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Hall Official Winner In Hanover Justice Race

With absentee votes tallied, Hanover Town Justice candidate Phillip Hall is still the top vote getter. As a result, he will appear on the Republican line in the Nov. 7 general election. The Chautauqua County Board of Elections counted absentee ballots following primaries held Sept 12. ...

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Up In Smoke

A storage building used to house items for an ongoing yard sale was destroyed Tuesday evening in the town of Randolph. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 3321 Bowen Road around 5 p.m. First responders arrived to find the storage building engulfed by flames, according to Randolph fire ...

Chief investigator Lawrence Law (Zachary Mota) goes over clues to solve the mystery of who killed Peter Petulant.
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Ripley Library Players Uncover The Case Of The Petulant Express

RIPLEY — No one knew who the killer was, not even the actors. Nearly 100 people took a ride on the Petulant Express and did their best to ferret out a killer as the Ripley Library Players returned to Noble Winery after a three-year hiatus to produce an evening of laughs, good food and, of ...

Fredonia Prof’s Newly Patented System May Make ‘Black Box’ Obsolete

FREDONIA — After any airplane disaster, investigators use the flight data recorder known as a black box to determine the cause of the crash or incident. The problem is the black box, which is really orange colored and very well-built, sometimes is not easily found. In August, Professor ...

Public Hearing Set On Proposed Partial Property Tax Exemption

MAYVILLE — The partial real property tax exemption could be changed to include more of the elderly population who have a home and are on a fixed income. On Monday, legislators on the Administrative Services Committee approved to establish a public hearing on a proposal to increase income ...

David and Marissa Troxell with students after completion earlier this summer of the new filtration system.
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Rotary Club Of Jamestown Brings Clean Water To Cambodian Students

Work was recently completed on a water filtration project for the 315 students at a rural Cambodian charity school with help from the Rotary Club of Jamestown. The students at Cambodia Academy will have free, clean and hygienic drinking water. The filtration system which the club had ...

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Feldt Running For Celoron Mayor

CELORON — Jacob Feldt has never been a politician a day in his life — but that’s all changed now. Feldt has announced that he’s running for mayor of the village of Celoron. After voicing concern in July over the ongoing water problem he and his fellow residents have faced in a ...

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Storage Building Destroyed In Randolph Blaze

RANDOLPH — A storage building used to house items for a ongoing yard sale was destroyed Tuesday evening in the town of Randolph. Firefighters were alerted to the blaze at 3321 Bowen Road around 5 p.m. First responders arrived to find the storage building engulfed by flames, Randolph fire ...

Ground breaking on the Athenex location has been delayed until the first of the year. However, activity continues at the location to prepare for the groundbreaking.
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Athenex Groundbreaking Moved To 2018

DUNKIRK — An official Athenex ground breaking may have to wait, but progress on the Lake Shore Drive site is ongoing. According the Dunkirk Town Supervisor Richard Purol, he found out about the delay at a meeting last week. “The groundbreaking has been delayed until the first of the ...

Fredonia To Create Paid Fire Chief Position

FREDONIA — For the first time in its history, Fredonia will soon have a full-time paid fire chief running the Fredonia Fire Department. Currently the fire department has approximately 100 volunteers and nine paid positions and rather than adding another separate paid position, the village ...

The owner looks on while Mary Fales, DVM, administers a rabies shot and Dog Control Officer Brian King holds a dog during the free rabies clinic.

Town Of Poland Hosts Rabies Shot Clinic

POLAND — More than 100 dogs and cats received their rabies shots recently at the free clinic sponsored by the town of Poland. People came from all over the area to make sure their beloved pets were protected from the potentially-deadly disease. Mary Fales once again provided her services ...

The ninth annual Bemus Point Fall Festival continues today, complete with a petting zoo and pony rides. The village of Bemus Point is celebrating the beginning of the fall season with live music, street vendors and more throughout the weekend.
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Bemus Point Festival Welcomes Autumn To Area

BEMUS POINT — A variety of fall-type fun filled the streets and sidewalks of Bemus Point on Saturday. The ninth annual Bemus Point Fall Festival offered street vendors, live music, a petting zoo and pony rides to visitors. Restaurants across the area offered specials for the festival, and ...

From left, Lilly Carlson, Khloe Karnes and Kimberly Bauer ready themselves during one of the heats at the Welch’s grape stomping competition Friday, the first day of the 50th annual Festival of Grapes, in Silver Creek. 
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Officials Praise Silver Creek Festival As Longest-Running In State

SILVER CREEK — Not many festivals run for 50 consecutive years. In fact, only one in New York state has accomplished such a feat. That festival is Silver Creek’s Festival of Grapes. Lori Cornell, representative of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, lauded that fact Friday during the opening ...

Reception Area Remains Closed At JPD After Flooding Incident

The reception area of the Jamestown Police Department remains closed to the public after flooding damaged files, computers and radios last week. Access to the department, located at 201 E. Second St., will remain limited until further notice. The problem began Wednesday evening after heavy ...

Burned Fredonia Playground Gets Replacement

FREDONIA — A new playground in the village of Fredonia has risen from the ashes of its predecessor — quite literally. Lower Russell Joy Park boasts a play area once again after the previous one burned down in an apparent arson. Fredonia-Pomfret Recreation Director Thomas Battaglia noted ...

City Man Jailed On Robbery Charges

A Jamestown man was jailed after reportedly robbing a woman at knife-point Thursday. Terin L. Butler, 26, was taken into custody without incident after police were dispatched around 2 p.m. to 124 Barrows St. for a robbery complaint. A woman told police that Butler, whom she knew, robbed her ...

Local Agriculture Is An Economic Driver

Chautauqua County has a diverse agricultural base as well as a long and proud history of farming. There are several remarkable statistics associated with agriculture in Chautauqua County. Did you know that Chautauqua County ranks #1 in New York State for number of farms at over 1,500, or that ...

County Executive Vince Horrigan announces the appointment of John Griffith as the new Chautauqua County Emergency Services director on Friday in Mayville. Griffith, pictured with Horrigan, will take over for Julius Leone.
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Longtime Member Of Fire Service Named County EMS Director

MAYVILLE — A longtime member of the local fire service has been named director of the Chautauqua County Emergency Services Office. County Executive Vince Horrigan announced Friday in Mayville that John Griffith, a Falconer native, will serve as the next director following Julius Leone’s ...

Pictured from left to right are Steve Cobbs, Michelle Turner, Charlie Anderson, Greg Carlson, Michael Rauh, Carolynn Wesp, Kim Carlson, Jeanette Ostrom and Dawn Columbare.
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Chautauqua Gran Fondo Raises $15,000 To Benefit Local Charities

The Chautauqua Gran Fondo returned for its third consecutive year, bringing its “party on wheels” through the scenic routes of Chautauqua County. Through this year’s event, $15,000 was raised to benefit local charities. The Chautauqua Gran Fondo is a community cycling event ...

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Sweet Seventy

Members of the Jamestown High School Class of 1947 convened for their 70-year high school reunion at Moonbrook Country Club on Thursday. Of the 400 students who graduated from Jamestown that year, 27 of those classmates were in attendance for Thursday’s reunion — at which 37 people attended ...