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Travel bans, advisories in place due to winter storm

The New York State Thruway Authority continued a ban on all commercial vehicles on portions of the New York State Thruway system in the Western New York and the Finger Lakes Regions due to Lake Effect Snow Warnings. The ban is in effect until further notice. All commercial vehicles are banned ...

Eight charged in city after warrant leads to drugs, weapon

Eight individuals are facing charges after a search warrant was executed in Dunkirk around 6:20 a.m. Friday. The Dunkirk Police Department along with special response team, Dunkirk Police Narcotics Detectives, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Investigators, the Dunkirk Police K-9 ...

OBSERVER to offer free access to Friday e-edition

The OBSERVER is offering its e-edition free on Friday as the heavy snow forecast for the Buffalo area is making U.S. Postal Service delivery of Friday's edition via mail uncertain. To view the e-edition, visit observertoday.com and click on "Today's Paper" at the top of the website. Gov. ...

County OKs landfill fee increases

Chautauqua County is moving ahead with raising some of its landfill fees. During Wednesday night’s legislature meeting, county lawmakers voted 12-3 for a new fee structure which includes an increase in municipal solid waste at the transfer stations by $3 per ton. Voting against the ...

Vehicle flips in snowy conditions

OBSERVER Photo by Gregory Bacon This vehicle landed on its roof on Stockton-Hartfield Road in the town of Chautauqua a little before 9 a.m. Thursday. An ambulance from the Hartfield Fire Department was at the scene. Roads were very slick in Mayville at the time.

County meetings canceled due to weather

The Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency public information meeting that was set to take place Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Legislature Chambers has been canceled due to current weather conditions. Information about the rescheduled meeting will be released at a later date. The ...