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2 Steuben Co. Residents Arrested During Wyoming Co. Traffic Stop:


Two Steuben County residents were arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday on State route 63 in the Town of Covington.  43-year-old Marion Conley of Hornell was pulled over for a cellphone infraction, and during the stop, she and her passenger, 50-year-old John Cook Jr. of Bath, were allegedly found to be in possession of seventeen cartons of unstamped cigarettes and an illegal billy club.  According to Wyoming County deputies, the maximum unstamped cigarettes allowed are two cartons per person.  Conley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone, and failure to notify DMV of address change.  Cook was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes.  Both were released after being processed at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.



Steuben Audit Warns of Future Costs:


While Steuben County’s finances remain stable and well in line with strict governmental accounting standards, future costs will present new challenges for future budgets, according to a recent independent audit.  Randy Shepherd, a Certified Public Accountant with the Bonadio Group, recently told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee the 2017 audit showed no material weaknesses, with all information required for the audit provided efficiently and on time.  However, trends show the county will face budgetary challenges in the near future due to changes in state law, according to Shepherd’s audit.  Changes within the court system and public defender’s office under recent state law will require the county to hire more attorneys to provide effective, efficient public defense the audit reported.  Additionally, under the state’s Raise the Age legislation, the county will be required to provide housing for children aged 16 and 17 charged with a serious crime, in a facility tailored for their specific needs.  The state will fund the county’s cost, but also requires that all counties comply with the tax cap to be reimbursed.



Corning Inc., UOR Team Up for Special Autism Treatment Program:


Corning Incorporated has teamed up with the University of Rochester Medicine in creating a new program to help kids with Autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Children from Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties will be able to go to Rochester for an initial diagnosis, then families will have the option to telemedicine from their homes with medical professionals – all paid for by Corning Inc.  The program is currently in its early stages, and Corning Inc. says it hopes to expand by the end of the year and into early 2019.  If you’d like to learn more, you can call a special dedicated line at the University of Rochester at +1 (585) 273-5514.



Swiss Rolls Recalled on Salmonella Concerns:


Flower Foods is recalling Swiss Rolls that could be contaminated with salmonella.  The treats were sold under multiple brand names, including: Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value.  According to Flower, the recall is due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the whey powder used in the products.  Visit https://www.flowersfoods.com/news/news-releases/2018/07-18-2018-212009723 to see a list of UPC numbers and “Best By” dates.



Bath Baby Café Celebration Set for Aug. 3rd:


Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with its Bath Baby Café celebration August 3rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library.  The free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, a car-seat tech, education, and information from local organizations.  The library will also have free meals for children up to the age of 18 from 11:30 to 12:30.   Additionally, breast-feeding friendly businesses will be recognized at the event by ProAction’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).



Tour De Keuka Tomorrow:


Motorists around Keuka Lake take care tomorrow as you’ll be sharing the roadway with a few extra bicyclists.  The annual Tour de Keuka, benefitting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, begins in Hammondsport tomorrow with a check in and same-day registration time of 6 a.m.  Rides run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Some 250 cyclists are expected with $75,000 being raised to provide 220,000 meals through the Food Bank.



Road Work on S.R. 54 in Bath/Hammondsport Starting Monday:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, paving work will be performed on State Route 54 between C.R. 113 in the town of Bath and 54A in the town of Hammondsport.  Work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Motorists should be prepared for potentially lengthy delays as single-lane operation may be up to two miles.

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