Local News

JURA Extends Contract To Handle Rural Demolitions

The Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency will continue to handle rural demolitions for the Chautauqua County Land Bank Corporation. On Wednesday, the JURA board approved extending the agreement with the land bank for demolition management services. Since the fall of 2015 when the land bank and JURA ...

Gowanda Has Deeper Reserves, Lower Expenses

GOWANDA — The 2018 State of the Village of Gowanda presented a tax increase for next year’s budget, which has the lowest budget expenses, $3.1 million, and a gain in property tax revenue, $1.06 million, for the first time in a four-year span. For Gowanda residents located in Cattaraugus ...

Plaque Honors Night Watchman Killed In 1911 Capitol Fire

ALBANY (AP) — A plaque has been unveiled at the New York state Capitol to honor a man who died when a massive fire tore through the Albany statehouse more than a century ago. State Sen. Cathy Young spearheaded the effort to recognize Samuel Abbott, a 78-year-old decorated Civil War ...

‘CGT’ Presents Lively Fourth Round Of Competition

The 14 competitors who advanced to Round Four in the ninth season of “Chautauqua’s Got Talent” put on quite a show at The Spire Theater on Monday. With the knowledge that four eliminations were forthcoming, it was apparent that those who had survived to this point of the production ...

Officials Discuss Fund For Downtown Events

City organizations who plan downtown events will soon be able to apply for up to $75,000 to assist with programming costs. On Tuesday, the Jamestown Local Development Corporation discussed the new fund for downtown programming, which was one of the 10 projects included in the city’s ...

Police Seek Suspect In Morning Robbery

Jamestown police were investigating an armed robbery at a Third Street Kwik Fill early Tuesday. The store has been the target of several robberies in the past. An unknown man entered the 1617 W. Third St. location around 1 a.m. wearing a bandana over his face and armed with a silver ...

Reward Offered In Vandalism Of Dunkirk Properties

A village resident and former trustee is offering a $500 reward toward the apprehension and conviction of the individual(s) who spray painted signs and buildings last week. Trustee Doug Essek reported at Monday's village board meeting that Marc Ruckman is offering the reward. The incident ...

Merger Between Brooks Hospital, TLC Finalized

Following the approval of by the New York State Department of Health through the Certificate of Need Process, and filings with the state Attorney General and the New York Secretary of State, the formal merger of Brooks Memorial Hospital and TLC Health Network of Irving has been finalized. ...

Randolph Man Faces Charges Following Weekend Break-In

A Randolph man faces several charges after State Police in Jamestown investigated a reported break-in on Saturday. Dustin Waite, 26, of Randolph was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny and resisting arrest. Troopers report that Waite, ...

Mayville Man Charged After Search Nets Drugs, Cash

MAYVILLE — A Mayville man is facing several drug charges after members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and county SWAT team executed a search warrant at his Blanchard Street home Saturday. Police had entered the home of 64-year-old Charles H. Baker Jr. around 1 a.m. on ...

Cherry Creek Fire Remains Under Investigation

CHERRY CREEK — A passer-by called 911 Sunday to report that a house at 775 Southside Ave. was on fire and collapsed. The Cherry Creek Fire Department along with the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team responded. All residents of the home were accounted for and the home was unoccupied at ...

Fredonia Mayor’s Budget Proposal Put Village In $800K Hole

FREDONIA — The Fredonia Village Board is beginning to take a close look at Mayor Athanasia Landis’ budget — one that is roughly $836,000 in the hole. Trustees convened at village hall on for its first budget workshop as they went over the fire department’s budget with Chief Ryan ...

Annual JHS Battle Of The Classes To Benefit City Mission

Jamestown High School will hold its 39th Annual Battle of the Classes on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the McElrath gymnasium. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Every year, the entire high school raises money for a local organization. Over the past 38 years, the Battle of the Classes has raised over ...

BPU Looking To Redesign Website

The recent dismantling of coal burners and their precipitators isn’t the only facelift the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities is planning. On Monday, Rebecca Robbins, BPU communications coordinator, gave a presentation to the board about the redesign of the BPU’s website. Robbins, along ...

A Tail Of Adventure

Editor’s Note: The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year. Throughout the year, the foundation is highlighting 40 stories that are indicative of the impact foundation-funded programs and initiatives have had on the community. This week ...

Youngsville Band Returns From Ireland With Help Of Congressman

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. — Thanks to some friends in high places, the Marching Eagles got a flight home only one day behind schedule. The Youngsville High School marching band was stranded in Ireland when their flight was canceled due to weather back home. No one could tell the travelers, or people ...

Man Wanted In Buffalo Robberies Identified After Pursuit

A 19-year-old Jamestown man reportedly wanted for multiple armed robberies in Buffalo was jailed after allegedly holding a woman at gunpoint during a pursuit involving several area police agencies late Friday. Charged was Jordan W. Alexander with unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment ...

Easter Carnival Is Saturday At Safety Village

ASHVILLE — The Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village is hosting it’s eighth annual Easter Carnival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the village, 2695 Route 394, Ashville, next to BOCES. The event will take place rain or shine so dress for the weather! Children ages 12 ...

Reed Discusses School Safety In Silver Creek

SILVER CREEK — As students were dismissed Friday afternoon from Silver Creek School, they waved enthusiastically to Westley F. Johnson III, their school resource officer. “I love coming to school. I love coming to work,” Johnson said. “These kids make me young.” Congressman Tom ...

‘Spotlight’ Attorney: Child Sex Abuse By Priests Is ‘Systemic’

The shudder of an unsavory case first unearthed in Boston about 16 years ago is still being felt today, even in Western New York. In January 2002, a secret world of child sex abuse was uncovered in the Catholic Church by a special team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe known as ...