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We have one more day of sunny, warm and dry weather today before heat and humidity begin to build and, we may see the hotest temperatures of the year by week's end...  

Forecaster Jon Hitchcock with the National Weather Service says we'll also see some rain from what's left of Tropical Storm Barry.  Hitchcock says we'll begin seeing more humid conditions on Tuesday before what's left of Barry arrives about mid-week.

There's no indication how much rain we may get from Barry but, the weather service says some of the thunderstorms from that system may produce heavy downpours. Hitchcock says high pressure is moving in and, after Barry moves out, we'll see temperatures around 90 or higher on Friday.  He says this high pressure ridge has been mainly in the southern U-S this Summer.  Hitchcock says there are no advisories in place yet, though a Heat Advisory may be issued just prior to Friday.  Once we get into Saturday, the heat begins to break with highs in the high-80s, then low 80s on Sunday.  The complete forecast follows our news.

The 138th edition of the Chautauqua County fair gets underway today in Dunkirk......  

The seven-day event runs from today through net Sunday, July 21st.  There will be a number of new features at this year's fair.  That from Fair Board President Dave Wilson, who says one of them is a monster truck show at the Grandstand that will include fireworks.

For the second year in a row, the midway rides will be provided courtesy of Powers and Thomas from North Carolina. Charlie Belknap of Powers and Thomas says all-day tickets to the fair are $12, which he calls "an unsurpassed value."  Belknap says with the pay-one-price ticket, you get to ride the rides all day, and have admission to the exhibits.  The county fair begins this morning with the annual "cannon shot."  For more information on this year's fair, you can go to chautauquacountyfair.org or call 366-4752.

 When you attend the Chautauqua County Fair in Dunkirk this week, don't miss the work of Four-H'ers.  That's the message from Dave and Jan Schauman of Fluvanna... who've both spent decades volunteering for the organization.  Jan says you'll be impressed.....

Her husband Dave, has been the chairman for the Meat Animal Sale Committee for many years.  He says there'll be many nicely finished animals at the 2019 sale, this Friday at noon.  Approximately 70 hogs, 15 goats, 30 pairs of chickens, 45 lambs and 22 steer will be auctioned off.  Each has been raised by a Four-H member. 

A Gerry man is jailed following a fight early yesterday morning on Route 60..... 

Sheriff's deputies were called to the undisclosed scene about 2 AM and, found that 50 year-old Robert Gardner, Junior had struck another person and choked them as well.  Gardner was arrested and, taken to the Chautauqua County Jail for arraignment on charges including second-degree harassment, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

A Jamestown man has been arrested for allegedly being under the influence of drugs when he was involved in a three-car accident late last week.... 

Jamestown Police were called to the scene at Winsor and Water Streets just after 5 PM Thursday on a report of the crash.  One of the drivers, 30 year-old Bryon Stingel, was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for tratment of minor injuries.  He was later arrested after police determined he was driving while under the influence.  No other injuries were reported.  Stingel was charged with DWAI, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and several other traffic violations.

We have learned of two more restaurant closings in the Jamestown-area, one being long-standing location on Fairmout Avenue in West Ellicott....  

The operator of Alfie's informed staff and patrons last Friday that the approximately 40 year-old restaurant will be closing for good on July 26th.  A sign on the door of the restaurant says it will be open Tuesday through Saturday's from 11 AM to 4:30 PM through Friday the 26th.  Meanwhile, a relatively new restaurant in downtown Lakewood has closed.  Craft Burger's and Brews on Chautauqua Avenue recently shut it's doors.  These closings are in addition to the closing of Fresco's Pizza and Wings in Jamestown this past Saturday.

The Dunkirk School Board has removed Superintendent Dr. James Tracy, ending a three-year stint in the north county district....  

The Board made the decision during a special meeting on Thursday but, no specifics have been released.  Retired Superintendent Sylvia Root, who served as the interim Superintendent in Jamestown before the district hired Bret Apthorpe, will take over as interim superintendent, effective today.

New York state has expanded laws against racial bias to include hairstyles and hair texture.... 

The bill aims to ensure no employee can be fired or passed over for a job because of racially biased criticism of their hair.  The change to the state's human rights law was approved by state lawmakers earlier this year.  It was signed into law last Friday by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Supporters say minorities often face discrimination that's couched in criticism of their hair texture or style.  Specifically, the change adds to the legal definition of race to say it includes traits historically associated with race, including hair texture and styles.  The change would also prohibit racial discrimination by teachers or school employees against a student based on their hair texture or style.

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