Graduation rates for students who entered ninth grade in 2015 in the five northern Franklin County high schools matched or exceeded the statewide average, according to figures released Thursday by the state Education Department.

MALONE –– Holly Manley is an animal lover and it shows. She has seven cats, one of which is pregnant. She also has two dogs, a ball python and two sugar gliders –– marsupials similar to a flying squirrel.

MALONE –– The Malone Winter Carnival parade –– which was resurrected in 2012 after a decade-long absence, went on hiatus in 2018 and returned in 2019 –– will not take place this year, or in the foreseeable future.

BRUSHTON –– For village Mayor Kevin Pentalow, it was back to business as usual Thursday –– his first Village Board meeting since his release from the Franklin County Jail.

MALONE –– New York must encourage growth, state Sen. Betty Little said in response to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s State of the State address Wednesday.

WATERTOWN — A federal appellate court has ruled that the pending sale of Jreck Sub’s assets can proceed, denying a motion to stay the sale brought by the ex-wife of former Jreck principal Christopher M. Swartz.

A recent report from the Adirondack Foundation shows that communities throughout the Adirondack Park struggle with a shortage of child care providers, affordable housing and transportation, and drug addiction treatment options, among other things.