Wind chills around zero tonight, sub-zero Friday into Saturday

BREAKING: Wind chills are forecast to drop to around zero tonight in Central Allegany County, remain in the single digits into early Thursday when temperatures are expected to rise somewhat, before plunging again to below-zero for most of Friday and into Saturday. Wind chills could near 30-degrees below zero early Saturday. The National Weather Service … Read more

Violence against women begins War and Conflict symposium at Houghton University, Ukraine orchestra is Wednesday

The annual Kidschi Faith and Justice Symposium opened today at Houghton University, focused on War and Conflict: Creating Sanctuaries in Times of Violence, with a special concert Wednesday night by the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine being part of the five-day schedule. Belinda Bauman of One Million Thumbprints of Grand Rapids, Mich., in several … Read more

Possible wind chills forecast below zero Friday and Saturday

EARLY ALERT: Forecasters are alerting to the potential for very cold weather Thursday night through Saturday for Allegany and neighboring Western New York and Southern Tier counties, with “wind chills expected to drop well below zero at times,” depending on location. The National Weather Service NWS) at Buffalo is encouraging residents to get prepared as … Read more

Buffalo Diocese Catholics to consolidate Wednesday from 12 to eight vicariates

BREAKING: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo is changing its structure Wednesday, with a consolidation from a dozen regional vicariates to seven geographic areas, plus one for campus ministries, which places nine Allegany County churches in the new Southern Tier East Vicariate. The action, to take effect February 1, will place Rev. James Hartwell, pastor … Read more

Arkport Central School District under moderate fiscal stress

BREAKING: The Arkport Central School District, which has geographic boundaries extending into Allegany County, is under moderate fiscal stress, more than doubling its evaluation score during the last school year. New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is reporting that his office’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System has identified Arkport as having a rating of 45, … Read more

Free community meal, followed by a movie, is scheduled Saturday in Wellsville

A free community luncheon will be available from noon to 1PM tomorrow at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, followed by an optional movie in its auditorium. The Saturday, January 28, meal is being provided by the Community Kitchen, Grace United and St. John’s Episcopal churches, the Salvation Army, ACCORD Corporation, and the … Read more

War and Conflict symposium to include Ukrainian orchestra and Houghton University conductor

War and Conflict: Creating Sanctuaries in Times of Violence will be the focus next week at Houghton University during a series of events which will include a Wednesday night concert by the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by a Houghton professor. The annual Kindschi Faith and Justice Symposium, hosted by the University’s Center … Read more

Allegany County legislators dramatically more secretive than in neighboring counties

The Allegany County Board of Legislators is dramatically more secretive in holding political caucuses, apparently to discuss county business, than that disclosed by three out of four adjoining New York counties. The determination comes in an Allegany Hope Community News followup to a report issued today by the New York Coalition for Open Government in … Read more

Allegany County Board goes secret, apparently for training on how to act

The Allegany County Board of Legislators today continued ongoing practices associated with several types of dubious secret sessions by again closing its doors to the public, apparently for the purpose of being told how to conduct its meetings. County Board Chairman W. Brooke Harris of Alfred entertained a motion at the start of a Committee … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory ended for Allegany County, extended to the west

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, to have ended at 10PM today, has been curtailed early for Allegany County northeast, is continuing until the same time for Steuben County east, but now has been extended until 11AM Friday for Cattaraugus County west. Ongoing updates, including links to weather projections for the entire region for the next seven … Read more

Alfred Station couple presented with first Allegany County betterment recognition

An Alfred Station couple has been presented with the first Extraordinary Contributions to the Betterment of Allegany County recognition. Judson and Mary Stearns, who have operated Stearns Poultry Farm, a third-generation agricultural and retail food operation at Alfred Station, for nearly 50 years, along with being a provider for many summer chicken barbeques, were honored … Read more

State group pushes back against local government caucuses such as those held regularly by Allegany County legislators

A state open government advocacy group is scheduled to issue a report and make recommendations tomorrow about political causes held by local government legislators, such as those held regularly in Allegany County, which, it claims, “make the public meeting a sham as the real discussion has already occurred in private.” The New York Coalition for … Read more

Latest maps show projected snow amounts for approaching storm

BREAKING: The National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo now has released a map of the anticipated snowfall in Allegany County and the remainder of Western New York, joining NWS forecast offices at Binghamton and State College, Pa., with their updated maps from earlier today for Wednesday’s storm. The entire region continues under a WINTER WEATHER … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory issued for Allegany and adjoining New York counties

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY now has been issued for Allegany and surrounding New York counties for Wednesday, with a WINTER STORM WATCH continuing for Potter County in Pennsylvania. A storm moving in from the southwest has created National Weather Service (NWS) alerts from 4AM to 7PM for adjoining Pennsylvania counties, with Advisories from 7AM to … Read more

A mixture of weather Wednesday for Allegany and surrounding counties, some alerts issued

BREAKING: A mixture of potentially hazardous travel is being forecast for Allegany and surrounding counties tomorrow, with timing and the amount of accumulating snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain varying, depending on location. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Potter County, Pa., east, with a Winter Weather Advisory in effect for McKean County … Read more

Demolition of Belfast Bridge starting this week, more time for replacement

BREAKING: Demolition of the Belfast Road Bridge is starting this week, nearly a year after the structure was deemed unsafe and suddenly closed to traffic, but it will be nearly two more years before a replacement will enable motorists to cross the Genesee River. Allegany County Public Works Superintendent Thomas Windus says the $570,000 bridge … Read more

Wellsville to receive $4.5 million for downtown revitalization efforts

BREAKING: The Village of Wellsville has been awarded a $4.5 million grant for downtown revitalization as part of the state’s New York Forward initiative. The announcement from Gov. Kathy Hochul came today in the City of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, as that community was awarded $1 million and the Village of Lancaster in Erie County also … Read more

Winter Weather Advisory canceled for Allegany County west and south, another storm expected mid-week

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, originally effective until early afternoon for Allegany County west, and south into Pennsylvania, has been canceled, but still continues for Steuben County east. Additional “nuisance light snow” of a half-inch to an inch in Allegany, with a greater concentration possible in the southwestern portion of the county is expected today, according … Read more

Allegany County west now under Winter Weather Advisory

BREAKING: A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo for Allegany County west, extending one which has been in effect since yesterday for Steuben County east. The NWS at State College, Pa., also has projected the same previously-issued Advisory for Potter County west to McKean County and beyond. … Read more

Catch up on the news for the past week

As reported last Sunday, Allegany Hope has transitioned our full local news coverage from our Facebook page to this website due to information being easier to read, prior stories being searchable, and ongoing modifications at Facebook which are making it more and more difficult to use. We now are providing a link from our Facebook … Read more