This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:
A decision Thursday by the Defense Department to lift the ban on women serving in combat was applauded Friday by area residents who have served in the military.
In sports: Regardless of how far Oneonta High’s girls basketball team advances this season, it’s unlikely it will face better team than it met Sunday.
The Yellowjackets stayed even with a Penfield squad that returned all five starters from last season’s team that lost in the Class AA state final for one half before falling, 61-40, in a non-league game at Onondaga Community College.
A plan aimed at derailing the privatization of the Otsego Manor nursing home was dealt a setback Monday, when Otsego County Rep. James Powers — who leads a key committee on the county board — pronounced the proposal dead on arrival.
In sports: For the second consecutive week, Oneonta State senior Sean Bernstein was named the SUNY Athletic Conference’s track and field athlete of the week.
Bernstein, who won a national outdoor title in the 200 meters last spring, contributed to three wins Saturday at the Hamilton College Invitational. He won the 60 (6.95 seconds) and the 200 (22.38), and helped O-State’s 800 relay team to a victory in a school-record time of 1:31.44.
Ganesh Ramsaran, the husband of missing Jennifer Ramsaran of New Berlin, said Tuesday that he appreciates all the work police have done to find his wife, including the interrogation he underwent as detectives sought to solve the mystery.
He said he has cooperated with all requests made of him by investigators, including taking a polygraph examination that helps detectives determine whether an interview subject is being evasive.
In sports: Zach Mudge’s game-high 28 points included seven-for-eight accuracy from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter as host Hunter-Tannersville defeated Margaretville, 44-35, in a matchup of Delaware League Upper Division boys basketball powers Tuesday.