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Several Agencies Assist In Warren County Wildfire

WARREN, Pa. -- A wildfire blazed through a swath of Watson Township in Warren County on Thursday and was expected to continue burning through the night. The call for a vegetation fire on Allegheny National Forest land went out at about noon. Windy conditions led to difficulty containing the ...

Man Killed In Plane Crash Identified

GREAT VALLEY — An 80-year-old Brockport man has been identified as the passenger killed in a plane crash Wednesday afternoon in Cattaraugus County. William H. Mandelare died as the result of the crash, which took place at the Great Valley Airport around 2 p.m. According to the ...

City Human Rights Commission Discusses First Complaint

It’s unknown if the first complaint the re-established Jamestown Human Rights Commission discussed is under its purview, but the group is moving forward to see what can be done. During the March meeting of the commission, Kimberly Knight, commission member, discussed an unofficial complaint ...

Red Ways Place Rural District In Peril

Speculation has already begun to swirl. Will Chautauqua County be teamed again with the Buffalo region or will there remain a strong Southern Tier bond for a Congressional district in 2023? Add in the uncertainty that comes with nearly four weeks of silence from current U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and ...

400 Attend Pop-Up Vaccination Site In Irving

IRVING — With COVID-19 vaccinations rolling out all over the country, accessibility to the vaccine can still be an issue, especially in rural areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of Dr. Raul Vazquez, president of Buffalo’s G-Health Enterprises, and J.C. Seneca, owner of Native Pride ...

JCC Plans For Return To In-Person Instruction In Fall

Jamestown Community College President Daniel T. DeMarte on Wednesday announced the college’s intention to resume in-person operations for the fall 2021 semester. “The COVID-19 pandemic has tested our abilities in a variety of ways,” DeMarte said in a recent message to the campus ...

More COVID Vaccination Clinics Popping Up

When one clinic closes, another opens. Proof that COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming more readily available can be seen in the multiple clinics popping up regularly throughout Chautauqua County. While one such clinic, taking place today at Jamestown Community College, filled by Wednesday, ...

Woman Tied To Drug Ring Facing Prison Sentence

A Jamestown woman involved in a reported drug trafficking ring is facing 10 years in prison. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kylie Reeves, 28, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and distributing, 50 ...

1 Killed, 1 Hurt In Cattaraugus County Plane Crash

GREAT VALLEY — One man was killed and another seriously hurt in a single-engine plane crash Wednesday in Cattaraugus County. The Olean Times Herald, citing Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, said a witness noted that the plane appeared to have trouble upon takeoff from the Great ...

City Man Indicted In ‘Crazy Ivan’ Investigation

The first indictment connected to “Operation Crazy Ivan” targeting powder cocaine trafficking in the Jamestown area has been handed up. John R. Anzalone, 47, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Tuesday in Chautauqua County Court to a single count of felony second-degree criminal ...

Prendergast Library Board Honors Past President

The James Prendergast Library Board of Trustees has honored its former president. In March during an online meeting, the board presented a plaque and a gift to Joni Blackman, Prendergast trustee, for the three years she served as president of the board from 2018 to 2020. During her tenure as ...

Sherman To Use Hybrid Learning Through End Of School Year

SHERMAN — The Sherman Central School District will continue to follow the hybrid model of instruction that has been in use throughout the 2020-21 school year, board of education members and administrators determined at a special meeting on March 31. Michael Ginestre, district superintendent, ...

Lawmakers, Governor Reach Deal On Late Budget

ALBANY — New York will boost spending by billions over the next year in a bid to revitalize the state’s hard-hit economy under a budget deal announced Tuesday by lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo has long prided himself on getting the budget passed on time and trying to keep spending ...

Stimulus Bill Throws Lifeline To Small Venues

For Journey Gunderson, the American Rescue Plan’s help for entertainment venues is doubly important. It will help the National Comedy Center, of which Gunderson is the executive director, access money to keep the center afloat as the COVID-19 pandemic dissipates. Just as importantly, the ...

Bill Proposes Changes To Ethics Commission

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx, wants to give the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) some teeth. Biaggi recently introduced S.5254 in the state Senate to amend the state Executive Law and allow legislators and other state employees to be found guilty of ethical violations by ...

Body Found; Identified As Warren Man

WARREN, Pa. — A body found last week in the Allegheny River in Warren County has been identified as that of a man previously reported missing. John C. Nelson, 55, of Warren, was confirmed following a Monday autopsy. “Following an autopsy performed by Erie County Medical Examiner Dr. ...

Bowling Alley ‘Made Best Of Rough Situation’

FREDONIA — As local businesses are able to return customers to a percentage of their regular capacity, the flow of both people and revenue has been much-needed for a lot of places. Lucky Lanes owner Paul Nocek is one of the many business owners happy to see people coming back. COVID-19 ...

A Driving Force

Meals on Wheels in the Dunkirk-Fredonia area has been exceptionally busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. From their regular job of supplying meals to people unable to cook for themselves to finding needs throughout the community, the organization has been pounding the pavement. “There has ...

Official: App May Lead To Discrimination

At least one high-ranking Pennsylvania House member doesn’t want to follow New York state’s lead with a COVID vaccine pass application for smart phones. The app allows New York residents to offer proof of a coronavirus vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test. As part of the ...

COVID-19 Registry Bill Introduced

Dozens of Democrats in the state Senate support creating a COVID-19 Health Registry. Introduced last month in the Senate by Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-New York City, S.5927 has 22 Democrat co-sponsors. Hoylman proposes to amend the state Public Health Law to establish the registry to track the ...