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Weekend in review

Dec 31, 2012 1:39 am
Some of the stories that made the news, Dec. 28 to Dec. 30.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star Columbia County officials are now concerned about financial stability in the year to come after receiving reports that sales tax figures dropped by five percent in the past month. Two weeks ago, the Board of Supervisors approved the county's 2013 budget, including a tax levy decrease. The decrease was based on a projected increase in sales tax revenue. Officials are predicting a few cash strapped months until tax payments begin to arrive in March and April. A recommendation is under consideration to recommend departments hold back on non-essential spending in the interim. Read the full story in the Register Star.

Melanie Lekocevic reported in The Daily Mail the historic merger between the Coxsackie and Athens Little Leagues is now official following approval by Little League International. The united league's assets now includes a total of five community fields. Some changes are expected in the coming season, including the decision to play all softball games at Isabel Rainey Field in Athens. The merger also means kids from Athens and Coxsackie will play together on the same teams, and the entire league will operate under one board of directors. Because of the amount of work required to finalize the merger, registration this year may be later than usual. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Nathan Mayberg reported in the Register Star the former Claverack School will begin functioning as Columbia County's temporary courthouse this week. The facility is located near the intersection of routes 23B and 9H in the village of Claverack. Contractors continued work on the interior of the building and the parking lot, Fri., Dec. 28, in preparation for its opening. The decision to relocate courthouse operations two and a half miles outside of Hudson was made to facilitate a $9 million renovation of the court's permanent home on the city's south side. Read the full story in the Register Star.