This weekend feature offers a recap of the week’s top local stories:


Molly Youngs of Sidney proved she was a “maestro” of spelling, but first she had to figure out “cilantro.”

Youngs, an eighth-grader at Sidney Central School, won The Daily Star 2013 Regional Spelling Bee in Goodrich Theatre at the State University College at Oneonta on Saturday by beating Taegan Mackey of Oneonta in the ninth round, the third round of head-to-head spelling between the two girls. There were 22 contestants overall.

In sports: The first half belonged to Morris on Saturday at Oneonta State.

Jordan Beers owned the second.

Junior point guard Beers scored 24 of her game-high 33 points after halftime, leading the Franklin girls basketball team to a 51-37 victory over Tri-Valley League rival Morris in the Section Four Class D championship game.


Otsego County officials have begun researching the possibility of working with a local development corporation to assist in marketing the sale of the Otsego Manor nursing home to a private buyer.

In sports: Upper Iowa University’s Trevor Franklin, a Unadilla Valley graduate, will have a chance to win his third straight NCAA Division II wrestling title this weekend.

Franklin, a redshirt senior, has a 14-5 record at 133 pounds this season, including 12-4 against D-II opponents this season.


Residents of rural towns and villages throughout Otsego County may soon be able to subscribe to a wireless internet connection thanks to a state-granted windfall of nearly $560,000 intended to make broadband more accessible.

In sports: One might imagine there were a few OMGs, perhaps some :)s and maybe even an LOL or two.

After all, it was a couple of high school juniors typing with their thumbs after leading their respective basketball teams to Class B sectional titles last week.

“We’ve been texting,” Oneonta High’s Mariah Ruff said Tuesday at Drago Gymnasium when asked if she’s been communicating with Utica Notre Dame standout Emily Durr. “After the last game, we were talking about basketball. She was one of my best friends on the team.”


A parade of advocates for keeping Otsego Manor a public nursing home failed to dissuade the county board Wednesday from moving ahead with authorizing a $35,000 expenditure to hire a law firm that will offer guidance on ways to sell the facility to a private buyer.

In sports: Cooperstown’s highly anticipated softball season can wait, unless practice can find a way to co-exist with the Class C girls basketball state tournament.

“I don’t mind if they overlap,” said Nicole Cring, the pitcher for the softball team and center for the basketball team. “All of the girls who also play softball were talking and we’re fine with it overlapping. We’ll do both. We want to keep this going for two more weeks.”


State Sen. James Seward said Thursday he will not vote for a bill that would formalize and extend the state’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for shale gas until 2015 if such a bill comes to a vote in the Senate.

In sports: Area scoring leader Jordan Beers will lead Franklin (20-0) into a Class D state quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Saturday at Oneonta State, where the Section Four champion Purple Devils will play fellow unbeaten Oriskany (21-0) of Section Three. The game will be the second in a state-quarterfinal triple-header at Dewar Arena — in between a Class C girls showdown between Cooperstown and Harpursville and a Class D boys clash featuring Marathon and New York Mills.

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