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A wanted poster for George Allen Keith, who wondered from the Warren State Hospital in 1999. Keith is a convicted murderer in the 1975 death of a 12-year-old.
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Convicted Murderer Who Wandered From Warren State Hospital Still Missing

WARREN, Pa. — On Dec. 21, 1999, at approximately 1:10 p.m., convicted murderer George Allen Keith walked away from the Warren State Hospital. He has not been seen or heard from since. In 1975, Keith was tried for the criminal homicide of a 12-year-old girl in Clearfield County, Pa. He was ...

WACS social worker DeAnn Shelters and CPSE/CSE chair Amy Webb speak to the board of education about Shelters’ work in the district.
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Speech Pathologist, Special Ed Programming Added To WACS Curriculum

By hiring another speech pathologist and embedding a special education program into the pre-school curriculum, Westfield Academy and Central School District can actually save money and provide better services, board of education members learned at their regular meeting Dec. 12. WACS ...

Bills Fire Head Coach Rex Ryan

Multiple media reports are stating that the Buffalo Bills have fired head coach Rex Ryan. The Bills are 7-8 this year, after going 8-8 last season. It was widely anticipated that Ryan would be let go following the season. Also fired is his brother, Rob Ryan. Anthony Lynn ...

Some of the 60 plus vendors at Christmas in the Village pose for a group picture at the Lakewood Fire Department.

Snowy Scene At Lakewood’s Christmas In The Village

LAKEWOOD — A snow-covered village portrayed like a Hallmark card or movie was the holiday backdrop as the Village of Lakewood hosted its Christmas in the Village festival on Dec. 10. As over 60 indoor craft and gift vendors and 35 local merchants opened their doors for business along ...

Shown putting items in the bags for delivery are Wally Jozwiak, chef of the 76ers Meals on Wheels kitchen, and Elsie Livermore, site manager. For more information on the program, call 962-3455.  
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Sinclairville 76ers Delivers Christmas Food Bags

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville 76ers is the Meals On Wheels program for the Cassadaga Valley area. Meals are delivered three times a week on three different routes in vans by volunteers. The areas include Villenova, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, Ellington, Cassadaga, Lily Dale, ...

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CRCF Board Approves 4Q Grant Spending

The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Board of Directors approved the fourth quarter allocation of designated and agency grant spending during its December meeting. With this approval, $656,233.47 has been awarded to more than 120 local organizations in 2016. To learn more about ...

South Dayton Men Sentenced For Armed Break-In

  LITTLE VALLEY — Two South Dayton men linked to a 2015 armed break-in were sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court. Ricky Vento, 42, and James Lewellyn, 36, were both sentenced to five years of probation for convictions of second-degree attempted assault, a class E ...

The decorations at 140 James Ave. in Jamestown have become a common holiday sight for the community. What started out as a fun project has blossomed into an annual spectacle for the Taylor family. 
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Taylor Family Has Turned Christmas Decorating Into Passion Project

What started out as a fun project to get into the Christmas spirit has turned into an annual event for the Taylor family. So much so that space has become an issue when it comes to storing the various decorations the rest of the year. “I never planned on doing anything like this,” ...

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St. Susan’s Center Receives Toys As Part Of Statewide Initiative

Dozens of Bingo Link games were handed out Friday to children and families at St. Susan’s Center. The toys were courtesy of businesses and individuals statewide that have been participating in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push for toys to be distributed to communities and centers that serve the ...

Pictured, from left, is Jeffrey Smith, executive director of St. Susan Center; and Lakewood residents Allison Brake and Robert Quinn, holding 3-year-old Robbie Quinn. Robbie and his parents recently donated boxes of canned food and goods to St. Susan Center in celebration of Robbie’s birthday.
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Lakewood Boy Donates Birthday Gifts To St. Susan Center

Having a birthday so close to Christmas often means twice the number of gifts. But for 3-year-old Robbie Quinn of Lakewood, it’s come to mean a lot more than that. Ever since Robbie’s first birthday, his parents — Robert Quinn and Allison Brake — have asked those sending birthday ...

