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Bolivar police chief announces bid for sheriff

WELLSVILLE -- The chief of police in Bolivar on Friday announced his candidacy for Allegany County Sheriff.

Rick Whitney, who has served 29 years as chief, made the announcement at the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville. Whitney's platform includes reforming the fiscal management of the Sheriff's Office, which, he said, has led to higher taxes. He also aid he hopes to reduce overtime and unnecessary spending, and address the department's poor morale.

Whitney said he also wants to reduce conflicts between the Sheriff's Office and other police, emergency medical and fire agencies.

"As the county's chief law enforcement officer, I will create a professional, nonpolitical, fiscally responsible department that will focus its resources on improving public safety throughout Allegany County without overburdening the taxpayers," Whitney said in a news release Friday.

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Ten Lives Club to hold annual FurBall on Sunday

The Ten Lives Club, a cat rescue and adoption organization, will hold its annual FurBall fundraiser from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in the Hamburg Knights of Columbus Hall, 36 Pierce Ave.

Featured will be the music of Johnny Cash impersonator Billy D and Little Sister, as well as theme basket and silent auctions, local crafters and vendors. Food, snacks and a cash bar also will be available.

All proceeds benefit the Ten Lives Club's rescue and adoption mission and the shelter clubhouse in Concord. For information, call 646-5577.

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