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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 22nd

BEGWS Water and Sewer Rate Increase Approved:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Bath Village Board an increase for water and sewer rates for Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems was approved.  Per BEGWS officials, the monthly water bill for a single family residential customer will increase roughly $3.80, while the monthly sewer bill for a single family residential customer will increase approximately $11.40.  The increase will facilitate investment in capital improvements in the water and sewer infrastructure, including the groundwater wells, sewage treatment plant, and water and sewer mains and meters.



Severe Storm Possible Today:


Plan your afternoon with the weather in mind, as it’s possible the region will be seeing some severe storm activity today.  Meteorologists with WETM 18 say that a cold front will move through today, bringing showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, with the possibility of strong damaging winds, and in some areas large hail, and heavy rainfall. 



Corning Woman Gets Jail Tim for Her Role in Meth Ring:


A Corning woman has been sentenced to a year in the Schulyer County Jail for her role in an alleged methamphetamine ring.  28-year-old Tara Wilcox was one of more 20 people arrested in May 2016 in relation to the alleged ring being run out of Beaver Dams and Catlin.  She was found guilty of conspiracy in a bench trial in May.



Reed Wants to Make Work Tax Credit Permanent:


Congressman Tom Reed is teaming up with fellow lawmaker, Democrat Joe Crowley, to introduce a bill that would make the Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent.  The tax credit is for employers who hire low income individuals, and those with barriers to employment, such as ex-felons.  The business earns a tax credit based on the wages paid to the new hire, that hire’s target group and the number of hours worked during their first year of employment.  The credit has been around since 1996 and is set to expire in 2019.



Over 1,000 People Turn Out to CCC Observatory to Glimpse Eclipse:


Millions of people turned out across the country Monday to witness the solar eclipse, and our region was no exception.  In Corning, officials at Corning Community College report that over one-thousand people stopped by to get a look at the event through the observatory.  They reportedly ran out of free eclipse glasses within the first hour.  If you missed out Monday, you won’t have to wait quite so long for the next eclipse, and it’s expected to even better.  On April 8th, 2024 this area should be in the path of a total eclipse. 



Hammondsport Planning Board Meeting Cancelled:


The meeting for the Hammondsport Planning Board scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23rd, has been cancelled.

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