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No Tax Increase For City School District

There will be no local property tax levy increase for Jamestown Public Schools District taxpayers as long as state education aid is approved at projected levels. Bret Apthorpe, district superintendent, and Lisa Almasi, district chief operating officer, discussed the first draft of the ...

Republican Candidates Hold Meet-And-Greet Reception

Jamestown residents Tuesday had a chance to meet their GOP candidates for the 2019 election. The Jamestown Republican Party held a meet-and-greet reception at Sauce restaurant, located at 306 N. Main St., with several candidates in attendance. The Republican candidates included David ...

Woman Of The Year

“I hadn’t the slightest clue,” Beth Trosper proclaimed after discovering the well-kept secret that she was the 2019 Woman of the Year. The 63rd annual Woman of the Year was announced Monday at the Marvin Community House in Jamestown. A banquet was provided prior to the announcement by ...

Court Opts Against Overturning Pay Raises

City of Jamestown officials are still determining what its next step of action will be following the determination by the state Supreme Court in Mayville not to overturn the arbitration ruling that awarded Jamestown Police Department employees a 2 percent retroactive raise in 2016 and ...

Larson Named New Corp. Counsel For Jamestown

The city of Jamestown will have a new attorney next month for the first time in 19 years. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council approved appointing Peter Larson to be the new corporation counsel effective April 11. Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said Larson is an associate with Bly, Sheffield, ...

Village Board Discusses Tentative Tax Rate Decrease

LAKEWOOD — A tentative budget was announced for the village of Lakewood and is proposed to include a tax rate decrease of 8 cents per thousand for the budget year beginning June 1 and ending May 31, 2020. Deputy Mayor and budget officer Ted McCague filed the tentative budget — which will ...

Sweet Traditions

LAKEWOOD — This year marked the 24th annual New York Maple Weekend, which featured several of the maple syrup producers around the state. A tour of one facility located at 2040 Holly Lane, right off of Big Tree road in Lakewood, shows how maple syrup is made. Lloyd and David Munsee ...

Police Chiefs: Body Cams Are Effective Resource

Not all police departments in southern Chautauqua County have been using body cameras for the same amount of time, but all state they are an effective tool. In September 2015, the Jamestown City Council approved the purchase of body cameras for the Jamestown Police Department. Harry ...

Trump Claims Vindication In Mueller Report’s Release

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed vindication after nearly two years of unrelenting investigation on Sunday, seeing “complete and total exoneration” in the Justice Department’s account of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings and signaling he was eager to go on ...

‘Incredible Experience’

ASHVILLE — Cody Willett knew he wanted to repay his wife one way or another. As someone dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder since his deployments to Afghanistan with the U.S. Air Force, the Ashville resident admits he still suffers from physical and mental pain on a regular basis. ...

Domestic Violence Bill Passes State Legislature

State Assemblyman Andy Goodell said a bill recently passed in the state Assembly and Senate calling for alternative sentencing laws for survivors of domestic violence who are then charged with a crime will not help the abused. In fact, Goodell, R-Jamestown, said the Domestic Violence ...

Barr Scours Report To See How Much To Open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and ...

Exploring Efficiency

LAKEWOOD — Busti Town board members and Lakewood village trustees have been thinking about ways to save their taxpayers money, and an office merger has been proposed as one way to do that. Following a proposal from Busti Town Board Member Rudy Mueller, the town and village governments ...

Public Defender Says Delays Are Intentional

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Public Defender Ned Barone said the continued delays in the ongoing second-degree murder trial of David F. Waggoner are intentional by the prosecution and “clearly calculated to undermine the defense.” Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting 30-year-old ...

Griffo Wants To Restore Balance In State Senate

State Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, has introduced legislation in the state Senate that he says will restore balance to Senate politics by giving each county one member of the state Senate. S. 2047 would amend the state Constitution to reduce the number of Senate districts from 63 to 62, ...

Jury Hears Defense’s Witness In Trial

MAYVILLE — The defense continued to form its argument that David F. Waggoner was justified when he shot William J. Michishima last July. Waggoner, 54, is accused of shooting 30-year-old Michishima in front of 114 Livingston Ave. in Jamestown on July 24, 2018. Michishima was taken to an ...

State Aid

MAYVILLE — The public defender’s staff is about to double thanks to a $15 million state grant. On Wednesday, Nathaniel Barone, county public defender, discussed with the Chautauqua County Legislature Public Safety Committee the $15,539,475 grant county officials will receive from the ...

Accused Priests Return To Duty

Allegations of child sexual abuse against two priests with ties to Chautauqua County have not been substantiated following an investigation. According to a statement released Thursday by Bishop Richard J. Malone of the Buffalo Diocese, the Rev. Robert A. Stolinski and the Rev. John J. ...

Migrant Families Cross Border

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A mother cradled a crying toddler as she waited in line with 20 other women to shower. Dozens of fathers quietly held their children’s hands in an enclosure made of chain-link fencing. While these families were held at an overcrowded Border Patrol processing center, ...

High-Profile Cases

CHAUTAUQUA — During a lecture at the Turner Community Center on Tuesday evening, former Sheriff Joe Gerace thanked his family for supporting him through a 24-year-long career as sheriff for Chautauqua County and shared excitement for his new job as director of campus security and safety for ...