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Downtown Decorated

A snowflake decoration is pictured Tuesday evening in downtown Jamestown. Workers with the Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department began installing lights and other decorations, including giant snowflakes, on utility poles earlier this week before the winter season. P-J photo ...

City Council Discusses Potential Budget Savings

The Jamestown City Council might be able to reduce expenses in the proposed 2020 budget. On Monday during the council’s work session meeting, Joseph Bellitto, city comptroller, and Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, discussed that the cost for prescription drugs next year could be reduced by ...

Wanted Man Found With Stolen Guns

A wanted area man found in possession of stolen handguns and credit cards was jailed following a traffic stop. Police took 24-year-old Daniel D. Sansom into custody shortly after he was stopped Wednesday around 11:40 a.m. in the area of Willard and Barrows streets. Sansom had an ...

Busti Town Board Approves Final Budget

LAKEWOOD — The Busti Town Board approved its 2020 budget this week. Three amendments were made to the budget during the Town Board meeting, with the first lowering the contingency fund from $10,000 to $5,000, as the board had agreed to at its last meeting. The increased funds for the ...

‘Realistic Ideas’

The race for Jamestown mayor was on the minds of many voters on Election Day. The three-way race, between Eddie Sundquist, Andrew Liuzzo and David Wilfong, drew many to the polls. “All three candidates have good ideas,” said city resident Ed Tomassini. “One particular candidate, I ...

Dunkirk Mayor Sees Tough Fight On Election Night

Incumbent Willie Rosas had a tough election night fight to retain his position as Dunkirk Mayor, eking out a 1,590 to 1,542 vote lead over challenger Shaun Heenan in unofficial results. Rosas leads by 48 votes with 123 absentee ballots still to be counted. Races for the Dunkirk City ...

Robbins Retains Supervisor Seat

Busti Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins will continue for a third term, as decided by voters Tuesday night. Robbins, who received 1,170 votes (54.37%), was the top vote getter ahead of the Democratic challenger Rudy Mueller, who received 982 votes (45.63%). Mueller was endorsed by the ...

Fredonia May Be Looking To Essek

The village of Fredonia is likely to have a new mayor after Republican Douglas Essek took a 138 vote lead over incumbent Democrat Athanasia Landis. Essek received 1,251 votes to Landis’ 1,113 votes. Democrats Roger Pacos (1,511 votes), Kara Christina (1,304 votes) and James Lynden (1,171 ...

Whalen, Haendiges Lead Supreme Court Races

Gerald Whalen and Deborah Haendiges have commanding leads in the race for state Supreme Court for the Eighth Judicial District, which includes Chautauqua County. Four candidates were running for three seats on the bench. Whalen had received 76,727 votes as of 11:25 p.m. Tuesday while ...

Republicans Retain Majority In County Legislature

Republicans will continue to have the majority in the Chautauqua County Legislature. On Tuesday, 13 Republican candidates and five Democratic candidates were elected, with Bill Ward in District 18 being endorsed by both the Democratic and Republican parties. PJ Wendel, R-Lakewood, was at ...

Rollover Crash Sends 3 To Local Hospital

BUSTI — Three people were taken to the hospital following a rollover crash Monday afternoon. The collision, according to the Lakewood-Busti Police Department, occurred at 3:10 p.m. at the intersection of Baker Street Extension and Howard Avenue in the town of Busti. An investigation ...

Medical Access

One of the largest comprehensive cancer networks in the country has opened at UPMC Chautauqua. On Monday, UPMC Chautauqua officials hosted an open house for the new Hillman Cancer Center, located at 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown. The new center on the third floor of the hospital offers area ...

Bill Would Limit Public Display Of Tobacco Ads

Legislation that could be discussed next year in the state Senate would further limit the public display of tobacco advertising. Sen. Jamaal Bailey, D-Bronx, recently introduced S.6766, which would amend the state Public Health Law to prohibit public display of tobacco advertisements and ...

More Than 3.8K Ballots Cast In Early Voting In County

From Oct. 26 through Sunday, 3,827 ballots were cast as part of early voting in Chautauqua County, election commissioners Brian Abram and Norm Green said. The number of participants, which also includes absentee ballots cast, represents about 5% of the 76,762 registered voters in the ...

‘Spotted Smoke’

A Jamestown auto dealership will be closed today after a fire broke out and damaged one of its buildings late Saturday. Jamestown firefighters and police were called to Dave Warren Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram shortly before 11 p.m. Passersby spotted smoke shortly before 11 p.m. and called 911. ...

Smythe Is New Pastor Of Westfield Church

WESTFIELD — The Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe came a long way to become the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Westfield, but it looks like her journey has brought her home. Smythe, who was officially chosen as the new pastor of the oldest organized church in Chautauqua County, ...

Legislation Would Provide Body Cams To State Police

The New York State Police may soon be wearing body cameras — assuming the state Legislature figures out how it wants to pay for such a program. Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-Brooklyn, has introduced legislation in the state Assembly, A.8674, to create a body camera program for the New ...

Parents File Suit After Child Injured At Panama School

PANAMA — The parents of a child attending Panama Central School have filed a lawsuit against the district alleging negligence after the child was injured in early September. The lawsuit was filed last week in New York State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County. In it, the parents said ...

Hiring Of New Assistant Principal Approved

The Southwestern Central School Board approved the hiring of a new assistant principal after an anticipated vacancy. Matthew Kindberg was approved Wednesday during a special meeting as the new K-12 assistant principal within the school district. Kindberg currently works in the Clymer ...

Wicked Winds

DUNKIRK — Gusts topping 60 mph stirred up Lake Erie late Thursday and early Friday, apparently causing damage to the breakwall and retaining wall along Lake Front Boulevard in the city. Dunkirk’s Pier may also face some damage as debris from the waves were evident along the pavement ...