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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

Keuka Park home devastated by fire on Thanksgiving

First responders were called to 3354 James Road in Keuka Park for the report of a working structure fire during the early-afternoon hours on Thanksgiving. Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Department was first on-scene, who requested engines from Penn Yan, a FAST Team from Benton, as well as a tanker from Potter. At that point, crews said that the two-story home was... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Steve Griffin of FLEDC talks economic development in the region (podcast)

“At the end of the day we have to be louder than the pessimists.” Steve Griffin, who serves as CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, said the agency he leads serves a county that has seen surprising growth over the last 10 to 15 years. “It hasn’t been an accident,” he continued, adding that while some of the... more

Yates County targets big pharma

Yates County has joined other New York State municipalities in engaging a legal firm for representation for a potential lawsuit against big pharmaceutical companies for aggressive marketing of opioids. The firm, Napoli Shkolnik is in the process of filing lawsuits on behalf of cities and counties against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medications. Those lawsuits allege that the... more

INSIDE THE FLX: Yates Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis talks local issues (podcast)

On Episode #83 of the Inside the FLX Podcast Yates County Legislature Chairman Dr. Tim Dennis joined Josh Durso to discuss a wide range of topics. The discussion included thoughts on the recent election, ongoing economic development efforts, as well as his thoughts on some regional environmental issues. . more

ELECTION NIGHT LIVE 2017 (webcast replay)

Josh Durso, Jackie Augustine & Jim Sinicropi were live inside the all-new FingerLakes1.com Studio on Election Night for results, reaction, interviews and analysis from Tuesday’s vote in Cayuga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties. Hear from Seneca Falls Town Supervisor Greg Lazzaro, successful Seneca Falls Town Council candidate Doug Avery, Geneva City Supervisor candidates Lou Guard &  Dom... more

Horse killed in Benton crash involving vehicle, buggy

A horse was killed after an accident on Pre-Emption Rd. in Benton, according to officials. The Yates County Sheriff’s Office reports that Bridgette Spicer, 20, of Lafayette was traveling south around 8:30 am when she approached a horse-and-buggy. Deputies say that buggy was traveling the same direction, and Spicer failed to slow down enough when approaching. She struck the wagon,... more

Casella will be the new Yates DA

While absentee ballots could change the results from election night, it appears Todd Casella has unseated incumbent Valerie Gardner in the race for Yates County district attorney. According to unofficial results posted by the Board of Elections Tuesday night, Casella garnered 2,704 votes, or 52.6 percent, to 2,435, or 47.3 percent, for Gardner. Approximately 550 absentee ballots were sent out,... more
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