Page One

UPDATE: Family pleads for ‘justice’; video shows altercation

Family members of a girl who has died from a Wednesday stabbing are asking community members who witnessed what happened on Wednesday to start talking to law-enforcement officials so that an arrest can be made in the tragic incident. In a phone conversation with the OBSERVER this afternoon, a ...

Person of interest sought in stabbing

Less than 24 hours after a stabbing incident on the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue, a police presence was evident at Dunkirk High School. At least four marked cars could be seen at the facility during dismissal at 3 p.m. Thursday. Two of the cars were visibly parked in lots while others patrolled ...

School budgets don’t disclose savings stash

If public hearings in Fredonia and Dunkirk over the last eight days are any indication, it could be an uneventful Tuesday at the polling booths when it comes to the annual school budgets. Not one word was uttered at either meeting to discuss spending plans at the two largest districts in our ...

Red Cross honors deputy who saved baby

WILLIAMSVILE — A Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy who helped an infant girl choking on food last year was one of several recognized by the American Red Cross at its inaugural Western New York Real Heroes Breakfast. The recognition event took place at the Park Country Club in ...

Cassadaga board accepts mayor’s resignation letter

CASSADAGA — Following the sudden resignation of MaryJo Bauer from her position as mayor of the village, a number of citizens turned up to the village board meeting Wednesday to learn more about what transpired. Deputy Mayor Bill Astry led the meeting, beginning his comments by reading ...

Stabbing in Dunkirk

A person was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in Dunkirk, police said. On Wednesday at around 4:06 p.m., Dunkirk Police responded to the 100 block of Lincoln Avenue in the city of Dunkirk for a reported fight. Upon further investigation, it was learned that an individual was allegedly stabbed ...

Resident seeks vote on moving all Ripley students to Chautauqua Lake

RIPLEY — A town resident petitioned Ripley Central School District Board of Education members to hold a non-binding vote to determine if a majority of taxpayers would be in favor of sending all students, both elementary and secondary, to Chautauqua Lake. Alan Waters, who owns a 155-acre ...

Silver Creek water, sewer rates going up

SILVER CREEK — Village residents will be seeing an increase in water and sewer rates starting in July. Mayor Jeffrey Hornburg this week commented on upcoming changes to village water and sewer rates. “We will be putting out a notice on it, but when we passed the budget we said we were ...

Silver Creek hosts mock DWI crash ahead of prom

SILVER CREEK — A sobering presentation about the dangers of driving while intoxicated or impaired was held recently on the campus of the Silver Creek Central School District. The immersive educational experience was scheduled ahead of Silver Creek's prom, which is scheduled for this Saturday ...

Fredonia schools approve ballot

No one from the public spoke Tuesday as the Fredonia Board of Education formalized its 2019-20 budget proposal for the May 21 ballot. The $30,306,737 spending plan has the same tax levy as the 2018-19 budget. It represents a 6.58% decrease in spending from 2018-19, however. John Forbes, ...

Assistant treasurer for County Water and Soil District pleads guilty in theft

OBSERVER Staff Report The assistant treasurer for the Chautauqua County Water and Soil District pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing $4,100 in county funds, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Debra Kelley pocketed cash fees she collected from the public, instead of depositing ...

Dunkirk JROTC Unit finishes out a strong year

The local Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is in its 24th year at Dunkirk High School, and as the years have grown, so has the involvement of this unit to the local area. The current school year has seen the unit doing things it is always known for, such as community ...

SUNY Fredonia provost proposes reorganization

In the face of significant financial challenges, SUNY Fredonia Provost Terry Brown, Ph.D., has embarked on an important undertaking: an entire reorganization of academic affairs that could save the college over $1 million. Importantly, Brown explained at last week’s college council meeting, ...

Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial adds Medal of Honor recipients

MAYVILLE — The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor. Since the Revolutionary War, 3,500 medals have been ...

SCARY SCENE: Emergency crews respond to CVS parking lot

A medical emergency led to a frightening scene at CVS on Fourth Street in Dunkirk on Monday. The driver of this white pickup truck had an unknown medical emergency and was unresponsive. With his foot on the gas pedal, smoke rose from the burning rubber of the tires. According to witnesses, ...

Plans set to repair Fredonia retaining walls

The retaining walls on Prospect Street and Porter Avenue that concerned village officials recently are earmarked for repairs. In the case of the Prospect Street site, the work is already done, according to Streets Superintendent Tony Gugino. “We went over there with the excavator and ...

Dunkirk teen accused in stabbing

ELLICOTT — A stabbing that sent a man to the hospital late Saturday resulted in a felony assault charge against a Dunkirk teenager. Alec J. Stanley, 18, was taken into custody shortly after Ellicott police and Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies were called to a reported stabbing at a ...

SUNY Fredonia anticipates strong enrollment numbers

According to reports shared at the May meeting of the SUNY Fredonia College Council, the upcoming school year is off to a strong start, as applications and deposits have increased compared to previous years. Dr. Cedric Howard, vice president for Student Affairs, was pleased to share that ...

Petitioners want to dissolve Sinclairville

SINCLAIRVILLE — Following the likes of Forestville and Cherry Creek in Chautauqua County, a petition has officially been filed with the Sinclairville government to dissolve the village. “The petition was filed by our tax-payer group,” said group member Brad Gains, in a phone interview ...

SUNY Fredonia students build robots in new course

When SUNY Fredonia instructor Jim Pratt began planning the Introduction to Robotics course, he knew one of the most important factors would be cost. While certainly a valuable course for preparing students to enter the rapidly changing world of computer technology, a robotics course could be a ...