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Due to today's rainy weather Stateline Speedway has postponed opening night of it's Fall Classic racing weekend tonight


Track officials say they will run the two-day show now on Saturday and Sunday nights. 


Again tonight's opening night for Stateline's fall weekend show has been called off until tomorrow night.  Saturday's program will now take place Sunday night.



A Bemus Point man, already wanted by police, has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of one-and-a-half pounds of Methamphetamine during a raid in the town of Ellery. 


Agents with the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force say they arrested 41 year-old Gary Hannold of the Ellery-Centralia Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday on an indictment warrant. 


During the investigation Hannold was earlier stopped by a Sheriff's Department Patrol which allegedly found a quantity of Meth in the car.  Hannold was later indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, and charged with Unlawfully Possessing with Intent to Distribute more than 50 grams of Methamphetamine. 


The total found in the house was 680 grams.  Hannold was arrested and taken to the county jail without bail.  He will be arraigned in U-S District Court at a later date. 


Authorities continue to ask residents to contact them if they see suspicious or narcotics related activity 1-800-344-8702.



A Warren County, Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly being found in possession of a quantity of Methamphetime and marijuana during a traffic stop on Jamestown's southside. 


City police say they and members of the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force pulled over the car for an alleged traffic infraction and, arrested 55 year-old William Dale, Senior of Russell. 


Officers say they found that Dale's driving privledges were suspended in New York and, they also found 11.5-grams of Meth and, 2.6-grams of pot.  Police add their investigation also led to a location where they also found another 6-ounces of Meth. 


Dale was charged with second and third-degree criminal possesion of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was sent to the city jail pending arraignment. 


Anyone with information on any illegal drug activity is asked to call their anonymous tip line at 483-TIPS that's 483-8477.  You can also send a message to their Tips 4-1-1 app.



Weather forecasters in western New York are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma, as residents of Florida either evacutate or brace for the deadly hurricane which could be record-breaking storm. 


The hurricane has devastated parts of the Carribean already with winds up to 185 MPH.  Forecaster Jim Mitchell with the National Weather Service in Buffalo says there are long range forecasts showing the remnants of the storm bringing rainfall here by the middle of next week. 


Chautauqua County Emergency Services Coordinator Julius Leone says they're working with state and federal officials that includes the New York State Emergency Management Office, and NOAA. 


At this point Jim Mitchell says it's still too early to tell how much rainfall we could get out of storm system because the storm will have lost a lot of it's punch once it gets here.  Leone says the area has been impacted by floods caused by previous storms where we've had tremendous amounts of rain from them. 


The remnants of Hurricane Agnes in 1972 brought record rainfall amounts to parts of the region.  In fact Wellsville received a record 13.9-inches from Agnes.



The Ellicott Town Board has followed it's colleagues in Falconer in voting unanimously against two resolutions rejecting the city of Jamestown's attempt to annex four-acres of property in the village that is owned by the Board of Public Utilities. 


Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says the panel yesterday afternoon voted against a "negative declaration" on the city's Environmental Assessment Form for the effort. 


McLaughlin says they also rejected the actual annexation measure, 5-0.  McLaughlin declined to go on tape but, did say this is, quoted - "the saddest day I've had here since I became town supervisor."



Wednesday night the Falconer Village Board voted 5-0 on the same two measures.  That means that, outside of the city council the two other boards directly involved have rejected the resolutions. 


Village Mayor Jim Rensel says both items were voted down unanimously, 5-0.  Rensel declined comment Thursday morning. 


The proposed annexation would cost the village, the Falconer School District, Chautauqua County, and town of Ellicott, about $320,000 total in tax dollars that the four entities would lose if the annexation goes through.



The retiring director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation has received the organization's highest award in his final year of service. 


Randy Sweeney became the 25th recipient of the John D. Hamilton Community Service Award last night during a dinner presentation at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville. 


Selection Committee Chairwoman Bridget Johnson said Sweeney is not only director of the foundation but, gives his time to help several local organizations carry out their missions. 


Those organizations include the Robert H. Jackson Center, and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.  Sweeney's son Adam, and wife, Peggy also spoke.  Peggy Sweeney presented a tongue-in-cheek slide show about the Randy Sweeney those attending didn't know. 


In accepting the Hamilton Award, Sweeney recalled moving up to be a Vice-President at the former Quality Markets.  He says the owners wanted to do more with the community and, that's when he realized "how important that service is to the communities and the individuals involved."  He is celebrating his 20th year as director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation during his final year with the foundation which has seen continued growth during his tenure.

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