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No Tax Increase Anticipated At Randolph Central School

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RANDOLPH — No tax increase is anticipated for 2019 in the Randolph Central School District and officials are confident they will reach their educational goals for the upcoming school year. “We anticipate no tax increase this year,” said Superintendent Kaine Kelly. “We have a positive ...

Committee Outlines Upcoming Budget

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CLYMER — Almost a year ago, Clymer Superintendent Ed Bailey supported a 2018-19 school budget that featured a 13 percent tax increase that was later voted down by the community. Now, Bailey feels more confident that the district has raised the community’s awareness regarding its financial ...

Grape Growers Conference Is Wednesday At SUNY Fredonia

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FREDONIA — The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program will host its annual Grape Growers’ Conference on Wednesday in the Williams Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia. The annual gathering of area growers provides a great opportunity to network as well as update growers on ...

Down To Disco

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MAYVILLE — There was a groovy trip to the past, to the decade of disco in Mayville. And plenty of people joined the journey back in time, equipped with Afros large and small, glasses that glimmer in the light, ditto with the costumes and costumes of various legendary characters from that ...

Area Police Reports

Police Reports

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ¯ PORTLAND — Frederick S. Brown, 34, of Portland was charged with second-degree criminal trespass. Deputies responded Sunday at 10 a.m. to Route 20 in Portland for a person who reportedly entered a residence then fled the scene. Following a brief ...

On The Frontline

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For nearly a decade, one member of the Chautauqua County Department of Health has been working to ensure the health and safety of local citizens. Sherman Central School graduate Breeanne Agett has been working at the health department since 2009. She currently serves as the epidemiology ...

(2:52 PM) Cuomo: No Quick Vote On Legal Marijuana

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday he's "no longer confident" an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana in New York will be included in the state budget that's due by April 1, raising the possibility that approval of retail sales of pot won't get passed by the Legislature ...

Society Of Artists To Meet Tuesday

Community

CELORON — The new year is starting for the Chautauqua County Society of Artists, which will hold its first 2019 meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Celoron Community Building in Lucille Ball Park. The project will be watercolors using tissue paper taught by Mary Barker and Elaine Caflisch. ...

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Mozart Club To Host Concert The Mozart Club of Jamestown will be sponsoring a free concert for area music lovers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Christ First United Methodist Church. The Acclaim Ensemble will perform, featuring two Houghton College faculty musicians, Armenio Suzano Jr and ...

No One Injured In Afternoon Rollover Crash

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No one was injured in a one-vehicle rollover Sunday. Volunteer firefighters from Falconer and Kiantone were called shortly before 4 p.m. to Buffalo Street Extension, outside Jamestown city limits. The driver was able to make it out of the SUV before crews arrived. Officers with the Ellicott ...

Union Memo Argues Case Law Backs Panel’s Award

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The weight of 40 years of case law — including the latest addition to that case law in January — is all the state Supreme Court in Mayville needs to uphold 2 percent pay raises for Jamestown police officers. That is the crux of the legal argument articulated in court filings recently in ...

Resignations Raise Questions In Lily Dale

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LILY DALE — A series of bemusing and convoluted events at a Lily Dale Assembly board of directors meeting has apparently resulted in the resignation of two board members. In an email to the OBSERVER newspaper, it was reported that Randy Kerman and Lisa Williams resigned from the ...

City Says Law Wasn’t Applied In Arbitration Panel Ruling

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Jamestown officials view the state’s 2013 directive to give 70 percent weight to a municipality’s ability to pay as the state’s attempt to fill a gap in court-defined binding arbitration case law that has been ignored by its most recent arbitration panel. The city is asking the state ...

Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Spreads Global Grief

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the country’s capital, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed. There was no immediate indication ...

Icy Conditions

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FINDLEY LAKE — Findley Lake volunteer firefighters worked for more than five hours on two separate days to recover an ATV that broke through the ice. According to Donovan DeBoe, a firefighter with Findley Lake, two men were riding a Polaris side-by-side ATV on Findley Lake at about 5 p.m. ...

Pair Charged After Drugs, Cash, Weapon Found In Traffic Stop

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CHAUTAUQUA — Two Corry, Pa., residents are facing a host of charges after drugs, cash and a stolen gun were found during a traffic stop. Deputies took 42-year-old Jerry J. Roneker Jr. and 26-year-old Lyndsey A. Sventek into custody after the stop shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 430 ...

Crafting History

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BEMUS POINT — For most artists, the medium used to tell a story is important to them. But for Isaiah Rashad II, sculpting with hammer, chisel and cement is a way of life. The Post-Journal first interviewed Rashad when he restored the Dascum Allen plot to its former glory in August 2018 ...

(4:30 PM) No One Injured In Buffalo Street Ext. Rollover

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No one was injured in a one-vehicle rollover Sunday. Volunteer firefighters from Falconer and Kiantone were called shortly before 4 p.m. to Buffalo Street Extension, outside Jamestown city limits. The driver was able to make it out of the SUV before crews arrived. Officers with the Ellicott ...

(10:30 PM) Faulty Equipment Fills City Auto Shop With Smoke

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A faulty piece of equipment is believed to have caused smoke to fill a Jamestown auto repair shop late Sunday. City firefighters were called to Stan's Services, 507 Washington St., at 10 p.m. Fire officials arrived to find the shop full of smoke. Firefighters went onto the property's roof ...