Step Back in Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

july 8, 1994

For the second time this year, Oneonta Police Department Patrolman John C. Wyckoff has been commended by a top government official for bravery in the line of duty.

Wyckoff was among 18 law enforcement officers throughout the state who were selected to receive certificates of honorable mention for meritorious acts.

Wyckoff was honored for his actions of April 18, 1993, when he and Oneonta firefighter Barry Wallace plunged into a flooded, icy Susquehanna River to rescue two canoeists whose boat had capsized after hitting a submerged tree.

A six-year veteran of the Oneonta Police Department, Wyckoff was also one of 150 law enforcement officers nationwide to receive a presidential commendation for his actions last April.

50 years ago

july 8, 1969

The Oneonta Consolidated School District must find approximately 15 new faculty members by September if Oneonta schools are to go into the 1969-70 school year with a full teaching staff.

Superintendent Robert C. White, who said Monday that the vacancies exist at “all levels” of Oneonta schools, indicated that some have been created by resignations and others by retirement.

The problem, the superintendent said, is “no more than last year” as he pointed out that some of the positions are already tentatively filled.

It will be about the first of August, White said, before he draws a list of the potential new faculty, including some posts already in the process of being filled.