Leaving a family without a home on Christmas, a fire on Villeneuve Drive still has an unknown cause, state investigators say.

Opinion

Appointments and dismissals should be based on merit, not based on political reward or punishment.

Guilderland

A “MeetMe” app led to a rape, according to testimony heard in Guilderland Town Court on Wednesday.

New Scotland

A draft of a new plan for zoning the hamlet of New Scotland was presented to the town board on Thursday, Nov. 30.

Regional

The Hilltown Community Resource Center in Westerlo coordinates sponsors who make a donation of food or purchase gifts for a child or family.

Hilltowns

At Knox’s upcoming meeting on Jan. 1, the town board — with newly elected members that ran with the Republican-backed supervisor — will be selecting a new town attorney, a new zoning board chair, and possibly several other positions. The supervisor has said he has received over 20 applications so far.

Sports

The Voorheesville Blackbirds boys’ basketball team hosted a Colonial Council matchup against Schalmont at home in which the Birds had a tough time cracking the Sabres’ defense in the 64-to-51 loss.