County averaging almost 250 new COVID cases a day


Active COVID-19 cases dropped dramatically in Chautauqua County last week. However, the number of new cases being confirmed locally still remains high. The county Health Department on Wednesday reported 1,743 new cases for the week ending Jan. 15; for the week ending Jan. 8, the county ...

Gowanda holiday program helps area families


GOWANDA — The Gowanda Lions Club and Gowanda Police Department continue to be overwhelmed by the support the community provides to the “Holiday Helping Hands Program” each year. This year, 64 families were served while gifts were distributed to 164 children and food gift cards to 37 ...

County opens winter trails


Due to the recent heavy snowfall and the expected continued cold temperatures, all snowmobile trails in Chautauqua County are currently open. In addition, Winter Fest is taking place this weekend in Bemus Point. The county anticipates hundreds of out of state snowmobilers to visit this ...

Fuel spill reported in morning mishap involving semi

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County HAZMAT crews were called to the scene of a diesel fuel spill following a minor accident this morning involving a semi. The crash occurred at routes 60 and 83 in the town of Pomfret. A portion of Route 60 was closed to traffic due to the spill.

Dunkirk DPW getting new trucks

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Dunkirk’s Department of Public Works is getting a new fleet of pickup trucks, Director Randy Woodbury reported as he offered updates about his department at a meeting of the Common Council’s Finance Committee this month. The city will be acquiring seven trucks with American Rescue Plan ...

Area officials seek further details in state spending plan

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Although it’s early, some area officials see good things in Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget for 2022-23. On Tuesday, Hochul a Democrat, presented her $216.3 billion budget, which has a 3.1% spending increase. After her presentation, Republican County Executive PJ Wendel said he was ...