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County DMV Fees Lagging Due To Pandemic

Not too surprisingly, Chautauqua County’s Department of Motor Vehicles did not make as much money as it hoped to in 2020. During the county Legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting, budget director Kathleen Dennison shared that the county clerk’s office, which oversees the DMV ...

City Human Rights Commission Discusses Protocols

How the Jamestown Human Rights Commission will handle complaints and issues has been determined. During the monthly meeting of the commission last week, the group discussed the protocols that will be used to handle complaints and issues in the community. Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist ...

County Creates New Fee Structure With JCC

Chautauqua County has put in place a new agreement when it comes to funding Jamestown Community College. During the legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting, budget director Kathleen Dennison noted that in the past, the county has provided JCC money per full time equivalent student. ...

Construction Ready To Begin On New Ripley Travel Center In April

RIPLEY — Construction is ready to begin in April for a new travel center in Ripley. At its monthly board meeting Tuesday, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency board of directors voted unanimously in favor of providing tax incentives for Love’s Travel Stop and Country ...

‘It Makes Sense’

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet should be open in the former Office Max location in Lakewood in the middle of October. Ollie’s officials confirmed in response to a Post-Journal inquiry on Friday that the bargain outlet will open a location in Lakewood. On Monday, Jerry Altland, Ollie’s Bargain ...

Panel Upset Over Clarion PILOT Pact

A 35-year-old Payment In Lieu Of Taxes agreement between the city of Dunkirk and the Clarion Hotel is upsetting some county legislators. During the legislature’s Audit and Control Committee, members failed to pass a resolution which would correct a property tax roll. According to the ...

Council OKs Accord With JFD Union

One-third of the six years the Jamestown Professional Firefighters Association Local 137 has been working without a new contract has been resolved. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council approved an agreement for the union members to receive retroactive 2% raises during both 2016 and 2017. The ...

BPU Approves Provider For City Container Program

The Jamestown Board of Public Utilities has selected the provider of the new garbage cans that will be issued to residential customers for the new citywide container program. On Monday during the monthly BPU meeting, Rehrig Pacific Company was approved to provide 15,000 solid waste containers ...

Weather Forces Cancellation Of Gillibrand Visit

For the second time in as many attempts, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand canceled a scheduled stop in Dunkirk due to the weather. Gillibrand was slated to be at Dunkirk’s City Hall on Monday before 1:30 p.m. to call for “robust” Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding in the ...

‘Sister Act’

RANDOLPH — It’s been almost 365 days since the lights went out on stages across the country due to COVID-19, and Randolph Central School is no exception. The school’s spring musical had to be canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. It’s now time to bring the lights back up in the ...

New Cell At Landfill Nearly Complete

Chautauqua County is in the process of opening its newest cell at the landfill in Ellery. During the legislature’s Public Facilities Committee meeting, Brad Bentley, director of public facilities, gave an update on the landfill. According to Bentley, the work at the cell is nearly ...

Council To Vote On Telecommunications Auditing Services

It’s difficult to find an error when you’re dealing with just one bill let alone dozens. That is why the Jamestown City Council will be voting today to possibly enter into a contract with a telecommunications invoice auditing service. Telecom invoice auditing is a detailed review of ...

Organizers Of Car Show Respond To Dunkirk Rejection

DUNKIRK — Members of the Lowriginal Car Club are upset that their show proposed for Point Gratiot in the city of Dunkirk was voted down by the Common Council last week without explanation. “They’re comparing us to other car clubs, because those clubs keep changing names,” member Joe ...

Electrical Fire Destroys Dunkirk Home

An electrical issue in a bathroom wall is being blamed for an early Saturday morning Dunkirk fire, according to the Chautauqua County Fire Investigation team. City of Dunkirk Fire Department reported at 4:36 a.m., they were dispatched to 12 E. Green St. Upon arrival crews reported a working ...

In-Person Learning To Resume In Fredonia

Come March 1, Fredonia Central Schools will return to in-person instruction for a number of grade levels. In a letter posted to its website and signed by Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox, a timeline was announced on Friday. It includes: ≤ Grades three, four and five will return to school ...

Ollie’s Coming To Lakewood Amid Expansion Push

LAKEWOOD — Before the final 2020 holiday season sales rush, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet CEO John Swygert said the chain planned to expand in 2021. The Chautauqua Mall will be one of those locations. Ollie’s officials confirmed in response to a Post-Journal inquiry on Friday that the ...

Prendergast Library Saves Endownment Funding

There is more positive financial news for the James Prendergast Library. On Thursday, the board approved not withdrawing any funding from its endowment fund during the first financial quarter. Mike Corey, board treasurer, recommended not withdrawing funding from the endowment fund because the ...

Troopers Are Preparing For More Pot Smokers

ALBANY — As lawmakers consider the legalization of marijuana, State Police are already mapping plans to provide training to all troopers in identifying signs of drug impairment as part of traffic law enforcement. State Police brass are addressing one of the greatest challenges in dealing ...

Passenger Rail Service Around Chautauqua Lake

Did you know that railroads once served both sides of Chautauqua Lake, carrying passengers between Jamestown and Mayville from the late 1800s until the mid-1940s? The Chautauqua Traction Company operated along the west side of the lake until the mid-1920s while The Jamestown, Westfield and ...