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Motion For Bail Reconsideration Denied In Arson Case

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley on Thursday denied a motion for bail reconsideration for a Jamestown man accused of setting several fires in 2017. The motion was made by Ned Barone, Chautauqua County public defender, on behalf of Jonathan Young. Barone requested that ...

Carroll Rebrands Park

FREWSBURG — A new sign will soon officially denote the Willis C. Hale Memorial Carroll Town Park as the “Carroll Town Park.” The resolution to rename the park was approved Wednesday during the Carroll Town Board’s regular meeting. Hale will still be remembered since a resolution to ...

New Establishment Coming To Lakewood

LAKEWOOD — A new fast food restaurant will be taking root on Fairmount Avenue this year. This was announced at the March 25 Lakewood Village Board meeting by Building Inspector Jeffrey Swanson, who said an unnamed establishment will soon occupy the space in front of OfficeMax and between ...

Schumer Calls For Friendly’s Investigation

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer on Wednesday called on the U.S. Department of Labor to look into the sudden closure of Friendly’s restaurants across New York. Specifically, Schumer wants an investigation on the “manner by which New York workers were let go this past weekend by the Friendly’s ...

City Officials To Ask State To Change Statute

According to state law, the plumbing inspector for the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has to be a master plumber who lives in the city. Jamestown officials would like to change this state statute because the BPU is having a difficult time finding a master plumber who works part-time ...

‘Position The Brand’

The Friendly’s brand was removed from its former Jamestown location Tuesday. The Brooklyn Square location — open in the city since 1985 — was one of 23 restaurants to close over the weekend. Crews on Tuesday removed letters from the front and back of the restaurant while spray paint ...

Southwestern Approves 2019-20 Budget

The Southwestern Central School District anticipated an increase in foundation aid in the range of $100,000 to $150,000. However when New York state announced the increase was much less, the district had to reorganize the 2019-20 proposed school budget. The Southwestern School Board of ...

Legislature Candidate Declines Nomination

The Chautauqua County Democratic Committee’s Committee to Fill Vacancies will be meeting Thursday in Jamestown hoping to replace the name of Margaret Cornell as the Democratic candidate in Chautauqua County Legislature District 12. Norm Green, Chautauqua County Board of Elections ...

Celoron, North Harmony, Mayville Sign Onto Lake Agreement

The Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy reached half of its possible signatories with the affirmative votes from Celoron, North Harmony and Mayville municipal governments to sign on to the compromise. With the villages of Celoron and Mayville ...

City Officials Eye Rental Registration Compliance

City of Jamestown officials are trying to get more landlords to comply to its rental registration policy. On Monday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, talked about the new way city officials will be trying to encourage landlords to comply with the rental registration policy the Jamestown City ...

Clymer Again Proposes Tax Levy Increase

CLYMER — Thirteen percent is again the number the Clymer School Board of Education proposed to increase the tax levy for a consecutive year. In the words of Superintendent Ed Bailey, he said bluntly, “We need it.” Approved on Monday by the board, the Clymer Central School District will ...

Second Plea Announced In City Meth Ring

BUFFALO — A Jamestown woman named in a 2018 methamphetamine ring has pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute narcotics. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Monday that 39-year-old Stacie N. Yancer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, ...

Maps Emphasize Road Surfaces In Past Decades

By Karen E. Livsey Ellicott Town Historian Spring is here. And so are the potholes. Few streets and roads are immune to these reminders that spring is here. The brick streets in Jamestown seldom have real potholes but many others streets and roads have them. Just as we learn where ...

2 Primaries Highlight Legislature Elections

MAYVILLE — There will be two primaries and 12 unopposed races in this year’s election for the 19 seats in the Chautauqua County Legislature. Thursday was the deadline to file political party election petitions at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections for offices that will be on the ...

Businesses Aid YMCA To Provide Local Meals

Local businesses are helping the Jamestown Area YMCA make more meals available to children during the summer. YMCA officials said many homes and families across the Chautauqua region struggle with bouts of food insecurity. According to the latest data, 12.4 percent of households are impacted ...

‘The Hiking Vikings’

The handful of Appalachian Trail thru-hikers that I have met agree that the sign on Mount Katahdin in Maine signifies the pinnacle of a journey that changes you forever. A local couple who completed their thru-hike in 2015 found there were signs along the way that held life-altering ...

Fenton Hosts Chautauqua Regional Genealogical Conference

Inquisitive people wanted to know more. The first annual Chautauqua Regional Genealogical Conference was held at the Fluvanna Community Church, hosted by the Fenton History Center. This conference was sponsored in part by Rodgers Land Surveying, JRSC Digital, and the Community Foundation. ...

Borrello Shares Lake Agreement Optimism

“I think most will make the decision to sign off,” said George Borrello, Chautauqua County Executive, regarding the county-wide Memorandum of Agreement for the Chautauqua Lake Weed Management Consensus Strategy. The document, introduced March 27 by Borrello as a binding agreement lake ...

‘Options They Have’

Bemus Point students got a glimpse of the workforce during the district’s returning job fair. More than 30 different workforce-related organizations attended the event and spoke with students from grades 6-12. “I think it’s great to expose kids to careers and I’d like to do it ...

One Dead After Motorist Loses Control In Pomfret

POMFRET -- A motorist who died after losing control of his vehicle on Ellicott Road in the town of Pomfret has been identified. Deputies said 28-year-old Philip J. Cunningham died as a result of the crash Thursday. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Fredonia Fire Department ...