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Peterson Reflects On ‘Conclusion’ From RHJ Center Board

There were two “aha” moments for Greg Peterson. The first came a quarter-century ago in the square outside of Love Elementary School on Jamestown’s northside after hearing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor call former Jamestown resident Robert H. Jackson “one of the ...

Vince DeJoy Is Named The Warren City Planner

WARREN, Pa. — “I am truly excited for the future of Warren.” Vince DeJoy has been tapped to lead planning and development efforts for the city of Warren, Pa. And he comes with knowledge of the challenges facing communities in this region. “My initial thought is that Warren is such ...

Four New Deaths Reported: Active Cases Top 600

Chautauqua County has reported over 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the last 13 days. Since March, the county has recorded 4,097 cases of the coronavirus — with 1,090 since Dec. 22. The county Health Department announced on Monday that 418 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed from ...

Assembly Bill Causes A Stir

Legislation that stands little chance of ever reaching Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk caused quite a stir over the weekend. A.416 has been sponsored by Assemblyman Nick Perry, D-Brooklyn, since 2015 when an Ebola outbreak in Africa brought an Ebola case to New York City. The physician was part ...

Area Welcomes First Babies Born In 2021

A Findley Lake woman welcomed the first baby born at UPMC Chautauqua in 2021, and a Cattaraugus County couple also greeted their child in the New Year. Madilyn Renee Giles was born at 7:55 p.m. on New Year’s Day at the Jamestown hospital. The mother is Findley Lake resident Rosemarie ...

Comedy Center Alterations Keep Experience Viable

The year 2020 won’t just be known for a pandemic that changed the world overnight. It will also be known for innovative modifications that kept many manufactures, retail businesses and restaurants still in operation. One of the most inventive alterations made in 2020 to keep the doors ...

County Surpasses 3,700 Cases To Begin New Year

According to New York state, Chautauqua County has surpassed 3,700 positive COVID-19 cases. Through Saturday, New York Forward, the state’s online hub for coronavirus-related data, reported 3,785 total cases, up from 3,681 — the last reported number by the county on Thursday. New York ...

Fauci Says Vaccinations Are Ramping Up In A ‘Glimmer Of Hope’

The U.S. ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in the past few days after a slower-than-expected start, bringing the number of shots dispensed to about 4 million, government health officials said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, also said on ABC’s “This ...

‘Difficult To Judge’

The jury is still out on the success of Jamestown’s inclusion in a statewide initiative to assist communities with transforming housing, economic development, transportation and community projects in downtown urban centers. The statewide program is known as the Downtown Revitalization ...

Ferry’s Three-Year Journey Nears End

Since 1811 there have been stumbling blocks and advancements with the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. Part of the legacy of this iconic link on Chautauqua Lake is it keeps moving forward. First one direction and then in the other. For the past three seasons, the board of directors and ...

Chautauqua County Decides On Its Shared Services Plan

Despite municipal and county leaders focusing most of their time on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic this year, local leaders still found time to discuss possible future shared services. The Countywide Shared Services Initiative was proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in spring 2017 and later ...

Some Businesses Thrived, Many Lagged During Pandemic

By March 23, Apple had lost $435 billion in market value in about five weeks and many of its retail outlets were shut as the virus pandemic walloped the global economy and stock markets. Meanwhile, a report issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 2% of small businesses ...

City Commercial Building Destroyed In Fire

A single-story commercial building that housed two businesses in the city of Jamestown was destroyed after fire ripped through it New Year’s Eve. Crews were first alerted around 4:10 p.m. to reports of a propane tank explosion at the 255 Blackstone Ave. property. Upon arrival, Jamestown ...

County Surpasses 500 Active COVID Cases

Hospitalizations continue to increase as Chautauqua County announced 116 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday. As of Wednesday, the county had 534 active cases of COVID-19 and 1,888 remain under quarantine orders from the Department of Health. Thursday’s numbers put the county at 3,681 ...

County Officials To Be Sworn In During Private Ceremonies

A day normally reserved for a ceremony symbolic of new beginnings will take place in a more subdued way as Chautauqua County’s elected officials ring in 2021. Incumbent Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and District Attorney-elect Jason Schmidt will both be sworn in to serve their terms ...

St. Luke’s Making Use Of Space Amid Pandemic

The Rev. Luke Fodor knows that it will still be some time before the halls of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown will be filled with worshippers. But, while COVID-19 has prevented big services, the congregation’s pastor will not let it prohibit it from being of service. “We’ve ...

The People Make The Place

Editor’s Note: The Post-Journal is looking back at the top stories of 2020 and the way they will shape the coming year. Today, 20 for 2020 looks at the municipal stories that were among the most-read in the newspaper this year. Chautauqua County is home to 134,000 or so people, depending ...

Sentencing Brings Closure To 2008 Homicide Case

A Mayville man will spend more than a decade in prison for the November 2008 killing of his acquaintance — a case boosted by advances in DNA testing technology and putting to rest a years-long investigation. Rance “Randy” Freeman Jr. was sentenced Wednesday before Judge Susan M. ...

Hospitalizations Remain High, 3 COVID Deaths Reported

The number of Chautauqua County residents who have died due to complications associated with COVID-19 saw its highest single-day total during the pandemic. The health department on Wednesday reported that three people with the virus passed away — totaling 32 to date that includes three ...

Municipal Matters

Editor’s Note: The Post-Journal is looking back at the top stories of 2020 and the way they will shape the coming year. Today, 20 for 2020 looks at the municipal stories that were among the most-read in the newspaper this year. It only seems like COVID-19 was the only topic in the news ...