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Dunkirk Board of Education hears preliminary budget numbers

Preliminary discussions took place on Thursday night to begin addressing the 2019-2020 Dunkirk City School District’s $45 million budget. The presentation, given by Business Manager Cindy Mackowiak, highlighted areas of concern for the district, most notably, the lost revenue from the NRG ...

Mayville man indicted in 2008 homicide cold case

Little more than 10 years ago, Jeffrey Johnson of Westfield was found dead inside his residence, which was labeled by investigators as “suspicious” when his body was found Nov. 8, 2008. Now, the Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace ...

DA upset over rejection to hire outside county

MAYVILLE — The Chautauqua County Legislature voted down a resolution with a 12-5 vote that would have permitted the District Attorney to hire assistant district attorneys from outside the county. The five Democrats on the legislature voted in favor of the change, while the 12 Republicans ...

Efficiency efforts boost municipal rankings

Not all tax problems begin in the New York state capital of Albany. Most begin right in your back yard. When communities refuse to work together, that costs property owners more money. Consider, for instance, police coverage in the village of Fredonia. Counting the municipality’s own ...

18th Toys for Tots drive underway

Coming off of a record year in terms of the number of children supported through the toy drive, organizers of the local Marine Corps. Toys for Tots campaign are counting on the community’s generosity to make this year’s effort a success. For the 18th straight year, The Resource Center is ...

Snowstorm buries portions of county

Although the first day of winter isn’t until Dec. 21, “Winter is in Chautauqua County,” according to Brad Bentley, director of Public Facilities for Chautauqua County. Beginning Tuesday afternoon, schools, libraries, businesses and other entities began reporting closings for Wednesday due ...

Largest districts in area stay open

Despite the winter weather advisory issued for Chautauqua County, as well as Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello’s advisory of no unnecessary travel and his inclement weather policy for non-essential county employees, Dunkirk and Fredonia school districts stayed open. The districts ...

Painting that hung at SUNY Fredonia sells for $2.3 million

A painting that had hung in Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia for over 30 years will help preserve an important literary archive. The painting by Niko Pirosmani, “Georgian Woman Wearing a Lechaki,” sold Tuesday at Sotheby’s in London for an estimated $2.3 ...

County lifts travel advisory as storm weakens

Traveler’s advisories were lifted for both Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties this afternoon as the snowstorm that hit our region began weakening. Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, in an e-mail, earlier today advised "no unnecessary travel throughout the county due to weather ...

Snow has arrived

The winter storm warning for Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Southern Erie counties in effect until today at 6 p.m. doesn’t show any signs of letting up. National Weather Service Meteorologist Kirk Apffel described the storm as “a lake-enhanced prolonged snow event,” which has the ...

Fredonia mascot name draws criticism

A second-grader asked the Fredonia Board of Education Tuesday night to get rid of the Hillbilly mascot. Casey Doolittle became the latest in a long line of people, since at least the 1980s, to raise objections about the mascot when she read a short letter during a public comment portion of the ...

Grants the focus of Economic Development Committee

Grant round-up was the focus in City Hall last week as the Economic Development Committee collected to discuss the 2018 year as whole. Grants that were heavily featured included the Tree Inventory Grant of $49,500, which will help to make a plan in managing tree inventory within the city, the ...

Legislature to vote on allowing ADAs to live outside county

What is most important quality when hiring an attorney for the District Attorney's Office - their qualifications or where they live? Today, the Chautauqua County Legislature will most likely debate this question because of a proposed resolution that would allow up to four assistant district ...

Route 60 reopened; accumulations vary in storm

If you’re in Cassadaga, there’s snow aplenty. If you are in Dunkirk, however, there is just a dusting through this afternoon. That was to be expected by forecasters when the National Weather Service posted a winter storm warning on Monday. Some areas, they noted, would get minor ...

NCCF grant to benefit Cassadaga Academy at Maple Avenue

CASSADAGA — The Academy at Maple Avenue and surrounding areas throughout Cassadaga will be in full bloom thanks to a $14,000 grant secured by the Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Educational Foundation. The fall community grant, one of 17 awarded by the Northern Chautauqua Community ...

Dunkirk discusses progress of water district

The talk of water came up again — this time at the city’s November Finance Committee meeting. “As of today we’re averaging, to the district (North Chautauqua County Water District), 534,000 gallons of water a day,” City Treasurer Mark Woods said. “Of that, approximately 30,000 ...

Fredonia not ready to hire village consultant

The Fredonia Village Board tabled a motion to hire Nate Aldrich for economic development services Monday night, after Trustees Douglas Essek and Roger Britz expressed concern that they had not had enough time to look over his contract. “I have questions on the contract that I was just given ...

Problems on the track

On Monday afternoon, a train car derailed on the CSX tracks near the crossing at Allegany Road in Sunset Bay. The car's wheel reportedly tore up three large ties, effectively tossing them down the track. The crossing is closed until further notice. Hanover officials hope repairs start today.

College seeks to improve inclusivity, fight ‘microaggressions’

At a recent college council meeting, Dr. Bill Boerner, chief diversity officer, and Ms. Khristian King, executive director of intercultural programs & services, provided the council with a diversity update. Although diversity on campus has increased during recent years, the pair expressed ...

Christmas in Gowanda event starts Friday

GOWANDA — Christmas in Gowanda, the village’s “Old Fashioned Christmas” event will be taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. The Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce has been working for several months planning this beloved local event and many, including Chamber President Nick Crassi, are looking ...