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Watches Announces Run for Steuben Co. Judge:


Judge Chauncey Watches has announced his Republican candidacy for Steuben County Judge in the 2018 election.  The seat is up for election this year due to the impending retirement of Judge Peter Bradstreet.  Watches has served as a judge in Bath for the last 14 years and has helped resolve thousands of cases.  Additionally, he has run his own private legal practice for 30 years and previously served as Assistant District Attorney and as Assigned Counsel through the Public Defender’s Office.  Watches ran for the Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge seat last year, but was defeated by Patrick McAllister.



Waverly Woman Accused of Stealing $8,000 from Employer:


A Waverly woman has been accused of stealing nearly $8,000 in cash while she was employed at Sears at the Arnot Mall.  30-year-old Alisha Talmage allegedly stole the money between November 2017 and March 2018.  She is facing a felony grand larceny charge.  She has been released on an appearance ticket.



Steuben Co. Legislature Meeting Agenda:


When the Steuben County Legislature meets in regular session Monday, an effort to assist local governments in managing infrastructure projects, and a contract with the Hornell Humane Society are expected to top the agenda.  County legislative committee members supported this month contracting with the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency for a part-time, experienced project manager to deal with the paperwork and complex regulations needed to apply for and receive grants for water, sewer, and other large infrastructure projects.  The project manager would assist the governments, under the direction of the Steuben County IDA, providing an efficient and comprehensive plan for those participating.  County legislators will also be asked to approve a proposed contract with the Hornell Humane Society for $7,500.  This will be the first contract the county has had with the Hornell shelter, which works closely with the county Sheriff’s SPIRIT Program.  SPIRIT pairs shelter dogs with inmates, who volunteer to train the dogs and prepare them for adoption.



City of Hornell, School District Release Joint School Threat Statement:


The City of Hornell and the Hornell City School District released a joint statement Thursday in regards to school threats.  It said, in part that they recently heard comments and statements that could be construed as threats, and said that in each case, law enforcement was contacted immediately and each threat was thoroughly investigated.  They remind students and parents that all comments will be investigated thoroughly and treated seriously, and urge anyone with concerns or that may have heard threats to contact law enforcement immediately.  The school district said it will continue to follow established protocol and maintain ongoing collaboration with the City and the Hornell Police Department as needed.



Wayfair Opening Call Center in Big Flats:


Some 450 jobs will be coming to Chemung County as major online retailer Wayfair has announced a new call center will be opening on Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats.  Wayfair, which is based in Boston, employs 7,700 people globally, and also operates centers in Massachusetts, Maine, Utah, Texas, Germany, and Ireland.  It reported $4.7 billion in revenue in 2017, posting a 12-month loss of $245 million.  The call center is expected to open this summer. 



WGI Job Fair Today/Tomorrow:


As part of its preparations for the 2018 racing season, Watkins Glen International is holding a pair of job fairs today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., both days.  Seasonal positions are available, including retail staff, security, ushers, gate staff, cleaners, and more.  Attendees will have to fill out an application and supply two forms of identification.    



Steuben Co. Notes National Volunteer Day is set for April 3rd:


Steuben County officials are urging residents and organizations to celebrate National Service Recognition Day, which is set for April 3rd.  According to Steuben RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner, more than 400 participants serve in 71 civic, neighborhood, and faith-based locations in the county, through RSVP, Foster Grandparent, Senior Companion, and AmeriCorps programs.  The Steuben County RSVP volunteers alone save their parent agencies more than $1.5 million annually, she said.



“Check Out Hunger” Raise Over $278,000 for Food Bank:


This year’s “Check Out Hunger” campaign has been tallied, and shoppers throughout the Southern Tier donated $278,132 to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, which is expected to provide over 834,000 meals.  The total was announced Thursday at a celebration with participating stores: Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans.  Seven cashiers were also honored with the “Golden Cash Register” award for outstanding work during the event.

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