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Apthorpe says Bradley will finish out her time in district working in administration...
The outgoing principal at Jamestown High School will finish out her time in the district working with the superintendent and chief economic officer through Jan. 31.  That from Superintendent Bret Apthorpe... who says the decision was made as High School Principal Rosemary Bradley offically handed in her resignation this past Thursday.  In the interim... Assistant JHS Principal Dana Williams will direct operations at the high school.  Williams was appointed interim principal through June 30th of next year.  Apthorpe says being a high school principal is a 'tough job' and works like a marriage.  He says a "lot of energy and passion" is needed to run JHS, and he gave Bradley credit for committing to the job, and area, and appreciated her "forward thinking" ideas.  Dr. Apthorpe thanked Bradley for her service and wished her well in the future.  Former JHS intern and Persell Middle School  Special Education teacher, Allyson Smith, was also appointed as JHS Dean of Students. The Board of Education says it will announce plans for a new principal search in the very near future.

Borrello says state officials listening to his concerns about closing of TLC/Lakeshore in Irving...
Local State Senator George Borrello is returning from a meeting he had with some of the governor's staff in New York City on Thursday about the January 1st closing of TLC/Lakeshore in Irving.  About 160 workers will be left without jobs along with a number of health services.  Borrello says he gave the staff present at the meeting several talking points on his concerns about the closing.  He's hoping there will be a bi-partisan effort to at least delay the closing.  Borrello participated in a rally held out the hospital on Tuesday that featured elected officials and union employees.  Brooks-TLC Hospital System announced the closing on December 3rd.

Woman from Bemus Point charged with resisting arrest after accident in Jamestown...
A Bemus Point woman was arrested for allegedly resisting arrest following a car crash last Thursday afternoon.  City Police responded to the area of Fairmount and Lovall Avenues for a two-car property accident shortly after 4 p.m., and, determined 62 year-old Sally Lawson was allegedly in violation of an order of protection prior to the accident, by being inside the car with a protected party.  Officers say Lawson refused to leave the vehicle on her own and had to be physically removed.  Following a brief struggle, she was taken into custody and charged with obstruction... resisting arrest... and, second-degree criminal contempt. 

Salvation Army of Jamestown far behind in Red Kettle Campaign...
The Salvation Army's Kettle Campaign in Jamestown is facing a major challenge... just a few days before Christmas... because they're effort is $50,000 behind.  That from Major Kim Merchant of the local Salvation Army in Brooklyn Square.  The short time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year... and the loss of K-Mart and Sam's Club over the last two years have made it harder to get contributions.  The Major says they don't like the idea, but if they don't make the goal, programs will be dropped.  The kettles will be out only through Christmas Eve.  Checks made out to the Salvation Army, 83 South Main St., will be accepted for a few days after the holiday.  Major Merchant reminds potential donors the funds do not leave town -- they stay here to support their pantry, domestic violence, and other social service programs.  There are still some open hours for bell ringers to sign up.  For more information... call the Salvation Army at 664-4108. 

Suit filed to block pay increases for NY Gov., and Lt. Gov...
A conservative good government group is suing to block a pay hike that would place Governor Andrew Cuomo among the nation's highest paid governors.  Cuomo's salary is set to jump from $200,000 this year to $225,000 in January... and, $250,000 in 2021.  That's compared to the $179,000 salary the Democratic governor had when he took office in January following his 2018 re-election.  The Government Justice Center is seeking a court order to prevent the pay hike in a lawsuit filed in state court this month against Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  The nonprofit claims the state's constitution prohibits changing a governor or lieutenant governor's compensation during their term.

First three grants presented from Rosie Billquist Memorial Fund...
A memorial fund set up in the name of a woman from Sherman who was accidently killed in a hunting accident two years ago has awarded it's first-ever grants.  The Rosie Billquist Memorial fund was established at the Chautauqua Regional Community Foundation by her husband, Jamie, through various fund-raising efforts.  Foundation Executive Director Tory Irgang says Jamie selected three organizations that Rosie was especially fond of... Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care, the Chautauqua County Humane Society, and, the Southern Tier Kidney Association.  Irgang says all three organizations will receive funding each year -- into perpetuity.  One of the fund-raisers used by Jamie Billquist to raise money for the fund is "Rosie's Run..." which is put on by him and his friends in Sherman.  He says "this will be a way to remember her... it's a good way to give to others like she would have wanted."  For more information on the Rosie Billquist... or other funds at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation... call 661-3390.


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There are two cases of the COVID-19 Virus being reported in the Jamestown Public Schools... but, they are siblings who were doing coursework on-line.  That from School Superintendent Kevin Whit...

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