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A Panama native has been named as Chautauqua County's new director of Public Facilities...  
During a press conference this morning at the DPF's main headquarters in Falconer, County Executive George Borrello announced that Brad Bentley will now head up the 200-person department.  Bentley has 25 years of engineering and utilities experience, and most recently has been working about the past year for the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency.  He'll be working with retiring DPF Director George Spanos the next two-weeks to ensure a smooth transition.  More today at Noon.
A western New York woman has been killed in a single-car accident in the Cattaraugus County town of Lyndon...  
State Police in Jamestown say 42 year-old Karen Putt of Alexander was eastbound on Abbott Road about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when her Jeep Liberty crossed the center-line.  Troopers say her vehicle crossed over the westbound lane, went off the road, and struck a tree.  Police say the Genesee County woman was pronounced dead at the scene and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.
The "Queen of Soul" -- Aretha Franklin -- was never able to perform in Chautauqua County, but she's remembered for selling out her scheduled performance at Chautauqua Institution last year...  
Franklin was to give the opening performance at the institution's new Amphitheater on June 24 of last year.  The performance was sold-out month's in advance.  However, she wound up cancelling that, and other concert dates because she had fallen ill a short time before that date.  Comedian Jay Leno filled in for Franklin.  
We'll be airing an ABC Special on the life of the "Queen of Soul..." Aretha Franklin, this Sunday at 12 Noon on WJTN Radio and, it will air again Sunday night at 8 PM.
The founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will be the featured speaker at Chautauqua Institution today...  
The Reverend Jesse Jackson will appear with the Reverend Joan Brown Campbell, the first woman director of religion at Chautauqua Institution.  Chautauqua Spokeswoman Vanessa Weinert says Campbell's friendship with Jackson is one reasons he will be speaking at the Institution.
Weinert says Reverend Jackson's appearance is taking place during the 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior.  She says they've also had an inter-faith week of lectures for the King anniversary this week.  Jackson's lecture will take place at 10:45 this morning in the Chautauqua Amphitheater.
Downtown Jamestown's annual celebration of vintage, and classic cars -- and hot rods -- will take place tonight weather permitting...  
The downtown "Crusin'" will be held on Third Street and some other adjacent streets and, about 300 vehicles are expected.  The event is being put on by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Arena and, Der Kobblers Car Club.  Arena director of Sponsorships and Marketing, Sherry Hutley, says they're ready to go.
Hutley says Der Kobblers will help direct the participant's vehicles into the downtown area from Spring Street.  She adds street closings will begin at 3:00.  In addition to the cars and music, Hutley says they'll have food and clothing vendors, and a "kid's zone" area.  In addition to the Chamber and the Arena, Five-Star Urgent Care, Lakeshore Paving, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and Der Kobblers are among the sponsors for the Crusin', in addition to media sponsor the Media One Group of radio stations.
A Panama man is accused of possessing various drugs during a traffic stop in Jamestown on Tuesday... 
State Police pulled over 38 year-old Casey Clark on Riverside Road and, smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Troopers say a search revealed a smoking device with pot residue and a container with 8 methadone pills and 10 lortabs, both controlled substances Clark did not have a prescription for.  A check of his driver's license revealed six suspensions, one of which was for an alcohol related offense. Clark was released with appearance tickets and is scheduled to appear in the town of Kiantone Court later in the month.
Final preparations are underway for the city's of Jamestown's yearly "end of summer" community celebration on Labor Day Weekend...  
The 39th annual Labor Day Festival is set for Sunday, September 2, from Noon to 9 p.m. at Bergman Park.  Festival committee members met for the last time in the park yesterday afternoon and, Parks and Recreation Coordinator Julia Ciesla-Hanley says they finalized a number of activites.
The Southern Tier Wrestling show -- put on by the Grey Brothers -- proved to be very popular at last year's festival.  Ciesla-Hanley says the day on September 2 will again start with the Chautauqua Striders annul Dan Feather Memorial 5-K run/walk at 9 in the morning.  Registration begins at 8:00.  Ciesla-Hanley says the arts and crafts vendors open at 11 a.m., while the food vendors and other activities begin at 12 Noon.  That includes the musical entertainment, which will again be held on two stages.  The George Ritzer Labor Award will be presented at 4 p.m. on the main stage.  More later. 
A woman and her dog have been reunited two days after they were both swept into a New York lake by flash flooding caused by torrential downpours...  
Rene Halligan tells The Associated Press that her dog was caught Thursday just as she arrived at a Seneca Lake campground to look her 4-year-old mixed-breed.  Halligan and the dog were swept away by Tuesday's early morning flooding.  Halligan was later rescued in Seneca Lake.
Investigation by State Police revealed 24 year-old Nicholas McAdoo allegedly attacked staff members and continued to act belligerent in front of patients while at the Hospital. McAdoo was placed under arrested and removed from the premises.  Troopers say he was issued an appearance ticket for Jamestown City Court at a later date. 
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said America "was never that great" during remarks criticizing President Donald Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again"....  
The Democrat made the comment on Wednesday at a bill signing event in Manhattan.  Cuomo said the Republican president wants to return to an era of greater sexism, racism and intolerance toward immigrants.  He says America has made great strides toward equality, but that it can't consider itself great until there's full equality for all.  Cuomo is seeking a third term this fall and is considered a potential White House contender in 2020.  Republicans pounced on Cuomo's comments. GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, said Cuomo should be ashamed and owes the nation an apology.

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