The man who's been President of Jamestown Community College for the past 19 years will retire after today. Dr. Gregory Decinque has led JCC to regional sponsorship, and added many new programs and buildings to the campuses in Jamestown and Olean. But he hopes his legacy will be people he's leaving behind. Decinque's leadership style has changed during his tenure at JCC. He says he's come to 'trust good people to do good things'. Dr. Decinque will be succeeded by Dr. Cory Duckworth, who's leaving a Vice-President's post at Utah Valley University to come to JCC. Decinque says he and his wife Laura consider Western New York their home, and will stay in the area... but he has no immediate plans to begin any new work.
Two Jamestown teenagers are accused of fighting... and, then robbing another person on the city's southside late last night. City police were called to the fight in the area of 75 Prospect Street about 11:30 PM... and, found two male suspects quickly walking away from the area of the fight. Officers say the pair threw property to the ground... but, were stopped. Police identified them as 19 year-old Jackson Knappenberger... and, a 15 year-old boy. Officers also found the male victim in the middle of Prospect Street... who had injuries to his face. Police say the two suspects pushed the victim to the ground... and, punched him before taking his gym shoes... and, items out of his pockets. Jackson was arraigned on several charges... including second-degree robbery and assault. He was sent to the county jail without bail. The 15 year-old's case is being further investigated.
There was quite a thunderstorm early Tuesday morning... but, a 'fair weather' kind of "thunder" will be taking to downtown Jamestown this Friday. The 10th annual "Thunder in the Streets" motorcycle show... and, the 21st "Crusin'" car show will be held. "Thunder" starts at 12 Noon in front of the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena. The Jamestown Renaissance Corporation is putting on this year's events... and, JRC Event and Programming Associate Tiffani Conti says thousands of people have attended each year since the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation put the two together. Conti says there are a number of new activities and events coming in this year with "Thunder's" 10th anniversary. She says the JRC has been working with local veteran's groups to put on a "scenic ride" around Chautauqua Lake to benefit the Chautauqua County 4-H... and, the Team FMX stunt riders will put on three shows Friday... with the first one at 3 PM. There'll also be food and music during the day Friday. The Media One Group is one of the main sponsors of this year's "Thunder in the Streets," and "Crusin" events. For more information... call the JRC at 664-2477.
Governor Andrew Cuomo hit the Finger Lakes wineries trail Tuesday in an effort to boost tourism in upstate New York. After the tour, Cuomo was to present the Governor's Cup, which recognizes the best wine in New York state.
The effort to make Democratic reforms in the Middle Eastern nation of Turkey has been a "work in progress..." and, has not been perfect. However... the chief advisor to the Turkish Prime Minister says it's become an "inspiration" to other countries in the region. Those are the feelings of Ibrahim Kalin (E-bra-Him Kah-LIN)... who was Tuesday's featured lecturer at Chautauqua Institution. Kalin says Turkey is a young and dynamic democracy that's seen the elimination of one-party rule... and, military interference. Kalin also points out Turkey is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization... also known as NATO... and, it has strong relations with the U-S. Turkey has had it's critics, though, who say it has imprisoned record numbers of journalists. Kalin doesn't deny that... but, says it's happened as part of anti-terrorism measures involving the nation's Kurdish population. He says it will be addressed as part of a new reform package... and, says the country is close to a major referendum on a new constitution. He spoke with our Jim Roselle as part of the Week-Eight theme of "Turkey - Model of the Middle East."
Licenses for the upcoming hunting, fishing and trapping seasons are now on sale at sporting outlets across New York. The State Department of Environmental Conservation says the licenses can be purchased at one of the DEC's 15-hundred license sales outlets statewide as well as through the DEC website at DEC-dot-NY-dot-gov. The 2013-2014 sporting licenses are valid beginning October 1st.
Due to a scheduling conflict... Nick Battistella has cancelled his performance for tonight, August 14th, at the Desi Arnaz Bandshell in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. The Nick Battistella "Sinatra Tribute" concert has now been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 21st from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Desi Arnaz Bandshell. Again... the Celoron United Methodist Church will have hot dogs and drinks available for sale. Residents are urged to bring their lawn chairs... and, enjoy the music in the park.