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COVID-19 Coverage

‘Seeking Justice’

Jermain Willburn serves in the United States military. https://youtu.be/3-qFH2724Ns An African American man, he is also a new father. And so, when his time came to address the crowd that gathered in Down Park on Sunday in protest of the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, his ...

White Inn Sale Stopped By COVID-19

The White Inn in Fredonia has been an eye sore since spring arrived last month. Several complaints had been issued to the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency in regards to unkempt lawn that surrounds the property. According to Mark Geise, county IDA CEO, COVID-19 played a big ...

Mayor, Police Seek Common Ground In Dialogue With Protestors

The over 100 peaceful demonstrators that gathered in Dow Park on Sunday in response to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd were able to engage in dialogue with local officials, including Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist, city police chief and director of public safety Harry ...

Fourth Virus-Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County

A fourth COVID-19-related death was reported in Cattaraugus County. In a news release, the county Department of Health said the death involved a 71-year-old woman who “developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.” “We ...

Many States Scrambling To Update Hurricane Plans For Virus

Officials across the U.S. South are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go? The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60% of coastal counties saying ...

Cassadaga Valley Eyes Layoffs In Coming Year

CASSADAGA — If the proposed budget is passed and district residents vote yes, almost two dozen employees in the Cassadaga Central School District could be laid off. Cassadaga, like many schools across the state, has made budgetary reductions in their budget proposal to compensate for the ...

Rally In Response To George Floyd Death Held In Jamestown

Area residents have gathered at Dow Park in Jamestown to hold a rally in response to the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd on Memorial Day. https://youtu.be/7LHBV_V14kA The local rally began at noon. Derek Chauvin, fired Minneapolis police officer, was charged with murder and ...

Fourth COVID-19-Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County

A fourth COVID-19-related death has been reported in Cattaraugus County. In a news release, the county Department of Health said the death involved a 71-year-old woman who “developed respiratory failure and was unable to overcome her illness despite aggressive medical treatment.” “We ...

Ready To Reopen

With Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul’s indication this week that Western New York could enter Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan on Tuesday, locally several eligible businesses have started preparing to reopen their doors for the first time since March. Upon reopening their phone lines this ...

Phase One Key For Local Industries

With Chautauqua County in the midst of Phase One of the COVID-19 reopening plan, local construction companies and manufacturers have had the opportunity to get back to work. The loosening of restrictions comes at an important time, as summer contracting and construction projects look to ...

‘Inevitable Decision’

Businesses in downtown Jamestown will take another financial hit this year because of the postponement of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, but they’re not surprised by the decision. National Comedy Festival officials announced Thursday that they would be delaying the event until next year ...

Keeping The Faith

Three-hundred-and-twenty-seven days. That’s how long Lakewood resident Darlene Morganti has been waiting for a kidney. “I’ve kept track of the days,” she said. “That’s how long I’ve been on the official waiting list.” Kidney disease runs in Morganti’s family — her ...

County Prepares For Phase Two Reopening

Phase Two reopening could happen in Chautauqua County early next week. On Friday, County Executive PJ Wendel said during the county’s weekly COVID-19 news conference that it’s his belief based on the information he has been provided that Phase Two of the New York Forward reopening plan ...

Facebook Post On Garages Sales Prompts Responses

There appears to be a lot people in the city of Jamestown looking to host a garage sale. Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist posted a notice on his Facebook page stating that garage and yard sales are still not permitted under Phase One of the New York Forward reopening plan. “I’ve gotten ...

Newest County Cases Involve Child, Man In 80s

Two new cases of COVID-19 have been reported Saturday by the Chautauqua County Health Department. There are currently 21 active cases with the newest cases including a pediatric case and a male in his 80s. There are 243 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and ...

Feisty Mom ‘Rich In Her Spirit,’ Love

It was an October 2007 evening that Mary Richir would never forget. After years of volunteering her time and talents for the Festival of Grapes in her hometown of Silver Creek, Richir was honored with the community service award by the Silver Creek-Irving Chamber of Commerce. That evening, ...

All Aboard — Next Year

STOW — The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed yet another summer mainstay — the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. There was originally hope that the ferry could return to the narrows between Bemus Point and Stow this summer, but required patching to the vessel’s hull has been delayed by Gov. Andrew ...

More Of Pennsylvania Sees Pandemic Restrictions Lifted

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Twenty-six more counties in Pennsylvania woke up to fewer pandemic restrictions on Friday, leaving nearly 6 million people still under Gov. Tom Wolf's tightest orders, including a stay-at-home order. Starting Friday, eight more counties — Dauphin, Franklin, ...

Truck-Lite Layoffs Scheduled To Begin At End Of July

FALCONER — Plans to close a Falconer manufacturing plant are moving forward. The longtime village-based Truck-Lite Co. has filed notification with the state Labor Department regarding the closing of its 310 E. Elmwood Ave. facility. The shuttering will result in layoffs to 97 employees, ...