Sixth grade students from Gail N. Chapman Elementary School held their annual food drive for the Community Cupboard. From Dec. 5-16, the children brought in non-perishable food items to school. Front row, from left, Aubrey Hogan and Grace Kenyon. Back row, from left, Katelyn Storer, Kendall Steward, Sterling Skye, Reagan Lewis, and Rileigh Lynn-Haskell.

Randolph Residents Work To Bring Holiday Joy To Others

RANDOLPH — Young and old, people of all ages from the Randolph community have been generously volunteering their time and contributing to the success of the annual community project. Over the last few weeks, they have come together to make the holidays better for less fortunate friends and ...

Barricades on the sidewalk around the former Betty Dixon Candy Store, located at 101.5 W. Third St. because of a roof collapse. City officials said the building was examined by an engineer who indicated the building is not structurally sound.
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West Third Street Building Could Be Demolished Following Roof Collapse

Another downtown building's roof has collapsed, which will lead to another demolition. Vince DeJoy, city development director, said barricades have been placed around the former Betty Dixon Candy store, located at 101.5 W. Third St., because of a roof collapse in the back part of the ...

Gowanda Man Sustains Serious Burns In Fire

GOWANDA — A Gowanda man was severely burned in an accidental structure fire in the village early Wednesday morning. Gowanda police and firefighters were dispatched to a fully involved structure fire at 23 W. Main St. with entrapment at 1:10 a.m. When officer Sean Hotnich arrived, he ...

Pictured is Lars Spinner as a student at Indiana Institute of Technology in 1959.

Former Randolph Resident Leaves $1 Million For RCS Students

RANDOLPH — The Randolph Central School District has been generously gifted a scholarship endowment of $1.1 million that will initially make $30,000 available to students graduating next June. This new scholarship comes from the late Lars J. Spinner (known to some as Larry), who formerly ...

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Zlotchew Honored By County Foreign Language Teachers

Clark Zlotchew was recently celebrated for his 54 1/2 years as a foreign language professor by the Chautauqua County Foreign Language Teachers Association. At a recent meeting of the association, Zlotchew was recognized for his dedication to teaching and his skill in the field. Zlotchew was ...

Police Pursuit In WCA Hospital Leads To Arrest Of City Man

A Jamestown man was taken into custody Wednesday following a brief chase into UPMC Chautauqua WCA hospital. Cody A. DiDomenico, 23, was charged with resisting arrest following the incident, which occurred about 10:30 a.m. City police observed DiDomenico, who was wanted for a valid felony ...

State Action On Raises Unlikely This Year

State legislators haven’t seen a salary increase in 18 years, and the wait could go a while longer if a special session isn’t called by Gov. Andrew Cuomo by year’s end. A commission formulated by state officials rejected a pay raise for legislators during a meeting last month. State ...

Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant and JIT Toyota-Lift recently donated $7,000 and $5,900, respectively, for purchasing a new forklift for Community Helping Hands. Pictured from left are Calvin Milliner of Community Helping Hands; Joyce Schwob of JIT; Tami Berg of Erie-2 BOCES; Dan Schwob of JIT; Rev. Amy Rohler of Community Helping Hands; Scott Sadowski of JIT; and Lori Jafarijan of Cummins.
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Community Helping Hands Receives Forklift Donation

Community Helping Hands will now be able to move donations and other items with ease, thanks to JIT Toyota-Lift and Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant. The organization was the recipient of a $7,000 donation from Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant and a $5,900 donation from JIT-Toyota-Lift, which ...

County Unemployment Rates Rise In November

Chautauqua County’s jobless rate is up yet again according to preliminary figures released this week by the New York State Department of Labor. November unemployment figures show the county at 5.7 percent, which is up from 5.6 percent in October and 5.5 percent in September. The rate ...

CVCS Debates Having Musical Run Two Weekends Instead Of One

SINCLAIRVILLE — The Cassadaga Valley Music Department would like to call curtains on one-week musical performances. Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School has typically held its annual musical on a Thursday night, Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening. Melissa Beichner, ...