This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
Oneonta patrol officers today will start working 12-hour instead of eight-hour shifts. During a three-month trial, the Oneonta Police Department will study the efficiency of coverage, the impact on overtime spending and case management and the reaction of officers, among other factors, city and union officials said last week.
In sports: Walton’s young squad rode an 18-point second quarter to an 18-16 victory over visiting Whitney Point on Saturday in a Section Four Football Conference non-division victory that marked the opener for both teams.
The winner of this year’s Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award is Five Star Subaru of Oneonta. Otsego County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Barbara Ann Heegan said that Five Star Subaru was given the award based on its community outreach, customer service and involvement with the arts.
Brooks’ Bottling Co., a sister company of Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q, was given the Breakthrough Award for the expansion of its sauce bottling business.
In sports: Ty Magnan and eighth-grader Connor Woznick scored two goals apiece to lead host South Kortright to a 4-2 Delaware League boys soccer victory over Gilboa on Monday.
A judge has rejected a defense lawyer’s request to disqualify the Chenango County District Attorney’s office from handling the murder trial of Ganesh “Remy” Ramsaran, reasoning it was “common knowledge” that a woman who hired an assistant prosecutor as her matrimonial lawyer had an affair with the suspect.
In sports: Madison Allen swam to victories in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 breaststroke as host Oneonta High defeated Chenango Forks, 111-59, Tuesday in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference meet.
The Grand and Glorious Garage Sale will be held for the 34th time Saturday.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Main Street in Oneonta will be closed off and open only to foot traffic, becoming one big garage sale. More than 100 vendors will be present, selling garage-sale items in addition to handcrafted goods. There will also be a farmers’ market, food and music from the Oneonta Community Concert Band.
In sports: Kailub Russell earned his fourth consecutive victory Sunday, taking the points lead XC1 Pro Class after winning Round 10 of the 13-stop AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin.
Could the threat of doubling the price of milk encourage federal legislators to pass a new Farm Bill? Several people involved in area farming said it might do the trick.
In sports: Brittney Herrick had a match-high 13 kills Thursday, leading undefeated Oneonta High to a 3-0 volleyball sweep of visiting Johnson City in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference. OHS (4-0, 4-0) also received match-bests from Krissy Wells (17 assists) and Annie Nobiling (five aces) during its 25-6, 25-14, 25-18 triumph.