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Two primaries highlight legislature elections

MAYVILLE — There will be two primaries and 12 unopposed races in this year’s election for the 19 seats in the Chautauqua County Legislature. April 4 was the deadline to file political party election petitions at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections for offices that will be on the ...

WWII restoration piques interest

SILVER CREEK — Discussion about restoring an old WWII sign that was on display at the VFW back in the 1940s, drew a good deal of attention from many in attendance at the latest Silver Creek Village board meeting. Hanover Deputy Supervisor Louis Pelletter mentioned the sign, alongside ...

City’s improvement project breaks ground

On April 11, 2018, the city of Dunkirk celebrated the groundbreaking of the Wright Park improvements project. Exactly one year later, city officials celebrated the beginning of another significant city project: the pier improvement project. City of Dunkirk Director of Planning and Development ...

County jail fatality reported

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 28-year-old male inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail, according to a Thursday news release from the office. At this time, there is no suspicion of foul play. The New York State Commission of Corrections has been notified and the ...

Starflight transitioning to STAT MedEvac

Starflight Inc. is transitioning to STAT MedEvac, the largest single operated and dispatched air-medical transport system in the United States. UPMC Chautauqua, W.C.A. Services and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office announced the change about the Chautauqua region’s medical helicopter ...

DA, defender both satisified with rape case outcome

MAYVILLE — A Stockton man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to second-degree rape has been sentenced to six months time served in jail in addition to 10 years of probation. Leland Bresee was sentenced March 25 in front of Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley in Mayville. The ...

Dunkirk school taxes not expected to increase

The basic budget for the 2019-2020 school year for the Dunkirk School District will be $47,847,549, up $2,119,164 from last year. However, there will be no tax increase. At the Dunkirk Board of Education Meeting Thursday, Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak, gave a presentation of the final ...

38th Annual Media Day inspires students

“Be versatile; be passionate,” keynote speaker Sal Capaccio advised aspiring journalism students from five different area high schools who participated in the Western New York Student Press Association’s 38th Annual Media Day on Wednesday. Capaccio, beat and sideline reporter for the ...

Silver Creek moves forward with capital project, budget

SILVER CREEK — Now that spring has arrived, Silver Creek Central School Superintendent Todd Crandall is hoping to take advantage of the better weather to complete critical parts of the capital project before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. At a recent board of education meeting, he ...

State rules forcing Steger resignation, reappointment

Pomfret Town Supervisor Don Steger is resigning ... kind of. Steger announced at the end of Wednesday’s Pomfret Town Board meeting that he is quitting his Pomfret duties before the next meeting in May. He hopes to then be reappointed to both his board seat and his position as supervisor at ...

City crews work on major water main break

A high-pressure water line break on the 100-block of Central Avenue had city workers on the go Wednesday morning. The 80-year-old cast iron pipe that cracked around 4:30 a.m. was fully fixed and back in service at 11 a.m. When the break occurred, city crews quickly closed it off from both ...

Suspect sought after second gunfire incident reported

The Dunkirk Police is investigating a shooting that occurred early Tuesday morning at approximately 1:55 a.m. A Dunkirk man was shot while in the area of S. Beaver and E. Second streets and was transported to the hospital for gunshot wounds to his leg. Anyone with information regarding the ...

County working to curtail tobacco use

With 25.8% of adults in Chautauqua County being smokers, the Chautauqua County Department of Health has partnered with several organizations to curtail the use of tobacco. Chautauqua County has the eighth highest number of adult smokers out of 62 counties in the state, so what can county ...

Tax rate, aid changes top Cassadaga budget report

CASSADAGA — The 2019-2020 village budget was approved, following the board’s public hearing on the impact April 3. Change to the general fund is minimal, though state aid changes sparked a number of discussions, and the overall tax rate has increased in the village. The tax rate will ...

Fredonia schools OK budget with zero tax hike

After starting Tuesday’s meeting with a tax hike, the Fredonia Central School District Board of Education wound up approving a 2019-20 budget proposal with no increase in the levy. Business Administrator John Forbes presented a budget with a 1.5% increase in taxes, but board members made it ...

City police seek suspect in March shooting

A 39-year-old man is wanted in connection with a shooting in March in the city of Dunkirk. Police this morning said they are seeking information regarding Jeremiah D. Toliver. He is wanted on a felony arrest warrant for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the March ...

THRILLER: Lady Billies win on walk off

OBSERVER Photo by Braden Carmen. Kazlin Beers, far left, hugs Sydney Bigelow after her game-winning hit scored Laural Erick, far right, during Monday’s CCAA Division 1 West high school softball game. Fredonia won, 4-3, in eight innings. For complete game coverage, see Sports.

Drayo has plenty to say on Fredonia spending plan

A familiar face at Fredonia Village Hall, former Village Attorney Sam Drayo, dominated the Board of Trustees’ public hearing on the proposed 2019-20 budget Monday with a series of questions and comments regarding the plan. One of only two audience members to speak, Drayo started by stating ...

12-inch water lines approved by Dunkirk Town Board

A special meeting of the Dunkirk Town Board was held March 28 to discuss the changes made to waterline sizes for the Roberts Road leg of the North Chautauqua County Water District (NCCWD). “You did this once before, actually on Dec. 20, 2016,” Town Attorney Jeff Passafaro said. “You ...

Sheriff’s office updates Gowanda School Board on SRO program

GOWANDA — Police officer, teacher and counselor: these are the three primary roles of a school resource officer on any given day — often during the same day — at Gowanda Central School. At a recent board of education meeting, Lieutenant Brandon Walters of the Cattaraugus County ...