The Daily Star
---- — This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
As Time Warner Cable prepares to deliver a 6.4 percent rate hike to its customers, some area residents are finding ways to watch movies and TV without a cable subscription. Services such as Netflix and Amazon, and devices such as Roku and Apple TV, have a growing appeal for cost-conscious consumers, but when it comes to live sports or the Oscars, many viewers still tune in to traditional TV.
In local sports, the Oneonta High girls closed out their basketball season on Saturday in a 50-44 loss to Utica Notre Dame, signalling the end to Mariah Ruff’s four years with the Yellowjackets. Ruff will go on to play basketball next season at Division I St. Bonaventure.
A modernization project that began a year ago at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital was unveiled this week, offering private rooms and an observation area for outpatient care that one official described as a “middle ground” between the Emergency Department and being admitted to the hospital.
In local sports, Hartwick College’s equestrian team placed tied for fourth Saturday in the Morrisville Show. The Hawks and Oneonta State each finished with 26 points.
As hard as this winter has been on the area’s residents, it may have been even harder on the local roads, some officials noted Tuesday. Maintenance crews are scrambling to patch what Oneonta Public Service Supervisor Larry Harrison called “horrible” roads, but bad conditions have made it nearly impossible to keep up with repairs.
In local sports, Kevin Theofield broke a tie in the fourth quarter and visiting Oneonta State scored three more goals to beat Hartwick College, 9-5, Tuesday in a non-conference men’s lacrosse game.
“Shovel-ready” is still the watch word for Otsego County’s economic development team, according to a talk the agency’s chief executive officer Alexander “Sandy” Mathes Jr. gave Wednesday at a Citizen Voices program in Oneonta. Mathes said efforts are underway to identify one or two sites this spring that can be made shovel-ready to attract potential investment — an effort the IDA will lead.
In local sports, Oneonta State junior J.D. Roth was selected as the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region Male Indoor Field Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. Roth is the first field athlete in men’s program history to earn the honor.
Assemblyman Bill Magee, D-Nelson, said he approves of a component in his house’s budget plan that would legalize medical marijuana in New York state, but Clifford Crouch, R-Bainbridge, said he doesn’t feel his constituents would support such a change. Other highlights of the budget include cost-of-living pay increases for human service providers, an increase in school aid and tax relief for homeowners and farmers.
In local sports, Oneonta State’s softball team made short work of two opponents Thursday with a pair of mercy-rule victories during the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Catcher Brianna Rivera went 2-for-2 with a triple, a double, two RBIs and two runs to lead the Red Dragons to a 10-0 rout of Rockford University in five innings.