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News Update for Mon., Aug. 5, 2013


North County woman killed when her vehicle hits tree in Cattaraugus County...

A Forestville woman died Sunday afternoon from injuries suffered when her car crashed into a tree in northwestern Cattaraugus County.  Sheriff's officers in Little Valley say 37 year-old Tara Evert of 10-747 Hanover Road was southbound on Countyline Road in the town of Perrysburg about 2 p.m. when her Hummer went off the side of the road.  Deputies say the vehicle went into a small ravine... then struck the tree.  Officers say Evert was taken to Lakeshore Hospital... where she later died.  Sheriff's officers say the accident remains under investigation.


Authorities confirm Jamestown race driver died after being striken with heart attack during E-Mod Feature race at Stateline Speedway...

For the first time in it's storied history... there's been a driver fatality at Stateline Speedway.  Lakewood-Busti Police report that 50 year-old John Kelsey of Jamestown apparently suffered from a pre-existing medical condition.  Sources have told us Kelsey apparently suffered a heart attack while racing in the E-Mod Feature last Saturday night at the Busti facility.  Sources say the race car slowed... and, struck the wall between turns three and four after the driver was striken.  However... police say crashing into the wall did not cause Kelsey's death.  He was pulled from the car, and, put on a back-board, and taken by ambulance to the hospital. Up until this point... in the 57-year history of Stateline Speedway... there had not been a fatality among drivers racing on the track. 


Reed introduces Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act with Kennedy...

Linking manufacturers with higher education is the idea behind a bill co-sponsored by local Congressman Tom Reed he says will provide the needed workforce to stimulate the nation's manufacturing sector.  The Corning Republican is sponsoring the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013 with Massachusetts Democrat Joe Kennedy.  Reed says his goal with the bill is to help the United States produce and export more products abroad.  During his weekly telephone conference call with Southern Tier media Monday... he said the bill will create a network of regional institutes across the country that will provide the education "arena" so workers can be trained in the appropriate skills.  Reed says a roundtable discussion he hosted earlier this year at Jamestown Community College's Manufacturing and Technology Institute directly influenced creation of the bill.  He serves as co-chairman of the House Manufacturing Committee... and, adds he spoke with Kennedy about the concept.  Reed says Kennedy... who is on the House Science Committee... has also been looking at the issue.  It might seem strange for Reed and Joe Kennedy to team up for the legislation... but, Reed says he's become known in Congress as someone who will sit and talk with members on the other side of the political aisle to get issues addressed.  A companion Senate measure has been introduced by Republican Roy Blunt of Missouri... and, Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio.


Mains hits the ground running as JPS Superintendent...

It's been a busy first two days for new Jamestown School Superintendent Tim Mains... meeting with as many people from inside and outside the district as possible.  Mains says the idea is to get further introduced to the new system... and, all the resources available locally.  He spent his first-day last Thursday meeting with the district's various stakeholders.  Mains... who was an administrator for the Rochester City School District until being hired at Jamestown... says he's still getting to know people -- and, the district -- better.  He says he's meeting with people in the district, and then those in the wider community to learn about all the resources available in Jamestown to further education.  Initially... Mains says he's been very impressed by the commitment people in the district have to it... and, that people outside view the schools as a "tremendous asset" to the community.  Mains also began implementing his "Entry Plan" for the district... which he says is mainly to benefit him as an outsider.  However... he says it will also help the school board and community because it's the first time in many years that someone from "outside" the district has been superintendent.  Mains replaces the now-retired Deke Kathman.

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