Dartmouth’s Road to Reform: No Hard Alcohol Among New Policies

Hanover — Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon on Thursday announced a wide range of policy reforms intended to curb high-risk behavior and improve academics and residential life on campus, including a ban on hard alcohol and a mandatory …

A Super Cause: Area Churches Hold Football Food Drive

Grantham — Football fans in New England and Seattle may not feel like they have a lot in common right now, but Methodist churches in both regions are trying to harness the excitement surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl to pull in the same direction for a good cause. The …

Hartford May Lower Late Tax Penalty

Hartford — During an emergency meeting on Thursday, the Selectboard scuttled plans to pay for a curbside recycling program with a room and meal sales tax, and voted in favor of cutting the penalty rates on delinquent taxpayers from 8 percent to 4 percent. When it comes to …

Lebanon School Board Selects A Special Education Director

Lebanon — The Lebanon School Board approved the hiring of a permanent special education director for the upcoming school year at its meeting on Wednesday. Tim Koumrian, currently the director of special education for SAU 6 in Claremont, is set to begin work in Lebanon on July 1. …

Robarge Trial: Wife’s Blood Found on Husband

Newport — Much of the blood found inside the Robarge family’s Charlestown home belonged to Kelly Robarge, an expert witness said Thursday as the murder trial of James Robarge continued in Sullivan County Superior Court. Katie Swango, a criminalist with the New Hampshire State Police Forensic Laboratory, also …

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