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Former Dunkirk man facing federal weapons charges

A former Dunkirk man who has a history of troubles with the law is now facing federal charges as a Jamestown resident. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Walter S. Duprey a/k/a Spoons a/k/a Waldo, 36, was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of ...

Jackson Center ‘Tea’ focuses on Barrett, future of court

JAMESTOWN — Ruth Marcus has covered every United States Supreme Court confirmation battle for The Washington Post since 1987. Her first was perhaps the most memorable — a nominee of President Ronald Reagan, Robert Bork’s nomination was rejected by the U.S. Senate after he vocally ...

Handful of local races in Chautauqua County

While most voters heading to the polls are focusing on federal, state or even countywide races, there are a handful of local elections for select communities. There are two county legislator posts on the ballot — one in Dunkirk and one in Jamestown. Zachary B. Agett and Kenneth J. ...

Novel coronavirus cited in revenue loss in Hanover

HANOVER — Elmar Keifer, Hanover town accountant, presented the now-adopted budget for the year 2021 at the Hanover Town Board meeting recently. Before even beginning his presentation of the budget, Keifer explained that this year’s budget process was especially challenging, due to many ...

United Way fundraising campaign underway

The United Way has officially begun its 2020 fundraising campaign, hoping to raise $1.45 million for the county. The Northern and Southern United Way offices have teamed up for the first year ever to raise money for all that they do for local communities. According to Adam Dolce, Executive ...

Driver dies after collision with tractor-trailer

NORTH COLLINS — The driver of a pickup truck involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Gowanda State Road has died. Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported deputies and other first responders were dispatched to a crash on Route 62 between Milestrip and Wilcox roads at ...

Kitchen fire on Thursday in Dunkirk

OBSERVER Photo by Jo Ward A kitchen fire at 75 W Fifth St. in Dunkirk resulting from food on a stove was quickly extinguished by the Dunkirk Fire Department Thursday. There were no injuries.

Seven charged in Jamestown drug bust

BUFFALO — U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Friday that a federal grand jury returned a 34-count superseding indictment that charged seven defendants who had been operating in the Jamestown area for their roles in a narcotics conspiracy. The grand jury charged defendants Rocco ...

Reed Library limiting access to only staff, students

Due to COVID-19, the State University of New York at Fredonia has announced that Reed Library is suspending open hours designated for community residents starting Monday. “The State University of New York at Fredonia is working diligently to keep students, faculty, staff, and members of its ...

Roundabout work nears completion

Work at Routes 20 and 60 on the roundabout appears to be nearing completion. “After a temporary pause in the project to install additional drainage structures that mitigate potential flooding, work resumed in early fall and construction of the center island of the roundabout has begun,” ...

Making it count

On Wednesday, a 100-year-old woman took part in Early Voting in Chautauqua County. Voter Virginia Semo filled in her ballot at the Chautauqua Mall.

Mitrano making final pitch for voters

Tracy Mitrano wrapped up her weekly campaign calls on Thursday, highlighting that the 23rd Congressional District has a choice for new leadership in the state. Making clear her wants and aspirations for the district, Mitrano ended her weekly campaign calls with a summary on what her goals are ...

Drive by and say happy birthday

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the community is invited to drive by the Dunkirk Pier from 2:30-3:30 p.m. to wish a happy birthday to Caroline Wood who is turning 95 years old. She was a second-grade teacher at Fredonia Wheelock and Eagle Street schools from 1959 to 1981. The family hopes some of her former ...

Candidate offers another choice for District 23

Scott Noren acknowledges he is a long-shot running as a write-in candidate for Congressional District 23. That, however, has not slowed what he called his “solo effort” in the final week of the campaign. On Monday, Noren made a stop in southern Chautauqua County to tout his ideas and ...

County lags behind WNY in sales tax receipts

Internet sales are driving higher sales tax revenue in Chautauqua County, but the county’s sales tax receipts are lagging behind the rest of Western New York. A report released Wednesday by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli shows Chautauqua County’s third quarter sales tax receipts ...

Prevention Works to hold a virtual silent auction

Prevention Works Inc. will be holding a virtual silent auction starting Nov. 2 and running through Nov. 20. The silent auction form will open up to the public at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 2 and close out at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. To view the silent auction form visit forms.gle/wMtpj8fNL3H8j2zD6, visit ...

COVID-19 surge continues in region

Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties are seeing a surge in new COVID cases. Between Tuesday and Wednesday, the two counties reported 45 cases — 29 from Cattaraugus and 19 from Chautauqua. Jamestown’s ZIP code may currently hold the most COVID-19 cases in Chautauqua County with 294, but ...

Turbine part passes through Silver Creek

Submitted Photo This photo, provided by Jim Lisa, shows a turbine that was brought to Chautauqua County recently through the village of Silver Creek.

Area teacher’s screenplay earns Big Apple honors

Fredonia resident Catherine D’Agostino recently placed as a semifinalist in the Big Apple Film Festival and Screenplay competition for her new screenplay, “Say Something Funny.” According to the competition’s web site, its “goal is to celebrate the great city of New York through the ...