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Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Until Noon:


A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier remains in effect until noon today.  While the heaviest snow occurred overnight, it will continue today, ending as a mix of rain and snow.  As you travel today, expect snow covered and slippery roads, as well as limited visibility.  Take caution while driving.



Campbell Man Accused of Stealing Thousands from Employer:


A Campbell man has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an employee theft at Monroe Muffler in Riverside in July and August.  Former assistant manager, 32-year-old Steven Button is accused of failing to deposit several sums of money to the bank and stealing nearly $3,000.  He has been charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.  He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.



Steuben Co. Legislature to Vote on CRT Dump Charge:


The Steuben County Public Works Committee recently approved a resolution that will see the cost of turning in unwanted televisions and other electronic waste at the county Landfill increase to $20 each.  The Steuben County Legislature will now vote on the proposal on December 19th.  The fee would take effect on January 1st.  Currently, it’s free to drop off electronic waste – including televisions and computer monitors – at the landfill, which Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said cost the county roughly $34,000 in 2016.



CDC Says “Heroin Deaths Outnumber Gun Homicides in 2015”:


A well-known problem locally is receiving some big, national attention.  The Centers for Disease Control has released new data that reveals more deaths by heroin in 2015 than by gun violence.  According to the CDC, there were nearly 13,000 heroin-related deaths last year, just slightly surpassing the number of gun homicides.  Eight years ago, gun murders outnumbered heroin deaths by more than five to one. 



More Changes to NYS Medical Pot Program:


Even more changes have been announced for the New York State medical marijuana program.  The Department of Health says that dispensaries will now be authorized to sell cannabis or cannabis products to other dispensaries, and the cap on the number of products the dispensaries may manufacture and sell is being lifted.  This news follows the previous announcements that nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be able to certify patients and that chronic pain will soon be added to the list of qualifying conditions.



Over 37,000 Cards Collected in Holiday Drive:


The annual collection drive for holiday cards started by area student Sophie Kartzman has come to end with a grand total of 37,712 cards.  The cards will now head to soldiers and veterans across the country, and globe, including military bases in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, the Arabian Sea, Antarctica, and Virginia, and veterans’ groups in Bath, Canandaigua, and Big Flats.  This is the last year that Sophie will be heading the program, but it is expected to continue with someone new spearheading it.



Cargill Inc. Grants $10K to Odessa-Montour:


A classroom wish list put together by a teacher at Odessa-Montour High School will soon be filled, but not by the big guy in red.  Cargill Inc., the local salt-producer based in Watkins Glen, has donated over $10,000 to teacher Laurel Strobel to help fulfill her list of classroom resources and technology, including new microscopes, DNA Gel Electrophoresis equipment, and Wisconsin FAST plant equipment.  The facility manager at Cargill’s Watkins Glen location, Keith Klug, said that Cargill is more than happy to give back to the community.



Steuben Co. HoF Nominations Sought:


Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame are now being accepted until December 31st.  Nominees may be living or deceased, man, woman, or child; may have been born elsewhere as long as they have enhanced the name of Steuben County.  The committee will review nominees in January, with selections approved by the county Legislature in April.  Inductees will be honored with an annual banquet, and memorialized in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, located in southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building.



Steuben Youth in Gov. Met Friday:


Sixteen Steuben County high school students tackled county issues Friday at the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session in the county Legislature’s chambers.  The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for the past three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations.  The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course.  In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions.



Hunters Take More Deer in 2016:


The Department of Environmental Conservation says that hunters have taken about 5 percent more deer in the Southern Zone regular season so far this year than in the same period 2015.  All deer hunting in the Northern Zone and the regular season in the Southern Zone ends on Sunday.  The late bow and muzzleloader season will be open in the Southern Zone Monday through December 20th.  

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