core, but he's voiced concerns on how quickly it was implemented. He added that there should be some changes, but not without local input. Blankenbush says a bill will be put forward in the next session that would eliminate the current Common Core standards and rework them.
A 17 year old Carthage High School student was charged following a school search using K9 dogs yesterday. Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputies report that K9 teams from the sheriff's department and Watertown police searched the high school in coordination with the School District, but would not say when or why the search was conducted. Deputies ticketed Arthur Campbell for unlawful possession of marijuana. The Sheriff's Department added that further discipline issues will be handled by school officials.
Three employees at Fort Drum were rushed to area hospitals yesterday following a suspected carbon monoxide problem on post. Fort Drum Officials said emergency crews were called to an ammunition supply point & surveillance building, at 1:30 p.m. after receiving a report of a problem with carbon monoxide at the building, which is located in the range area on the military installation. 3 civilian employees were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Fort Drum is investigating the incident.
Shoppers in Lewis County may have noticed they are paying a little more at the cash register. Beginning December 1st, Lewis County's local sales and use tax rate increased from 3¾% to 4%, raising the combined state and local tax rate imposed in Lewis County from 7¾% to 8%. State tax officials report that this new tax rate applies to all taxable sales, services, deliveries, and uses in Lewis County.
The North Country is getting over $14 million to help it be better prepared for emergencies. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that the state and federal grants are coming from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, which include $75 million from the annual Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant. The grant helps local governments improve their emergency communications systems. Jefferson & Lewis Counties will each receive $6 million with Herkimer County getting $899,462. Through this grant, local governments are improving the ability of first responders to effectively communicate with neighboring counties in a disaster.
Former trail coordinator sentenced in court
DAV looking to establish office in Lowville area
Village Band in concert on Saturday
Forum on Common Core held in Lowville
High School student charged with marijuana possession
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