Local News Headlines

WJTN News Headlines for Feb. 6, 2020

Local Congressman Tom Reed agrees there was a lot of partisanship on display during the State of the Union Address.  

But... the Corning Republican says "enough is enough."  Reed says lost in the theatrics was President Trump saying it's important to remember they're all working for the American people.

Reed says he took the president's address in "a positive way..." and, high-lighted some bi-partisan successes over the past three years.  One of those was the recent approval... and, signing of the new United States, Mexico, and Canada Trade agreement.  He says lawmakers came together to advance a policy that will help manufacturers, farmers and workers.  Reed adds that other bi-partsian measures... such as Crimnal Justice Reform... was put in place through the efforts of Congress and the president.  He did note that one area he wished the president would have discussed was the ballooning national deficit... which has now reached $23-trillion.

A crowd of about 25-to-30 people gathered in a peaceful protest in Fredonia late Wednesday afternoon in response to the Senate's acquittal of President Trump...

The protest, organized by the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Women's Action Group, was one of several across the nation known as "Reject the Cover-Up".  A few Trump supporters held a counter-protest at the event.

One of the high-lights of the State of Union for Chautauqua Countys' Congressman was having a Jamestown-area teenager on hand to watch the speech with him.  

Tom Reed says it was "great" to have a young leader in the area of Type-One Diabetes research and treatment in the gallery.  Bemus Point's Ben Cornell is a regional ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Reed says the 14 year-old Cornell was "very appreciative" of being selected to watch the State of the Union in person.  The Corning Republican's son, Will, is also a Type-One Diabetic, and he says he can appreciate what the Cornell family has dealt with.  Reed made his comments for his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media.

A broken drainpipe at Ring Elementary School in Jamestown has forced city school officials to close the school for today while repairs are made.  

District Spokeswoman Cathy Panebianco says the pipe is in the cafeteria area of the school.  While Ring will be closed... all other Jamestown schools will be open.  In addition... she says students should not report on Friday due to scheduled Inservice Day. 

Officials with the National Comedy Center in Jamestown say they're excited to have four legendary comedians coming to this year's 30th annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.  

Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson says first... Jeff Foxworthy will be performing his "Red-Neck humor" show on Friday night... August 7th at the Northwest Arena.  Gunderson says Foxworthy is the "highest selling comedian" of all time.

In addition... Gunderson says they'll be celebrating the 45th anniversary for Saturday Night Live on Saturday night, August 8th with stand-up shows by SNL legends David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin Nealon.  She says all three have "fantastic" stand-up shows.  Gunderson says pre-sale tickets for the two shows at the Northwest Arena go on sale to National Comedy Center members only on Tuesday, February 25th at 12 Noon.  The general public has it's crack at tickets on March 3rd, beginning at Noon. 

Comedic legend Jeff Foxworthy has never been to the National Comedy Center... but, he did an extensive interview with it's producers about stand-up comedy.  

Director Journey Gunderson says it's part of one of their stand-up comedy displays at the center... breaking down "the anatomy of a joke."  Gunderson is also reminding residents that the Comedy Center is still in the lead for USA Today's "Best New Museum" contest nationwide.  The center is one of 20 new museums that are vying for the title.  You can vote everyday now through Monday, February 17th... at VoteComedyCenter.com.

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame's annual induction dinner in Lakewood has again sold out....  

That from Chairman Chip Johnson... who says every ticket has been handed out for the February 17th event at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club.  This years inductees include: George Bataitis, Bob Bender, Bob Goold, Christine Carlson-Jenkins, Justin Johnson, Tim Nobles, Elly Norton, Mark Orlando and Mike Tramuta.  Hall of Fame President Randy Anderson adds they'll also be honoring nearly 50 high school, collegiate and community athletes... and, Legacy Awards will be presented to 17 deserving individuals.