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Bath Man Arrested for Slashing Tires:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly slashing tires.  42-year-old Jamie Johnson is accused of slashing all four tires of a car on Campbell Street in the Village.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Visitor Restriction at Local Hospitals:


Late last week several local hospitals placed restrictions on visitors as a precautionary

measure against influenza.  Restrictions were put in place on Thursday at Ira Davenport Memorial in Bath, and Arnot Ogden Medical and St. Joseph’s in Elmira that allow only two visitors and one caregiver in a room at any one time, and visitors must be 14 or older, except in maternity units.  The restrictions are expected to last at least through today.



Campbell-Savona Super. Responds to Comptroller’s Report:


A recent report from the State Comptroller’s Office listed the Campbell-Savona Central School District as being at a possible risk for financial stress.  District Superintendent Kathy Hagenbuch has now responded, saying that it’s actually the opposite.  The Superintendent says the rating can be explained by past audits that found the Reserve Fund Balance to be too high.  The district has made adjustments.  Also, Hagenbuch said the report is due to what she calls a “formula technicality.”  She explained that the district moved $1.1 million from a Capital Reserve Fund to start paying for Capital Projects and that the Comptroller sees the transfer as a deficit.  Hagenbuch says that the financial status of the district is solid.



$170M to Stay in NYS for Broadband Access:


Money earmarked for New York State broadband access that was in danger of going to other states will now stay in New York.  The $170 million was in danger of being relocated after Verizon declined the money.  It will be used to support the expansion of broadband access through rural areas of the upstate.



Applications Open for Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program:


The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program.  The program provides day-old chicks at no cost to participants who are able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site in hopes of enhancing pheasant hunting opportunities.  Last year, more than 34,000 chicks were distributed to qualified applicants.  Those interested in participating should contact their nearest DEC regional wildlife office.  Applications must be filed by March 25th.  

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