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Schumer and Gillibrand announce $4.1-million dollars in Head Start funding in Chautauqua County...
Early childhood programs in Chautauqua County are getting a $4.1-million boost from the federal government to support child care services for low-income families in the area.  U-S Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand jointly announced Friday that Chautauqua Opportunities, Incorporated.. is getting $2.8-million for it's Head Start and Early Head Start programs... while it's Early Head Start Expansion-Child Care partrnership program is receiving $1.3-million.  Schumer says study after study shows that "the better we prepare our young children through programs like Head Start and Head Start the better they perform in school later in life."  Gillibrand says Head Start programs "help our children start out strong at critical early learning stages."  Schumer says he believes the funding will bring "real results" to the region.  
Man from Bemus Point arrested on Felony drug charges following traffic stop in Sherman...
A Bemus Point man is jailed without bail for allegedly being found in possession of a large amount of two illegal drugs after his motorcycle was stopped early early last Friday morning on Park Street in Sherman.  Sheriff Joe Gerace says one of his deputies spotted the motorcycle... operated by 41 year-old Gary Hannold II... about 1:30 a.m.  Gerace says the officer saw Hannold riding without a helmet and a loud exhaust... and, pulled him over.  At that point.. he says the suspect tossed a backpack into some weeds.  It was later found with a large amount of methamphetime and marijuana inside... and, he's been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... a Class-A-2 Felony.  Gerace commended the officer for making "good observations..." and adds that it's no longer a surprise to pulled over someone, and find drugs these days.  He says they're pleased with being able to get that amount of Meth off the street.  Gerace says the amounts being found everywhere these days is "troubling."  Gerace says Hannold was arrested on several other charges... including third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance... and, two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia.  He was arraigned In Sherman Town Court and sent to the county jail.
Congressman Reed condemns violence, deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia...
Chautauqua County's Congressman today issued a statement condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Corning Republican Tom Reed says he is "outraged by the violence and senseless deaths that occurred in Charlottesville and condemn those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.  Reed adds that "hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit.  Our condolences are with the families of all three of today's victims."
Horrigan pleased with first-half Sales Tax revenues...
County Executive Vince Horrigan says he is pleased that Chautauqua County's sales tax revenues are doing better than a lot of counties across New York State.  A new report from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli shows that the county's sales tax revenues for the first half of 2017 are up by 5.1-percent compared to last year.  Horrigan says that's a result of work in economic development paying off... and, he adds the county is slightly ahead of the state's overall average.  Horrigan says the increase in the county sales tax rate from 7.5 to 8-percent is part of the strategy for local economic growth.  He says he's tried to work to take pressure off the property tax payers... and, grow the tax base and economy at the same time.  Horrigan... a Bemus Point Republican... adds that he's optimistic about seeing continued growth with a "strong summer" season.
Mayville man faces charges following high-speed pursuit...
A Mayville man is jailed without bail for allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase on Beajean Road in the town of Chautauqua Friday morning.  Sheriff's officers say a patrol spotted 41 year-old Michael Hannold operating the vehicle about 9:30 a.m., and, knew that he was wanted for parole violation and on a misdemeanor warrant from State Police.  Deputies say they tried to stop Hannold... but, he fled the scene and a pursuit ensued... with speeds reaching nearly 100 miles an hour.  Officers say he pulled the vehicle into a driveway... and, fled on foot.  However... deputies later found and arrested him.  Hannold was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle... reckless driving... second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.. and, speed over 55 mph.  Hannold was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on the new charges... and, sent to the County Jail on the parole violation.
Jammer's Manager Anthony Barone named PGCBL Coach of Year...
Post-season honors are starting to roll in for the Jamestown Jammers... who just this past week were edged out in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League champioship series by Mohawk Valley.  Jamestown Manager and Coach Anthony Barone was named Friday afternoon as 2017 Perfect Game League Coach of the Year.  The Jammers announced the news on their Facebook Page. 

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