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Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County

Supervisors debate occupancy tax expansion for small properties in Ontario County
On Thursday the Ontario County Board of Supervisors considered a resolution to impose an occupancy tax of up to three percent (3%) on lodging facilities of three rooms or less.  Currently, New York’s tax code exempts these facilities from the occupancy tax. According to the resolution, Ontario County’s tourism promotion agency is proposing the occupancy tax change to “level the... more

Watchdog group looks at why local hospitals rated so poorly for safety, quality

Watchdog group tries to identify why NY hospitals rank so poorly for safety, quality
When it comes to hospital quality and safety, New York State facilities struggle. A recent study released by the New York Public Interest Research Group, a consumer watchdog, says that a lot of factors could be at play. The takeaway from the report is that New York has some of the worst rankings for quality and safety in the U.S.... more

Clifton Springs man killed, passenger seriously hurt after tractor-trailer wreck in Texas

Clifton Springs man killed in crash on Texas highway; local passenger seriously hurt
Officials say that a 41-year-old Clifton Springs man was killed in a crash that happened on Tuesday in Texas. Another person was seriously hurt. Investigators say 41-year-old Peter Smith, of Clifton Springs was driving his tractor-trailer when he crossed into the other lane, striking another rig head-on. Authorities say he died on the scene. Meanwhile, a passenger inside Smith’s vehicle... more

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office

Henderson reflects on first year leading Ontario County Sheriff’s Office
After three decades in law enforcement – it would be easy to tire of the work. At least from the outside perspective. That couldn’t be further from the case though for Sheriff Kevin Henderson. The 36-year-veteran, and elected leader of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said recently in an interview with The Messenger Post that while the time has flown... more

Deputies: Driver passed stopped school bus along Rt. 96 in Manchester

Deputies: Driver passed stopped school bus along Rt. 96 in Manchester
A Clifton Springs driver has been accused of passing a school bus and driving without a license or interlock device after an incident on State Route 96 this week. Deputies say Margaret Lamotte, 72, of Clifton Springs was taken into custody without incident – and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, driving without an interlock device, passing a stopped school bus,... more

Clifton Springs teen ticketed after crash on Route 96

Clifton Springs teen ticketed after crash on Route 96
Deputies say that on Tuesday around 7:36 a.m. they responded to the scene of a one-car crash on State Route 96 west of State Route 488 in Phelps. Clifton Springs Fire Department, Clifton Springs Police Department, Phelps Fire Department, and Phelps Ambulance all responded to the scene. Deputies say that driver, identified as Juliana Dominguez, 17, of Clifton Springs was... more

Midlakes capital project passes with ease

Midlakes capital project passes with ease
Voters in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central School District approved a $15.6 million capital project Tuesday overwhelmingly. The final tally was 307 in favor and 72 opposed. Superintendent Matt Sickles said the project will address a variety of facility needs on the Midlakes campus, and improve the learning experience for students. “We appreciate everyone who took time out of their busy... more

Sheriff: Clifton Springs man accused of promoting sexual performance by child released due to new NYS guidelines

Sheriff: Clifton Springs man accused of promoting sexual performance by child released due to new NYS guidelines
Sheriff Kevin Henderson says a 24-year-old Clifton Springs man at the center of a FBI investigation has been released after being charged with promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child. Christopher Cole, 24, of Clifton Springs was arrested at the conclusion of an investigation by the FBI Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force, which consists of a member of... more

UPDATE: Phelps man who displayed firearm now facing animal cruelty charge

Deputies say Phelps man displayed firearm during Clifton Springs incident
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 20-year-old Phelps resident who was charged with two counts of menacing and one count of criminal mischief for displaying a firearm during an incident over the weekend has been arrested on animal cruelty charges in a separate investigation. In the first update Monday morning, deputies said Cody Mayo, 20, of Phelps displayed... more

W-FL TUESDAY: Honeoye takes down Bloomfield after delay; Midlakes girls blowout SOTA

W-FL Tuesday: Honeoye takes down Bloomfield; Midlakes girls get first win of season after blowout win over SOTA
The Bloomfield Bombers and the Honeoye Bulldogs renewed their rivalry to open Finger Lakes West play on Tuesday night. This game was delayed shortly after the opening tip because of a fire alarm. When they finally got going, it was a tight back-and-forth game until Honeoye took a 7-point lead with three minutes remaining.. Sheehan and Willix scored for Bloomfield to... more

New bookseller continues long tradition in Clifton Springs

New bookseller continues long tradition in Clifton Springs
Soon there will be a new bookstore in the village. Generations of readers have stepped over the words “Book Store,” spelled out in black and white tiles on the threshold of Sulfur Books, which will continue a proud tradition by opening in the same location where books have been sold for over 100 years. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({}); Sulfur Books... more

Clifton Springs teen ticketed after causing serious head-on crash in Wayne County

Clifton Springs man charged after causing serious head-on crash in Wayne County
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office reports an investigation into a two-car personal injury crash at the intersection of Penfield-Walworth Road and State Route 350 in the Town of Walworth, which resulted in two people being hospitalized with minor and serious injuries. On November 1st at 6:56 p.m. a pickup truck operated by Rabelo Greene, of Clifton Springs attempted to make... more

Partnerships prove crucial to helping local hospitals stay afloat

Partnerships prove crucial to helping local hospitals stay afloat
Several years ago, officials at Thompson Health surveyed their medical staff and area doctors about services they wanted to see the agency provide — or provide more of. One area they pointed to was pulmonary medicine (treatment of the lungs). Michael Stapleton Jr., president and CEO of Thompson Health, said that evolved into the agency — which includes F.F. Thompson... more

Celebrating 50 years of service at Everson’s in Clifton Springs

Everson’s celebrates 50 years of service
The folks at Everson’s Dairy/Corner Store are celebrating the business’ 50th anniversary — and the owner has been around for just about the entire half-century. “I’ve been here 47 years, and I am here every day,” said 80-year-old Don Case, who still goes to work every morning. “I saw my doctor yesterday, and he looked at my numbers and told... more
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