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City’s Bond Rating Has Improved

The Jamestown City Council received some positive financial information during its work session meeting Monday. Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said the city’s bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service has been upgraded to a Baa3, which is up from Ba1. The mayor said along with the improved ...

‘It Has Been A Great Run’

“You will know when the time is right,” is an old adage that Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi has used to determine when he should run and when he shouldn’t for election. On Monday, Teresi said during a Jamestown City Council work session meeting the time is right for him now to not seek a ...

A Short Reprieve

After temperatures plummeted last week, Western New York warmed up over the weekend prompting motorists to visit the car wash. But the National Weather Service in Buffalo is warning potential flooding may wash away much more. “One front went through and made our temperatures swing in a ...

Chief Calls For Vigilance To Catch Bank Robber

LAKEWOOD — Following Friday’s robbery at the Five Star Bank, Lakewood-Busti Police Chief John Bentley is calling for members of the community to remain vigilant in seeking out the alleged perpetrator and his vehicle. Originally, the vehicle was misidentified as a Ford F-150 pickup truck ...

Turbine Height Increase Nixed By Catt. Co. Planning Board

Just six months after the Chautauqua County Planning Board voted to disapprove the proposed 100-feet height increase of Ball Hill Wind’s 29 planned turbines, the Cattaraugus County Planning Board voted to disapprove a 150-feet height increase for the town of Farmersville’s 23 planned ...

Community Service Key For Area ‘Kids With A Cause’

Kids With A Cause started in February 2015 with a cafeteria lunch has been active for nearly four years. Four fifth grade students from Washington Middle School got together on that day and decided to be active in their community like their elder peers. Aryianna Brady wanted to start a ...

Study Pinpoints Benefits, Drawbacks To School Mergers

DUNKIRK — Over the course of just 10 years, 96.7 percent of New York rural school districts have had declining enrollment and 84.9 percent have had drops of at least 10 percent, according to a 2017 study on rural schools by the New York State Association of School Business Officials. At ...

Alleged Strip Search At NY School Raises Concerns

Following accusations that four 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs at a Binghamton middle school, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement offering the services of the New York State Police to help with any investigation. The students were searched for drugs after allegedly ...

‘The Fog Clears’

Kennedy resident Aaron Davison suffers from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and used to have as many as 50 major Grand Mal seizures every month. With medicinal marijuana, he has had that number lowered to about two per month by doctors who have discovered this breakthrough in recent ...

‘I’m Very Proud Of The Fact’

While the state saw a slight increase in the amount of students graduating from high school, Chautauqua County observed a small decrease. The graduation rate for Chautauqua County schools dropped 1 point, from 83 percent to 82 percent, according to statistics released by the state ...

Landlords, Businesses Among Goals For Mayor

There were 64 goals, objectives and priorities included in Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi’s State of the City report that he presented to the Jamestown City Council last week. Most of the items in the report have been ongoing issues discussed publicly by city officials prior to Teresi ...

Bank Robbery

LAKEWOOD–Lakewood-Busti Police, the Chautauqua County Sherrif’s Department, the FBI, and the New York State Police are investigating a robbery that took place at the Five Star Bank at approximately 4 p.m. on Friday. During that time, police said that a masked gunman walked into the bank ...

Reed Discusses Shutdown During Chamber Luncheon

MAYVILLE — U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, didn’t mince words when talking about the recent status of the U.S. government during the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Federal Congressional Luncheon at Webb’s Captain’s Table on Friday. The congressman said what has been happening ...

Old Traffic Infraction Re-Emerges

Duane Anderson admits he was speeding when he was pulled over by a state trooper while on his way to the Buffalo Art Show. Yet Anderson, a former trustee and deputy mayor with the village of Lakewood, was left almost speechless after he received a letter in the mail Dec. 31 notifying him of ...

‘Beyond A Dream’

The city of Jamestown and area skateboarders have landed on both feet because they have been awarded a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. On Thursday, Pete Scheira, owner of Jamestown Skate Products, with the assistance of Jamestown government officials, announced receiving a matching ...

Grad Rate Dips Slightly Locally, Up Statewide

The graduation rate for Chautauqua County schools dropped 1 point, from 83 percent to 82 percent, according to statistics released by the state Department of Education. The overall dropout rate remained steady at 8 percent. The statewide graduation rate increased to 80.4 in 2018, up from ...

Reed Slams DREAM Act Passage In Legislature

In response to a recently passed piece of state DREAM Act legislation that will allow the children of undocumented immigrants to earn financial assistance to attend college, Rep. Tom Reed criticized the idea by saying the State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo seem to care more about the ...

Information Sought

The Jamestown Police Department was seeking information after a person was struck in the face during a drive-by shooting early Wednesday. The shooting took place at 1:48 a.m. in the area of West Ninth and North Main streets in Jamestown. Capt. Robert Samuelson said the victim was walking in ...

‘Stay In, Stay Warm’

Many area streets, typically bustling during the morning commute and sometimes bumper-to-bumper on the way home, were largely empty Wednesday as a polar vortex pounded the Midwest in record-shattering cold. With most schools in Western New York closed and organizations shuttered for the ...

Wednesday Wind Chill Drops Temperature To Minus 30

Snow continued to fall in the Western New York region as icy blasts of arctic air gripped more than a third of the nation. Wednesday saw wind chill readings drop to minus 30 and all schools were closed Wednesday and again today as police advise residents to stay indoors. “Due to the ...