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Dunkirk School Board accepts super’s departure

April 20, 2016 After nearly a decade at the helm of the Dunkirk City School District, Gary Cerne’s run as superintendent is drawing to a close quicker than he ever imagined. more »»

Candidates claim easy victories on home turf

April 20, 2016 NEW YORK — Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to victory with ease in Tuesday’s New York primary, with Trump bouncing back from a difficult stretch in the Republican campaign and... more »»

Sanders gathers more votes than Clinton locally

April 20, 2016 Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump garnered strong support from Chautauqua County voters, while U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered more local votes during Tuesday’s presidential primary. more »»

Marina to make a change

April 19, 2016 A Dunkirk marina will soon have a new captain at its helm if resolution 45 is approved at today’s Common Council meeting. more »»


April 19, 2016 SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Village Board held a public hearing Monday to adopt Local Law No. 3 of 2016, and with no one present to discuss the matter, closed the hearing minutes late. more »»

Fredonia DPW hires plan remains contentious

April 19, 2016 Fredonia Trustee Marc Ruckman has joined Trustee Phyllis Jones in publicly voicing his dissent over Mayor Athanasia Landis’ proposal to hire two additional full-timers and return seasonal labor to... more »»

Officials have varied ideas for youth funds

April 19, 2016 Although William Cease left behind an endowment fund for the city of Dunkirk’s youth, there are many ways in which it can be spent. more »»

Study sees end to Jamestown commercial air service

April 19, 2016 MAYVILLE — Cutting costs at Chautauqua County’s airports will draw some difficult decisions from county officials in the coming months. more »»

Silencing gossip

April 18, 2016 GOWANDA — Budget rumors have been running rampant through Gowanda neighborhoods, and Mayor Heather McKeever did her best to set the record straight at a public hearing. more »»

Dunkirk Town Board looks for new home

April 18, 2016 The Dunkirk Town Board is finally putting the gears in motion for its hopes to renovate or rebuild its town hal. more »»

Backing Bernie

April 18, 2016 Ask a Bernie Sanders supporter what it is about the presidential hopeful they like and one word seems to continually be presented: trust. more »»

Custom memorial bricks for sale

April 18, 2016 BROCTON — The Brad Anderson Recognition Committee has announced a fundraising venture that will allow local residents, and even their pets, to become a permanent part of the Brad Anderson and... more »»

Low-energy costs keeping plant from generating more profit

April 18, 2016 ELLERY — Seven years ago, a $12 million methane power plant was constructed in a move to convert landfill gas to electricity. more »»

Rotaract helps strengthen village-college relationship

April 17, 2016 It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s gotta do it. more »»

Not-so-odd case for Leap Day parking tickets

April 17, 2016 Although Leap Day only comes around every four years, two odd days in a row for alternate parking is a much more common occurrence, according to Dunkirk Police Chief Dave Ortolano. more »»

Area politicians back their candidates

April 17, 2016 The presidential primary in New York is set for Tuesday, and local officials are issuing their take on the upcoming election. Last week, Assemblyman Andy Goodell came out in support of Ohio Go. more »»

The rise and fall of opt-out rates

April 17, 2016 Ready, set, test! Or not. Schools across the region saw changes in the opt-out rates for standardized testing in English and Language Arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8. more »»

Get moving!

April 17, 2016 The numbers are in, and we're not winning, Chautauqua County. Actually, we're losing — our lives, our loved ones, and the fight against heart disease. more »»

Citywide street crimes sweep nets 7

April 17, 2016 OBSERVER Staff Writer A number of officers of the City of Dunkirk Police Department, both in plain clothes and in uniform, engaged in a citywide street crimes detail Saturday. more »»

POLICE WRECK: No injuries in crash

April 16, 2016 A two-vehicle crash that left a sheriff’s patrol car out of commission and sent a deputy to the hospital for evaluation is still under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Accident... more »»



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