Man in custody following stabbing incident in Sugar Grove, PA...
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies were called to assist Pennsylvania State Police early this morning to investigate a possible stabbing.  Pennsylvania State Police reported that two males had been involved in an altercation in Sugar Grove about 2 am with one  person stabbed... and, the other fleeing into the town of Busti.  Patrols located the suspect on foot along Hoag Road in Busti.  Police were informed that 'the male suspect' may have discarded the knife used in the stabbing, somewhere along Hoag Road.  The Sheriff's K-9 "Link" was brought in for the search along Hoag Road.  Link's search led into a wooded area about 100 yards from the roadway, where they found the knife used in the alleged stabbing.  The male stabbing victim was transported to UPMC Hamot Medical Center in serious condition.  Charges are pending from Pennsylvania State Police.


Wright hnoored at UPMC Chautauqua Retirement Party...
Community leaders and staff and administrators officially said good-bye Friday afternoon to long-time UPMC Chautauqua Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Betsy Wright.  The hospital held a Retirement Reception for Wright to thank her, and recognize her nearly three-decades of working at -- and leading -- the Jamestown hospital.  Wright says it's "been a great experience," and adds the hospital is now positioned well in the community for years to come.  After some initial photographs... nurses, doctors and others lined up to speak with Wright... who was also congratulated by Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello, and local Congressman Tom Reed -- by phone -- among others.  UPMC Chautauqua Board President Steven Kilburn had nothing but praise for Wright and all she has done... adding that she will have a legacy of wisdom and professionalism at the hospital.  During her nearly 20 years as head of the hospital... Wright oversaw operations during some drastic changes in the health care field... the new association with UPMC... and the start and continuation of the approximately $20-million expansion project. 


NYS population declines the most of any state between July 2017 and 2018...
New York state's population declined more than any other state in a recent 12-month period.  New numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week show the state's population declined by 48,510 between July 1, 2017 and July 1 of this year.  That's the largest decline of the nine states that lost population during that time. New York's population is 19.75 million.  Nevada and Idaho led the nation in population growth rates, while Texas saw the largest overall gain in residents.  Republican lawmakers blame New York's decline on high taxes and the upstate economy.  Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo faults the state's long winters and says economic factors aren't to blame.  On Thursday... he noted that New York's jobless rate of 3.9 percent is the lowest since 1976.


Cuomo signs sexual assault survivors bill...
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that requires New York state agencies to establish a sexual assault survivors' bill of rights.  The Democrat signed the bill into law Friday, saying it's New York's response to a federal government that "shamefully ignores the voices of sexual assault survivors."  The new law directs the Department of Health to formulate a bill of rights to notify victims of their legal rights as they navigate the medical and criminal justice systems.  The Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Office of Victim Services and other stakeholders are to be consultants for the plan.


Teresi pleased with funding from latest round of Regional Economic Development Council awards...
The city of Jamestown did well in the latest round of funding awards given out for projects in the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council area.  Those are the feelings of Mayor Sam Teresi... who says maybe the biggest award for city government was $100,000 to help with the acquisition of the Chautauqua Brick property on Market Street for new development along the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk.  Teresi says the money will help "kick-start" the project... which will include the relocation of Chautauqua Brick.  While the city is looking to acquire the property... Teresi says there is no intention to create a park on the property and take it off the tax rolls.  He says there is a possibility that Chautauqua Brick could still wind up back on the site with a more modern facility... but, he says -- right now -- they are looking at a relocation to a better site for them.  The biggest award in Jamestown is $500,000 for the bell tower and front porch stablization project at St. Luke's Episcopal Church.


National Comedy Center now leads USA Today Poll for best new attraction...
Downtown Jamestown's newest attraction has received some exciting news... and, there could be more in the near future.  National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says the center has been nominated for U-S-A Today's Top New Attraction of 2019.  Gunderson adds, though, that people need to vote... and, voting is as easy as going online.  She said late this week that the Center was in second place.... but, Comedy Center officials say today that the center is now in first-place.  Gunderson says you can vote as many times as you like between now and Jan. 7.  The Comedy Center opened at the beginning of August... and, has already attracted people from most states.. and, several other countries.  Again... the website to visit is www.ComedyCenter.org/Vote.
 

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