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Penn Yan driver speeds away from deputies during traffic stop, crashes into utility pole in Benton

Penn Yan driver leads police
A Penn Yan man is facing multiple charges after fleeing a traffic stop in the Town of Potter over the weekend. On Saturday, deputies say Christopher Rossman, 28, didn’t stop for officers along State Route 364 when they initiated a traffic stop. Instead, Rossman sped away from the scene, according to deputies. They say he eventually lost control of his... more

Benton completes water district No. 1 extension project

Benton completes water district No. 1 extension project
The installation of the 12-inch main of the Town of Benton’s Water District No. 1 extension along Rte. 14 is complete, reports Chief Water Operator Jayson Hoover. The work was begun in February and completed by the end of March, despite some very cold conditions. Hoover reports the line has been pressure tested and needs only to have the water... more

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County

SUNDAY CONVERSATION: Steve Griffin talks Penn Yan’s big DRI win, and continued success in Yates County
Scream louder than the pessimists. That’s how Steve Griffin has approached his role as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center. But, now that he’s been in the position for more than a decade – and closing in on his 12th year of service for the FLDC – the hard work is paying off. While Yates is a rural... more

Man escapes serious injury after car-train collision in Yates County

Man escapes serious injury after car-train collision in Yates County
Deputies say a 74-year-old Yates County resident avoided serious injury after his car collided with a Finger Lakes Railway Train on Thursday. Deputies say Thomas Goodall, 74, of Maple Drive was traveling west on Maple Drive toward Route 14, and attempted to cross the railroad tracks. The collision forced his car off the road and down an embankment. He was... more

Deputies investigating farm-related burglaries in Yates County

Deputies investigating farm-related burglaries in Yates County
Several long guns are still missing following farm-related burglaries in Yates County. According to The Chronicle Express, the burglaries are in the towns of Potter and Benton. The Rochester Police Department got involved in January, investigating leads on stolen equipment. Three more burglaries were reported in Potter in February. Sheriff Ronald Spike says they have persons of interest outside Yates... more

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet

Hear about mills and life along the Keuka Outlet
Yates County’s post-revolutionary history is rooted in the area we now know as a beautiful natural area in a ravine that connects Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The mills that were powered by the flowing water of the Keuka Outlet became the basis of industry here. As the mills prospered, other businesses and services were needed. Soon there were homes, inns,... more

Benton & Torrey water projects get the green light

Benton & Torrey water projects get the green light
Voters in the proposed expansion of Benton water district No. 1 approved the project in a permissive referendum vote held on election day. That was good news to the residents of Torrey’s water district No. 1, the creation of which was predicated on the expansion of the Benton water main to the Torrey town line. Now Torrey has received word... more

Benton man arrested on felony drug charges in Yates County

Benton man arrested on felony drug charges in Yates County
A Benton man was arrested on felony charges following an investigation into the sale of controlled substances in Yates County. Police say 46-year-old Scott Thornton, of Benton was arrested by officers on a superior court warrant issued in Yates County Court on felony drug charges after a lengthy investigation. He was charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance... more

Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget for 2019

Yates legislators adopt $44.3M budget
Yates County Legislators adopted the $44.3 million 2019 county budget Nov. 15 following a public hearing when they heard bi-partisan support for increasing wages for the Yates County Board of Elections Comissioners. The only change they made to the budget before adopting it was an adjustment to a Court Security line in the plan. Treasurer Winona Flynn said increases in... more

Water will be on the ballot in Benton on Tuesday

Water will be on the ballot in Benton on Tuesday
Along with the political election coming up Nov. 6, some residents of the Town of Benton will be voting on another vital and practical matter — water. The extension of Benton’s Water District No. 1 south to the Torrey town line had been approved by petition of the residents in the proposed expansion earlier this year. However, just before the... more

Paving work to begin on Rte. 54 in Yates

Paving work to begin on Rte. 54 in Yates
A single course asphalt overlay paving project on State Route 54 from G. Fullagar Road to the Steuben County line in the Towns of Milo and Barrington, Yates County, will begin Wednesday, Oct. 10. The paving project is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation. The public should expect... more

Stanley woman accused of stealing from employer

A Stanley woman has been charged after allegedly altering business records at her employer. Sarah Walsh, 38, of Stanley was charged with falsifying business records by the Yates County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation into false entries made to her employer’s records. Deputies say she made those entries between December 27th and March 5th — resulting in a credit of... more

Benton considers creating two new water districts

At the Benton Town Board meeting Feb. 14, the board heard from Ben Tomion, a resident of Fergusons Corners, and his proposal that the town bring public water to that neighborhood. Tomion describes the quality of well water in that area as “terrible.” He estimates there will be about 36 residences served by approximately 15,000 feet of mains. Supervisor John... more

OUR FINGER LAKES HISTORY: Jemima Wilkinson, early founder of Penn Yan & Jerusalem (podcast)

Jemima Wilkinson was a charismatic American Quaker and evangelist. Wilkinson and her followers founded Jerusalem, New York, which also includes present day Penn Yan. Seneca County Historian Walter Gable presents the second in his series of famous historic people with Finger Lakes roots. . more
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