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MONDAY

Fifty years have passed since President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his “War on Poverty,” and although significant improvements have been made, area communities still have a long way to go, local officials said last week.

In sports: Even a game-high 25 points from senior Mariah Ruff wasn’t enough to prevent Oneonta High from suffering its first girls basketball loss of the season.

TUESDAY

A company that is now the frontrunner to take over the Otsego Manor nursing home has been diligent about conducting background checks on all employees at its 120-bed Utica home, a spokesman said Monday.

Also: A man whose body was recovered while police investigators were trying to question him about the theft of more than 20 guns from a Norwich store died from hypothermia and a drug overdose, state police said Monday.

In sports: Cooperstown’s girls made a 28-point improvement over their first meeting against Sherburne-Earlville, but it still wasn’t enough.

Liz Millea scored a game-high 16 points, but host Cooperstown lost, 50-49, in a Center State Conference basketball game Monday.

WEDNESDAY

After the release of the New New York Education Reform Commission’s final report, two area superintendents reflected on what can be done locally and in New York to improve public education and make better use of financial resources.

In sports: Jordan Beers scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead host Franklin to a 61-47 Tri-Valley League girls basketball victory over Schenevus on Tuesday.

THURSDAY

Lawyers on both sides of the controversy over whether municipalities can zone out gas drilling in New York are debating the significance of a Delaware County Court ruling that tossed out the town of Sidney’s nearly year-old moratorium against fracking.

In sports: Tanner Winchester scored a season-high 31 points Wednesday, helping the Unatego boys basketball team to a 62-57 Midstate Athletic Conference victory at Harpursville.

Also: Nick Meno’s game-high 17 points helped Sidney coach Mike Brazee to his 350th victory as the Warriors (5-5, 5-1) beat Delhi, 46-36, in the MAC.

FRIDAY

Fifty years after Dr. Luther Terry’s groundbreaking Surgeon General’s Report that showed a definitive link to cancer and heart disease from smoking, 16 percent of Otsego County residents surveyed said they smoke every day.

In sports: Cooperstown’s boys won all but two events Thursday while improving to 5-0 with a 100-79 Frontier League swimming victory over visiting Holland Patent.

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