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Concurrent WPD Investigation Concurs With Findings

A concurrent investigation by the City of Warren Police Department into the officer-involved fatal shooting on Aug. 4 has also concluded that the officer did nothing out of line with his job duties. City of Warren Police Chief Raymond Zydonik detailed the investigation process to the Times ...

The book fair at Ripley Elementary School’s open house was highly successful.

Good Showing

RIPLEY — Ripley Elementary school recently hosted its first open house since the school was accepted as an EL education school. The excitement and enthusiasm was palpable. The halls and classrooms hummed with activity. And the results were evident. There were a lot of firsts at the open ...

The WNY Kidney Connection will hold its annual fundraising event at Moon Brook Country Club on Saturday, Oct. 14, to assist its living donors with non-medical expenses. Pictured are Pat Hoover, left, and Paul Liuzzo, respective kidney recipient and donor, who arranged a kidney donation through the WNY Kidney Connection and underwent the medical procedure in April.
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Kidney Connection To Hold Oct. 14 Fundraiser At Moon Brook

An area nonprofit that specializes in finding a kidney for those in need of a transplant is once again raising funds to assist those who are on the donation end of the transaction. The WNY Kidney Connection will host its annual fundraising event at Moon Brook Country Club on Saturday, Oct. ...

County Fair To Run One Week Earlier In 2018

DUNKIRK — The Chautauqua County Fair will take place next year a week earlier than usual. According to Dan King, Chautauqua County Fair Board representative, the change is because of their new ride company. “Our fair dates for 2018 will be July 16-22. Powers & Thomas Midway ...

The Chautauqua County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will sponsor its 20th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence and 15th annual Unity Day event Friday along Third Street and at the city hall lobby, respectively.
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Walk As One

For two decades the issue of domestic violence has taken center stage in a downtown Jamestown event aimed at raising awareness on the subject. On Friday, the Chautauqua County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will host its 20th annual Walk Against Domestic Violence and ...

Dunkirk Aviation and Sales Inc., is ending aircraft maintenance and service at the Dunkirk Airport effective Oct. 31. County Executive Vince Horrigan said he’s been in talks with two fixed-base operators to take over service at the airport.
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Longtime FBO Ceasing Operations At Dunkirk Airport

SHERIDAN — Aircraft service and maintenance at the Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport has been led by the Nalbone family dating back to the early 1960s. But come Oct. 31, the fixed-base operation under the current ownership of Louis Nalbone will come to an end at the Dunkirk Airport. ...

Dr. Amer Ahmed addresses a large crowd at King Concert Hall during a Maytum Convocation Lecture titled “Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers.”
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Speaker Challenges Myths Of Islam

FREDONIA — Dr. Amer Ahmed delivered a stirring Maytum Convocation lecture recently at SUNY Fredonia’s King Concert Hall titled “Islam: Beyond the Myths, Breaking Down the Barriers.” Youthful, affable and charismatic, with a voice that regularly leapt from erudite to “street” in a ...

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Scams In Wake Of Vegas Tragedy

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace issued a warning Tuesday regarding potential scams in the wake of Sunday’s deadly shootings in Las Vegas. Gerace warned computer users to be watchful for “various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors.” The sheriff ...

Gillibrand Blasts Congress In Wake Of Shootings

PAUL SMITHS — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand blasted her congressional colleagues Monday afternoon, just hours after authorities announced that the death toll from a Las Vegas mass shooting had reached 59, with more than 500 injured. Gillibrand, D-New York, called on Congress to implement some gun ...

Maple Grove renovations made over the last four years are coming to a close as part of the capital facilities project. Renovations include a new gymnasium, new entrances, new classrooms, remodeled hallways and a fitness center, among other additions. 
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Maple Grove Middle School Renovations Almost Complete

Renovation plans that began in early 2013 are finally coming to a close at Maple Grove Middle High School. A new gymnasium, a new science wing and an expanded parking lot are among several of the renovations the capital facilities project brought to Maple Grove. “When we started planning ...

Sheriff’s Office Warns Of Scams In Wake Of Vegas Tragedy

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace issued a warning Tuesday regarding potential scams in the wake of Sunday's deadly shootings in Las Vegas. Gerace warned computer users to be watchful for "various malicious cyber activity targeting both victims and potential donors." The sheriff said ...

George Borrello and Michael Ferguson, the respective Republican and Democratic county executive candidates, debated the top issues facing Chautauqua County at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown at the Robert H. Jackson Center on Monday.
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County Executive Candidates Debate Top Issues Facing Chautauqua County

Some of Chautauqua County’s biggest problem areas took center stage at a debate between two candidates for the county’s top political position. George Borrello and Michael Ferguson — the respective Republican and Democratic county executive candidates — engaged in a friendly debate ...

Randolph Man Charged After Being Pinned In Rollover Crash

ELLERY — A Randolph man was charged following a rollover crash late Saturday in the town of Ellery. Heath E. Zawatski, 30, of Parker Hill Road, was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, failure to comply, moving from lane unsafely and failure to keep right. Firefighters ...

Greg Rabb discusses the role of religion in politics, as originally conceived by the drafters and signers of the U.S. Constitution, during Sunday’s meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown.
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Rabb Discusses Religion, US Constitution In Sunday Service

Though it is often quoted, cited and interpreted in a variety of contexts, the now 230-year-old U.S. Constitution in its original form places little emphasis on religion in regard to the nation’s political system. This is the notion asserted by Greg Rabb at Sunday’s meeting of the ...

Drug Addiction Forum Scheduled

A community education forum on the many causes and devastating consequences of addiction has been scheduled. On Thursday, Dr. Lillian Ney, Health Care Action Team chairwoman, discussed the second community education forum HCAT has hosted, which will be called “Our Community Stands ...

Falconer students in the Key Club traveled to the Dominican Republic to help install running to water to communities in need. The trip lasted 10 days and the students worked on two different work sites in Hatillo and and Crucero.
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Key Leadership

Falconer Central School recently sent students to the Dominican Republic to help install water pipelines within communities that did not even have running water. Members of the Falconer Key Club raised money for 18 months before they boarded a plane and landed in Santa Domingo, the capital ...

Students of Brocton and Westfield schools pose for a photo shortly before a Snake Dance in the village. The traditional snake dance and bonfire was revived for students.

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Snake Dance Once Again Makes Its Way Through Westfield

WESTFIELD — Residents of Westfield who witnessed a 100-foot snake weaving its way through the downtown area, called out family members, snapped pictures and asked one another “What’s going on?” The snake was actually comprised of dozens of high school students from Brocton High ...

BPU Denied Gas Pipeline Purchase

The New York State Public Service Commission has denied the sale of a gas pipeline from EmKey Transportation to the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities. On Monday, BPU officials discussed the PSC’s ruling, which happened Sept. 14. David Leathers, BPU general manager, said BPU staff is ...

Dunkirk Mayor Makes Contact With Mother In Puerto Rico

DUNKIRK — Sometimes countless prayers, a little bit of luck and the kindness of others can make miracles happen. For Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas and his brothers, that’s what a phone call from their mother, Rosalia, felt like Friday morning. “Our friends in Buffalo saw the story in the ...

Sami Henry, left, and Abby Adam, far right, will be attending their first homecoming dance tonight. Their friend Chris Butler is pictured center.
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A Dance To Remember

Two Southwestern High School freshman girls are preparing to have the time of their lives tonight when they attend the school’s homecoming dance with their dates. Abby Adam and Sami Henry, best friends who both have Down syndrome, will participate in their first homecoming dance as guests ...