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Schools In County Are Targeted For Improvement

With new accountability indicators and determinations, the state Education Department, in compliance with the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), announced 106 target school districts, 245 schools for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) and 125 schools for Targeted Support and ...

Sign Of The Times

The new DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown sign was installed Wednesday on the Fourth Street hotel that is slated to open at the end of the month. The 147-room hotel redevelopment project will include a 4,100-square-foot ball conference room for meetings and receptions of up to 375 guests; Pearl ...

Transgender Rights Bill Approved By Legislature

“It’s a really victory for us,” is how the first openly elected officials in Western New York described the bill that passed the state Legislature Tuesday that bolsters transgender rights. Greg Rabb, former Jamestown City Council president and LGBTQ advocate, said he had it on good ...

Young Wants Changes To School Aid Distribution

State Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, wants to see changes to the way state education aid is distributed in the wake of a judge’s ruling against eight small city school districts, including the Jamestown Public Schools District. In a news release Wednesday, Young said she was disappointed in a ...

‘Time For Doing’

ALBANY (AP) — New York would become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults under a proposal unveiled Tuesday by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The measure would permit personal use as well as retail sales of the drug. Marijuana taxes would raise an estimated $300 ...

Governor Discusses Comedy Center During Address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussed a lot of topics during his annual State of the State Address, which even included a shout-out to Jamestown. During the speech, which correlated with the release of his executive state budget, Cuomo discussed the opening of the National Comedy Center earlier this ...

Reed Wants Compromise On Border Security

As the federal government shutdown lingers underneath a cloud of border security concerns, Rep. Tom Reed again called for compromise and bipartisan consensus for the U.S-Mexico border. “We all recognize that border security is a problem,” Reed said. Through his Problem Solvers Caucus, ...

‘Tragic In Every Sense’

MAYVILLE — Thomas Jadlowski, the Sherman man who accidentally shot and killed his neighbor the day before Thanksgiving in 2017, will spend the next one to three years in state prison. https://youtu.be/GCk-oUYEVnQ Jadlowski was sentenced Monday in Chautauqua County Court by Judge David ...

Legislators Discuss Upcoming Session

Will recreational marijuana be legalized by the New York State Legislature this session? According to state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, it will be. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called on state lawmakers to fully legalize recreational marijuana, which would open the door for ...

Card Named Lakewood Volunteer Of Year By Board Of Trustees

LAKEWOOD — In recognition of exemplary service to the village of Lakewood in 2018, the Board of Trustees unanimously chose Lakewood resident David Card to receive the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award. “We all picked Dave Card,” Deputy Mayor Ted McCague said enthusiastically after ...

Sears Chairman Stands At Center Of Fight For Company

NEW YORK — As Sears teeters on the brink of collapse, one man stands at the center of the fight for the future of the iconic retailer. Eddie Lampert plays several often-conflicting roles in what could be the final chapter for the company that began as a mail order watch business 132 years ...

Art Gallery Looking Forward To New Art In Second Year

LAKEWOOD — A year after its grand opening, the Chautauqua Art Gallery continues to bring in visitors and intends on expanding its portfolio of local artists’ works to include more three-dimensional art like ceramics and sculpture. “I’m happy about that,” said artist and co-owner ...

Legislators Receive Pay Hike Despite Challenge

Whether they want it or not, state legislators received a pay increase in their first paycheck of the year. On Friday, state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, told The Post-Journal he received the proposed increased in pay that was approved by the state Committee on Legislative and ...

Martz-Kohl Observatory Prepares For Grand Reopening

CARROLL — The Martz-Kohl Observatory is ready to re-open its doors, just in time for two significant events — one astronomical and one social. According to Board Member Tom Traub, the observatory — located on Robbin Hill Road in the town of Carroll — has undergone some renovations for ...

Many Details Threaten To Slow Legal Pot In New York

ALBANY — Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicts a bill will pass this year. But don’t expect to see pot shops opening up from Brooklyn to Buffalo anytime soon. While there’s broad agreement on the idea of ...

‘A Dream And A Drive’

Dreams are not the result of an overnight formula. They take time and determination. Jamestown area native, Morgan Johnson knows this first-hand. A childhood hobby now has her touring the country with Disney on Ice. The Southwestern graduate has been ice skating with the Jamestown Skating ...

County Schools Rank In Poverty Statistics

The Jamestown, Brocton and Dunkirk school districts recently ranked 17 and 21, 32, respectively, on a list of the top 50 Upstate New York Schools in poverty among district throughout the state. The Post-Journal took a look at poverty rates in Chautauqua County school districts and its ...

Apthorpe Says Poverty Worse Than Rankings

Jamestown Public Schools ranks No. 1 in Chautauqua County and No. 17 in New York State in terms of school-aged children living in poverty, but Superintendent Bret Apthorpe believes the reality is much worse. “In the Jamestown Schools, approximately 70 percent of students may be identified ...

City To File Papers To Appeal Arbitration Ruling

By the beginning of this week, Jamestown city government officials will file the necessary paperwork to appeal the arbitration ruling of a 2 percent increase in pay for Jamestown Police Department employees. On Thursday, Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, city corporation counsel, told The Post-Journal the ...

‘Voice Of Democracy’

Just before Christmas, Jamestown High School senior Sophia Isabella received a surprising gift. She learned her submission to the VFW’s “Voice of Democracy” contest had earned her the No. 1 spot in New York state and that she would be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete nationally ...