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The endorsed, or more widely-know candidates appear to have locked-up ballot spots on the Republican line for next Fall's general election.....  

In yesterday's Primary for State Senate, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello defeated Allegheny County's Curt Crandall for the 57th District nomination.  After 132 of 177 polling districts reported, Borrello had 7,453 votes to Curt Crandall's 2,247.  In the Jamestown Mayor's race, County Legislator David Wilfong defeated City Councilman Andy Liuzzo, 480-to-271.  In the City Council's Ward-Two race, incumbant Tony Dolce defeated Raven Thompson, 119-to-34.  There was one area County Legislature race in District 18, where Bill Ward took the GOP Primary run over Rick Syper, 289-to-152.  All vote totals are unofficial, pending the count of absentee ballots.

A Western New York Iraq War hero has received the nation's highest honor to be awarded to a member of the military for bravery during the second-battle of Fallujah....  

Buffalo-area Radio Talk Show host, David Bellavia, was a Staff Sergeant with the U-S Army and, provided cover for his trapped squad when it was pinned down by insurgents on November 10th of 2004.  Local Congressman Tom Reed was among those on hand Tuesday afternoon as Bellavia received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump.

In addition to Reed, and Buffalo-area Congressman Chris Collins, several members of Bellavia's squad were also on hand to see him receive the honor.  Bellavia is the first living Iraq War veteran to receive the Medal of Freedom.  Celoron-native J-C Matteson, who was a sergeant in that same Infantry Unit, was killed two days later in an RPG attack in Fallujah.  His name was also read by President Donald Trump during the ceremony. 

As more High School Seniors graduate this week, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation wants them to know they can still apply for scholarships another 2-and-a-half weeks....  

That from Foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang, who says the deadline to apply for all the scholarships they have is Monday, July 15th.  Irgang says they'll accept applications from a wide-range of students seeking higher education

Irgang says 90-percent of the students who apply, receive some sort of scholarship support from the foundation.  Last year, she says they handed out about 700 scholarships totaling $1.1-million. She adds make sure to completely fill out the applications before they are submitted  and, have someone proof-read it over before sending it to the foundation.  Irgang says you can get more information on scholarship applications by calling the Community Foundation at 661-3390... or go on-line to crcfonline.ORG.  She made her comments on last weekend's "Community Spotlight" on the six Media One Radio Group stations.

Two Jamestown teens have been arrested following a large crowd fight on the city's eastside early Monday morning....  

City police were called the scene on East 8th Street about 2:30 AM, and quickly dispersed the crowd.  However, they continued monitoring several smaller groups moving west.  A resident at 830 Cherry Street later informed officers that no one should be on the property as several people were seen in the backyard.  As officers were arresting a 16 year-old male.... an 18 year-old female quickly approached, and forced her way in-between the officer and the male.  The girl reportedly continued walking and pulling away from police but, was arrested without further incident.  She is charged with second-degree obstruction. It's unclear what charges the 16 year-old faces. 

Another aspect of the $20-million redevelopment of the historic Furniture Mart building at East Second and Washington Streets is an adjacent, multi-story parking facility....  

Mayor Sam Teresi also addressed that following Monday night's vote to support the project. He says with parking at a premium on the westside, it makes sense for the developer to do that.

However, Teresi says, once the Furniture Mart building is completely re-developed, and has tenants in it, the parking spaces may be all spoken for.  In the meantime, though, there is the chance some spots may be offered to the public for parking on that side of town until the nine-story building is fully occupied.  There has been some talk that overflow parking could be used for patrons of the new National Comedy Center and, other attractions on the west side.

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown has received another honor, as it's been named one of PEOPLE Magazine’s “100 Reasons to Love America” in the publication’s July 1st cover story......  

Comedy Center Director Journey Gunderson says the center is one of only three museums in the U-S to be on the magazine's list of "most beloved treasures."  PEOPLE adds it makes it “worth the trip to Jamestown, New York, Lucille Ball’s hometown.”  Gunderson adds they are proud to be part of the list and, says "as Americans hit the road over the July 4th holiday weekend and beyond, we hope they’ll come visit Jamestown to see for themselves why the National Comedy Center is a national treasure and a great reason to love America."  The National Comedy Center was voted a “Best New Attraction” by USA Today readers earlier this year, ranking number-two out of 20 new attractions and ranking as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction in the country.

New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway.... 

The Department of Environmental Conservation's Giant Hogweed Program is in its 12th year. Commissioner Basil Seggos says the program has eradicated the plants from 623 sites and another 448 sites are being monitored.  The agency is urging the public to report sightings of the plant as it begins to bloom in the next few weeks.  Giant hogweed can grow up to 15 feet tall and has 2-foot-wide umbrella-shaped canopies of flowers. Brushing against it can release sap that causes painful, burning blisters.  Giant hogweed is native to the Caucasus Mountain region between the Black and Caspian seas. It has become established in New England, the Mid-Atlantic Region and the Northwest.

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