Olean News

Siemens Energy

German industrial giant Siemens Energy is seeing limited future in the gas and power business, so it is cutting nearly 8,000 jobs around the world, including 500 at its Olean facility, where the company is ending manufacturing.

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Cattaraugus County saw over 1,200 people this past weekend get to the polls for early voting. The national election is a big reason for that. And according to Olean Times Herald Reporter Rick Miller, it’s one of many factors that could impact the race to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

An online conversation based at St. Bonaventure University in Olean was hacked Friday afternoon, as a so-called Zoom bomber posted racial epithets and swastikas on a PowerPoint presentation during the computer session.

Store closings announced by Pier 1 Imports and Valu will affect Western New York.

Bob Clark / Olean Times Herald

Officials cut the ribbon on a new 4-megawatt solar electricity farm Wednesday morning, the third developed for the City of Olean.


Sen. Catharine Young, who has represented the southern tier in the New York Senate since 2005, is resigning her seat for a job promoting the state's agriculture.

BQ Energy

Cattaraugus County is continuing its aggressive move into solar energy, with a solar farm planned for an unused section of the Nuclear Fuel Services complex in West Valley.

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New York State Sen. Catharine Young (R-Olean) wants to use cameras to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

It’s that time of year again. The sneezing, the runny nose, the itchy, watery eyes. Allergies are picking up. But how do we know just how bad allergy season is? WBFO reporter Avery Schneider takes us to Olean, to explain the science behind the pollen count.

Sen. Catherine Young

The state budget process can be very complicated and the higher ranked a legislator is, the better that legislator's district can wind up when the final budget is adopted.

Tim Johnson

Living in a rural community can feel detached from the major art scene of urban centers. But in small college towns such as Alfred in Allegany County and Olean in Cattaraugus, area residents can often see top artists that the universities bring in for faculty, students, and the surrounding communities. And that can have a life-long impact on young audiences and aspiring artists. WBFO Arts & Culture Desk producer Scott Sackett recently attended a dance performance at St. Bonaventure University that was a Western New York homecoming for a dancer from the Town of Alfred.

Sen. Catharine Young

There is a new proposal to overhaul government sexual harassment policies in New York State. The Senate's Republican majority Tuesday announced the measure, sponsored by Olean Republican Catharine Young.

National Public Radio

Nail salon drying lamps help achieve a flawless manicure finish, but they would be regulated under a bill passed by New York's state Senate.

With the return of frigid temperatures to Western New York, the threat of flooding resulting from last week's brief thaw has eased. The remaining trouble spot is the Allegany River in Olean.

A western Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty to stealing $180,000 from the Olean credit union she managed for 20 years.

Jamestown Police Department

A Southern Tier lawmaker wants harsher penalties for causing harm to police animals.

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An Olean man has been arrested in connection with a murder this weekend.

Allegany State Park

As concerns about changes in federal environmental policies continue to garner headlines, advocates sponsored an “Earth Rally” Saturday at Allegany State Park.

New York State Police say they have charged a Chautauqua County woman and her 26-year-old son with fatally shooting the woman's ex-boyfriend in his home.

New York State Governor's Office

Western New York is getting $62 million for approved projects in the latest round of state spending from the regional economic development councils. The projects benefiting range from rebuilding a section of Niagara Street to a culinary arts training program in Cattaraugus County.

Police arrest woman found with crack cocaine

Sep 3, 2016
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An Olean woman is facing drug-related charges after being arrested Friday afternoon.

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An employee at an Olean facility for the disabled is facing charges for the abuse of a patient.

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The Olean City School District will be hosting a special celebrity Sunday and Monday. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the event is designed to encourage students not to use a derogatory word.

'Standing tall' in an Olean classroom

Nov 3, 2015
Eileen Keenan Skrobacz

A middle school teacher in the Southern Tier has created a new way for her students to give their best. WBFO's Focus on Education Eileen Buckley says in one Olean Intermediate Middle School classroom students are standing -- not sitting.

City of Olean / WBFO News

Olean Police are seeking the public's help in solving a brazen bank robbery that occurred Friday afternoon.

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An Olean resident was taken to a New Jersey hospital yesterday after a most bizarre incident.

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An early morning accident on Saturday has taken the life of a local soldier.

Olean residents will become accustomed to the sounds of road construction over the next two years as the city's main thoroughfare, North Union Street, undergoes a $9 million reconstruction. The impact of the project has been the subject of community debate.

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Olean Police are putting the public on alert that reports have been made of a man attempting to lure young girls into his vehicle.

Photo from St. Bonaventure Website

St. Bonaventure University will be celebrating the connection it had with Trappist monk Thomas Merton. As part of our Focus on Education reporting, WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with St. Bona president Sister Margaret Carney who talked about the school's three-day Centennial conference taking placelater this month.