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Jamestown Police seek new leads in Juul homicide case

Editor’s note: the following is part of an ongoing series looking into cold cases within Chautauqua County. Anyone with information regarding the cases is asked to contact the police agency leading the investigation. JAMESTOWN — Written in red marker on a whiteboard in the office of Capt. ...

CASA plans virtual Come to the Table

Join CASA of Chautauqua County at its 13th Annual Come to the Table virtual auction to support abused and neglected children in the pursuit of safe and permanent homes. The fundraiser will be held online at www.betterunite.com/CASAofChautauquaCounty-13thannualcometothetable-virtualedition. ...

Cockaigne to host ribbon cutting ceremony today

CHERRY CREEK — Cockaigne officials will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 11 a.m. with elected officials to celebrate the reopening of the ski resort. Jason Spain, Cockaigne Resort general manager, said the ribbon cutting ceremony will be “low key” because of the COVID-19 ...

Key county, statewide coronavirus stats dip

Active COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and those in quarantine all dipped in numbers released Friday by the Chautauqua County Department of Health. Similar stats statewide also appear to be on the decline. There were currently 124 active cases in the county, a decline of 19; six people with ...

BBB Tip: Don’t share your COVID-19 vaccine card on social media

The Better Business Bureau is issuing a warning to area residents not to share a photo of vaccination cards on social media. The self-identifying information on it makes people vulnerable to identity theft and can help scammers create phony versions. The card has a vaccine recipient’s ...

Jackson Center accepting internship applications

JAMESTOWN — The Robert H. Jackson Center is seeking applicants for its 2021 summer internship program. The center is expanding its program and offering a stipend to include students interested in multiple disciplines, including research, web design, content creation for newsletters, blogs, ...

Legislators call for pause on Gowanda prison closing

Members of the New York State Senate and Assembly on Friday called for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to pause the closure of the Gowanda Correctional facility. State Sens. George Borrello and Patrick Gallivan, and Assemblyman Joseph ...

Middle-schoolers waiting to return at Fredonia

Although the rollout to return to school for most grade levels of Fredonia High School are locked in, there does remain some question marks about grades six to eight. At this week’s school board meeting, Fredonia Superintendent Dr. Bradley Zilliox reiterated the plan for the surrounding grade ...

Return to school ‘No. 2 goal’ in Gowanda

GOWANDA — There is still no timeline for a return to in-person learning at Gowanda Central School. Dr. Robert Anderson, superintendent, in a statement issued to the media stressed caution before brining students back to buildings. “Returning students to in-person instruction to the ...

Chautauqua County recognizes COVID-19 heroes

Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel and the COVID-19 Response Team recently announced the second and third week of COVID-19 Hero nominations. Nominations are recognized in a video posted weekdays on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page, and each nominee receives a personal note from ...

Chautauqua County still facing financial challenges

Even though it appears Chautauqua County has finished up 2020 in the black, there are still plenty of financial challenges in this upcoming year. During Wednesday’s legislature meeting, County Executive PJ Wendel shared that preliminary reports show the county finished 2020 with $4.5 ...

SUNY streamlines process to waive application fees

ALBANY — State University of New York applicants from low-income backgrounds can automatically have their college application fees waived, SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced Monday. Beginning March 1, students who financially qualify for free or reduced-price lunch programs, whose ...

Three detained after Westfield home found with cash, drugs

WESTFIELD — More than $13,000 in cash and a number of assorted drugs were located in a home Thursday morning by Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force officials leading to three men being in custody. Around 6:35 a.m., force members from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, its K-9 ...

Ripley moving to full in-person return at school

RIPLEY — After a few “small blips” regarding student attendance, the Ripley Central School District is moving ahead with full in-person learning, board of education members learned at their meeting this month. “We are just trying to bring everyone back,” said Ripley Superintendent ...

Vineyard Drive pump station gets a test

The village of Fredonia has been working on testing the Vineyard Drive pump station in the last month. Until recently, there were two issues with the Vineyard Drive pump station that have kept it from going online. One was a control panel that the village that has been installed, the other ...

Sheriff issues draft of police reform

MAYVILLE — Sheriff James B. Quattrone of Chautauqua County has announced that his office’s draft Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative Plan will be available on the web for public comment, and that he will be hosting streaming sessions on the plan over the next month. Comments should ...

Retirement leaves Sherman without Town Justice

SHERMAN — A dispute which began in September of 2019 in the town of Sherman has finally reached its conclusion, leaving Sherman with no town justices. On Feb. 8, Town Justice James L. Van Volkenburg submitted his letter of resignation to the New York State Unified Court System, along with ...

Pasture management classes being offered

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program will be offering virtual training opportunities on pasture management topics including weed identification and management, frost seeding, pasture design and rotational grazing. Classes will be held ...

Fredonia residents reminded to keep sidewalks clear

The village of Fredonia is reminding residents that it’s up to homeowners to keep their sidewalks clear during winter months. According to village code section 240 subsection three titled “duty to repair and maintain sidewalks” it states that “it shall be the duty of the owner of ...

County DMV fees lagging due to COVID

Not too surprisingly, Chautauqua County’s Department of Motor Vehicles did not make as much money as it hoped to in 2020. During the county Legislature’s Audit and Control Committee meeting, budget director Kathleen Dennison shared that the county clerk’s office, which oversees the DMV ...