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COVID-19 Coverage

Number Of Schools In New York State Closed By COVID-19 Mounts

ALBANY (AP) — At least 116 schools across New York state that opened their doors to in-person learning have had to close for at least a day since the academic year began because of the spread of COVID-19, according to state data obtained by The Associated Press. That tally excludes ...

SUNY Reopening Reportedly Still ‘Going Well’

Active and total cases remain low at the State University of New York at Fredonia compared to other campuses. Fall Reopening Steering Committee Chair Tracy Collingwood gave the update during the College Council meeting, explaining the current cases, how the college has fared so far through the ...

State Extends Inspection, Registration Expiration Dates

ALBANY — New York has again extended the expiration date of annual vehicle inspections, registrations and driver’s licenses that otherwise would have lapsed during the coronavirus pandemic, validating them for at least another month. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order early Monday ...

Trump Vows Not To Participate In Virtual Debate With Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump vowed Thursday not to participate in next week's debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden after organizers announced it will take place virtually because of the president's diagnosis of COVID-19. "I'm not going to do a virtual debate," Trump told Fox ...

Off & Running

PANAMA — One thing was clear after a full afternoon of racing at Panama Central School on Tuesday — the area’s top distance runners have not lost stride in the midst of COVID-19. Maple Grove’s Luke Baer would clock a new course record on the hilly 3.1-mile track, breaking the ...

Back To Class?

Several parents raised concerns to the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night regarding what they believe to be a lack of clear information regarding a return to in-person education for students in grades 10 through 12. Frank Galeazzo, who spoke at an August board ...

Thirteenth COVID-19 Death Reported In County

For the second straight day, Chautauqua County is reporting a death that is being tied to COVID-19. On Tuesday, the county said a man in his 60s with underlying conditions died. In addition, there were three new cases of the virus, all from Dunkirk. There are 48 active cases and 295 cases ...

Toys For Tots Expecting Increased Need This Year

The annual kick-off meeting for the Toys for Tots organization occurred virtually, with members discussing their mission for this holiday season. Officials with Toys for Tots are anticipating that local toy collections will be negatively impacted by the pandemic in addition to a significant ...

Ellicott Town Board Releases Budget Plan

FALCONER — There is a slight tax levy increase and a double digit tax rate decrease for the villages and the town in the tentative 2021 Ellicott budget. On Monday, the Ellicott Town Board discussed the tentative budget during a special meeting. In the proposed budget, the tax levy will ...

County Reports 9 New COVID-19 Cases

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported nine new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The new cases include five people who reside in the Dunkirk zip code, two in Fredonia, one in Jamestown and one in Lakewood. There remains 53 active cases for those who continue to recover under ...

10th COVID-Related Death Reported In Cattaraugus County

The Cattaraugus County Department of Health on Wednesday night reported its 10th COVID-19-related death, a 97-year-old man who reportedly developed respiratory failure. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and the entire Cattaraugus County community,” the department said. In ...

‘Happy We Are On The Field’

Given everything that has transpired over the past several months, the Southwestern boys soccer team and head coach Jason Deering were happy just to be back on the turf at the Fran Sirianni Athletic Complex on Monday evening. Of course, it didn’t hurt that the Trojans exploded on offense ...

Heritage Comes Full Circle With Haglund In Charge

The Rev. Wally Fleming joined the Heritage Ministries’ board of directors in 1992. At that time, the organization operated a sole retirement facility in Gerry and its governing body was made up of all men. “Here’s an organization that is heavily geared toward male leadership even ...

Some JPS Students To Return To Friday Classes

Jamestown Public Schools District announced on Monday said schools will be working to add in-person attendance on Fridays beginning on Oct. 23 for students who currently attend in-person classes. “We’re attempting to balance instruction with safety,” Superintendent Kevin Whitaker told ...

No City Workers To Be Laid Off This Year

Despite challenging financial times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no city of Jamestown employees will be laid off this year. On Monday, Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced during a Jamestown City Council work session meeting that city officials will not have to implement phase two ...

2 New COVID-Related Deaths Reported

Two new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported Monday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. The deaths include a man in his 50s and a woman in her 80s. To date, 12 county residents have died due to complications associated with the coronavirus. “Today’s update is a stark ...

Youth Symphony Fall Rehearsals Begin

The Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony has started rehearsals again after a long spring and summer quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration can still be accepted for a short time and can be found on the CRYS website at CRYouthSymphony.com. An up-to-date live rehearsal and ...

Pa. Governor Eases Crowd Limits With Sliding Scale Tied To Capacity

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Coronavirus-related crowd restrictions for both indoor and outdoor events were loosened Tuesday by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, who called the shift "a gradual adjustment to our lives as we learn how we can do things safely" until there's a vaccine for the virus or cure ...

Small Gyms Devastated By Coronavirus Fear, Restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — There's little evidence of Americans' passion for fitness at the tens of thousands of small and independent gyms around the country. Gyms, health clubs and workout studios began reopening in late spring following government-ordered shutdowns aimed at halting the coronavirus ...

Ballet Survives Shutdown, Returns To In-Person Instruction

The sights associated with the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet’s third-floor, Spain Building studios might have changed. But the sounds have not. Masterworks of the Classical canon paired with the sound of pointe shoes on marley have begun to once again fill the dance studio. No ...