Local News

Vehicle Hits Gas Well, Takes Off

Police were looking for a vehicle Friday that reportedly struck a gas well in Sinclairville before taking off. Firefighters and police were summoned to 7479 N. Hill Road shortly after 4 p.m. for the crash. A 911 dispatcher said a vehicle had struck a gas well, causing a minor leak. While ...

Christmas Tree To Be Displayed Downtown Monday

Downtown will look a little more festive as the city plans to display its Christmas tree at Tracy Plaza next week. The White Spruce will be harvested from Bergman Park on Monday morning. From there, crews from the city's Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, with the assistance of a ...

Panama/Clymer Straw Vote Imminent, Questions Remain

Inside the Clymer Student Performance Center on Thursday, questions, fears and opinions echoed loudly. The second of two public meetings was held as a way to answer as many questions the two school districts of Panama and Clymer might still have about the upcoming advisory referendum, or the ...

United Way Campaign Hits Half Of Annual Goal

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County reported hitting 55 percent of its $1.325 million goal recently. Incoming Executive Director Amy Rohler commented on the status of the campaign: “Contributions continue to come in strong and we are optimistic that we will reach our goal. I am ...

Voter Turnout Higher In North County, Jamestown Lower Despite Contested Races

While voter turnout was high in northern Chautauqua County, the turnout in Jamestown left a lot to be desired, according to Norman Green. “Jamestown was frustrating,” he said. Green, Chautauqua County Board of Elections Democratic Commissioner, said the overall turnout in Chautauqua ...

Interstate 86 Reopens Following Morning Crash

The eastbound lane of Interstate 86 has reopened following a crash this morning, the New York State Department of Transportation announced. The crash occurred around 5:35 a.m. on the interstate, though how many vehicles involved was not immediately clear. The eastbound lane was closed from ...

Busti Resident Discusses Civil Air Patrol, Vet Programs

The rich history of a seldom-mentioned national program that has a local chapter was discussed at the Fenton History Center Wednesday. The Civil Air Patrol has been an important part of the country’s aviation history, which has a local chapter here in Jamestown. Todd Hanson, Civil Air ...

Board Of Elections: Council Race Too Close To Call

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections has determined that the Jamestown City Council At-Large race is still too close to call. On Wednesday, the Board of Elections announced that absentee ballots could change the outcome of the race because there were 446 absentee ballots issued and 230 ...

Charlotte, Carroll Elect New Town Supervisors

Residents went to the polls Tuesday for several town elections. The following results are from the Chautauqua County Board of Elections. The results are considered unofficial until all absentee ballots are counted: ARKWRIGHT There were two positions open on the Arkwright Town Council and ...

Five Star, Aspen Dental To Open Fairmount Avenue Location

Fairmount Avenue in Lakewood will soon be home to two new businesses in a shared space. Five Star Urgent Care and Aspen Dental will occupy a new structure to be built on the existing sites of Stroehmann Bakeries and Pfeffer Insurance Agency, according to Lakewood's Code Enforcement Officer ...

Most Incumbents Retain Seats In Village Elections

Unofficial results for village positions, according to the Board of Elections are: BEMUS POINT Incumbent mayor Bryan Dahlberg ran unopposed, receiving 96 votes. Michele Novotny and Margaret Richardson, incumbent members of the Bemus Point Village Board, ran unopposed, receiving 88 and 92 ...

Panama, Clymer Reckon With Unknowns Surrounding Merger

PANAMA — Questions about an ongoing merger study between the Clymer and Panama school districts were the center of attention at Panama Central School on Tuesday. Both Clymer and Panama are reviewing a merger study that has reached the final stretch. The process became more controversial ...

County Looks To Purchase Additional Road Salt, Evaluates Sunday Storm Damage

MAYVILLE — Mother Nature took the spotlight at Monday’s Public Facilities Committee meeting due to wintry weather from the beginning of the year and Sunday night’s storm. George Spanos, Department of Public Facilities director, came before the committee regarding a change in the 2017 ...

Lakewood Man Sentenced In 2016 Crash That Killed Stockton Driver

MAYVILLE — A Lakewood man is heading to state prison for his role in a crash that took the life of a 22-year-old in September 2016. Jude M. Gagliano was handed a sentence of one to three years Monday morning in Chautauqua County Court. The sentence for Gagliano, 29, stems from a Sept. 2, ...

Findley Lake Library Distributes ‘Novel’ Treats

Findley Lake Library Director Melissa Froah gives a book to Drake DeLand as his Halloween “treat” while his brother Levi, holds the book he chose. The library passed out “treats” of free books to visiting ghosts and goblins to encourage children to read. Photo by David Prenatt

JCC Uncommoners’ Performance Of ‘Hairspray’ Deserves An Audience

Standing ovations are fairly common, but a standing ovation in the middle of the play is rare. That rare event occurred Friday night during Jamestown Community College’s opening night production of “Hairspray,” when the audience rose to its feet to acknowledge JamieLee Rose as ...

First Annual ‘Cherry Creep’ Held

CHERRY CREEK — The ballpark in Cherry Creek is usually it’s busiest in the summer months: the Independence Day Celebration, organized baseball and softball leagues and families enjoying the park. But recently the venue saw a completely different use during the first annual “Cherry Creep ...

Flashbacks Of ’09 For Gowanda As Sunday Storm Slams Area

DUNKIRK — Thunderstorms filled the skies across the Southern Tier with rain pouring down. The totals for the Dunkirk-Fredonia area up to North Collins look to tally around 3 inches on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Buffalo, as flood-stricken areas like Gowanda and Silver ...

Benefit To Assist Family Set For Saturday

CHERRY CREEK — A benefit will held Saturday at the Stockton Firehall to benefit the family of Tammy Becker, who passed away in September following a short bout with a very aggressive cancer. The event will be held between the hours of noon-5 p.m. There will be DJ type music, as well as ...