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Woman Facing Leandra’s Law Charge After Crash

A woman whose blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit is facing Leandra’s Law charges after state troopers say she struck a utility pole with a child in her vehicle. The New York State Police and Kennedy firefighters were called Sunday evening to a report of a crash on ...

Quarantined Resident Frustrated With Process

FREDONIA — A Fredonia woman who has been quarantined since last week has grown frustrated with a lack of communication from doctor and nurses. In an interview on Monday with Junette Skelly of Fredonia, she told her story of how she is “assumed” to have COVID-19 and has not been ...

‘And So Ends A Chapter’

LAKEWOOD — After a weekslong hiatus, the Lakewood Board of Trustees passed a pair of measures Monday paving the way for the construction of a 180-foot cell tower on the grounds of the Lakewood Fire Department. The board had previously filed a notice of appeal after learning that Federal ...

County Agencies Establish COVID-19 Response Fund

With a goal of $1 million, local organizations have already raised $778,000 in an effort to support those impacted by the COVID-19 virus. The United Ways of Chautauqua County, along with the Chautauqua Region and Northern Chautauqua Community Foundations, announced the Chautauqua County ...

Borrello Calls For Policy Removal

Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, wants state legislators to remove policy agendas from the state budget in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Borrello sent a letter Sunday to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, state Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Buffalo, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, ...

Additional Annexation Resolution OK’d By Council

The Jamestown City Council has approved an additional annexation resolution, once again declaring the proposal to be in the best interest of the public. On Monday, the council held a special voting session meeting to approve the additional resolution. Last week, Anthony Dolce, Ward 2 and ...

Picturing Years

Richard Keyes was born on July 25, 1930, therefore he will join the nonagenarian club later this year. The birth took place at a cottage owned by his parents, Sherman and Harriet Keyes, at Sherman’s Bay on Chautauqua Lake. “I think I was born at the cottage and then taken to the ...

City Calls On Local Businesses In Time Of Need

Echoing Governor Cuomo’s call on manufacturers and other businesses to refocus their efforts on supplying, Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor, and Director of Development Crystal Surdyk call on manufacturers and small businesses in the city and surrounding area to step up and get creative and ...

Council To Vote On Annexation Resolution

The Jamestown City Council still has one additional annexation resolution up for vote. The council will be holding a special voting session today at 7:15 p.m. to vote on a resolution moving the process forward, said Anthony Dolce, council president. “Well it came to our attention from ...

County Legislators Discuss Funding For Veterans Memorial

MAYVILLE — Two Chautauqua County Legislature committees have supported a resolution to fund money to the Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial. The proposals were supported by the legislature Audit and Control and Planning and Economic Development committees earlier this week. The ...

Ithaca Democrat Seeks Seat In Congress

A second Democratic candidate has thrown his hat into the ring to run in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Scott Noren, D-Ithaca, an oral surgeon has announced his candidacy to run for Congress, with one goal being to provide affordable and accessible health care. “I feel that ...

‘Forever Grateful’

“I had no idea the words Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia would consume my life-and eventually end up taking my daughter’s.” When Kallie Swan was diagnosed with pediatric cancer at 21 months old, an entire community rallied around the Swan family. Although Kallie ultimately lost her battle ...

Former Fredonia Woman Stuck In Peru As Virus Spreads

A woman who grew up in Fredonia is one of hundreds who are trying to get back to the mainland of the United States from Peru. In an email to the OBSERVER newspaper on Friday, 32-year-old Jessica Gee Nosworthy outlined her frustrations and concerns while being in the northwestern South American ...

Deadline Extended For EMS Proposals

Jamestown officials have extended the deadline on its request for proposals of ambulance service operators. On Wednesday, Eddie Sundquist, Jamestown mayor, told The Post-Journal the deadline has been extended to March 25. Originally the proposals were due March 11. However, because ...

Zoning Board Backs Cell Tower

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals voted to approve a pair of measures on Thursday that may finally pave the way for the construction of a cell tower on the Lakewood Fireman’s Grounds. The board approved a use variance for the site, in accordance with Federal District Judge ...

JA Provides Skills For Economic Success

Editor’s Note: This weekly column is part of an ongoing series in which various residents of the community share their United Way story and how United Way has personally impacted them. For 30 years I have been involved with Junior Achievement as a teacher, JA coordinator, and now a classroom ...

Medical Community Learning, Adapting To Coronavirus

MAYVILLE — Physicians, nurses, public health officials and medical researchers are learning more about the coronavirus and the impact of its outbreak every day. During a press conference Thursday, Christine Schuyler, county director of health and human services, and County Physician Dr. ...

‘Group Effort’

Almost 150 students at Southwestern Central School are receiving meals from the district as schools throughout the country have closed due to the coronavirus. “This is a group effort from all involved from the buildings getting us names,” said John C. Spacht, Southwestern transportation ...

IDA Meets To Approve Resolutions For Arktura Project

A 15-year Payment In Lieu Of Taxes agreement has been approved by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency for a California-based company. On Thursday, the IDA held a special meeting board meeting to approve resolutions for the Arktura project. Last month, the IDA board first ...

Police Seek Brothers In Armed Robbery

Police are looking for two brothers suspected of armed robbery Tuesday night at Kwik Fill in Sugar Grove, Pa., where they worked. Charges have been filed against Joshua P. Jacoby, 20, and Aaron M. Jacoby, 19, both of Sugar Grove. According to the Pennsylvania State Police, Aaron Jacoby is ...