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Tax Levy Hike In Proposed County Spending Plan

The tentative 2019 county budget will increase the tax levy by 2.2 percent. On Wednesday, Chautauqua County George Borrello presented his proposed budget to the County Legislature during its regular meeting, with the full budget being available to review online Sept. 30. On Thursday, ...

Kavanaugh Denies Allegations

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an emotional day like few others in Senate history, California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford quietly but firmly recounted her “100 percent” certainty Thursday that President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court had sexually assaulted her when ...

2019 Tentative Budget

MAYVILLE — It was County Executive George Borrello’s goal in preparing his first tentative county budget to have a financial plan where recurring expenses are covered by recurring revenue. So far, so good for the first year county executive as he presented a tentative budget to the ...

After Delay, Scores On ELA, Math Exams Released

More Chautauqua County third- through eighth-graders scored at proficient levels in English language arts and math in 2018 compared to 2017 — though state Education Department officials say they won’t know until next year whether or not the state’s students are actually making ...

County Legislature OKs Certified Ambulance Service

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature has approved a certified ambulance service, which should lead to more revenue for their emergency medical services. On Wednesday, the legislature approved the resolution during their monthly voting session meeting at the Gerace Office Building. ...

$2B Transit Terminal Shuts Down

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco officials struggled Wednesday to find the source of unusual cracking in support beams that shut down a just-opened, $2 billion transit center meant to serve as a bold architectural statement from a wealthy, high-tech city. The Salesforce Transit Center ...

Cleanup Continues

MAPLE SPRINGS — A maple tree, one of the tallest in the area at an estimated 120 feet, toppled Friday evening during a severe thunderstorm, resulting in devastating damage and heavy debris scattered across five different properties. The National Weather Service in Buffalo said it will ...

Third City Constable Appointed

The Jamestown City Council filled the third constable position during their voting session meeting held at Chadakoin Park. On Monday, Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, recommended G. Michael Berg of Elam Street to be the newest city constable, with the council approving the nominee. Since June, ...

JPS Success Academy Update Given

The Jamestown Public Schools Success Academy, to be housed in the former Rogers Elementary School, is progressing, according to Superintendent Bret Apthorpe. The building is currently undergoing roof replacement and additional upgrades. During a board of education meeting Tuesday, Apthorpe ...

Cuomo Blames Weather For Decline In NYS Population

ALBANY (AP) — Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants heading to other states. Cuomo told reporters Tuesday ...

Lake Worries Raised

FALCONER — It’s no secret that weeds are visible along many shores of Chautauqua Lake, and with so many residents wanting to express their concerns and share possible solutions, a special meeting of the Ellicott Town Board was called for the subject to be discussed. Among the more than ...

Superintendent: District In ‘Shock’ By Teacher Allegations

CLYMER — The Clymer Central School District was left in “shock” following the announcement that agriculture teacher Scott Aikens was facing criminal charges for possession of child pornography on Sept. 14. The district held its first board meeting Monday since Aikens, 60, was placed on ...

Absent Mayor Topic Of Village Board Meeting

LAKEWOOD — Trustees tried to answer questions village residents had regarding Mayor Cara Birritieri’s future plans as she was absent following the last board meeting in which she called accusations she ordered water tests “absurd.” Several residents asked what Birritieri plans to do ...

‘Code Is The Code’

It doesn’t matter if a house is a single-family or a multiple dwelling apartment building, city housing code enforcement officers inspect both in a similar fashion for housing violations. Vince DeJoy, city development director, said there is no discrepancy between the two different types ...

City Man Jailed, No One Injured After 11-Hour Standoff

A Jamestown man was taken into custody after an 11-hour-long standoff with city police Sunday. No one was injured in the incident, which Jamestown police said began around 3 a.m. after receiving reports of a man chasing a woman with a knife at 22 Spring St. Ext. The woman was secured by ...

Funding Secured For Castelli Cheese Expansion

BLOCKVILLE — A plan to expand the Castelli America facility at its Blockville location — and with it dozens of planned new jobs — is expected to move forward now that funding has been secured. The news comes after Castelli said in April it was “well-over budget” after assuming $5 ...

As Aid Checks Go Out, Farmers Worry Bailout Won’t Be Enough

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump’s trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won’t ...

Willow Trees Downed At Viking Summer Lodge

MAPLE SPRINGS — Several willow trees were damaged at the Viking Summer Lodge near Midway State Park as a result of Friday’s storms that rolled into the region. Several trees and branches were downed in the area as a result of the storms. Members spent Saturday morning clearing the land at ...

Property Renovation

Private and public investment will lead to the improvement of a Buffalo Street neighborhood adjacent to Washington Middle School. On Thursday, Vince DeJoy, city development director, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 councilman, Gina Paradis, Chautauqua County Land Bank Corp. executive director, meet with ...

Drug Use Increase Leads To Female Inmate Population Rise

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Jail population is currently at 268 with 229 being male and 39 being female. While the female population remains in the minority, County Sheriff Joe Gerace said there is country-wide increase in female incarcerations. “We’ve been unfortunately seeing a ...