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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 28, 2018

Three from Bath Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a Bath man for Misuse of Food Stamps. Allen J. Horton is alleged to have given his SNAP benefit card and PIN to Amanda and Cory Counterman, both whom used $194 worth of benefits they were ineligible to receive during late August and early September 2017 while Horton was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Horton was charged and arrested in the Village of Bath Court then returned to Collins Correctional Facility while Amanda and Cory Counterman were also arrested for the same charges.


Avoca Man Arrested for Unlicensed Operation and Forged Inspection
An Avoca man was arrested after a report of a suspicious person near a NYS Department of Transportation mowing tractor parked near the intersection of State Route 415 and Wentworth Road in the Town of Avoca. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded and charged 33-year-old Cory M. Vanhorne for alleged Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree and Forged Certificate of Inspection while being suspended from operating a vehicle in New York State. Vanhorne was released with traffic summons to appear in court on March 13th.


Local Lawmakers Pledge for Resource Officers at Chairman’s Meeting
State leaders met with Steuben County Legislators and county Youth in Government interns during the monthly public legislative chairman’s meeting this week. State Assemblyman Palmesano and State Senator O’Mara announced that they and other New York state lawmakers are currently looking at the anticipated state takeover of Medicaid. Both officials also expressed concern about the proposed payroll tax and promised to support the effort to equip public schools with resource officers to prevent gun violence in area school districts.


Officials Announce “Stand Up for Recovery” Event for Next Week
Steuben County officials announced the county’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” forum event scheduled for next week. The event aims to eliminate the stigma and negative perception of addiction in order to promote open-minded recovery and support within the community. A panel presentation, meet and greet with those recovering from addiction and information from area agencies that offer support for addicts and their loved ones will also be available. The two-hour event is set to take place 10a.m. Tuesday morning March 6th at the Steuben County Office Building in its third-floor atrium.


Steuben Legislature Establishes “Steuben Saves Week”
This week, Steuben County Chairman Hauryski and the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of February 26th through March 3, 2018 as “Steuben Saves Week” within the county. The purpose in observing this week as such is to call upon all county citizens to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically through positive wealth building action like increasing automatic savings. The County Legislature reminds citizens to make the most of their income by pledging to extend and sustain these practices encouraged during Steuben Saves Week during the remainder of the year.


Bath CSD Honors Alumni in 2018 Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District has Approved its annual Haverling “Hall of Distinction” for the Class of 2018. Haverling Alumni being recognized include Judge Peter Bradstreet from the Class of 1966 for the “Business and Professional” honor, Ms. Louise Coleman, who graduated in 1963, for the “Lifetime of Notable Achievement” distinction and being recognized for the “Medicine and Science” is Dr. Irum Tahir from the Class 1998.  District Superintendent Joseph Rumsey says there have been many graduates of Haverling who have went on to become positive leaders and have impacted the world with their efforts and visions and says “It’s time to honor these individuals and share their stories with our students to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

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