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The votes are in

Area schools held budget votes Tuesday, with several secondary propositions and open board of education seats also on the ballots. While several of the candidates were incumbents, voters were faced with a few challengers’ names in the booths, too. And now, after a long season of budget ...

Couple caught with drugs

BUFFALO — Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Tuesday Minerva Maestre, 49, and Hector Mercado-Torres, 23, both of Dunkirk, were arrested and charged by complaint with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine; and ...

Former mayor avoids jail time

BUFFALO — Former Dunkirk City Mayor Richard L. Frey will spend six months confined to his home for defrauding his political campaign and his supporters. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara handed down the sentence Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Buffalo. In addition to home ...

Brocton students wins Congressional Art competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Tom Reed announced the winner of the 2017 Congressional High School Art Competition, Jonna Marie Grigelevich. Grigelevich is a Junior at Brocton Middle High School, and crafted the watercolor piece “Buoyancy.” “Enhancing participation and continuing ...

Contractor makes deal city can’t refuse

For some projects, they just can’t wait any longer. For this reason and a good deal presented by a contractor, the city of Dunkirk Common Council decided to move forward on roof repair of several municipal buildings. Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas said he was approached by the owner of A. W. ...

Ex-mayor Frey avoids jail time, must make restitution

BUFFALO — Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey was spared jail time, but faces six months home detention after sentencing today in U.S. Federal Court. Additionally, Frey must pay restitution of $54,000. While noting the sentencing, the judge said Frey’s military service in Korea weighed ...

SCHOOL BUDGETS GET VOTER APPROVAL

In early results, all area school budgets in Chautauqua County have passed. Follow the OBSERVER Twitter feed for updates: https://twitter.com/TheObserverNY

Recent drug deaths under investigation

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the village of Fredonia Police Department, the city of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, is investigating several heroin-related overdoses that have happened in the northern Chautauqua County ...

Forestville firefighters request independence

HANOVER — The Forestville Fire Department has proven time again that its members can save lives, transport victims, rescue burning homes and more. Now, those everyday heroes are asking the Hanover Town Board to let them prove one more thing: That they can do their jobs more effectively under ...

Macker tournament registration extended to May 21

The Gus Macker 3 on 3 basketball team registration for the June 3 and 4 event in Jamestown has been extended. Teams can still register through 11:59 p.m., Sunday, May 21. Get your team and get ready to play. Visit www.macker.com to register online.

Interconnect would work both ways

One hand washes the other, or it could if two water systems are linked. The effects of a major water break in Brocton could have been less serious if a proposed interconnect was installed near Route 20 between Fredonia and the North Chautauqua County Water District. The regional water ...

School budget votes begin this afternoon; what are you voting on?

MAYVILLE — The 18 school districts of Chautauqua County and Randolph in Cattaraugus County will be provided voting machine services by the Chautauqua County Board of Elections for today’s school district elections. “This is our second year of providing voting machines and technical ...

State of emergency

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning, a “Boil Water Advisory” was issued to all Brocton residents after water service to the village of Brocton water supply, including all of Portland, excluding Van Buren Point, was shut off in order to repair a major leak at Central Avenue and ...

Jones: Interconnect was never rejected

The village of Fredonia has not refused a water interconnect with the Northern Chautauqua County Regional Water District, contrary to what some district officials say. During Monday’s village board workshop, Trustee Phyllis Jones addressed a rumor that has spread like proverbial wildfire: ...

UPDATE: Water service for Brocton users to resume this afternoon

BROCTON — A major water leak, which was discovered on Central Avenue in the village, has led to a boil-water advisory for all Brocton water customers, including those in the towns of Portland and parts of Pomfret. Crews from the village, town and county were at the site of the leak today at ...

Drug deaths under investigation

The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the Village of Fredonia Police Department, the City of Dunkirk Police Department and the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office are investigating several heroin related over doses that have happened in the northern Chautauqua County ...

Landis demands apology after Essek’s ‘irrelevant’ letter

The public feud between Fredonia Mayor Athanasia Landis and Trustee Douglas Essek took a new turn, with Landis taking offense to what she believes is Essek accusing her of trying to carry out a criminal activity. Landis responded to Essek’s op-ed piece “Why the quick decision?” in the ...

Excited for Excelsior?

Less than a month after the news of the Excelsior scholarship broke, The State University of New York at Fredonia’s College Council met to discuss the potential implications it could have for the college. “The Excelsior awards were put in late in the state budget process, including late ...

Rider recognition

Few things match the thrill and alluring sense of freedom that come from motorcycles. But such freedom comes with responsibility, both for riders and the motorists around them. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people died nationwide in motorcycle crashes ...

Southern Tier Brewing a finalist in state beer challenge

Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood is one of five finalists named in the Taste NY Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge. The finalists are invited to attend the final blind tasting event in New York City on May 17, which will be hosted and judged by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a panel of expert ...