BERNE — On Jan. 12, Mackenzie Dunnells, who is 12, swallowed bleach from a bottle in her home in Berne; she wanted to die.

“I got this overwhelming feeling, thinking about all that has been done for five years at school and no one listened to me,” said Mackenzie.

“Our 13-year-old son found her seizing on the floor,” said Mackenzie’s mother, Paula Dunnells. “Our older daughter called 9-1-1.”

“I flew home,” said Mrs. Dunnells who found several police cars and an ambulance there.

Opinion

"It makes me feel like nothing," says a 12-year-old of being bullied at school for years. Her hurt was made worse when, she and her mother say, it was ignored by school leaders.

Guilderland

GUILDERLAND — As the community rallies to raise funds for the seven extended family members who lost their McKownville home to fire last week, five of the six who were injured

New Scotland

“We created another position so he could stay. Otherwise, he would have been out of a job,” New Scotland Supervisor Doug LaGrange said of a change of posts for a town employee.

Prose & Poetry

June Frances Coleman draws on her life to write, as honestly as she can, about what it is like to be black in America. In doing so, she captures a humanity larger than race.

Coleman’s short story, “Across 62nd Street,” is featured in our Prose & Poetry section.

Sports

Voorheesville boys basketball pecks away against Cobleskill-Richmondville to win at home last Friday evening.

Hilltowns

Westerlo's town board came under fire at Tuesday's meeting, accused by a few residents of continuing to exclude the public. 

Regional

NEW SCOTLAND — In 2007, bats started dying due to white-nose syndrome — a disease first discovered at Hailes Cave in Thacher Park.