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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 31st

Former Phillips Plant Up for Sale:


After sitting empty since closing in 2014, new life might finally be coming to the former Phillips Lighting plant in Bath.  The soil contamination cleanup ordered by environmental officials has been finished at the site, and the facility has finally been put on the market at the price of $3.95 million.



Felony Sex Charge for Corning Man:


A Corning man is facing a felony sex charge.  22-year-old Austen Taylor is accused of having forcible  oral sex without the victim’s consent and he has been charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree, which is a class B felony.  He has been sent to the Schuyler County Jail on $500 cash bail.



East Corning Fire Dept. Receives $150K:


Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that the East Corning Fire Department has received a federal grant of more than $150,000.  The department has been awarded $159,691 that president of the Department, Dave Shafer, says will help them improve “the quality and efficiency of volunteer fire services.”  The money was awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant, which provides funding to help fire departments’ ability to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Joins Labor Day DWI Crackdown:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced that county police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Officers across the state will be taking to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives.  The special enforcement began on August 18th and will continue through Monday, September 4th.



Steuben Surrogate Judge Candidate Watches Earns “A” Rating with SCOPE:


The Steuben County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) awarded Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches an “A” rating this week following a questionnaire and presentation to the group.  In addition to his rating from SCOPE, Watches has also earned the endorsement of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association and the Bath Police Association, and he has obtained enough signatures to appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party ballot lines.  Primaries will be held for Republican, Conservative, and Independence voters on Tuesday, September 12th.  The General Election is on November 7th.



Winners of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Bicycle Giveaway:


The winners of this year’s annual Steuben County Sheriff’s bicycle giveaway have been announced.  Hundreds of children registered to win a free bicycle at the Sheriff’s Display at the county fair and two lucky winners – one male and one female – were chosen.  Six-year-old Veronica of Painted Post and six-year-old Bentley of Bath received bicycles and helmets, and both were very proud that they had each completed their submission to the giveaway all by themselves.  Sheriff Allard said that “their smiles were priceless.” 



Stop Smoking Program Looking for Registrants:


Smokers looking to quit have until Tuesday to sign-up for the free 10-session Freedom From Smoking program that’s set to begin on September 12th at Corning Hospital.  The program includes a planned Quit Day of October 17th, and the sessions will help smokers prepare and then stay tobacco-free.   The program requires a minimum of 10 participants.  Registration forms are available on the Steuben Public Health website or at http://tinyurl.com/CorningQuitClass0917.  

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