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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

‘The Bar’ In Jamestown Ordered Shut Down

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 ...

Catholic Worker Movement Stages Sit-In At Rep. Reed’s Ithaca Office

ITHACA (AP) — Members of the Catholic Worker Movement who staged a sit-in at an office of a New York congressman who supports President Donald Trump have ended their protest after the Republican lawmaker showed up to speak with them. The Ithaca Journal reports members of Ithaca Catholic ...

Local Boys And Girls Club Discuss Police Interactions

Cops can get a bad rap in the maelstrom of teen culture. From music, movies and video games — not to mention, a flurry of videos showing police encounters gone awry — teens can get a skewed and often dangerous perception of how law enforcement truly operate. On Wednesday, the Winifred ...

Downtown Revitalization Initiative Projects Announced

There will be 12 downtown projects that will be submitted to the state to possibly receive a portion of $10 million through Jamestown Downtown Revitalization Initiative. On Thursday, the DRI Local Planning Committee for Jamestown finalized the final projects list, which will be submitted ...

Emergency Main Street Demolition Complete

The demolition for the unique building shaped like a slice of pie has been completed along North Main Street. On Monday, Vince DeJoy, city development director, said the emergency demolition has been completed, with all the debris being removed from 34 N. Main St. where the Stearns Building ...

County Jail Leads Way In Budget Overages

MAYVILLE — County legislators on the Audit and Control Committee spent much of Thursday morning approving changes to balance out the 2016 budget. For many departments, budget overages from last year stemmed from wage increases as a result of a labor contract that was ratified and ...

State Grant Expected To Help Provide Legal Counsel

MAYVILLE — A state grant is set to assist the Chautauqua County Public Defender’s Office in providing legal counsel for those who can’t afford it. County legislators on the Public Safety Committee authorized acceptance of grant funding from the New York State Office of Indigent Legal ...

ESPRI Task Force Hears About Chautauqua Striders Mentoring Program

One way of curtailing poverty in Jamestown is by increasing the high school graduation rate. Chautauqua Striders through its mentoring program is assisting students to reach their goal of obtaining a diploma. On Wednesday during an Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative program ...

Patient Killed, EMTs Injured In Dunkirk Accident

DUNKIRK — A Dunkirk man was killed Tuesday after an ambulance transporting him to a local nursing home veered off the road. According to the New York State Police, Arthur R. McArthur, 77, was being transported from UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa, to the Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center ...