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.
Fiscal stability, economic growth and housing improvements in Center City are among ongoing issues Mayor Dick Miller said he would address during a second term at Oneonta’s City Hall.
In sports: Host Oneonta State and King’s College split 10 matches, but the Red Dragons used three pins to earn a 27-16 non-conference wrestling victory Wednesday.
Ben Mikac (133 pounds), Dan Graff (157) and Chad Obzud (197) had the pins for O-State, which improved to 6-8 on the season. King’s is 4-8.
Leatherstocking Corp., owner of the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, has agreed to pay a $550,000 settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit brought by service workers, largely over the distribution of service-charge proceeds.
In sports: Sidney and South Kortright know exactly where they stand after winning key boys basketball games Thursday night.
Hunter-Tannersville, Margaretville and Stamford? Not so much.
Sidney clinched the No. 1 seed for the Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 Tournament with a 56-37 rout of visiting Harpursville. The Warriors improved to 14-1 overall and 10-0 in the MAC with one league game remaining – Monday against visiting Deposit. Their victory Thursday closed out Unatego (11-4, 10-1), which beat Unadilla Valley, 61-54, in its MAC finale Thursday.