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Claremont Mulls Charter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

form of government, which was changed in 1996 when voters approved a charter revision from a “weak mayor” to a “strong mayor,” has delineated the lines of authority and placed the power under one individual. “By giving him more authority, he became the boss,” said former Manchester Mayor Sylvio Dupuis. Dupuis, who was at the helm from 1971-1976 under the …

DHMC Readies Ebola Team

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lebanon — State officials have designated Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as New Hampshire’s referral hospital for any potential case of Ebola. The designation by the Department …

Norwich Board Nixes Dog Ban

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Norwich — The Selectboard appears unlikely to make changes to its animal control ordinance following incidents this summer where dogs bit children during sports events …

Republican Milne Says ‘I Think I’ve Got a Shot’

Thursday, October 23, 2014

West Lebanon — Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne said Wednesday that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has pursued a “reckless” single-payer health care policy while ignoring concerns about the jobs climate and property taxes. He noted that Shumlin and …

Sullivan County House Candidates Face Off

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Newport — Two Republicans in the Newport-Sunapee area who lost their New Hampshire House seats in 2012 are trying to win them back, and there is also a contested election in the two-seat district representing Newport and Unity. …

Local & Regional Briefs for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thetford Will Continue Talks With Police Chief Candidate Thetford — The Selectboard voted during a special meeting Wednesday to continue discussions with the candidate for police chief, meaning there likely will not be any updates on the hiring process before Monday’s regularly scheduled Selectboard meeting, a selectman said. …

Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes …

Barnard Man Faces Sex Charge

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barnard — Police last week charged a man with felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor following a weeklong investigation by Vermont State Police and the Department of Children and Families. Authorities allege Thurston Twigg-Smith, 67, “inappropriately touched” a 14-year-old girl from Barnard, according to a State …

Attorneys Debate Evidence In Thetford Rifle Case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chelsea — The prosecution and defense in the case of a Thetford man who allegedly fired rifle rounds into an occupied car debated Tuesday what evidence should be introduced at a trial slated to start next week. During a motion hearing in Orange Superior Court, defense attorney Daniel …

Investigators: Fire That Torched Police Cars Was Intentional

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thetford — State fire investigators have determined that the fire that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers last week was set intentionally. The cause of the fire, which was reported around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, has been officially identified as “incendiary/arson,” according to a State Police statement distributed Tuesday …

Charlestown-Area House Incumbents Face Challengers

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Charlestown — The two lawmakers who represent the Charlestown area in the New Hampshire House are facing challenges next month. State Rep. Steve Smith, R-Charlestown, one of the few Sullivan County Republicans to survive the 2012 election that …

Hartford Athletic Field Project on Schedule

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hartford — The creation of several athletic playing fields on the Maxfield property along Route 5 is running on schedule, according to Hartford Parks and Recreation Department Director Tad Nunez, who updated the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission on the $3.1 million project earlier this month. Right now, …

Caledonia District Has Three-Way Race

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Bradford — When it comes to electing someone to represent their views on health care at the Statehouse, voters in the Caledonia Senate district have three distinct choices — one of three candidates for the district’s two seats …