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Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 30th

Minor Injuries in Bath Accident:


Minor injuries were reported in a single car accident that occurred Thursday morning in the Town of Bath.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to Mail Route Road on a report of a vehicle over the bank.  The driver, identified only as a woman, was still inside.  Rescuers helped her get out and a sander was requested for the icy road.



“Lengthy” Drug Investigation Leads to Arrest of Lindley Man:


A “lengthy ongoing investigation” into drug sales throughout the area has led to the arrest of a Lindley man, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  31-year-old Mathew McNeil was taken in on an indictment warrant for charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail without bail.  Authorities say McNeil was at the center of the investigation into the sale of illicit drugs in the Lindley area.



Steuben Co. Notes 2016 Accomplishments:


As the end of 2016 approaches, Steuben County legislators and officials are making note of a number of initiatives that were launched over the year to help build a solid future for all county residents.  Among those noted were: the Economic Development Plan, in which the government expects to take an even more active role in economic development by partnering with local development agencies, businesses, communities, and schools; an Expanded Drug Overdose Investigation, established to investigate drug overdose related deaths as potential crimes; and Senior Services, which saw the launch of Full Circle America, a program to help seniors remain in their homes at dramatically reduced costs.



ProAct Prescription Program Saves Steuben Residents $4M:


In 2008, the ProAct prescription discount program was launched in Steuben County and to date county residents have saved more than $4 million.  Since the program took effect eight years ago, residents have collectively saved an average of 60 percent on more than 101,000 prescriptions, according to ProAct Discount Card Manager Nicole Bednar.  The ProAct card is available to all residents, regardless of age or income, though it cannot be used with another insurance program to reduce the cost of co-pays or deductibles.  ProAct cards are available at participating pharmacies in Steuben and do not require applications or enrollment fees.  For more information call (877) 776-2285 or visit http://www.NYRxDiscountCard.com



$1M Grant Awarded to Big Flats Manufacturer:


New York’s “Clean Technology” Business Competition has been awarded a grand prize $1 million grant to local technology and manufacturing firm Micatu Inc. of Big Flats.  The competition is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” and it’s expected that over the next four years it will award approximately $20 million to clean technology companies in the Southern Tier.  Micatu  officials say the criteria was for companies to look at technologies that could reduce C02, help make renewable energies more efficient, help the grid, or have a positive impact on the environment.



Flu Declared “Prevalent” in NYS, Resident Urged to get Vaccinated:


If you still haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, health officials are urging New Yorkers to do so before the season hits its peak in February.  The state Health Department has declared influenza as prevalent throughout New York, meaning any healthcare worker not vaccinated must wear a surgical mask when assisting patients.  The declaration came on Wednesday, with news that the flu has spread through 39 of the state’s 62 counties and all of the boroughs of New York City.  Ontario and Monroe counties were found to have elevated rates of confirmed cases.



VAC Credit Union Closing Early Today:


The VAC Credit Union in Bath has released a notice to all their customers that they will be closing early today, December 30th.  They are closing at noon due to year-end business purposes.

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