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Soldier from Trumansburg Killed in Afghanistan:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags at state facilities be lowed to half-staff starting today in honor of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.  One of the men was 24-year-old Sgt. James Johnston, a native from Trumansburg.  Johnston was assigned to the 79th Ordinance Battalion, a part of the 71st Ordnance Group at Ford Hood, Texas.  He and 32-year-old Master Sgt. Michael Riley, from Germany, died of wounds suffered from small arms fire during combat operations.    



Road Closure in Prattsburgh Today:


The Town of Prattsburgh has announced that the Prattsburgh/Italy Town Line Road will be closed today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  This is being done so a sluice pipe can be replaced.



4th of July DWI Crackdown:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement in participating in the statewide STOP-DWI Fourth of July Crackdown.  Efforts start tomorrow, June 29th and they’ll end on July 4th.  The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving.  High-visibility enforcement has been shown to reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.  State Police, the County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies will collaborate across New York and will be out in force to aggressively target those who put lives in danger.  You can help make a difference too.  Download the mobile app – “Have a Plan” at http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp and you’ll always be able to find a safe ride home.



Free Fishing Days in NYS This Weekend:


With schools officially out, can you think of a better way to kick off the summer than by getting the kids outside and taking them fishing?  If you can’t, you’re in luck, because this weekend is another Free Fishing Weekend in New York State, meaning residents can get outdoors and enjoy fishing opportunities for free without a license on June 29th and 30th.  That said, participants are reminded that while the fishing license requirement is waived for this weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect and must be followed.



Legislators Remind Residents Voting Still Open for Best NASCAR Track:


State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are urging area residents to keep voting every day for Watkins Glen International (WGI) in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide “America’s Best NASCAR Track.” The area legislators stressed that anyone can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device they have until the contest closes on Monday, July 15, at noon. This is the fourth consecutive year that WGI is in the running for the “Best NACAR Track” designation, which it won in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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