A long-time member of the Chautauqua County Legislature has been defeated in one of the three primaries that have taken place as part of re-districting. Clymer-area Republican David Himelein has defeated former Legislature Chairman Fred Croscut of Sherman, 229-to-198 in the GOP Primary in District 18.
In a race too close to call at this point... Frewsburg Republican Ron Lemon leads Tami Downey in the District 16 race, 108-to-106. Both are past county legislators... and, were seeking the right to run against incumbant Democrat Tom Erlandson.
In the lone Democrat race... Susan Baldwin defeated Amy Farnham in another close race in the north county's District 5... 76-to-72.
There was also an opportunity to ballot for the Working Families line in District 7. Incumbant Democrat Tom DeJoe of Brocton held onto that endorsement. He received 5 votes... while there were 3 write-ins.
In other Primary results... Brian Anderson won the Republican Primary for Gerry Town Supervisor Tuesday... defeating Mark Risley, 136-to-118....
In the Town of Stockton... Mark Cunningham was the big winner in three primaries for the Town Justice seat. Cunningham won big in the GOP Primary over Jeffrey Shevlin and Michael Myers. He also won the Conservative Primary over Shevlin. However... Shevlin won the Independence Party primary over Cunningham, 7-to-6....
AND... in the Town of Arkwright... Clinton Nagel holds a one-vote lead over Christopher Cannon in the Republican Town Council race. Nagel has 62 votes to Cannon's 61. Lawrence Ball was third with 50 votes. For more results... go on-line to Votechautauqua-dot-COM.
There are three Jamestown residents who have expressed an interest in filling a vacancy on the city school board left when long-time member Tim Thomas resigned last month. School Superintendent Tim Mains has also made a recommendation to the board on how to fill that post. Following last night's board meeting... Mains said he would like the board to interview each applicant before they make a final decision. He has also given the board a set of questions that they can ask each candidate. While there are fewer applicants than the last time there was a board vacancy... Mains says he's pleased with the interest shown. He says he wouldn't expect "there to be hordes of applicants for a position that pays zero... and, yet it has a tremendous amount of time required" of an individual. Mains says... depending on how schedules line-up... both he and the board would like to have the position filled by the end of the month. That way... the new board member can be brought up to speed before the budget process begins. Thomas has moved to the Buffalo-area to take a new job.
It'll be hot and humid in the Jamestown-area for at least another day as the system that's caused the recent heat wave in the Midwest has moved into the region. That from Forecaster Bill Hibbert with the National Weather Service in Buffalo... who says we're enjoying probably our last run of Summer-like weather for 2013. Hibbert says western New York was looking at projected highs of about 90 Tuesday. Our unofficial high here at our studios was 89 at 4 PM. However... it's only going to last another day. Hibbert said it was going to be very muggy and uncomfortable overnight. The lows around Jamestown were to only get to about 70. No records were expected to be broken Tuesday. However... Hibbert says there may be a new high today. He says the record high for Buffalo on September 11th is 87. The projected high for Wednesday is 90. However... a cold front will bring showers and thunderstorms overnight tonight... and, a high of about 75 Thursday.
Thousands of volunteers will honor September 11th today with good deeds performed around the globe. The anniversary of the terror attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009. This year... a constellation of volunteer networks around the world will spread goodwill through volunteerism to honor those who died. Public volunteer projects in New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and other cities will convene at fire houses and fire academies to honor first responders by painting and cleaning the facilities. On the website '911day.org,' thousands of people have pledged to perform a good deed on September 11th. Among other things... people have pledged to give blood, donate books, pass out blankets at homeless shelters and volunteer at soup kitchens.
No serious injuries were reported in a two-car, rear-end collision at a tricky West Ellicott intersection about mid-afternoon Tuesday. However... police officials say it tied up traffic in the area of Hunt Road and Howard Avenue for just over half-an-hour. Sheriff's Department dispatchers say Ellicott Town Police were called to the scene about 3:30 PM. It appears a Sports Utility Vehicle struck another that had stopped to make a left turn onto Howard afternoon... and, the SUV in the front went through the intersection onto the shoulder of Hunt Road. An ambulance was called to the scene... and, the occupants were checked out... but, no one went to the hospital. No names have been released... and, there's no word on any charges as of yet.
A Forestville man has been charged with drunk driving after his car that struck an Amish Buggy on a town of Chautauqua road Monday night. Sheriff's Deputies say they were called to the scene on the Hartfield-Stockton Road just after 8:30 PM. Officers say... on further investigation... they found that 40 year-old Jason Merritt was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Deputies say neither Merritt, nor anyone else involved, was hurt. He was charged with DWI... and, released pending a future appearance in Chautauqua Town Court.