Local News Headlines

News Headlines for Tues., Sept. 24, 2019

Watch for slippery roads in some places this morning...
Watch for slippery road conditions this morning if you are traveling to work or shop.  There are a number of mainly elevation-sensative slick road conditions caused by ice on roads, and some overnight rain and drizzle.  The Chautauqua County Sheriff's office is reporting some cars sliding off the roads in spots.  One of those locations is Southwestern Road in West Ellicott near the intersection with Hunt Road. 


NY Forward reports at least 75 new COVID Cases in Chautauqua County since Christmas Day...
There are at least 75 new cases of the COVID-19 Virus in Chautauqua County since Christmas Day being reported.  That from the state's New York-Forward website... which reported last night the county has now had 3,175 cases of COVID.  At last word... there were a total of 26 COVID-related deaths in the county.  In Cattaraugus County... there were 32 new cases Sunday... with 2,296 total so far.  The county is now reporting several new deaths since Christmas Eve.  That number increase from 38 to 45.  Cattaraugus now had 536 active cases... while 1,715 have now recovered.


JPS confirms Seven New Cases of COVID in the district...
The Jamestown Public Schools are reporting seven new COVID-19 cases over the holiday period... but, none are believed to be related.  Spokeswoman Cathy Panebianco says the new cases include a student at Fletcher Elementary School, two staff members at Fletcher... two staff members at Ring Elementary School... a student at Jefferson Middle School, and a staff member at Jefferson.  Panebianco says any in-school close contacts have been notified. 


Reed, Problem Solvers, express relief after President signs COVID-19, omnibus spending bills...
Members of the bi-partisan Congressional Problem Solver's Caucus... co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed... are expressing relief over President's Trump's signing of the emergency COVID-19 Relief, and emergency spending bill.  Reed and fellow co-chair Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey... say "help will finally get to millions of struggling American families, small businesses, and communities. We are proud of the critical role that the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus played, working alongside our Senate partners, to help make this possible."  That group has formed the new bi-partisan, bicameral group that provided the framework for the nearly $900-billion COVID-19 Relief bill signed by the president last night.  In addition to Reed and Gottheimer... Senators Susan Collins, Mitt Romney, and Dick Durban are part of the "908 Coaltion."


Reed highlights issued with COVID, and spending bills to end confusion...
Chautauqua County's Congressman is emphasizing that the nearly $900-billion COVID Relief Bill and the $1.4-trillion Omnibus Spending Bill are two different bills that were acted on at one time last week.  There's been outrage among many that that foreign spending is included in what's been described as "the COVID Bill."  Corning Republican Tom Reed says this was all part of the negotiations involving the Trump Administration, and Republican and Democratic leaders.  He says Democrats pushed the foreign spending items.  During an interview late last week on CNN... Reed and fellow Problem Solver's Caucus co-chair Josh Gottheimer said they were "blindsided" by President Trump's threatened veto of the nearly 5,600 page legislation.


"Lights on Winsor" originator John Fuchs says this might be the displays final year, receives Carlson Award...
The his could be the final week for the annual holiday show 'Lights On Winsor.'  John Fuchs, creator of the show, says the lights will be on every night through this Friday.  Fuch says he's now 75 years-old, and revealed that -- a few years ago -- he decided this would be the last year for the show.  Because of some health issues, Fuchs got help from his son Christopher in putting up the lights this year.  That could mean the program will go on in future years, but it's not certain.  The show, in the 600 block of Winsor Street in Jamestown runs beginning around 4:30 pm to 11 pm.  It involves music from a low power FM transmitter and thousands of computer controlled lights on John's home that's all syncronized.  Fuchs won the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation's Axel Carlson Award earlier this year... and there's been heavy traffic ever since.  


Honest John's set to open new location on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott...
The Pizza Hut franchise closed all of it's Jamestown-area restaurants as the COVID-19 pandemic was hitting... but, the former location in West Ellicott will be getting a new pizzeria soon.  Ellicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin says he's pleased to see Honest John's opening a new, second location at 995 East Fairmount Ave.  McLaughlin says that will replace the Pizza Hut location... and, adds they welcome Owner John Raymond "with open arms."  Raymond opened Honest John's at 1245 East Second St. in Jamestown about four decades ago... and, has had a very successful business there.  Earlier this month on Facebook... Raymond announced he was opening the new location with Austin Alonge as his General Manager there.  A January opening is anticipated.


Fredonia Home damaged in Christmas Eve fire is demolished...
A home that was heavily-damaged by fire in the village of Fredonia last Thursday morning was condemned and demolished because it's "structural integrity" was compromised.  Fredonia firefighters were called to the scene at 14 Forest Place just before 4:30 am, and found everyone had been safely evacuated from the building.  County fire Investigators determined the blaze was caused by an unmaintained electric multi-strip covered with debris in the home's kitchen.