In 1913, an unprecedented event in the football history of Jamestown High School took place on the cricket grounds Saturday afternoon when an ex-high team, composed largely of members of the champion 11 of 1909, decisively defeated the Red and Green team by a 20 to 7 score. While it was true that the alumni men outweighed the high school lads several pounds to the man, the victory, however, was a notable one when it was considered that the winners were banded together on a few days' notice and had to make up their signals before the game was started. In spite of the fact that a number of the players had been out of the game for three or four years, the ex-high team showed real football class and much of the new open style of football was used as well as the old fashioned line plunging. A fair-sized crowd witnessed the game.
A snowstorm accompanied by a good, stiff gale, which would attract little attention in mid-winter, was nevertheless the subject of comment because of the fact that it was the first real storm of the season and moreover came so suddenly from out of the northwest on Sunday afternoon. The change in temperature Sunday afternoon was very pronounced. A drizzling rain changed to snow late in the afternoon and during the night the ground was covered to a depth of several inches. The wire companies, of course, sustained some inconvenience but not as much as on some occasions.
In 1938, the most important change in traffic control in Jamestown in many years would become effective at 8 a.m. the following morning when the new traffic circle plan was inaugurated in Brooklyn Square. A certain amount of confusion and difficulty was anticipated as the new system went into effect, according to police, but every effort would be made to educate motorists to the changes quickly and with as little trouble as possible. Although the new system was called a "traffic circle" plan, it really called for the flow of all traffic entering and leaving the square from all directions to travel around the triangle situated in the center of the area. Several policemen would be stationed at strategic points around the square for several days until the system was working properly.
The Jamestown Police Department's vow to eliminate alleged "bookie" places in the city, was apparently taken lightly by certain operators, for another alleged bookie establishment "bit the dust" Wednesday afternoon. Driven from their usual Second Ward haunts by repeated police raids, Jamestown's better known bookies and their usual "sucker" following had just become comfortably ensconced in quarters on the second floor of 39 S. Main St. when that lair was visited and 18 persons fell into the hands of police on charges of frequenting a gambling resort. The equipment found at the South Main Street place was largely new, although some of it, according to police, had been removed to the place from a resort on Lafayette Street that was raided two weeks ago.
In 1988, state Comptroller Edward Regan said New York could lose its fiscal credibility if it dipped into its reserve funds to pay off an estimated $1 billion state budget deficit. The Republican comptroller said that using short-term borrowing that would have to be repaid within a year would be better than dipping into an $806 million education reserve fund or delaying some $360 million in income tax refunds that would be due New Yorkers the following year.
A group of West Ellicott homeowners had petitioned the Ellicott Town Board for their property to become part of Jamestown and would give their reasons at a public hearing on Jan. 25 in Ellicott. According to town attorney Robert VanEvery, Ellicott and Jamestown must decide if annexation was beneficial for both communities. He said the joint hearing was only the first step of a complicated process if both councils decided to approve the annexation. Town Supervisor Frances C. Morgan said she didn't know why six residents wanted their property transferred to Jamestown, which would increase their property taxes. The petitions were signed by property owners on Newland and Huxley avenues and Chadwick Street.