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Overhaul

A Western New York development company that has completed several projects in downtown Jamestown might potentially overhaul the Furniture Mart Building. In June, the Jamestown City Council supported a consolidated funding application through the state Regional Economic Development Council ...

Appeals Court Denies New Trial For Osman

A state appeals court has declined to grant a new trial for a Frewsburg man convicted of second-degree murder in 2001. Nicholas Osman was sentenced in 2001 by former Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward to 40 years to life for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery in the Dec. 8, ...

JCC Cuts, Reduces 10 Positions To Meet $1M Budget Shortfall

Jamestown Community College officials hope recent enrollment initiatives will pay off before the fall semester. In the meantime, 10 positions were cut or reduced two weeks ago to meet the $1 million budget shortfall. “Going into the 2019-20 budget process, JCC had a budget shortfall of just ...

Longtime Priest Remembered As ‘Friend’ To Community

LAKEWOOD — “Not enough good can be said.” These are the words of parishioner Don Pangborn in response to the death of former Sacred Heart Parish priest Monsignor Joseph Dowdell. Dowdell, who died July 26 at the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga, had ...

‘He Was A Genius’

CHAUTAUQUA — Robin Williams was known as an actor and a comedian. But Williams’ longtime manager David Steinberg and fellow comedian Lewis Black knew they were watching a genius at work. During Thursday’s morning lecture at Chautauqua Institution, Williams was also described by his ...

Concerns Over Town Finances Again Prompt Audit Requests

FREWSBURG — Concerns over the accuracy and timeliness of financial records for the town of Carroll have prompted two requests for audits by the state Comptroller’s Office. The letters to Thomas DiNapoli, sent a week apart from state Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Carroll Town Supervisor ...

Reed Puts Pressure On Albany To Repair I-90

IRVING — “I think the condition speaks for itself,” said Congressman Tom Reed of the portion of Interstate 90 that runs through the Seneca Nation of Indians. “It goes from well-maintained, safe-traveling road top, and then all of a sudden at the nation boundaries, that’s when the road ...

‘I Know The Story’

Comedian Lewis Black wants to get into the minds of people brave enough to hop on stage. Black is normally seen by the public performing his set. But Wednesday he gave a class on comedy, performance and how he became a stand up. Inside the National Comedy Center, local residents were able ...

Emergency Demolition For North Main Street Building

Two years after a fire ravaged a North Main Street building, city officials declared an emergency demolition to tear it down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZNMjStNvLQ On Wednesday, Vince DeJoy, city development director, said under the advisement of Larry Scalise, city building ...

State Board Proposes Blue Ribbon Commission

The state Board of Regents is creating a commission to possibly eliminate the state’s Regents exams. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Regents have proposed creating a Blue Ribbon Commission on New York State Diplomas. The commission will include parents, students, educators, ...

Fed Cuts Key Rate For First Time In More Than A Decade

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump’s trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. It left open the possibility of future rate cuts, but perhaps not as ...

Art Of The Laugh

CHAUTAUQUA — Frank Oz doesn’t know what’s funny. And he’d like to keep it that way. Instead, the film director, puppeteer and actor would rather go into situations not knowing, which he said allows him to discover. On Tuesday, Oz served as a lecturer at Chautauqua Institution as ...

District Resident Killed At Festival

One of the victims of the California festival shooting this past weekend was a resident of the 23rd New York State Congressional District. On Tuesday, Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, started his weekly conference call with regional media by having a moment of silence and sending condolences to ...

Legislators Debate The Creation Of An Employee Lien

Democrats in the state Legislature see the creation of an employee lien as a way to protect workers while Republicans see the idea as duplicative and burdensome. The state Assembly passed A.486B by an 87-58 vote near the end of the legislative session while the state Senate passed the ...

Judge Rejects Case Against Trump 2016 Campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats’ claims that President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia were tossed out Tuesday by a judge who noted there were no allegations that anyone from the campaign stole documents from the Democratic National Committee. The lawsuit brought by the ...

Reasons To Laugh

CHAUTAUQUA — The Smothers Brothers were fired from CBS in 1969. Now the comedy duo, five decades later, are celebrating what their termination from television stood for. “We had no idea of the significance of speaking out,” said Tom Smothers of the show’s impact. Accompanied by TV ...

Several Items Donated To National Comedy Center

The comedy duo that was once fired from CBS, the Smothers Brothers, comprised of comedians Tom and Dick Smothers, donated artifacts from their TV show “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” to the National Comedy Center. At an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, the Smothers Brothers ...

City Council OKs New Bargaining Unit Contract

The Jamestown City Council has approved a new contract agreement with the Jamestown City Administrative Association (JCAA). On Monday, the council approved the contract that is retroactive to 2017 and runs through 2021. The contract includes no salary increases for 2017, 2018 and 2019. The two ...

New York Reduces Penalties For Pot Possession

ALBANY — New York’s governor signed a bill Monday that softens penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana and allows for the expungement of some past offenses. The law changes an unlawful possession of marijuana statute into a violation that’s similar to a traffic ticket, ...

Personal Pet Project

PANAMA — Three young girls, cousins Cassy Lyon, Jessica Lyon and Addie Sturges, don’t remember why they started collecting caterpillars, but they do know they’ve been doing it for six years now in Panama. “We had a patch of milkweed around here and they’d collect them,” said ...