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News Analysis: Amid Tragedy Elections Press On

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies continued. Attack ads stayed on the airwaves. Political combat largely carried on. Amid a wave of election season violence that left many Americans on edge, the contentious midterm campaign has barreled forward with little pause. ...

Top Of Their Class

The Jamestown High School marching band is returning home this afternoon as champions. Again. For the third time in five years, the Red Raiders claimed a New York State Field Band Competition title, defeating nine other bands Sunday in Large School 2 at the Carrier Dome in ...

Congressional Candidates Debate Immigration Opinions

http://extras.observertoday.com/ads/Question2.mp3 Editor’s note: This is the second in a four-part series featuring a debate between Rep. Tom Reed and challenger Tracy Mitrano. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano agreed more about immigration reform and border ...

State Regional Economic Development Council Program Key For City Development

There have been several reasons why there has been many development projects in downtown Jamestown in recent years. One of the main reasons several projects have been completed, currently being worked on or are in the planning state is because of the state funding received through the ...

Fundraisers To Assist Victims Of Sinclairville Structure Fire

SINCLAIRVILLE — A Facebook fundraiser is trying to help a family that lost everything in a fire last weekend. The Stein family home at 7025 Rood Road, where David and Jamie Stein lived with their three children, burned down. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No one was ...

Re-Inked

FALCONER — On March 22, 2017, a devastating fire ravaged several buildings and businesses in downtown Falconer, a fire that eventually called for over a dozen fire departments to contain. The fire took several hours to put out, but led to a total of four buildings being destroyed, homes ...

Candidates Clash On Health Care Coverage

Editor’s note: This is the first in a four-part series featuring a debate between Rep. Tom Reed and challenger Tracy Mitrano. U.S. Rep. Tom Reed has had to face his share of Democratic challengers in his bids for re-election, and as he attempts to earn a fifth term in Congress, candidate ...

City Man Learns Who Gave Him Life-Saving Kidney

Fourteen years ago, Jamestown resident Jeffery Alonge went through a lot of life changes. Soon after marrying Roberta Joanethis, someone who was on dialysis at UPMC Chautauqua like him, he triumphed over a pair of deteriorating kidneys when he received a transplant in November 2004. Since ...

Fingerprint Matches: How FBI Uncovered Suspect’s ID

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the hours before his arrest, as federal authorities zeroed in and secretly accumulated evidence, Cesar Sayoc was in his element: spinning classic and Top 40 hits in a nightclub where he’d found work as a DJ in the last two months. As he entertained patrons from a dimly ...

Home At Last

The Bemus Point-Stow Ferry has returned to its home in Stow after spending its summer in Mayville while volunteers worked to return the historic vessel into service. Volunteers had spent the summer and early fall making new covers for some of the hatches into the bilge compartment to make ...

Revote On Lakewood Acting Mayor Potentially Needed

LAKEWOOD — A 2-1 vote to appoint Deputy Mayor Ted McCague as acting mayor of the village of Lakewood through the end of 2019 might not have been enough to actually elevate him to the position. After the vote at Monday’s meeting was thought to have appointed McCague, the room erupted in ...

Bova Reflects On 25 Years In Government

MAYVILLE — Marty Bova has been the mayor of Mayville for the past 13 years. As his final term comes to an end, Bova calls his time serving the village “extremely rewarding” as residents at a recent town hall attributed the success of many projects in part to his leadership. “It makes ...

Cash-Strapped Bomb Suspect Is Devoted To President

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cesar Sayoc is an amateur body builder and former stripper, a loner with a long arrest record who showed little interest in politics until Donald Trump came along. On Friday, he was identified by authorities as the Florida man who put pipe bombs in small manila envelopes, ...

Transformation

MAYVILLE — Spanning three decades, the idea of the Webb family to bring high-end lakeside residences to the Chautauqua Lake shore has transformed a lot over the years, with The Lodge at Chautauqua Lake about to take shape starting next year in the form of a condominium resort. The original ...

Retired Judge Talks About Impact Of Opioid Crisis

“This is a difficult topic for me to talk about,” is how retired state Supreme Court Justice Salvatore R. Martoche started his personal discussion on the death of his daughter, an overdose victim, at the Robert H. Jackson Center Thursday. Claire Martoche, 43, in January 2017 had returned ...

Man Named In Meth Ring Caused School Lockouts

A wanted Jamestown man who was captured by the FBI in Warren County, Pa., earlier this week after sending two schools into lockout is the latest person named in a local methamphetamine conspiracy ring. The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced that a federal grand jury had indicted ...

Pipe Bomb Raises New Questions About The Safety Of Mail

NEW YORK (AP) — The wave of pipe bombs addressed to prominent Democrats has raised fresh questions about the ability of the U.S. Postal Service and private delivery companies to intercept explosives and other dangerous items. Biohazard detection, X-rays and other technologies have had some ...

Changes At The Park

Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park will not be the home of the Jamestown Jammers in 2019, but that doesn’t mean that a group of baseball-loving community members won’t be figuratively stepping up to the plate in an effort to have a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League representative at the ...

County Lawmakers Approve 2019 Spending Plan

The Chautauqua County Legislature has unanimously passed its 2019 spending plan. On Wednesday, all 17 legislators present, with David Himelein, R-Findley Lake, and Kevin O-Connell, D-Silver Creek, absent, approved the 2019 county budget. The budget will include a tax levy increase of ...

Meth, Cash Found In Traffic Stop

A large amount of methamphetamine and cash were found during a traffic stop in Jamestown early Wednesday. Jamestown police stopped a vehicle at 2:31 a.m. on South Main Street for a failing to signal a turn. The driver, 32-year-old Brandon Smith, was reportedly found in possession of more ...