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Centralized Arraignment To Begin This Month

MAYVILLE — A big change in law and order is coming to Chautauqua County in 2019. A new Centralized Arraignment Program will transform the way police departments and town justices do their jobs. Ellicott Town Justice Marilyn Gerace led the charge to set up a system that will have all police ...

Schools, Health Care Top Finance-Heavy Agenda In States

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Big-dollar decisions about health care and education will top the agenda in many state capitols as lawmakers convene for their 2019 sessions with a closer balance between Republicans and Democrats. Some states will be considering anew whether to expand ...

Year In Review

The Post-Journal published thousands of stories on its pages over the past 365 days — but none resonated with readers more than the sudden closure of the Sam’s Club in West Ellicott nearly a year ago. Coverage of the store’s closure was read by more than 65,595 people on ...

Golf Tourney In Need Of New Major Sponsor

FINDLEY LAKE — The nationally televised Web.com Tour golf tournament that plays in July annually at Peek’n Peak Resort will be in need of a new major sponsor following this year’s event. Mark Geise, tournament director, said LECOM is in the final year of a four-year contract as the ...

Amid 2018’s Tragedies Were Moments Of Compassion

Deadliest shooting at an American high school: Parkland, Florida. Deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century: Paradise, California. Deadliest attack on Jews in American history: Pittsburgh. The cities of Parkland, Paradise and Pittsburgh became synonymous with tragedy in 2018, a year when the ...

‘Cancer Bill’ To Cover Volunteer Firefighters

Beginning Jan. 1, interior volunteer firefighters will be covered by insurance if they are diagnosed with cancer, but the cost of the coverage falls onto local fire departments alone. The New York State Volunteer Firefighter Gap Coverage Cancer Disability Benefits Act, referred to as the ...

Health Care Jobs On Decline In County

The number of health care jobs in the state and Western New York in the last 10 years has increased substantially, but is decreasing in Chautauqua County. According to a report from the New York State Comptroller’s Office titled “Vital Signs: Health Care Employment Gains Across New York ...

Playing Hard To Get

WASHINGTON (AP) — The stranger-than-sitcom American presidency opened 2018 with a big tease about mutual nuclear destruction from two leaders who then found “love” not war. It seems President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un were just playing hard to get. The presidency ...

From Panama To Potatoes

From his family garden in Chautauqua County to Kimberly, Idaho, Andrew Hollingshead might just save potatoes — at least from one specific disease. Studying at the University of Idaho’s Kimberly Research & Extension Center, Hollingshead, an Ashville native, is in his third year of ...

Local Native’s Research Project Important To National Potato Industry

KIMBERLY, Idaho (AP) — Andrew Hollingshead estimates he’s ruined 10 to 12 tons of potatoes. Now in the third year of his research project, the Ph.D. student will continue bruising, battering and dissecting tubers throughout the winter. But these unusual experiments are nothing new at the ...

Meals On Wheels Ready For 2019

Meals on Wheels of the Jamestown Area is looking forward to serving the community further into the New Year, and Executive Director Barrie Yochim reported that overall funding and donations are setting the nonprofit up for a successful future. “We’ve had a fairly good 2018,” Yochim ...

Fla. School Shooting Voted Associated Press’ Top News Story Of 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school — which killed 17 students and staff, and sparked nationwide student-led marches for gun control — was the top news story of 2018, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news ...

‘Fulfilling Our Goal’

A couple of new downtown business have been well received by the community in their first year. The Corner Cafe opened at 122 E. Third St. earlier this year as part of the renovations done at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. James Crocitto, Reg Lenna LLC general manager, said the new ...

Town Judge Resigns After State Ethics Complaint

HARMONY — The longtime town justice in Harmony has resigned following an ethics complaint filed by the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct. The commission charged that for more than three years, Justice Bruce Scolton missed monthly reporting and depositing deadlines of court ...

Next Minimum Wage Bump To Take Effect On Monday

Minimum wage increases across New York state will go into effect Monday, which includes a 70 cent increase from $10.40 to $11.10 for all New York state workers outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester. This wage increase for Chautauqua County workers and other New York residents ...

‘We Lost Everything’

BROCTON — A few days ago, Season Brigham’s four children were happily decorating Christmas cookies in preparation for the holidays. Since yesterday, they and their mother are mourning the loss of their entire home and several family pets. The house of the Brigham family was almost ...

Weapons Found

A cache of weapons was found and three men were arrested following a shooting on Christmas. No one was injured after officers responded at about 2:40 a.m. to a report of shots fired Tuesday in the area of East Second and Jeffords streets in Jamestown. An investigation found that someone ...

Ashville Man Jailed After Stabbing In Sugar Grove

ASHVILLE — An Ashville man involved in a stabbing last week that left one man seriously injured has been located by police. Michael C. Shreve, 22, was taken into custody by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office at about 7:30 a.m. Christmas morning. He was arrested at a 1732 ...

Highest Honor

Providing musical tribute during the memorial events for a former president is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and after former President George H. W. Bush died at the age of 94, it was Jamestown resident Erik Lundquist’s high honor. As a member of the United States Air Force Band, ...

Pasta Perfect

The best place to find Joe Conti is often in the kitchen of venues in which he cooks spaghetti. For nearly three decades, the Jamestown resident has been making spaghetti and other pasta dishes the way his family once did for community events. Conti has learned and perfected techniques ...