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Downtown Dining

Will more competition via food trucks be beneficial or a detriment for downtown brick and mortar restaurants? That has been debated several times by the Jamestown City Council, and business owners and residents during several work session and voting session meetings during the past two ...

Westfield Man Indicted On Rape Charges

A Westfield man accused of raping a woman in May has been indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury. Joseph Trippe was arraigned Monday in Chautauqua County Court on charges of first-degree rape, third-degree rape and second-degree burglary. The indictment was returned last week, a court ...

Investigations Continue Following Landfill Accident

Chautauqua County officials are waiting to see the results of investigations before making any decisions if changes need to be made at the county landfill regarding safety. On Monday, Scott M. Deming, 56, of Westfield was killed at the landfill. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deming, ...

Fall’s Big Question

As some public schools reopen across the nation, coronavirus infection cases with students remain a growing concern. Recent infections by youth in Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia have made national headlines as districts in New York state continue to wait for a decision by Gov. Andrew ...

Falconer School District Facing Drop In Taxable Value

FALCONER — The Falconer Central School District is facing an “unprecedented” $22 million drop in taxable value following completed revaluations in the towns of Poland, Ellicott and Ellington. Of the $22 million decrease within the district, the town of Poland accounts for $13.6 million ...

Teachers Call For COVID-19 Clarity

The leader of the county’s largest teachers’ union voiced her agreement with a press release issued by New York’s teachers’ unions on Wednesday that said a single COVID-19 case in a school should trigger its immediate closure for 14 days. “I fully agree with their perspective that ...

Reyda Is Named Bemus School Chief

The Bemus Point Central School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Joe Reyda as superintendent at its meeting on Wednesday, concluding an extended search for the position. On March 16, the board appointed Michelle Spasiano, a former Franklinville Central School District ...

Rounding Up Memories

After 75 consecutive years, the Gerry Rodeo will not take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The major fundraiser for the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department will be missed by many, especially Mr. and Mrs. Francis Finch Jr. of Randolph who have attended 50 of the last 52 years. ...

Whitaker Updates JPS Board On Reopening

Calling the endeavor a “huge lift in a short period of time,” Dr. Kevin Whitaker, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, updated board of education members on the district’s plan to reopen schools in September during a meeting Tuesday night via teleconference. In his report to the ...

City Man Indicted On Murder Charge

A Jamestown man was indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on a second-degree murder charge for his role in the stabbing death of another city resident last month. Carl W. Sorenson, 28, pleaded not guilty during arraignment Monday before County Court Judge David Foley and remains in jail ...

Bemus Pair Celebrates 70th Anniversary

Bemus Point residents Phil and Lynn Wight have celebrated a lifetime of cherished memories together, but it will be hard to compare any of those to the milestone of Aug. 5, 2020. Today the couple will celebrate an astonishing 70 years of marriage, which of course begs the question — what is ...

Staying The Course

The National Weather Service announced over the weekend that July ended up the warmest month on record for the Buffalo area. The average temperature — 77.6 degrees — beat the previous records of 76.2 degrees set in 1921 and 76 degrees set in 1955. The most recent records for Buffalo were ...

Westfield Man Killed In Accident At County Landfill

ELLERY — A Westfield man was killed Monday afternoon at the County Landfill in what Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone described as an accident. Volunteer firefighters from Sinclairville were called to the landfill, located within the town of Ellery, around 1:30 p.m. for a report of ...

Sen. Pushes For Nursing Home Study

With legislation stalled in the state Legislature, Republican state Sen. James Tedisco is asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to approve a study of the state’s handling of COVID-19 patients in nursing homes. Tedisco, R-Glenville, sent Cuomo a letter last week asking for an “in-depth, thorough and ...

2 New Suits Are Filed As Child Victims Act Window Is Extended

A Jamestown church has been named in two new Child Victims Act lawsuits for abuse said to have taken place in the early 1960s and mid-’70s. Both complaints, filed late last week in New York State Supreme Court in Chautauqua County, names Holy Apostles Parish as the defendant. One victim, ...

‘A Waiting Game’

For those looking to enjoying a cold one and dinner at Game Time Sports Bar & Grill, you’re in luck. For those looking to bowl a few frames at the Jamestown Bowling Company, you’re going to need more patience. Last week, the restaurant and bar located at the same spot as the bowling ...

School District Leaders Collaborate, Mull Over Reopening Plans

The school superintendents located within the Erie-2 Chautauqua Cattaraugus BOCES footprint each meet frequently. That has been the case even more so as each district grapples with how to welcome back students in the fall amid the COVID-19 pandemic — especially after the New York State ...

Borrello Introduces Medicaid Bill In State Senate

State Sen. George Borrello has introduced legislation in the state Senate that would give counties a modicum of cost control over their Medicaid programs. S.8798 would allow counties to opt out of the county cost of medical assistance payments for any new Medicaid program enrollees or those ...

NYC Dem Proposes Fingerprint, Eye Scan To Buy Booze, Cigarettes

Democrats hope the third time is a charm to pass a state law using biometrics — like a fingerprint — for proof to buy cigarettes or alcohol. Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, D-Brooklyn, recently introduced A.10871 to amend the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and Public Health Law ...

New Seller Market

The economic impacts of COVID-19 do not appear to have hit the Chautauqua County real estate market in an unfavorable way. Brokers and agents in the area were forced to make quick shifts to online communication and digital technology in the wake of public health mandates for social ...