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Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 29, 2021

5 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that five additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including one individual associated with Corning-Painted Post Middle School. This brings the county total to 6,892 confirmed cases, 77 of which are currently active.


Village of Bath PBA fundraising to add K-9 to the force

The Village of Bath Police Benevolent Association is seeking public assistance to add a K-9 officer to the force. Interim Chief of Police Colin Taft says he believes a K-9 officer help in a multitude of ways, including with detecting drugs, improving officer safety, locating missing people, apprehending suspects, and would also help in community relations. The cost to start a K-9 program within the agency is roughly $15,000, and the PBA is requesting help from the community. Donations can be made through Venmo at Bath Village – Police Department PBA or by sending a check to the Village of Bath Police Department


Town of Hornell announces return of 4th of July parade this year

After a one-year hiatus, Hornell Mayor John Buckley and Hornell Partners for Growth Inc. announced 4th of July festivities will return this year, and will return with a bang, literally and figuratively. The celebration will feature an extended parade capped off by the largest fireworks show in the city’s history. The Hornell Partners for Growth even said Santa Claus is slated to make a quick visit to make up for lost time this past year.


Bags of Hope to be distributed Wednesday, June 2nd

Some 50 “Bags of Hope”, collected by Sara Johnson and the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, will be donated as part of a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 2nd, at 1 p.m., at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, per Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. The bags are to be distributed by deputies to individuals in need they encounter during their respective shifts. The Bags of Hope contain personal hygiene items, snacks, blankets, clothing items, and other essentials to the homeless, indigent, or other people who are victims of traumatic events.


Hornell to roll out new app, “Discover Hornell”

Hornell is rolling out a free new app called “Discover Hornell” which will feature over 200 businesses, including restaurants, shops, and services. Users of the app will be notified when there is a sale or an event in the city and the app will also feature a tab for job postings in the area.


One dead after crash in Elmira

The Elmira Police Department says one individual has died after a single car accident that took place yesterday just after 2:00 p.m. According to the EPD, two Elmira Fire Department personnel approached a 2004 BMW stopped in traffic on Railroad Avenue and noticed the driver appeared to be passed out at the wheel. Upon approaching the vehicle, the driver reportedly woke up suddenly pressed the gas, causing the vehicle to cross East Church Street and continue on Railroad Avenue, across West Gray Street, and enter the Centertown Garage where it hit a wall at a high rate of speed. The driver was later pronounced dead in hospital. The identity of the driver remains unknown at this time.

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