Catholics propose closure of three Allegany County churches, merger of others into Wellsville

The Buffalo Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church is proposing to merge six of its Allegany County parish sites into Wellsville and close buildings in three of those communities as part of a plan to shutter or merge half of its 160 parishes, up significantly from a little over one-third announced previously. WIVB-TV in Buffalo … Read more

Prescription Drug Take Back this month at Andover and Wellsville

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office is hosting its biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Andover and Wellsville this month to keep the unused medicines off the street and out of the hands of drug abusers, children and public water supplies. The spring event will be held from 10AM to 2PM, Saturday, April 27, at … Read more

Good Friday services scheduled in Alfred and Wellsville

Two groups will be observing Good Friday services this week in Alfred and Wellsville. Three organizations of college students will gather at 3PM March 29 at the Alfred Village Bandstand at Saxon Drive and Main Street for a public Prayer Rally. The time, signifying the hour of Jesus’ death on the cross at Calvary, will … Read more

Pop-up Pantry at Wellsville is canceled today

Today’s Pop-Up Pantry (PUP) free food distribution at the Wellsville campus of Alfred State College has been canceled due to the cold weather. The schedule for first and third Wednesday distributions for the next five months, through June, other than one on April 29 which still is to be determined, also has been established. Registration … Read more

New and returning college students arrive in Allegany County

Several thousand students from around the country and many parts of the world will start classes Monday at Allegany County’s three institutions of higher learning, swelling the resident base and the economy. An outside student-led Koinonia worship service was held tonight at Houghton University, with other weekend activities also occurring at Alfred State College and … 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

Allegany County Economic Development Office is back on the agenda

BREAKING: Allegany County, NY, will attempt Wednesday to re-start its efforts to create a new Office of Economic Development and an economic development director position, with adoption of a local law which was abruptly placed on hold in June, and temporarily appoint former County Administrator and Deputy County Administrator Timothy Boyde to the position. A … Read more

New areas of COVID community spread break out in Allegany County

WEEKEND HEALTH ALERT: There appears to be community spread of COVID-19 cases in three new areas of Allegany County this week as residents move into weekend activities. The Belmont zip code has experienced 10 new reported positives for the first five days of this week, compared with three in each of the last two full … Read more

Free Child Car Safety Seat Checks being held Saturday in Wellsville

A free child car seat safety check will be provided Saturday at the Wellsville campus of Alfred State College as part of national Child Passenger Safety Week. Ardent Solutions, Inc., Safe Kids Southern Tier New York, and the NYS University Police at Alfred State College will provide car seat information from 10AM to 2PM September … Read more

Allegany County COVID-19 cases drop slightly but college numbers remain at high levels

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New reported COVID-19 cases moderated slightly last week but Alfred college positives continued at significant levels. Weekend hospitalizations at Wellsville went up. The Allegany County Department of Health reported 98 new cases pursuant to Allegany Hope’s Freedom of Information Law daily filings for localized information, compared with 106 the week before. These … Read more

New Allegany County COVID-19 death and more college case surges reported

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Another COVID-19 fatality, surges in cases among students at Alfred colleges which appear to be spilling over into Allegany County communities, and continuing high levels of positives as people move indoors during cooler weather are being identified among data so far this week. The State Health Department reports the death of an … Read more

COVID-19 cases jump again in Allegany County while Hochul drops pandemic emergency orders

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: New COVID-19 cases in Allegany County jumped by more than 20 percent last week, with half the increase from Alfred and Wellsville, while in the meantime, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said she won’t be extending the state of emergency pandemic order when it expires at midnight today. New positives rose from … Read more

COVID-19 outbreaks seeming to appear at Alfred colleges

BREAKING – EXCLUSIVE: Seeming COVID-19 outbreaks at both Alfred college campuses, and possibly Wellsville, have pushed Allegany County, NY, into a Medium Risk for spread designation by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fragmented information from various tracking sources shows elevated levels of new positives county-wide for the past two days, adding … Read more