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Friday, February 26, 2021


King of the Ice draws hundreds to White Lake

When the clock struck 6 a.m. on Sunday, February 21 the competition was on. Hundreds of participants ventured out onto a frozen White Lake for this year's King of Ice fishing tournament.
Organized by the Sullivan County Conservation Club and hosted by the White Lake Fire Company, King of the Ice ... read more

A heart as large as his stature

LIVINGSTON MANOR — Ask anyone who was fortunate enough to know him and they'll inevitably tell you the same thing. Christopher Pekny, 28, was larger than life in just about every way imaginable. An imposing figure standing 6'5” and weighing 250 lbs., those who knew him best say his large stature ... read more

Acting, gymnastics and a new talk show ... the Tweeds do it all

This is part four of a new series the Sullivan County Democrat will be running each Friday in February in recognition of Black History Month.

She is a Sullivan County native that acts, models and continues to help her parents run J & J Driving School. He is an author, who also acts, teaches ... read more

Possible COVID exposure in Highland

ELDRED -- The Town of Highland closed their offices to the public earlier this week due to a possible COVID-19 exposure.
A person who visited the Town Hall last week presented symptoms over the weekend. Town of Highland Supervisor Jeff Haas said the individual, who is still awaiting results of a ... read more

Rajsz launches public condemnation against Doherty

MONTICELLO — At last week's full board meeting of the county legislature, Legislator Nadia Rajsz called out Chairman Rob Doherty for using social media and the county's website to put out statements without the full agreement from the rest of the legislature, using his title as chairman to ... read more

County seeing substantial fires this year

SULLIVAN — Sullivan County Fire Coordinator John Hauschild said in 2020 there were 27 structure fires. So far this year there have been 42.
“There has definitely been an increase,” Hauschild said. “Due to what, I don't know.”
He said it could be a combination of things, such as people being ... read more

Mamakating updates tax assessment for seniors

MAMAKATING — During the February 2 meeting, the Mamakating Town Board held a public hearing on the Introductory Local Law to Update Town Code Chapter 172 for Senior Citizens Tax Exemptions. Town Supervisor, Janet Lybolt, explained that the Department of Taxation and Finance allowed municipalities ... read more

Mamakating discusses D&H Canal Interpretive Center

by Samantha Montagna

MAMAKATING — During the February 16 meeting, Mamakating Town Supervisor, Janet Lybolt, brought up the D&H Canal Interpretive Center on Bova Road and the idea of the town taking control of its operations.
She explained that back in 2017, a previous town board passed a ... read more

Meetings 2/26-3/2

Friday, February 26

Callicoon Center Fire District, Special Meeting, 7 p.m., Callicoon Center Firehouse, 3 Fire House Rd., Callicoon Center.

Monday, March 1

Town of Liberty, Town Board, Dept. Head/Worksession Meeting, 6:30 p.m.,120 North Main St., Liberty.
Village of ... read more

Monticello man arrested on multiple charges following vehicle pursuit

SULLIVAN COUNTY — Members of the Monticello Police arrested James E. Slater, AKA “J Rock”, age 35, of Monticello on Monday, February 22. Slater was charged with the felony of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th degree, misdemeanors for reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree, ... read more

Fallsburg's former Judge Ward case closed

FALLSBURG — The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct has released its findings earlier this month on the case against former Fallsburg Town Justice Court Judge Amanda Ward.
Ward had resigned from her position, effective as of October 31, 2020, after being served with the New York State ... read more

Scott Mace running for Thompson Supervisor

THOMPSON — Voters in Thompson this November will have a choice of who they want to be their town supervisor. Thompson Town Councilman, Scott Mace, told the Democrat that he is running for the town supervisor position this election season.
Mace, a Republican, will be facing off against long-time ... read more

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