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COVID-19 Coverage

‘We Can Do This’

New York schools can bring children back to classrooms for the start of the school year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday, citing success in battling the coronavirus in the state that once was the U.S. heart of the pandemic. The Democratic governor’s decision clears the way for schools ...

Fully Dedicated

SHERMAN — Steve Sipior has trained hundreds, if not thousands, of athletes over the years as Jamestown’s track and field coach. Never has he seen an athlete build a pole vault pit in his backyard. Until last summer, Sipior had never trained Sherman’s John Swabik. “Each coach is ...

Gillibrand Proposes Extension Pandemic EBT Benefits

FALCONER — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, cited a need for children across the country not to go hungry amid the COVID-19 pandemic during a visit to the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center on Friday morning, announcing her intention to extend Pandemic EBT and expand Supplemental ...

PIAA Institutes Two-Week Delay

Last month, it looked like high school sports in Pennsylvania would be starting on time. That is no longer the case. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association said Friday that mandatory fall sports activities are “paused for a two-week period,” which means heat acclimatization ...

Buffalo Businesses File Federal Suit Against State

A federal lawsuit by several Buffalo-area businesses makes familiar arguments against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s business-limiting executive orders as well as a novel claim — that the governor is violating the First Amendment freedom of expression of exotic dangers by keeping gentleman’s ...

Gillibrand, State Leaders Discuss Reopening Decision

FALCONER — Moments before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement via conference call that the state’s 700 school districts would be able to reopen, federal and state representatives gathered at the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center added their thoughts on the state’s reopening. ...

Suhr Makes Family Proud

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fredonia native Jenn Suhr won the Olympic gold medal in the pole vault Aug. 6, 2012, in London. Eight years later, with the 2020 Olympics canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this story was deemed appropriate to run again. With more than 40 friends and family members at ...

JCC Prepares To Welcome More Than 200 Students To Residence Halls This Month

Jamestown Community College is preparing to welcome more than 200 students to its residence halls later this month. The move-in schedule will be conducted from August 20-22 to provide maximum social distancing and enhanced safety protocols for students and their families in Hillside ...

County Notes Seven New Virus Cases

Chautauqua County reported seven new cases of COVID-19. The cases involve two males in their 20s, one female in her 20s, a male in his 40s, one male in his 50s, a female in her 60s and a male in his 60s. There are 23 active cases and 126 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the public ...

Trump Extends Unemployment Benefits, Defers Payroll Tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump accused Democrats of loading up their ...

Waiting Game

The waiting continues for Pennsylvania high school sports. On Thursday morning, Gov. Tom Wolf said his office’s recommendation is that there be no youth or high school sports until Jan. 1, 2021. States across the country have been making difficult decisions all summer long with regard to ...

Raising The Roof With County Home Sales

Chautauqua County’s declining population has been well documented in recent years by this newspaper. During the 1970s, the numbers peaked at 147,000. Fifty years later, however, an exodus has been evident. According to the most recent U.S. Census projections, about 127,000 people reside ...

Good As Gold!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Fredonia native Jenn Suhr won the Olympic gold medal in the pole vault Aug. 6, 2012, in London. Eight years later, with the 2020 Olympics canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this story was deemed appropriate to run again. Jenn Suhr, Olympic gold medalist. The Fredonia ...

Pair Involved In City Shooting Incident Indicted

Two Buffalo men, one of whom twice was denied a writ of habeus corpus seeking release from jail, have been indicted in connection to a shooting incident in Jamestown earlier this year. A Chautauqua County grand jury last week returned indictments for Mikial Moore and Torrie Jones on ...

Three New COVID Cases Reported; 21 Are Active

The Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday detailed the perils of spreading COVID-19 by attending gatherings while not feeling well. In a news release, the county Health Department detailed the “real-life scenario” in which one person with the virus ...

Urban Spin In Lakewood Closing Its Doors

A 3-year-old Lakewood business is closing its doors due to COVID-19 and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's continued closure of gyms. Urban Spin opened its doors to the public in January 2017 at 110 Mall Blvd. in Lakewood across from the Chautauqua Mall with 15 stationary bikes and LED lights in sync to ...

Cuomo: Schools In New York State Can Reopen

New York's governor said Friday that he would allow children statewide to return to classrooms for the start of the new school year, citing the state's success in battling the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo clears the way for schools to offer at least ...

Gillibrand Proposes Extension To Pandemic EBT Benefits

FALCONER — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, cited a need for children across the country not to go hungry amid the COVID-19 pandemic during a visit to the FeedMore WNY Distribution Center on Friday morning, announcing her intention to extend Pandemic EBT and expand Supplemental Nutrition ...

County Notes Seven New COVID-19 Cases, Three Are In 20s

Chautuauqua County is reporting seven new cases of COVID-19. The cases involve two males in their 20s, one female in her 20s, a male in his 40s, one male in his 50s, a female in her 60s and a male in his 60s. There are 23 active cases and 126 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the ...

‘Stroke Of Genius’

LINKS Charity, once described as a “stroke of genius” when the idea was first conceived 29 years ago, is still receiving high marks, even in the midst of a pandemic. And while the LPGA Tour professionals didn’t make their annual appearance at Moon Brook Country Club last month because ...