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County DA Candidates Discuss Impacts Of Coronavirus

The two candidates running for district attorney both agree that the coronavirus has impacted the court system. During a private debate with the OBSERVER and The Post-Journal, District Attorney Patrick Swanson and challenger Jason Schmidt were asked “How has COVID-19 impacted the criminal ...

‘Have To Be Diligent’

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County officials announced Monday that they are monitoring a COVID-19 outbreak at a Jamestown adult care facility. During an afternoon press conference, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel announced that 47 of the county’s 53 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 are ...

Disabilities Doesn’t Stop Paul Moore Reaching Eagle Rank

It took about 13 years, but over the weekend Paul Moore of Troop 219 was officially awarded his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Moore, who is 23 years old, is a Cassadaga resident. He has had plenty of challenges along the way. “He has seizure disorder and learning ...

DA Candidates Debate Staffing Size Issues

The two candidates running for district attorney for Chautauqua County have differing views on the staffing size level and if there are better ways for the office to be more effective. During a private debate with the OBSERVER and The Post-Journal, District Attorney Patrick Swanson and ...

Lending A Hand

It took about an hour for church officials and a horde of volunteers to distribute more than a thousand boxes of food from Healing World Ministries in Jamestown. The same went for a distribution from The Outpour Project in Dunkirk. For the second Saturday this month, fresh meat, produce ...

DA Candidates Discuss Criminal Justice Reform Measures

Editor’s note: This is the second in a four part series of the candidates running for Chautauqua County District Attorney. The two candidates running for district attorney for Chautauqua County have differing views on if the individual elected should be advocating for changes on a statewide ...

GOP Introduces COVID-19 Liability Shield For Schools

Republicans want to hold school districts harmless from lawsuits as long as they are following the state’s guidance for in-person instruction. Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, R-Caledonia, has introduced A.11025 in the Assembly. It states that schools holding in-person classes that are ...

Governors In Spiking States Strain For Silver Linings

Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have hit their highest points recently throughout the Midwest, where the growth in new cases has been the worst in the nation. But that’s not the message coming from a number of Republican governors in the region, who are working to find silver linings in ...

Falconer Business Owner Reflects On Past 50 Years

FALCONER - Not many can say they have worked in the same location for five decades. Even fewer can say they have enjoyed every second of it. On Monday, Brian Nelson will be celebrating 50 years of work on West Main Street in the village of Falconer. In a story Nelson has proudly stated ...

Proposed Dollar General Site Opposed By Some

KENNEDY — For more than three years a group of Kennedy residents, including the longtime owner of the hamlet’s lone grocery store, have fought the construction of a Dollar General on a parcel of land on routes 62 and 394. Tim Mead, owner of Kennedy SuperMarket, said his motivation behind a ...

DA Candidates Discuss Recent Felony Conviction Rate

When it comes to successful prosecutions of felony cases by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office, the incumbent says he is doing a better job than most in his position around the state, while his challenger believes he is falling too short, especially compared to his predecessor. ...

11 New COVID Cases; School Numbers On The Rise

Five new cases in Jamestown, four in Dunkirk and one each in Fredonia and Lakewood were announced on Friday by the Chautauqua County Health Department. There are 71 active cases that also continue to recover under orders of the local health official. According to the state School COVID-19 ...

Looming Fight For Broadband Internet Access

A political fight is shaping up over, of all things, internet access in homeless shelters statewide. Earlier this week, state Sen. Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, D-Bronx, recently introduced S.9030 to amend the state Social Services Law to require any homeless shelter overseen by the state Office ...

City Mission Not Slowed During Pandemic

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed efforts to provide support for men seeking shelter and assistance at the UCAN City Mission in Jamestown. Jeff Rotunda, UCAN executive director, this week said the number of beds currently being used is less than that seen in the past two years ...

Sheriff’s Office To Head Police Reforms In County

MAYVILLE – Sheriff James Quattrone is taking the lead in helping all municipal police agencies meet a new state requirement to help address tensions between police and the general public, especially in the areas of racism and prejudice in local communities. On June 12, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ...

Man Charged After Firing Shots During Domestic Incident

No injuries were reported after police say a Jamestown-area man fired several rounds from a gun during a domestic incident. Officers were called at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday to Proudfit Street for a reported disturbance in the area. In a news release, the Jamestown Police Department said it ...

City Mayor Proposes 2021 Budget Tax Levy, Rate Decrease

Despite unprecedented fiscal challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic, first-year Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist is proposing a tax rate and levy decrease in the 2021 executive city budget. On Thursday, Sundquist released the proposed budget, which includes a 17 cent reduction in the tax ...

Injured Owl Found In Westfield Heals, Is Released

WESTFIELD — An injured owl was rehabilitated and released thanks to a Westfield family and an environmental center. Recently, Jen Morse's son Eli and two of their neighbor's kids, Ian and Levi, were out playing in the woods at their homes in Westfield. While making forts and playing in the ...

Whitaker Talks Fiscal Situation, Return Of Activities

President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that any negotiation of a coronavirus relief package would be postponed until after the 2020 presidential election on Nov. 3 came as no surprise to Jamestown Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Whitaker. “I anticipated that this probably ...

SUNY Reopening Reportedly Still ‘Going Well’

Active and total cases remain low at the State University of New York at Fredonia compared to other campuses. Fall Reopening Steering Committee Chair Tracy Collingwood gave the update during the College Council meeting, explaining the current cases, how the college has fared so far through the ...