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US Adds Solid 224,000 Jobs, Fed Rate Cut Less Certain

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers sharply stepped up their hiring in June, adding a robust 224,000 jobs, an indication of the economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion. The strength of the jobs report the government issued Friday could complicate a decision for the Federal ...

American Spirit

MAYVILLE — There are various ways to show American spirit. On the Fourth of July, simply showing up, typically dressed in red, white and blue, is the most common method. Two hundred years after 13 colonies declared independence, the efforts of the U.S. founding fathers are still ...

Firms To Disclose Data On Employees

By John Whittaker jwhittaker@post-journal.com Companies bidding on state contracts will have to disclose data on employee compensation by gender, race, ethnicity, and other relevant data starting Jan. 1. The legislation, A. 7169, had been proposed in the previous two legislative sessions ...

League of Women Voters Fights For Equal Rights

By Mary Heyl mheyl@observertoday.com DUNKIRK — The approval of just one more state is all that is needed to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of divorce, property, employment and more, thereby providing citizens with the highest and broadest protection against sex ...

Military Parade Concerts, Mark Independence Day Events

NEW YORK (AP) — The national holiday to mark America’s birth as a country has been filled with parades, concerts, competitive eating and, of course, fireworks. Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, New York and other places around the country are holding massive celebrations with big name ...

Hazmat Responds

MAYVILLE — Four people, including three children, were airlifted to the hospital after suffering burns in a boating accident Wednesday. The incident near the Chautauqua Marina on West Lake Road in Mayville occurred around 5:20 p.m. Chautauqua County Sheriff Jim Quattrone said it ...

Guitars, Computers Stolen From 10,000 Maniacs Recovered

The theft of several items belonging to 10,000 Maniacs left the alternative rock band in a tight spot shortly before a show in Louisiana. Among the items taken from the band were three guitars, six iPads, two hard drives and a computer. The burglary of the downtown space used by the band ...

City Man Facing Slew Of Criminal Charges

LAKEWOOD — A Jamestown man who escaped police custody by breaking a holding cell bench has been found two days later, the Lakewood-Busti Police Department said Wednesday. Dale R. Linkous Jr., 21, is facing a host of charges after he was initially stopped Sunday in the parking lot of 277 ...

Bill Allows Welfare Recipients To Save For College

Legislation that passed both the state Senate and Assembly would allow those on public assistance to remain on public assistance while having money set aside in a 529 college savings account. According to the legislative justification filed along with the legislation, S.1089/A.5016, New ...

Phase One Done

The federally funded health care center known as The Chautauqua Center has opened its new location in Jamestown. On June 17, center officials started seeing behavioral health, substance abuse, primary care and women’s health patients at their new location at 107 Institute St. Michael ...

New Principal Appointed To Jefferson Middle School

Leslie Melquist will be the new face of Jefferson Middle School. “I’m looking forward to being a part of their school community,” Melquist said. Melquist was appointed as the new Jefferson principal by the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education at Tuesday’s regular ...

Former Clymer Teacher Pleads Guilty To Child Porn Charge

BUFFALO — A former agriculture teacher at Clymer Central School pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. Scott Aikens, 60, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford in Buffalo. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney ...

Archdiocese Sues Insurers Over Future Abuse Claims

NEW YORK (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York has sued more than two dozen insurance companies, seeking to compel them to cover claims filed by people who say they were abused by clerics. Church officials anticipate that numerous alleged abuse victims will sue under New ...

Back To Brooklyn

It might have a new name, but a similar family-style restaurant will be reopening in Brooklyn Square. On Monday, Vince DeJoy III announced he will be partnering with Marcy Parenti, former Friendly’s general manager, to reopen the former restaurant as Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, located ...

Kasich: Power Of Democracy Comes From The People

CHAUTAUQUA — Perceptions of political affiliations are often skewed from left to right, but for John Kasich, former Ohio governor, his view is out of focus when it comes to the Republican Party. “I don’t even recognize it now,” said Kasich, a Republican, about the Grand Old Party. ...

Grand Jury Indicts Woman In Fatal Stabbing

DUNKIRK — Ashlyann M. Lopez-Lopez, 26, of Dunkirk pleaded innocent on Monday in Chautauqua County Court on a charge of second-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of Jefrena Brown. The incident took place on May 15 in the 100-block of Lincoln Avenue in Dunkirk and was a shock to the ...

Delay In 2020 Census Could Gum Up Planning

President Donald Trump said he has asked about delaying the 2020 census over a citizenship question, but experts say any delay could gum up the U.S. Census Bureau’s finely calibrated timetable for the 10-year count. Monday was the deadline to start printing the 600 million documents that ...

Number Of Tax Foreclosed Properties Increases

The number of tax foreclosed properties in Chautauqua County increased by 69, but according to the Real Property Tax Services director, it was an anomaly. Jim Caflisch, county Real Property Tax Services director, said two property owners accounted for about 75 properties that were ...

Planning Board Finalizes Priority List Of Capital Projects

The two-month process to finalize a list of future capital projects by priority has been completed by the Chautauqua County Planning Board. Don McCord, county Planning and Community Development Division director, said the board first met during an all-day meeting May 7 to hear about each ...

Legislation To Provide Support Services

Despite concerns, Assemblyman Andy Goodell voted in favor of legislation that will provide support and services for unaccompanied minors with no lawful immigration status. Goodell voted against the legislation during a Social Services Committee meeting on May 30. Assemblyman Joe Giglio, ...