Rescue crews from several local police and fire departments have found the body of a Falconer man in Chautauqua Lake after about two days of searching...  
 
County Undersheriff Chuck Holder says 47 year-old Timothy Yocum apparently went missing after jumping into the lake -- near the Lakewood Yacht Club -- to cool off about 5:30 last Saturday night.  However, he never resurfaced after his boat apparently drifted away from him.  Holder says the Sheriff's Office Navigation Patrol, and Water Emergency Team coordinated the search, along with Lakewood-Busti Police and the Lakewood Fire Department.  He says they used a search grid on that area of the lake, and they also had people checking the shoreline. 
 
 
City lawmakers have given their support to a church in downtown Jamestown applying for state funding to correct two on-going issues at the historic location...  
 
The city council last night endorsed St. Luke's Episcopal Church's application for funding through New York's Consolidated Funding Application process during a special meeting.  St. Luke's pastor, Father Luke Fodor says the first task is securing the westside wall of the 120-year-old structure.  He says the other project involves preserving the bell tower of the church at Fourth and Main Streets against water.
 
Fodor says the west wall project has ended up being bigger than they first expected.  He says the church is taking on an overall, one-million dollar project to take care of a number of issues, including the undercroft of the church.  He says they received a $45,000 New York state "Sacred Sites" grant to bring in a preservation architect to look at what needed to be dealt with and how. 
 
 
A Falconer woman is being held pending arraignment following a domestic dispute Sunday afternoon...  
 
Jamestown Police say they responded to Jones and Gifford Avenue just before 1:30 p.m. and, determined 32 year-old Alicia Kelsey allegedly pulled a sink of a wall causing damage.  Kelsey is also accused of stealing several bottles of liquor from the unidentified victim.  She was arrested and sent to the city jail for fourth-degree criminal mischief and petty larceny. 
 
 
A brand new scholarship was presented for the first time Monday, during the Four-H hog show at the Chautauqua County Fair...  
 
The scholarship was founded by Nancy Johnson and Margie Morrison in honor of their late husbands, Fred Johnson and David Morrison.  Both died from cancer around two years ago.  Each was deeply committed to Chautauqua County Four-H.  The first recipient of the $500 'Four-H Hog Project Memorial Scholarship' is Braden Lesch, a recent graduate of Fredonia High School.  Braden will attend Ohio State University at Wooster in the fall, and says the scholarhip will be a great help.  He is looking forward to a career in the swine or beef industry.  The scholarship is administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.  
 
 
The annual shot fired by a Civil War-era cannon kicked of Fair Week at the Chautauqua County Fair late Monday morning and, the mid-way and animal exhibits are now open...  
 
Fair Board member Dave Wilson says the firing of the cannon has become a tradition at the fair over the years.  Several elected officials were on hand for yesterday's start of the fair, including County Executive George Borrello, who recalled attending the fair as a child living in Fredonia.
 
Assemblyman Andrew Goodell added that there's plenty for the whole family to enjoy, with the 4-H exhibits on one side and, amusement rides on the other.  He adds there's also the grandstand where several events -- including concerts -- take place.  The Chautauqua County Fair runs through Sunday and, you can get more information on it by going on-line to ChautauquaCountyFair.org for a rundown of the fair's events.
 
 
Governor Andrew Cuomo has written to federal officials urging them to renew a policy allowing food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers' markets...  
 
The New York Democrat wrote to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week to express concern.  Cuomo says the federal government notified the state that because of a technology change, recipients of what's officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would no longer be able to use their benefits at farmers' markets. 
 
 
State Senator Cathy Young has been recognized for providing $25,000 in funding -- and untold support -- for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America...  
 
Young this past weekend was presented the Vietnam Veterans of America Achievement Medal by Local-#865 President Neil Magro.  The $25,000 she obtained in the 2006-2007 state budget was instrumental in establishing the VVA's Jamestown chapter.  Over the years, chapter officials add she has also secured significant state support for many programs benefitting veterans across the 57th Senate District and championed legislation providing state recognition and benefits in honor of their contributions.   

WJTN News Headlines for Aug. 16, 2018

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