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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, January 11th

Six Jurors Seated in Clayton Trial:


Of some 300 possible jurors, six were selected Tuesday to serve during the murder trial of Thomas Clayton.  Four male and two female jurors have been chosen, with six more still to be selected.  How many alternates will be chosen is unknown.  Jury selection continues today at 9:30 a.m. with 90 more potential candidates expected at the Steuben County Courthouse.



Cameron Mills Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cameron Mills woman on charges of grand larceny, welfare fraud, and offering a false instrument for filing.  It’s alleged that 36-year-old Megan Welch failed to report income she had received to the county Department of Social Services.  She reportedly received over $2,700 in benefits that she was not entitled to.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



Renovation Grant Awarded to Hornellsville for Courthouse:


At the town board meeting Tuesday night, Hornellsville Town Justice Rich Scavo announced that they have received a $30,000 grant for security and renovations at the Arkport village courthouse.  The town currently rents the courthouse from the village.  The town will work with the village DPW head on the improvements.



Salmonella Fears Prompt Recall of Twinkies:


A popular brand of snack-cake is being recalled over fears of Salmonella contamination.  Hostess has issued a voluntary recall of its Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies.  No illnesses have reported at this time.



Harriet Tubman’s Auburn Home Officially Designated National Park:


On Tuesday legislation was signed that officially designates the Auburn home of Harriet Tubman as a National Historical Park.  Tubman is best known as a conductor on the underground railroad, but she also advocated for poor former slaves, fought for womens’ rights, and established a home to care for the elderly – all from her Cayuga County property.  A celebration will be hosted in Auburn in the spring by the National Park Service.



Senator O’Mara Launches 2017 Community Survey:


Senator Tom O’Mara is looking for local input in his 2017 Community and Legislative Survey.  He’s inviting everyone to share their views, concerns, and suggestions on issues facing the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and New York State.  You can take the survey at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov.  O’Mara’s  58th Senate District includes all of Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Yates counties, and part of Tompkins County.



Board of Ed. Meeting:


The Avoca Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 p.m.  It will be in DL Room #137.

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