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Hanover man charged in December rape

HANOVER — A 21-year-old town man has been charged in a December 2018 rape. In December 2018, the Chautauqua County sheriff's office received the report of an incident that had occurred in the town. After an investigation, Dakota Fisher of King Road was charged with second-degree rape and two ...

Increase for farmworkers tax credits proposed by rural Democrat in state Senate

A rural Democrat in the state Senate is proposing an increase to a farmworkers’ tax credit. Sen. Jen Metzger, D-Rosendale, recently proposed legislation to increase the Farm Workforce Retention Credit from $600 to $1,200 per farm employee. Metzger, who was among the 40 senators to vote for ...

Women in Healthcare Leadership Seminar today

CHAUTAUQUA — Following the success of the Women’s Summit event in April, The Coalition of Chautauqua County Women and Girls is hosting a seminar focused on women in healthcare leadership. The seminar will be held today, Oct. 23 from 4-6 p.m. at Chautauqua Institution’s Athenaeum Hotel. ...

Author giving free presentation on vulnerable children

CELORON — On Nov. 4, Chautauqua County will welcome the return of Dr. Ira Chasnoff for a no-cost, community-based learning and planning experience from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, 10 Dunham Ave. in Celoron. Chasnoff, an award-winning author, researcher and lecturer, ...

Professor to explore ‘Global Connections’ in lecture at Canisius

SUNY Distinguished Professor Alberto Rey of the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia will present a talk, “Global Connections: Investigating the Relationships between Art, Science and Society,” at Canisius College as part of the lecture ...

Fredonia OKs firefighter hire

The Fredonia Board of Trustees had a short special meeting to accept the resignation of a firefighter and to hire his replacement. Alex Hallberg is resigning effective Oct. 26. Tyler Bayles of Fredonia was appointed a provisional full-time firefighter/medic, effective Oct. 28, at a rate of ...

No injures after truck, car collide

Photo courtesy Fredonia Fire Department Facebook page Tuesday around 6:30 a.m. Fredonia firefighters responded to Webster and Porter roads in the town of Pomfret for a reported two car motor vehicle accident. According to the Fredonia Fire Department’s Facebook page, there were no serious ...

Reservations needed for Pastor Waller’s anniversary celebration

Pastor Dr. Early G. Waller’s 30th Pastoral Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Clarion Hotel, 30 E. Lakeshore Drive, Dunkirk from 5 to 9 p.m. For ticket reservations, contact Marie Whitfield at 679-7768 or Virginia Harper at 400-9505 by Thursday. Come one, come ...

Big Powerball winner announced in Derby

DERBY — David Yax of North Evans has been announced as the sole winner of the $80 million jackpot from the September 4 Powerball drawing. Yax matched all six numbers drawn, making him the winner of Erie County’s largest jackpot. “You’ve got to be kidding me!” Yax said. “I checked ...

Business leaders call for no tax hike

Special to the OBSERVER Members of the Chautauqua County business community, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Manufacturers’ Association of the Southern Tier, are calling on the Legislature to hold the line on taxes. In a statement released to the OBSERVER, Todd Tranum, chief ...

Prescription Drug Drop Off Day set in Dunkirk

The city of Dunkirk Police Department and WCA ALSTAR Ambulance, in cooperation with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, are coordinating a North County location for National Prescription Drug Drop Off Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. WCA ALSTAR Services has again provided their ...

P-Tech takes center stage on ‘City Speaks’

Take a tour of ECCB P-Tech with Mr. Bill Smock and the P-Tech Team. “City Speaks” will be on site this week at P-Tech— come along and see some of the exciting happenings and learning opportunities that our P-Tech students are experiencing. “City Speaks” can be viewed in Dunkirk ...

Ripley woman charged after rollover accident

RIPLEY — A town woman is facing charges after a rollover accident this morning. At 5:10 a.m., sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to North East Sherman Road. Further investigation found that the driver, Karri L. Treacle, 36, was operating her vehicle in an intoxicated state. Treacle was ...

Two found with meth facing federal charges

JAMESTOWN — Two city residents are facing federal charges after more than 2 ounces of crystal methamphetamine and cash were found inside a home early Wednesday. Police took 35-year-old Richard E. Kinsey Jr. and 23-year-old Brandi Whitford into custody on charges of criminal possession of ...

IDA approves loan for city craft brewery

JAMESTOWN — Mark Geise, deputy county executive for Economic Development/Chief Executive Officer of the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency, announced today the IDA Board of Directors has approved an AL Tech RLF loan in the amount of $100,000 to assist Megalomania LLC with real ...

John Hemmer seeks re-election to county legislature

John Hemmer is seeking reelection for a fifth term to the Chautauqua County Legislature representing District 19 (Town of Ripley, Village of Westfield and Town of Westfield). His candidacy is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties. His primary goals are: To work ...

The Audubon Escape Room comes to Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — The nature educators at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) are always looking for creative and fun ways to expose children to the natural world. Their latest example is the Audubon Escape Room. If you are familiar with this current international craze, you know that escape ...

City of Dunkirk Fire Department releases September numbers

The Dunkirk Fire Department responded to 213 calls in September. Five calls were related to fires, 171 were for rescue and emergency medical services, six were hazardous condition calls, 15 were service calls, six were good intent calls, nine were false alarms and one was a special incident ...

Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Headquarters opens

Submitted Photo The Fredonia-Pomfret Democratic Association’s campaign headquarters are open for this year’s elections. Earlier this month, the endorsed candidates and community members celebrated the official opening of the headquarters. Located at 37 W. Main St. in Fredonia, lawn signs, ...

Kevin O’Connell seeks re-election for legislature

Current County Legislator Kevin O’Connell is seeking community support in his campaign for reelection as District 6 legislator representing the Town of Hanover. O’Connell has a degree in Political Science from Gannon University and is a retired special education teacher. A former small ...