Marcello Iaia

BERNE — Two neighbors — a man who raises cattle and a woman who keeps horses — were the only bidders for a 42.5-acre property foreclosed on by Albany County, which lies between them.

The parcel was slated for conservation and had a minimum bid set at $68,000.

BERNE — A taxi driver arrested in May for keeping a woman in his taxi and touching her breasts without her consent is awaiting sentencing.

Fifty-three students graduated from Berne-Knox-Westerlo in a ceremony on June 28. The otherwise jovial event was especially poignant when awards were given in memory of a student and  two alumni who died in recent years.

The valedictorian of BKW's Class of 2014, who is headed to Houghton College to study chemistry, has been a counselor at Camp Pinnacle where his father, a pastor, is executive director.

BKW's salutatorian learned gardening and cooking from her mother. Now, she's graduating with a coveted restaurant job and a spot in Schenectady County Community College's restaurant and hotel management program.

In a Court of Appeals decision announced Monday, the towns of Dryden and Middlefield prevailed in cases testing their zoning prohibitions against activities surrounding high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

HILLTOWNS — Among the natural pests that plague homeowners, the species named carpenter bees might be the most ironic. They burrow into dead wood, compromising structures built by the hands of human carpenters.

Jean Forti Day in the Knox Town Park on Saturday will raise funds for Forti's medical expenses. She was diagnosed with liver cancer in May and will undergo surgery on July 2.

The verdict in a DWI trial this week —a first for the Berne judge — turned on whether the drunk driver of a go-cart was driving on a public road or thrown there.

Judge James Corigliano allowed jurors to infer that, since the prosecution did not maintain the video footage requested by the defense, the missing evidence would have harmed the prosecution's case.

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