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Stolen clothing, drugs found during stop

Bags of clothing found to have been stolen from a charity bin, along with drugs, were discovered during a traffic stop this week. The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office announced the arrests of Kimberly L. Ferguson, 36, of Kennedy, and Susan L. Garmon, 47, of Jamestown, following a stop at 1 ...

Early voting kicks off Saturday throughout county

Registered voters in Chautauqua County can now vote early at any of the three designated early voting sites: at the Chautauqua Mall in Lakewood; county Fairground in Dunkirk; or at the Board of Elections in Mayville. The early voting period runs now through Sunday, Nov. 1 — two days ...

FEMA funding to assist in seawall project

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday announced $579,453 in FEMA funding will be provided for the city of Dunkirk to begin construction on the Lakefront Boulevard Seawall, which was severely damaged in last year's Halloween storms. The senators said the ...

Reed says police probing ‘disturbing’ incident at his Corning home

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and his family were apparently targeted Friday by vandals. In a statement, to media, the District 23 representative from Corning released this statement: "Today, my family and I were threatened at our home in Corning. "The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a ...

County: 12 COVID cases tied to north county private event

At least 12 cases of COVID-19 reported this week by the Chautauqua County Department of Health have been linked to a private event in the north county. In an update Friday, the department said it is still investigating the cluster of cases, but did not provide specifics — other than to say ...

Borrello, Goodell propose split of state electoral votes

State Sen. George Borrello and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell have proposed legislation that would allow the state's Electoral College for president and vice president to be split along Congressional districts. The legislation would amend the state's Election Law. Current law gives all of ...

New York Lottery changing draw times

The New York Lottery has announced a new schedule for live drawings produced from its studios in Schenectady. Effective on Nov. 2, the New York Lottery games with new draw times include New York’s Daily NUMBERS, Win4, Take 5 and LOTTO. “We are always looking for ways to provide ...

County reports 12 new COVID cases; 128 active

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, with 128 current active cases across the county. The new cases include one person in the Jamestown zip code, five in Dunkirk, one in Fredonia, one in Silver Creek, one in Brocton, two in Clymer and one ...

State police investigating death of baby in Dunkirk

The death of an infant earlier this month is being investigated by New York State Police. On Oct. 10, a baby was transported to Brooks Memorial Hospital and pronounced dead. Two sources told the OBSERVER the incident led to New York State Police being at the facility once the child had been ...

Former Dunkirk administrator takes post at Randolph Academy

The Randolph Academy, which supports, empowers and educates children with various emotional and mental health disabilities from its campuses in Randolph and Hamburg, N.Y., has appointed Theresa L. Gray as its new director of curriculum and instruction. Gray joins Randolph Academy having most ...

County reports 8 new COVID cases; 155 active cases

The Chautauqua County Department of Health reported eight new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday in addition to 155 total active cases. The cases break down as follows: one in Jamestown, five in Dunkirk, one in Silver Creek and one in Irving. There are currently 12 active cases among employees ...

Reed, Mitrano debate issues of Congressional District 23

Candidates for the 23rd Congressional District of New York state debated today at The Post-Journal in Jamestown. The candidates dealt with three questions and closing statement. The three questions included: 1. Our country is overwhelmingly fractured and divided at this time. Talk about some ...

Fredonia talks water system costs, improvements

More improvements are being targeted for the Fredonia Water Treatment plant as well as portions of the system's infrastructure. A change order to include the two extra filter beds that the Chautaqua County Health Department required for the village of Fredonia during the recent boil-water ...

Hochul questions report Pa. could be added to travel list

MAYVILLE — New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul questioned the "veracity of a report" that Pennsylvania would be added to the state's travel advisory list during a visit to a Chautauqua County COVID-19 testing site on Tuesday. "I think it was just media speculation," Hochul said of the report. ...

New York won’t enforce New Jersey, Connecticut quarantines

ALBANY (AP) — A rise in COVID-19 cases in New Jersey and Connecticut has landed both states on New York's quarantine list, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York won't enforce the rules against those residents. The three states had announced the joint travel advisory this summer at a time when ...

Cuomo: quarantine for Pa. travelers ‘not practically viable’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday said Pennsylvania — along with Connecticut and New Jersey — meet the criteria for the state's travel advisory, though due to the "interconnected nature of the region and mode of transport between us, a quarantine on these states is not practically viable." The ...

County unemployment rate down to 6.2%

The unemployment rate in Chautauqua County has fallen in the last month, according to preliminary information released Tuesday by the New York State Department of Labor. For the month of September the rate fell to 6.2% — down from the 9.5% reported for August and the 12.4% reported in July ...

County reports 32 new COVID cases; 24 tied to adult care facilities

A second round of COVID-19 testing among residents at two adult care facilities in the south county netted 24 new positive tests, the Chautauqua County Department of Health announced. The testing at Tanglewood Manor and Memory Garden in West Ellicott took place Monday at the direction of the ...

Reports: PA could be added to travel advisory list

Reports that Pennsylvania could be added to New York's travel advisory list due to an increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases there is prompting concerns from area elected officials over what it could mean for both economies. "I am concerned that this will have a negative impact on our ...