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Dairy Farmer Benjamin Burgess stands near the mile-post stone he found in his field.
Photos by David Prenatt

Sherman Farmer Benjamin Burgess Unearths Old Mile Marker

SHERMAN — Chautauqua County has a lot of history just waiting to be unearthed. Sherman dairy farmer Benjamin Burgess found that out literally when he turned up a stone road sign while plowing a field along Route 430 near Findley Lake. The stone, a post mile-marker, once informed travelers ...

Pine Valley Superintendent Calls Teacher Demonstration ‘Puzzling’

SOUTH DAYTON — Following Wednesday afternoon’s picketing outside the Pine Valley Central School by a number of teachers, Superintendent Scott Payne says the union and district are meeting with a state mediator in an effort to come to an agreement. Here is the statement he released ...

State Announces $20 Million In Grants For Local Water Projects

Funding for several drinking water and wastewater projects in Chautauqua County will be getting a boost in the form of state infrastructure grant funding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants Thursday, which including projects in the city of Jamestown, town of Chautauqua, and villages of ...

Pine Valley teachers and supporters stand next to Route 83 in front of the school building. Pine Valley has suffered an 18 percent turnover in teachers in the last four months.

‘At An Impasse’

PINE VALLEY — Approximately 70 Pine Valley teachers and supporters braved the wind and rain Wednesday afternoon to hold an “informational picket” regarding the issue that the district has not come up with a contract that is suitable to the area educators or the Teacher’s Association. ...

Work is still underway to repair damage caused by a water leak at Tracy Plaza in Jamestown. The city is in talks with the contractor to finish the work, which has forced the closure of the customer service entrance of the Jamestown Police Department for several weeks. 
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Work Continues To Repair Water Leaks, Damage To JPD

With the customer service entrance for the Jamestown Police Department still experiencing leakage as a result of recent rainfall, the Jamestown Department of Public Works is still in talks with its contractors on getting the area operational again. The area was initially damaged to do an ...

Pine Valley teachers and supporters stand next to Route 83 in front of the school building. Pine Valley has suffered an 18 percent turnover in teachers in the last four months.

Pine Valley Superintendent Calls Teacher Demonstration ‘Puzzling’

SOUTH DAYTON — Following Wednesday afternoon's picketing outside the Pine Valley Central School by several teachers, Superintendent Scott Payne says the union and district are meeting with a state mediator in an effort to come to an agreement. Here is the statement he released this ...

Katherine Siochi, an award-winning harp soloist and newly appointed principal harpist of the Sarasota Orchestra, will perform Friday at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, beginning at 8 p.m., in the first concert of the Jamestown Concert Association’s 2017-18 season.

JCA To Premiere 2017-18 Season With Friday Concert

The new season of the Jamestown Concert Association will commence Friday with the Jamestown debut of nationally renowned, award-winning harpist Katherine Siochi. Siochi will perform an 8 p.m. concert at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, putting on display her widely lauded talent and kicking off ...

Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County historian, left, and Wendy Straight, Chautauqua County Historic Structure Database volunteer, discuss the mission and progress of the online database during Wednesday’s Brown Bag lecture at the Fenton History Center.
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Fenton Lecture Spotlights County Historic Structure Database

An online inventory of some Chautauqua County’s oldest and most influential structures is now starting to take shape after more than a decade of obtaining and processing old archived material. The Chautauqua County Historic Structure Database was spotlighted at the Fenton History Center’s ...

BPU Warns Of Scam Targeting Business, Customers

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is warning the public of a scam targeted at an area business as well as local customers. In a statement Wednesday, the BPU said a business received a call from someone claiming to be a BPU representative. The caller said the business was past-due on its ...

Police Investigating Fatal Warren County Incident

PINE GROVE, PA — Pennsylvania State Police and the Warren County Coroner’s office are investigating an incident that left a person dead outside of a Pine Grove Township business Wednesday evening. Police said the incident took place outside of Tall Tales at about 5:30 p.m. There is no ...

State Funding To Boost Several Local Water Infrastructure Projects

Funding for several drinking water and wastewater projects in Chautauqua County will be getting a boost in the form of state infrastructure grant funding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grants Thursday, which including projects in the city of Jamestown, town of Chautauqua, and villages of ...

Samantha Barbas, law professor at the University of Buffalo, introduces famed attorney Floyd Abrams, right. Local lawyer Greg Peterson, center, interviewed Abrams as part of the Joseph Gerace Lecture series at the Robert H. Jackson Center. Abrams is famous for his work on freedom of speech, specifically with the Pentagon Papers. 
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Lawyer Floyd Abrams Discusses Free Speech At Jackson Center

Floyd Abrams, currently an attorney at Cahill Gordan and Reindell in New York, visited the Robert H. Jackson Center on Tuesday morning to discuss free speech. Abrams said the Pentagon Papers and the subsequent court case in 1971 served as a moment in time when the Supreme Court ruled in favor ...

Amy Rohler

Rohler Named New Executive Director Of The United Way

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County has a new executive director. Amy Rohler, currently executive director for Community Helping Hands, will succeed Tory Irgang, who is leaving the organization to serve as executive director for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. “We are ...

Protesters gather outside of the Arkwright town hall Friday to show their opposition to the wind farm project.
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Cassadaga, Area Residents Protest Recent Wind Farm Projects

ARKWRIGHT — Members of the Concerned Citizens of Cassadaga Wind Project are protesting around the county to “raise public awareness about the impacts of these wind farm projects,” said organizer Joni Riggle. “If the public did their research, they would not want these farms destroying ...

Man Found With 138 Ounces Of Marijuana In Pomfret

Law enforcement officials took a large quantity of marijuana off the streets on Wednesday afternoon. After a search warrant was executed in the town of Pomfret, Hammad R. Zaidi, 46, of Dunkirk, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. At the time, Zaidi was found to be ...

Jamestown Community College student athletes and coached cleaning veteran markers in Soldier’s Circle at Lake View Cemetery Friday. More than 130 students and coaches cleaned more than 1,200  veteran markers during the volunteer service project. 
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JCC Student Athletes Clean Veteran Markers At Lake View Cemetery

More than 1,200 veteran markers in Soldier’s Circle at Lake View Cemetery have been cleaned thanks to the athletes and coaches at Jamestown Community College. On Friday, more than 130 students and coaches descended on Lake View Cemetery to perform the volunteer service project, which took ...

Clymer, Panama Meeting On Feasibility Study Postponed

A meeting between the Clymer and Panama school boards regarding a centralization feasibility study for a potential merger that was scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed. The release of the completed study for the Clymer and Panama central school districts has been moved to allow for a ...

Pension Rate Decrease Will Help City

A decrease in state pension rates will save the city about $50,000 next year. In August, Thomas DiNapoli, state comptroller, announced employer contribution rates for the state and local retirement system will decrease for the state fiscal year 2018-19. The estimated average contribution rate ...

NCCS To Offer Free Tuition For Hurricane Refugees

DUNKIRK — A few weeks have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. With many buildings and homes gone, families on the island are looking for a return to normalcy and could be on their way to be with loved ones who live locally. And with them will come children ...

The Randolph Historical Society hosted guest speakers Bob Sutehall and Lorraine Cole, who presented the story of Sutehall’s uncle who was aboard the RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage in April 1912.
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Nephew Recounts Uncle’s Experience On The Titanic

RANDOLPH — Members and guests of the Randolph Historical Society had a personal glimpse into the life of a man who was aboard the RMS Titanic. Recently, guest speakers Bob Sutehall of Angola and Lorraine Cole of Fredonia presented a program marking the 105th year since the sinking of the ...