$250K to Support Small Businesses:
Since 1993, the Regional Economic Development and Energy Corporation has helped small businesses across the Southern Tier flourish with help from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The S.B.A. has provided funds that the R.E.D.E.C. has in turn “mircoloaned” to small, area businesses. Tuesday, they extended their partnership, with the S.B.A. announcing $250,000 to support the R.E.D.E.C. Over the years, the R.E.D.E.C. has leant over $7 million to businesses and helped create over 2,500 jobs.
53K Cartons of Contraband Cigarettes Seized in 2016:
New York State’s Cigarette Strike Force sized over 53,000 cartons of contraband cigarettes and over 261,000 untaxed cigars in 2016, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who made the announcement Tuesday. The street value of the items is estimated at $5.6 million. Locally, in the Finger Lakes region, 8,694 cartons of cigarettes were confiscated, along with 27,200 cigars. Those found guilty of violating cigarette and tobacco tax laws could face jail time and possible penalties of up to $600 per carton.
Man Accused in Ithaca Walmart Murder Claims He Killed Donald Trump:
The Dryden man accused of killing a UPS diver in the parking lot of an Ithaca Walmart was ordered to undergo mental evaluation Monday after he claimed in court that he shot and killed President-elect Donald Trump. 38-year-old Justin Barkley plead guilty on Monday to the murder of 52-year-old William Schumacher of Candor on December 8th. After the comments about Trump, the judge refused the plea and adjourned the indictment until January 6th. Barkley is facing charges of second-degree murder and menacing a police officer or peace officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years to life in prison.
Anonymous Donor Ensures Christmas Dinner for Many:
Many area residents who might otherwise not be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner will now be treated to all the trimmings thanks to the generous actions of one anonymous donor. The Salvation Army of Hornell and Save-A-Lot partner up for a program where customers can buy dinner bags that contain everything needed for dinner, including dessert. The Salvation Army then purchases a turkey for each bag sold. A regular customer recently entered the Save-A-Lot and spent $1,500 on 200 dinners. According to officials, last year they only had 38 dinners purchased, this year they’re now at 228.
Corning Inc. Awards $515K to the United Way:
In a 5 percent increase from last year’s donation, the Corning Inc. Foundation has awarded the United Way of the Southern Tier a $515,000 grant. The funds are in support of the 2016 community campaign which supports dozens of not-for-profit human services agencies in the Southern Tier.
Walmart Closing Early Christmas Eve:
Employees of retail giant Walmart have received an early Christmas present. The chain has announced that will be closing early on Christmas Eve. In recent years, it has closed at 8 p.m., but this Saturday it will close at 6 p.m. to give employees the chance to get home and spend Christmas Eve with their families.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School District will hold its regular meeting of the School Board tonight at 6 p.m. It will be held in the High School library.