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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 19, 2017

Prattsburgh School Taxes Drop
Taxes for the Prattsburgh Central School District will be lower than expected. Upon finishing an audit of their finances over the summer, the new tax rate was calculated at $14.09 per every $1,000, dropping 11 cents from earlier April estimates. The district’s current annual tax levy also dropped down to $50,000 from last year. Homeowners enrolled in the STAR program are estimated to pay $16 less in taxes for a home valued at $100,000 than 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Family Service Society Opens New Bath Building
A Family Service Society Inc.  building was opened yesterday on
East Steuben Street in Bath. Moving from County Route 11, Family Service Society celebrated the new site through a dedication and ribbon cutting as they welcomed the public with open house hours. Also holding local offices in Corning and Hornell, a wide range of services is offered by the organization to support the needs the community to its members through their lives in both the home and workplace.

Medicare Public Seminars to Be Held in Steuben County Office Building
The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set next week in Steuben County.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies.  Locally here in Bath, the program will be held next Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building. Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.

Greenwood Man Charged with Sex Offenses
A Greenwood man was arrested on sex charges after a search of a private Jasper residence. The New York State Police out of Wayland and North Hornell arrested Thomas R. Loop with Rape in the 2nd Degree as well as a second degree Criminal Sexual Act with a subject less than fifteen years of age. He was arraigned before the City of Hornell and remanded to the Steuben County jail.

Erwin Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriffs arrested an Erwin man for both Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree after the CITE team seized a large amount of cocaine and heroin valued at an estimated $10,000 at his home on Victory Highway in Erwin. Giovani D. Jefferson was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County jail without bail as the additional charges pend during the continuing investigation.

USDA Helps Boost Local Grape Economy
The Federal government will be helping New York Concord grape farmers. The USDA will spend $18 million from funds in their Section 32 program to purchase surplus grape juice from growers in the state to use for nutrition programs, stabilizing the prices for grape farmers. According to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, this is good news for growers and their market.

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