Local News Headlines

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a smokey blaze at a metal finishing plant in Jamestown's industrial corridor....  

City Fire Battlion Chief Chris Dahlgren says crews were called to a former Crawford Furniture warehouse at 10-70 Allen Street -- near Carolina -- just after 9 AM.  Dahlgren says firefighters found flames inside the International Metal Finishing building.

He says Jamestown called in mutual aid, and an off-shift to deal with the fire.  Dahlgren says they called in assistance from Falconer, Kiantone, Fluvanna, and Lakewood firefighters.  They also called in Chautauqua County HazMat to deal with a fluid spill, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation.  Dahlgren says the three firefighters were treated and, later released.  He says no one was inside the building when the blaze broke out, and there was mainly smoke damage inside.  Crews were at the scene until about 4:30 PM Saturday. 


A 17 year-old boy was hurt -- but not seriously -- when his car went off Mutton Hill road in the town of Ellington, and struck a tree....  

Sheriff's officers say the unidentified teen was traveling on the road just before Midnight Saturday when the accident occured.  Deputies say the teen was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  Another 17 year-old in the car was not hurt.  No other vehicles were involved.  Officer say the driver was found to be operating past 9 PM on a DJ license.  He was ticketed for that, and failure to keep right in Ellington Town Court.


The Jamestown Post-Journal will be publishing one weekend paper, starting at the end of this month....  

In it's Sunday edition, the paper said it will present a new edition called "The Weekender" starting on Saturday, August 31st.  Currently, the Post-Journal has both Saturday and Sunday editions.  The paper's staff says The Weekender will have "everything you look forward to in both your Saturday and Sunday newspapers.  The Weekender edition will be delivered to home delivery subscribers, stores and vending machines on Saturday morning and continue to be available in vending machines and stores on Sundays."  The story also notes that their on-line edition will also "continue to be a source of enhanced information.  News and sports events that happen Saturdays will be available through our web site and app throughout the weekend."  The Weekender will also include Sunday comics, inserts, and expanded classifieds.  The Post-Journal adds there will be no change in subscription rates.


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bob Woodward says the Trump administration represents a ‘growing crisis in our country’ and suggests everyone should ask, “What have done to ourselves?”... with a President who has 'destroyed the common agreement of what is a fact.'  

Woodward was bought to Jamestown by the Robert H. Jackson Center and spoke Sunday at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.   As a Washington Post reporter, Woodward helped uncover the full dimension of Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal.   He says the kind of things Nixon uttered privately on his tapes, President Trump says out loud on the White House driveway and in tweets.   Regarding social media, Bob Woodward believes people shouldn’t ‘wring their hands over it’, adding “We have a First Amendment… thank God.”  Now an Associate Editor at the Washington Post, Woodward admitted he has a Facebook account, but he doesn’t look at it often.


There was a great turn-out on a nearly ideal day last Saturday for the fourth-annual Dragon Boat Races off Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron.... 

Dragon Boat Committee Co-Chairperson Heather Nolan says they had nearly 30 teams that took part in the day of races along the Chautauqua Lake shoreline.  Nolan, who works for the Chautauqua Lake Association, says it's a fund-raiser for the organization.  She adds that they more than doubled the two professional teams they had last year to this year.

Nolan says the dragon boats have 10 or 20 paddlers, who paddle to the beat of a drummer in the front of the boats.  She says it's important for everyone to be "in sinc" when they're paddling.  Nolan says "if you're out of sync, the person behind you gets splashed."  Several vendors took part and, they also had the annual "Rubber Ducky" race, sponsored by the Greater Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.  Nolan adds they also got a lot of support from the village of Celoron and, Meals on Wheels hosted a pancake breakfast there Saturday morning. 


Some public libraries are dealing with so many patrons struggling with poverty, drug addiction or mental illness that a growing number have put social workers on staff.....  

The Queens Public Library in New York City is one of them.  It has a full-time social worker assisting patrons who take refuge in the stacks and rely on the library for access to social services.  Other libraries have been training their staff to step in when a patron is suicidal or to administer an antidote to those who overdose on opioids.  That's caused debate among librarians about whether their changing role requires them to do work that goes uncomfortably far beyond their skill set.  Some say their expertise is in books, not social work, and they aren't trained or equipped to provide such services.