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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 7th, 2020

Local Students Return to School Tomorrow
Bath students and students in many other local districts return to school tomorrow. Motorists will once again need to be alert for school buses and more pedestrians. Schools across New York have spent the summer preparing for tomorrow, with new operating guidelines and procedures. Prattsburgh district handed out thermometers and cloth face masks for students last week. Officials there were also putting the final touches on a new “parent survival guide.”


Hartsville Fire Destroys Home
Sunday afternoon, Canisteo Fire and EMS and South Hornell fire were dispatched to 999 Ells Road in Hartsville for a house fire at about 1:05pm. The 911 dispatch said the owner reported the house had already burned to the ground. According to Steuben County tax records, the $121,000 home is owned by Bill Pullman Trust based in Sinking Springs, PA. A fire investigation team was requested to the scene.


Car Engulfs Flames in Bath on I-86, Driver Ticketed
Saturday morning at about 10am, a car was reported to be engulfed in flames on I-86 just outside of Bath. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries. The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica bought the vehicle in Elmira from a private person was transporting it home to Pennsylvania when it caught on fire. The car was a total loss and the driver was ticketed for an unregistered and uninsured car.


Shelter Seeks Information About Kitten Killed on Route 13
The Elmira Animal Control and Shelter offers a $500 reward for information on who is responsible for the brutal killing of a kitten. According to a post on the shelter’s Facebook page, the black and white kitten was hurled from the passenger side of a moving southbound car at the windshield of the approaching car in the northbound lane  of an oncoming car between the two roundabouts on Rte. 13 in Horseheads Monday, August 31st  between 2 and 2:30pm. The car was able to swerve away, but the kitten died in the attack. Anyone with more information about this incident should contact The Elmira Animal Control and Shelter.


Steuben Historical Society Cancels October Cemetery Tour
The Steuben County Historical Society has canceled their annual Leaf-Peeping October Cemetery Tour due to the public health situation. Anyone who purchased tickets to the tour will be sent refunds and organizers anticipate to bring the Cemetery Tour back again next year.


SUNY Schools Create COVID-19 Tracker
SUNY has made its COVID-19 tracker available online and the website is designed to provide a place for students and parents, as well as faculty and staff, to check any school’s coronavirus data. COVID-19 data for the SUNY system as a whole is also provided by this website and each school is mandated to report positive cases to the state every day. SUNY Oneonta has been the only school in the system that had to close due to the guideline stating any SUNY school with over a hundred confirmed COVID-19 cases must move to online-only learning. You can view the SUNY tracker here.

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