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The remains of Michael Seeley, a Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy and Bemus Point firefighter, are carried into the First Lutheran Church in Jamestown on Friday. Seeley died Feb. 9 after battling leukemia. More than 200 firefighters, police officers, emergency workers, friends and family members gathered at the church for his funeral. 
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‘More Than A Hero’

More than 200 firefighters, police officers, friends and family members gathered Friday for the funeral of Michael Seeley, the Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputy and Bemus Point firefighter who died earlier this month after battling leukemia. Several of Seeley’s friends and co-workers ...

Threats Force Three Schools Into Lockout In Wake Of Shooting

MAYVILLE — Three area schools went into brief lockouts and three students were taken for mental health evaluations Friday for making threats of violence to staff. Two of the students, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said they would bring guns to school in “copycat threats” after 17 people ...

State Sen. Cathy Young with David Tenpas on Friday. 
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Local Bus Driver Recognized Following Fire

SHERMAN — David Tenpas, a Sherman bus driver credited with helping to safely remove 12 students from a bus in January shortly before it burst in flames, was honored by state Sen. Cathy Young on Friday. Tenpas was presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal during an assembly at ...

Russians Charged With Meddling In ’16 Election

WASHINGTON — In a historic indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat ...

Florida, Angry And Grieving, Takes Gun Protest To Streets

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of angry students, parents, teachers and neighbors of a Florida high school where 17 people were killed demanded on Saturday that immediate action be taken on gun-control legislation, insisting they would not relent until their demands were met. The rally in ...

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Crews Attempt To Save Ice Castle As Winter Fest Begins

MAYVILLE — It’s a castle fit for a king, but it’s Mother Nature who ultimately rules Lakeside Park in Mayville. Volunteers spent Thursday morning packing snow up against this year’s ice castle iteration, which contains hundreds of blocks of ice from Chautauqua Lake. The castle — a ...

Pictured, from left: Newly appointed principal Kirby Oldham; John Hogan Founder of Bridge-It Evalutation, firm hired to mediate tension at Ripley; and Erin Wheeler, curriculum coordinator. Lauren Ormsby’s resignation as superintendent and principal of the Ripley Central School District was approved during Thursday’s board meeting.
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Ripley Superintendent Resigns Amid Controversy

RIPLEY — During Thursday’s regular board of education meeting, Ripley Superintendent Lauren Ormsby tenured her resignation. The announcement comes almost two months after the Ripley Teachers Union announced a vote of “no confidence” in school leadership, citing hostility, favoritism and ...

OOA: Keeping Seniors In Their Homes Is Optimal

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series highlighting the aging population of Chautauqua County. Keeping seniors living in their homes can be beneficial to both seniors and the community, according to Chautauqua County Office of the Aging Director Maryann Spanos. Spanos said seniors ...

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answers a question after announcing that the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced a grand jury has charged 13 Russian nationals and several Russian entities, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington. The defendants with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Thirteen Russians Charged With Meddling To Help Trump In Election;

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary ...

UPDATE: Three Schools Go Into Lockout After Threats Reported

MAYVILLE — Three schools went into a brief lockout and three students taken for mental health evaluations Friday after threats of violence were reported, with two students reportedly threatening to bring guns to school. The threats come after 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at a ...

The crowd pictured during Thursday evening's meeting.

Ripley Superintendent Resigns

RIPLEY — During this evening's regular board of education meeting, Ripley Superintendent Lauren Ormsby tenured her resignation. The announcement comes almost two months after the Ripley Teachers Union announced a vote of "no confidence" in school leadership, citing hostility, favortism and ...

Parents wait for news after a reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

School Leaders Say Protocols To Be Reviewed After Shooting

Area school superintendents reacted with shock regarding Wednesday’s mass shooting at a high school in Florida. At least 17 people were killed, and a 19-year-old former student was taken into custody. Jamestown Schools Superintendent Bret Apthorpe called Wednesday’s events ...

The Rev. Tara Lamont Eastman of the Tree of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church and several volunteers offered visitors and parishioners ashes, prayers and devotionals Wednesday in observance of Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, at the Immanuel Lutheran campus on Second Street. The team also collected donations and goods for the UCAN Mission and the Evergreen Health program.
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Tree Of Life Offers ‘Ashes To Go’ Service To Motorists

The ashes were rough as fingertips left a trail of black on the foreheads of many on Wednesday morning. “Remember: From dust you came, and to dust you shall return,” the Rev. Tara Lamont Eastman said, creating a cross on each visitor’s head at the Ashes To Go service in the parking lot ...

Debris pictured last year in the village of Falconer at the site of a fire later ruled arson.
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Debris From Falconer Fire Discussed By Land Bank

The Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation is stuck between a pile of rocks and a hard place. On Wednesday, Gina Paradis, land bank executive director, discussed the request from village of Falconer officials for assistance removing the debris from the scene of an arson fire at 29-31, 33-43 ...

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Smoke Reported Inside Falconer School

Several area fire departments were called to Falconer Central School on East Main Street after smoke was reported inside early Thursday. Interior firefighters from multiple departments were summoned around 2 a.m. The source of the smoke wasn’t immediately known, though fire officials said ...

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Spontaneous Combustion Of Rags Cause Of Smoke At School

FALCONER — Spontaneous combustion of mineral oil-soaked cotton rags in a plastic garbage can caused heavy smoke to fill Falconer Central School early Thursday. No damage was reported after a fire alarm was reported at the 220 East Ave. school around 1:30 a.m. Firefighters located the fire ...

A pothole is pictured at the intersection of North Main and Third streets in the city of Jamestown. City public works crews were out Tuesday to apply cold patches to several potholes that have cropped up thus far this winter. The patches are temporary fixes until the spring. 
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Pounding Pavement

It happens every winter —a pothole rears its ugly head at the end of your street. You know, the one you always find the bottom of no matter how you drive to avoid hitting it. This sentiment is shared by dozens of residents and drivers throughout the city, no matter what street you reside ...

A woman consoles another as parents wait for news regarding a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. A shooter opened fire at the Florida high school Wednesday, killing people, sending students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took the shooter into custody. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

Apthorpe On School Shooting: ‘The Worst Feeling An Educator Can Have’

Jamestown Schools Superintendent Bret Apthorpe said he was shocked to learn of Wednesday's mass school shooting in Florida in which 17 people were reportedly killed. The shooting occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County. A 19-year-old suspect was in custody. ...

Retirement Planning A Worthwhile Cause

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series highlighting the aging population of Chautauqua County. Planning for the future is important, but often retirement gets put off until later. Local officials say the best approach is to begin planning as soon as possible — maybe directly after ...