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A Chestnut Street residence sustained significant smoke and heat damage in a structure fire Tuesday night in the city. Fire officials could not determine a cause of fire, which was reported shortly before 9 p.m. No one was home when the blaze began, and no injuries were reported. 
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No Cause Determined In Chestnut Street Structure Fire

No injuries were reported Tuesday night after a fire ripped through a Chestnut Street home. Around 8:45 p.m., city firefighters responded to 37 Chestnut St. after a neighbor reportedly spotted the blaze and called 9-1-1. Upon arrival, fire crews observed a tremendous amount of smoke coming ...

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Horrigan’s State Of The County The Last Of First Term

Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan is set to deliver his fourth State of the County Address today — the final one of his first term in office. Last year’s speech emphasized regionalism and shared services among local governments to reduce property taxes. Out came plans for the ...

Commission Approves New Flyer Site Plan

The Jamestown Planning Commission has approved the site plan for New Flyer after minor issues were resolved. On Tuesday, the site plan for the new transit bus manufacturing company was discussed a second time by the city Planning Commission. In November, the commission tabled the site plan ...

Downtown IRS Office Closed To Public Indefinitely

Throughout the tax season, individuals looking to frequent the Internal Revenue Service office in Jamestown for assistance have been turned away due to closed doors. For over a month now, the walk-in office, located at 201 W. Third St., has been closed to patrons looking for tax help. The ...

Evelyn Sundholm, a resident of Edgewood Communities in Jamestown, will be turning 100 years old Wednesday. Sundholm is an avid reader and frequent patron of the Falconer Public Library. In less than four years, she has read over 700 books.
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100-Year-Old Jamestown Resident Shows Value Of Reading

In less than four years, Evelyn Sundholm has read over 700 books — a drop in the ocean really, considering her passion for reading stretches across a century. On Wednesday, Sundholm, a resident of Edgewood Communities, a senior living community located at 737 Falconer St. in Jamestown, will ...

Twelve City Projects Look To Make An Impact

The local plan to use $10 million to transform downtown Jamestown has been completed. The Jamestown Downtown Revitalization Initiative Local Planning Committee last week finished five months of work by selecting 12 projects that best fit the state’s DRI program to assist communities with ...

County To Bring In Independent Auditor For Risk Assessment

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County officials are looking to have an independent auditor examine internal financial controls. County Executive Vince Horrigan and Kitty Crow, finance director, came before the Audit and Control Committee recently to discuss plans to bring in an auditor to conduct a ...

New York Attorney General Bids To Become Trump’s No. 1 Enemy

NEW YORK (AP) — More than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump. New York’s attorney general was a target of Trump’s Twitter feed years before the president’s assaults on “Little Marco” Rubio or “Lyin’ Ted” Cruz. He was once depicted as a ...

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, held a town hall meeting outside in North Harmony early Saturday morning, discussing issues such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, defunding Planned Parenthood and President Donald Trump’s tax returns. Reed was greeted by hundreds of attendees outside the North Harmony Senior Citizens Center. Reed held four town hall meetings Saturday, the first he has held since winning re-election in November. 
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Reed Discusses ACA, Planned Parenthood At Rowdy Town Hall Meetings

NORTH HARMONY – While the phrase “town hall meeting” brings to mind a few folks gathered in a dusty hall, Saturday’s gathering was anything but. A large crowd gathered outside the North Harmony Senior Citizens Center for U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s first town hall meeting of the day as ...

Task Force Hears About Graduation Rates, Student Attendance

The Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative task force heard from two Jamestown Public Schools administrators about school issues dealing with poverty. On Wednesday, the task force heard from Tim Mains, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, and Mike McElrath, Jamestown High School ...

High School Graduation Rates Rise Statewide, Differ Across The County

Graduation rates in the state are on the rise, according to 2016 data from the New York State Education Department. For freshmen entering school in 2012, the overall graduation rate increased to 79.4 percent, which is an increase of 1.3 percent. This is an increase of 12 percent from ...

Steve Strickland achieved success as a performer alongside his wife, Barbara Jean, and with the bands Gotham Rose and Smokehouse. He can currently be seen performing in the area solo and with members of the Steve Strickland Duo.
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Strickland Recalls Successful And Enjoyable Music Career

Steve Strickland’s music career has spanned decades and several geographical locations, but one thing has remained a constant: he has always felt at home behind his keyboards. Whether it be as a solo artist or as a member of an ensemble, Strickland’s love for the piano and keyboard has ...

DiNapoli: Water Systems In Dire State

ALBANY — New York’s water systems may require nearly $40 billion in repairs and improvements over the next two decades, according to a report by state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. “Many drinking water systems in New York are over 100 years old and operating far beyond their useful ...

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City Approves Three Tort Claims In 2016

Few tort claims were approved by city officials in 2016. Of the 28 claims filed with the city and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities in 2016, only three have been approved so far. One city claim was for $692.18 following a damaged vehicle incident on Main Street between Second and Third ...

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Reed Talks Hot Topics At Crowded Town Hall Meeting

NORTH HARMONY – While the phrase "town hall meeting" brings to mind a few folks gathered in a dusty hall, today's gathering was anything but. A large crowd gathered outside the North Harmony Senior Citizens Center for U.S. Rep. Tom Reed's first town hall meeting of the day as protesters and ...

Falconer native Randy Merrill is pictured inside his mastering studio, M6, at Sterling Sound in New York City. Merrill received two Grammys last week for his work on Adele’s album “25.” 
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Falconer Native Wins Two Grammys As Mastering Engineer

Randy Merrill never specifically set out to become a Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer when he first began studying audio recording, but he’s certainly not complaining now that he has attained that status. On Sunday, Merrill not only learned that he would receive two Grammys for his ...

State DOT To Install Rumble Strips On Route 60

Last month’s fatal collision on Route 60 has put a wider spotlight on a road many consider unsafe. Though it’s still not known what caused 19-year-old Justin Romaniuk of Lakewood to veer into the opposing lane and strike a bus in January, the need for increased safety precautions on Route ...

The Outback was ordered by county officials to cease serving food and drinks after failing to maintain proper permits.
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County Health Department Orders ‘The Bar’ Closed Over Permit

MAYVILLE —The Outback, commonly referred to as “The Bar,” was ordered to immediately cease all food and drink operations at its Jamestown location Friday. The order was administered by the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department, which stated the operator, Edward Bowles, ...

Police were waiting to hear from a hospital report to determine what caused a Jamestown man to veer off Interstate 86 on Friday. The driver was taken by medical helicopter to an Erie, Pa., hospital.
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City Man Flown To UPMC After Suffering ‘Medical Condition’ On I-86

A Jamestown man on Interstate 86 has been flown to UPMC Hamot after reportedly suffering a medical condition and veering off the westbound lane near the Strunk Road overpass. According to the New York State Police, 23-year-old Brandon McElrath Hotchkiss, was found unresponsive by first ...