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15-year-old Girl from Elmira Missing:


Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl missing from West Elmira.  Maya Tyler was dropped off by her mother at the Burger King on the corner of East Washington and Lake Street in Elmira on Friday.  She was last seen wearing a gray-blue hoodie with the words “AUU Basketball” in white letters and jeans.  She was also carrying a Nike backpack.  Anyone with information should contact the West Elmira Police Department at (607) 734-2031.



Steuben Lists County and Local Offices Up for Election in 2019:


The Steuben County Board of Elections recently announced the list of county and town offices open for election in 2019, as of February 1st.  The list is subject to clerks’ verification and other lawful changes, including resignations, retirement, death, and local laws.  Under the new state election reforms, anyone seeking elected office on a designated party line has from February 26th until April 4th to collect the required number of signatures to appear on the ballot.  If necessary, a primary will be held June 25th to determine who represents a party in the November General Election.  Under the state’s Election Reform for Early Voting, eligible voters may cast their ballot at a location in Bath up to 10 days before the General Election.  The full list of 2019 open county and local offices is available at https://www.steubencony.org/boe



Rep. Reed Hopeful 2nd Shutdown Can Be Avoided:


The next deadline to avoid a second partial government shutdown is looming this Friday, February 15th, and speaking to Finger Lakes Daily, Congressman Tom Reed said he’s hopeful it can be averted.  He said that Congress needs to work together, but admits that both sides still seem to be entrenched. 



Payless Entering 2nd Bankruptcy, Local Stores Could be Affected:


Bloomberg reports that Payless, the national shoe retailer, is preparing to go back to bankruptcy court.  This could mean massive reductions, if not complete liquidation of the company.  According to Bloomberg the company is looking for a loan to pay for bankruptcy proceedings and is planning to close most, if not all, of its 2,700 stores.  Locally, there are two Payless locations: one in the Arnot Mall and the other in Consumer Square in Big Flats.



No New Patients as Soldiers and Sailors Mental Health Unit:


Starting today, no new patients will be admitted to the Mental Health Unit at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan.  According to Finger Lakes Health no new patients will be accepted because a full-time psychiatrist left and another psychiatrist works on a contractual basis.  Prospective mental health inpatients will now instead be evaluated at the emergency room and taken to other regional facilities, like Clifton Springs, if approved.  The Yates County Legislature is expected to meet today and to vote against the closure of the unit.



NYS Purchases Island Where Battle was Fought:


New York State has purchased an island where a battle of the War of 1812 was fought.  Horse Island is located off the village of Sackets Harbor, 60 miles north of Syracuse, off Lake Ontario’s eastern shore.  It will now become part of Sacket’s Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site in Jefferson County.  It will be paid for mostly through a federal grant.

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