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‘Just Feel Sad’

Kmart, a staple along Fairmount Avenue and a symbol of the big box store era of the ’90s, is closing its West Ellicott location. It’s one of 26 Kmart or Sears locations that will shut its door by late October, Sears Holdings Corp. announced Tuesday. News of the closure spread quickly, ...

State To Let Schools Put Cameras On Bus Stop Arms

ALBANY — Schools in New York state can now install cameras on the stop arms of school buses to catch motorists who put students at risk under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Drivers caught on camera passing a stopped bus would face $250 tickets, with higher fines ...

Agency Discusses Potential Redevelopment Projects

Turning lots where demolitions once occurred into economic development projects was discussed by the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency. On Tuesday, the JURA board discussed the potential redevelopment project at 8 E. Second St. Vince DeJoy, city development director, said a legal ad has been ...

Putting Together The Puzzle: School Teams Assess Threats

There were so many questions after 17-year-old Ely Serna brought a shotgun to his Ohio school and opened fire in 2017, wounding two. Along with the whys, West Liberty-Salem High School assistant principal Andy McGill recalled thinking, “Is there something I missed?” “I never would ...

Finishing Touches

A “Jimmytown” tradition will be reopening its doors later this week. On Monday, Vince DeJoy III told The Post-Journal the new Jimmy’s Family Restaurant will open its doors Friday. He said there will be a grand opening ribbon cutting celebration that day, which will be followed by ...

Police Dept. To Invest In Wireless Surveillance

“Going mobile, keep me moving,” might have been lyrics song by the British rock band The Who, but this point of view can soon be used by the Jamestown Police Department to describe its newest surveillance device. On Monday, the Jamestown City Council discussed the police department ...

New Cassadaga Local Law To Protect Public Trees

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Village Board has approved a new local law to benefit the village and neighboring Lily Dale as part of their commitment to Tree City USA, following a public hearing on the matter. Peter George, a member of the Cassadaga and Lily Dale Tree City USA committee, spoke ...

Truck Hauling Wood Overturns On Route 394

Traffic was temporarily rerouted after a large tree service truck hauling logs overturned Monday evening. The crash on Route 394 in Ashville was reported around 7:40 p.m. The driver of the truck was able to get out on his own. Ashville firefighters and Chautauqua County EMS responded to ...

Local Recognition

“Sometimes you run into good people who were just having a bad day. And at the end of the day, he was a hero. He saved lives,” Sgt. Andrew Rozler said of the veteran they encountered on Route 242 in the Cattaraugus County town of Machias last year. The Jamestown Vietnam Veterans ...

Dive Team Finds Body Of Woman In Pond

PANAMA — The body of a 56-year-old woman was pulled from a vehicle that drove into a private pond late Saturday. The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office said it is still investigating after the vehicle was located in the water near Hoag Road in the town of Harmony. Panama firefighters and ...

Legislative Pay Hike Clarified By Albany Judge

State legislators will receive only the first year of the three years of pay raises granted by a special compensation committee in 2018. In December, a legislative compensation committee decided state legislators would receive an increase in base pay from $79,500 to $110,000 in 2019 and will ...

Life In Public-Shooting-Era US: ‘You Can’t Just Not Go’

Ohio: A bar district where friends gathered for drinks on a warm Saturday night. Texas: A Walmart stocked with supplies for back-to-school shopping on an August morning. California: A family-focused festival that celebrates garlic, the local cash crop. Two consecutive summer weekends. Less ...

Operating Again

LITTLE VALLEY — Last fall, the barn belonging to Native Offerings Farm in Little Valley caught fire and burned to the ground. Now, eight months later, a new barn is almost ready for operation and the owners, Deb and Stew Ritchie, are excited to again help the community. “We’re ...

Regan Returns To Comedy Festival

More than 35 years into comedy, Brian Regan remains a “moving target.” The veteran stand-up comedian has evolved, expanded and remains ready to perform in any setting. But even still, he can’t help but envision his exit from the stage, eventually. Regan spoke to The Post-Journal by ...

Overhaul

A Western New York development company that has completed several projects in downtown Jamestown might potentially overhaul the Furniture Mart Building. In June, the Jamestown City Council supported a consolidated funding application through the state Regional Economic Development Council ...

Appeals Court Denies New Trial For Osman

A state appeals court has declined to grant a new trial for a Frewsburg man convicted of second-degree murder in 2001. Nicholas Osman was sentenced in 2001 by former Chautauqua County Court Judge John Ward to 40 years to life for second-degree murder and second-degree robbery in the Dec. 8, ...

JCC Cuts, Reduces 10 Positions To Meet $1M Budget Shortfall

Jamestown Community College officials hope recent enrollment initiatives will pay off before the fall semester. In the meantime, 10 positions were cut or reduced two weeks ago to meet the $1 million budget shortfall. “Going into the 2019-20 budget process, JCC had a budget shortfall of just ...

Longtime Priest Remembered As ‘Friend’ To Community

LAKEWOOD — “Not enough good can be said.” These are the words of parishioner Don Pangborn in response to the death of former Sacred Heart Parish priest Monsignor Joseph Dowdell. Dowdell, who died July 26 at the St. Joseph Campus of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Cheektowaga, had ...

‘He Was A Genius’

CHAUTAUQUA — Robin Williams was known as an actor and a comedian. But Williams’ longtime manager David Steinberg and fellow comedian Lewis Black knew they were watching a genius at work. During Thursday’s morning lecture at Chautauqua Institution, Williams was also described by his ...

Concerns Over Town Finances Again Prompt Audit Requests

FREWSBURG — Concerns over the accuracy and timeliness of financial records for the town of Carroll have prompted two requests for audits by the state Comptroller’s Office. The letters to Thomas DiNapoli, sent a week apart from state Assemblyman Andy Goodell and Carroll Town Supervisor ...