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UNDER CONTROL: Firefighters tackle blaze

Several fire companies tackled what appeared to be an electrical fire at a Route 83 residence in the town of Villenova on Wednesday. An electrical cord on the side of the building flared up. Smoke was also seen coming from the front of the residence. The fire was reported at around 3:15 p.m.

Tops Markets LLC announced that it would voluntarily file for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order to implement its plan for financial restructuring.

Tops to remain open as bankruptcy looms

Tops Markets LLC announced that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from its balance sheet. The company made the announcement Wednesday, several days after reports came about that the company would be filing for bankruptcy and ...

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Rich Nassar, vice president of operations for Athenex, says the project is still on track for a mid-2020 completion date during Wednesday’s Dunkirk Town Planning Board meeting at Jamestown Community College’s North County Campus.

The last hurdle

Site plans for Athenex are heading to the Dunkirk Town Board — the last hurdle before work begins. The town’s planning board recommended approval of the biopharmaceutical company’s site plan to the town with a few conditions during a Wednesday meeting. Securing entrance and utility ...

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Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello speaks Wednesday during a meeting of the Community Justice Council.

Borrello proposes taskforce to combat opioid ‘epidemic’

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello announced a new program to combat opioid use in the region at a Community Justice Council meeting Wednesday. The anti—drug program, the Countywide Alliance for Enforcement and Rehabilitation (CAER), is a taskforce the county ...

Fredonia native killed in crash to be recognized in film

A Fredonia native who died in a car crash will be recognized in the credits of a new major film set to be released next month. “The Last Movie Star,” directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase and Ariel Winter, will pay respect to Hannah Eimers, 17, who died in ...

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A three-vehicle accident on the I-90 eastbound Tuesday night led to one fatality and four injuries.

Crash claims one life

PORTLAND — A crash on Interstate 90 in the town of Portland left one dead and four injured Tuesday evening, according to a fire official. The incident involving two vehicles and one oil tanker occurred on I-90 eastbound near the Matthews Road overpass. The semi and one vehicle were located ...


BIRD WATCHING: An eye for eagles

Dunkirk photographer Brian Hobbs sent this photo of a bald eagle soaring over Lake Erie recently. He said the eagle is one of two that have made Dunkirk home. On the day he took the photo behind Bart’s Cove, he said he could see 10 bald eagles on a thawing lake.

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Local union members attended Tuesday’s Common Council meeting to show their support for the responsible bidder law.

Dunkirk passes responsible bidder law

A crowd gathered at the Dunkirk Common Council meeting Tuesday to show their support for a new bidding measure. At the last meeting, Council tabled Resolution 25 for a public hearing. No one spoke at the hearing Tuesday, but during the public comment period, Dave Wilkinson, IBEW business ...

U.S. Rep Tom Reed

Reed reaffirms support for gun rights, Second Amendment

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed said he is in full support of Second Amendment rights and does not believe a ban on the AR-15 rifle is the answer. In a call with reporters Tuesday morning, Reed said Congress should do what is necessary to keep mass shootings, such as the recent shooting in a Parkland, ...

Fredonia students looking to the future through internship opportunities

Students are gaining real-world experience in careers that they are interested in for their future. In the first semester of this school year, there were 13 students involved in the internship program and currently in the second semester, 18 students have been placed in ...

Pictured is the Dunkirk Water Pollution Control Facility.

Repairs to waste water plant need $4 million more

The Dunkirk City Common Council is set to vote on a resolution today amending a capital improvements project to allow for a $4 million increase towards emergency repairs and upgrades to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. The increase would bring the 2017 Amending Bond Resolution estimated total ...

City looking to bring meters, fines into 21st century

Parking meters and fines are a decades-old problem that the Dunkirk Common Council is trying to fix. Last month a resolution to have inoperable parking meters bagged was tabled following discussion about a temporary solution to have the seven identified broken meters replaced with working ...

Former owner of The White Inn, Robert Contiguglia, has expressed interest in repurchasing the property.

Foreclosure pending in court against establishment owner

There’s more issues with the White Inn than originally thought as a commercial mortgage foreclosure action is pending in state Supreme Court on the popular establishment in the village of Fredonia. The action against White Inn Real Estate Holdings, LLC and owner Jeffrey Gambino commenced ...

State University of New York at Fredonia President Virignia Horvath says the school isn’t as prepared as she’d like it to be when it comes to crisis response among students and staff. During a College Council meeting, Horvath said that the school will be working on structure and communication issues to address the issue.

Horvath seeking to improve crisis response

To improve response to crises, SUNY Fredonia President Virginia Horvath wants to better engage people in terms of emergency preparedness. “I would say we’re not as prepared as I would like us to be,” Horvath told College Council members during a Wednesday meeting at the Fredonia ...

Investigation leads to arrest of Fredonia woman

A Fredonia woman was arrested on drug charges Sunday following an investigation. Charlotta M. Thomas, 29, was arrested for allegedly selling quantities of crack cocaine to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. Thomas was charged with one count each of third-degree criminal ...

Domestic dispute with handgun lands Jamestown firefighter in jail

A Jamestown firefighter is being held in county jail following an alleged domestic incident involving a handgun. Jamestown Police report that they were summoned to a residence at 23 Alfred St. around 8 p.m. Saturday for a report of a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, police located the victim ...

Reproductive clinic in the works at Dunkirk

Between a high teen pregnancy rate and growing STD cases, Chautauqua County Health officials and the Dunkirk City School District are looking to bring a reproductive health clinic to the high school to support students’ health. Mike Green, Dunkirk school teacher, Kelly Mancuso, high school ...

Fire Chief Mike Edwards (left) explains the features of NY-Alert to the public safety committee recently.

Alerts could be done with free, existing program

A recent discussion at Fredonia Village Board’s meeting has inspired more discussion of emergency alert systems at the city of Dunkirk’s Public Safety Committee. Last month the committee received a presentation on CodeRED, a paid emergency alert system. Fredonia discussed the features ...

Thatcher Brook.

Gowanda to receive $1.2 million; Will soon rectify flooding

GOWANDA – Flooding will soon be in Gowanda’s past, village Mayor David Smith said. With the assistance of New York State Senators Catharine Young and Patrick Gallivan, Gowanda has secured funding in its portion of the $6.7 million flood mitigation plan. The plan looks to diverge ...