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News Update for Tues., July 23, 2013

(**Bulletin)JPS Board names administrative offices after Kathman at outgoing superintendent's final board meeting...

The Jamestown School Board tonight recognized outgoing Superintendent Deke Kathman by naming the Central Administration Offices in his honor.  Board President Joe DiMaio read a resolution... naming the offices... which are connected to Jefferson Middle School... after Kathman.  Paul Hedin, from Clark Patterson Lee Design Professionals, also presented Kathman with an architectural rending of the honor.  The board also unveiled Superintendent Kathman's portrait, which will hang in the JPS Board Room.  DiMaio says the board "wanted to honor Deke's years of service to the district in a significant way.  Throughout the years that I have known Deke, the first thing that comes to my mind is how much he cares about the students of the Jamestown School District.  Kathman will retire on July 31 after 26 years with the school district.  His entire career has spanned nearly four decades.  He'll be replaced by Tim Mains on Aug. 1.

County Legislature to consider local law Wednesday that will make all county property, indoors and outdoors, smoke-free...

Chautauqua County lawmakers will vote Wednesday night on a measure expanding smoking restrictions on county property to ALL county property.  County Executive Greg Edwards says a management team... led by Budget Director Kitty Crow... reviewed current policy... and, looked at expanding the prohibition like 200 other government and not-for-profit agencies have already done in New York state.  Edwards says the expansion is being driven by one thing.  He says it's "unmistakable that the use of tobacco increases the odds for someone to contract cancer... and, tens of thousands of people a year die from tobacco use in New York alone."  With that last fact... Edwards says they have "all the incentive to do the right thing."  Edwards says the current restriction is limited to all county buildings... and, the area within 15 feet of a building entrance.  He says this will expand it to all property -- owned or leased -- including parking lots... and, parks.  Edwards says that exposes more young people to second-hand smoke.  The local law was reviewed by the legislature's Human Services Committee... and, passed onto the full legislature.  It not only prohibits tobacco products... but, electronic and herbal cigarettes.  Wednesday night's legislature meeting begins at 6:30 in Mayville.

New Trial set for hunter convicted of firing rifle shot that hit bus back in Nov. of 2011...

A Randolph man who was convicted of shooting a rifle round that struck a Randolph school bus full of children in November of 2011 has been granted a new trial.  The Buffalo News reports that Cattaraugus County Court Judge Ronald Ploetz ruled that the prosecutor in the case of 59 year-old Robert Squire acted inappropriately during closing arguments in the case.  Ploetz wrote that -- quote -- "nobody's going to jail because of this" -- when Squire actually wound up being sentenced to a year behind bars.  Ploetz says not only was the comment "inappropriate... it was incorrect."  The News says Squire's attorney, Barry Covert, says they're "very happy" with the results of their appeal.  Squires was convicted in July of 2012 of firing the shot that struck the school bus... carrying 35 children... on Route 241in the town of Randolph.  He was out hunting at the time... and, contends it was not his shot that struck the bus.