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Valley News future is solidified

The Valley News and Patriot-Advertiser will be acquired later this month by a community publishing company with strong local ties.

The pending transaction secures the local newspapers’ place in Fulton after an unsettling announcement two weeks ago by the Valley News’ owner, Scotsman Media Group, that it would be ceasing operations at its printing plants in Syracuse and Chenango Bridge and laying off some 90 employees.

Based on private negotiations with the Sample News Group at that time, Scotsman president William Veit said the Valley News would not be impacted by company’s closure.

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GOP doesn’t endorse in Family Court judge race

The Oswego County Republican Committee chose to not endorse in the race for Family Court Judge.

Four candidates, Thomas Benedetto, Ed Izyk, Sal Lanza, and Jim Eby all spoke and asked for the committee’s endorsement, however, the committee decided to let all go forward to an open primary on Sept. 9.

I believe this is a testament to all the candidates who are running for his position,” said committee Chairman Michael C. Backus. “This position is so sensitive for the county that I am proud that the committee chose to let the people decide who the best candidate is.”

 

 

Birdlebough athletes recognized at special banquet

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Phoenix Central School District, in conjunction with the Phoenix Firebirds Sports Booster Club, honored athletes from the John C. Birdlebough Class of 2014 at the annual Senior Athlete Recognition Banquet.  Continue reading

Number of people at risk of homelessness on the rise

 COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey.  A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness) committee members Doug Baldwin of Oswego County Department of Social Services and Kristin LaBarge of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) review results from the committee’s annual Point in Time survey. A one- day count of homeless individuals in Oswego County, the Point in Time survey is a concise effort by area human service agencies to raise the awareness of homelessness and compile an approximate number of those who are homeless, or are housing vulnerable, in Oswego County.

In an ongoing effort to combat homelessness in Oswego County, COACH (County of Oswego Advocates Challenging Homelessness), Oswego County’s Continuum of Care Committee, is closely reviewing the results of its annual Point in Time survey.   Continue reading

Oswego County worries about sales tax situation

By Debra J. Groom

For many years, Oswego County experienced steady growth in sales tax revenue.

This helped the county keep its tax rate low while still providing all the services residents have come to expect and enjoy.

But since the recession of 2008, things have changed. Sales tax revenue has become stagnant. Yes, the county is seeing more sales tax money each year, but not that much more. Continue reading