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Street Closure

LAKEWOOD — Beginning today, a section of Erie Street, between Gifford Avenue and Walnut Street, will be closed to traffic for three days. “The village of Lakewood is working on a stormwater culvert project,” said Joseph Johnson, village clerk of Lakewood. “It won’t alleviate the ...

BPU May Raise Solid Waste Fee

If the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities tentative 2020 solid waste budget doesn’t change, the fee will increase $2 next year. On Monday, Kelly Hawkins, BPU finance and customer accounts manager, discussed the proposed tentative 2020 solid waste and district heating budgets. Hawkins said ...

Lakewood To Hold Fall Festival Oct. 20

LAKEWOOD — Witches take notice for the first annual Witch Brew for You? Fall Festival. The festival, located on Chautauqua Avenue, between Third and Summit streets, will be from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Beer tasting, food trucks, music and local vendors will all be available. “Right ...

Temporary Housing Assistance Down In 2019

MAYVILLE — The amount of funding spent to house the homeless has decreased this year compared to 2018. On Wednesday, Christine Schuyler, county social services commissioner and public health director, and Diane Anderson, county certification director, discussed the temporary assistance ...

Warren Man Receives Prison Sentence

WARREN, Pa. — A Warren, Pa., man will spend a minimum of nearly 17 years in prison after he set fire to a house last December with his own child and his sexual assault victim inside. Jackson Kent Knappenberger, 25, was sentenced to a minimum of 202 months on criminal attempt — murder and ...

What’s In A Name?

This column will probably be a little rambling just because it will be about something I did just recently. I began looking for information to answer a question that someone asked. While looking for the possible answer, I discovered other bits of information that took me in many other ...

Pangborn Carves Pumpkintown Sign

Todd Pangborn, an award-winning Master Sand Sculptor based in Jamestown, has been sculpting sand since 1997. What started as a way to keep busy on vacations has become his craft. Aside from competitions, Pangborn is available to create sand sculptures large or small for most events. Pangborn ...

Funding Bump Sought For Myers Memorial Library

FREWSBURG — Funding to Myers Memorial Library in Frewsburg could be increased. In the past, the library received $30,000 in funding, but a few years ago, it was cut down to $25,000. Carroll Town Supervisor Laura Smith wishes to raise funding back up to $30,000. “It’s our local ...

Back To Basics

DEWITTVILLE — Camp Onyahsa recently celebrated its 121st summer and is now moving into its fall season. The camp is one of the three oldest operating YMCA camps in the country. While many local youth and area residents have spent time at the camp, the facility also has welcomed ...

State Unveils Route 60 Plans

A $4 million Route 60 project that will include the addition of passing lanes in the towns of Gerry and Charlotte was unveiled to the public this week during a hearing at Cassadaga Valley Central School. Local officials say they hope the new lanes will alleviate traffic congestion and make ...

Cuomo Signs Bill Extending Statue Of Limitations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation (S.6574/A.8412) extending the statute of limitations to 20 years for second-degree rape and to 10 years for third-degree rape. The law also extends the statute of limitations to 20 years for a criminal sexual act in the second degree and incest in the ...

Lack Of Child Care Hurting Workforce

MAYVILLE — Workforce development in the county is being impeded by the lack of quality child care. That is why the Chautauqua County Child Care Workforce Development Initiative has been started, said Beth Starks, Jamestown Community College early childhood education specialist and ...

Pledged Completion

MAYVILLE — Two agricultural projects in the Chautauqua Lake watershed that have been awarded occupancy tax funding need extended, again. On Wednesday, Dave McCoy, Chautauqua County watershed coordinator, and Rob Halbohm, Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District water quality ...

The Prendergast Library Still Has No Official Word On State Funding Cut

More than three months after being told unofficially its aid would be cut by 25%, James Prendergast Library officials still haven’t received word from state officials on whether that will be the case. On Thursday during the James Prendergast Library Board of Trustees meeting, Tina Scott, ...

Clymer Appoints Interim Supervisor

CLYMER — The Clymer Central School District has found its next superintendent for the time being. The Clymer School Board at a meeting Thursday approved Karen Krause as interim superintendent under a three-month contract. Ed Bailey, who officially steps down as superintendent Sept. 30, ...

JPS Enrollment Drops, Trend Continues

Enrollment in the Jamestown Public Schools District is slightly less than it was in 2018-19, continuing a five-year trend of slight decreases. Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education officials received the district’s enrollment report on Tuesday from Bret Apthorpe, district ...

Tanker Rollover

Dunkirk city police and fire department officials were at Main and Newton streets near the Fieldbrook Foods facility in Dunkirk on Wednesday afternoon after a rollover accident involving a tanker truck. Witnesses say the tanker portion of the truck was not full when it came loose from the cab. ...

Parkland Survivor Shares Advice With Students

FREDONIA — “College campuses are the root of change,” said activist and advocate Cameron Kasky to a packed King Concert Hall on Wednesday afternoon. An 18-year-old freshman at Columbia University, Kasky has much in common with the SUNY Fredonia students who attended his presentation ...

Governor Cuomo Sets Presidential Primary Date

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation setting New York’s next presidential primary for April 28, 2020 — but that won’t be the last of the state’s tinkering with primary elections. The state Assembly passed the legislation, 142-6, with both Assemblymen Andrew Goodell, ...

Shot Heard During Police Search For Man

No one was injured when a shot was reportedly fired while officers were looking for a man who fled from officers early Wednesday. Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department said officers were checking on an individual around 1:15 a.m. in the area of West Fifth and Washington ...