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Claremont Mulls Charter

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Claremont — Supporters of changing Claremont’s charter to replace the position of a hired city manager with an elected mayor, among other reforms, say it would open up city government to greater transparency and more resident involvement. At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, 10 residents, including five councilors, spoke strongly against the charter. No one spoke publicly in favor of …

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 …

Bishops: No Welcome for Gays

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vatican City — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The …

Heating Help

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stan Teeter, middle, lifts a birch log onto a splitter run by fellow Norwich resident Betsy Maislen, left, as Jack Burnham, 14, of Norwich clears away the splits during a firewood bee in Norwich on Saturday. Volunteers, including …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Orange Senate District Race Offers Stark Policy Choices

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Randolph — A campaign battle is raging between state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, and Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, two colorful and aggressive personalities who sharply disagree on health care, education, and even the best way to reach …

Lebanon Details Lot Proposal

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lebanon — Downtown business owners reacted positively on Friday to a city plan to close off several parking spaces near the pedestrian mall because of structural problems with an old railroad tunnel that runs under the lot. Shawn …

Shumlin Calls for End of Strike

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Burlington — As South Burlington students and teachers spent a third day out of the classroom Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s patience with the walkout was thin. He said the strike harms all the wrong people. “When you see what’s going on in a community like South Burlington, the …

Local & Regional Briefs for Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Police Ask for Public’s Help In Finding Missing Claremont Man Claremont — Upper Valley residents are being asked to help locate a missing city man. Richard Blanchette, 58, of 243 Broad St., Claremont, has not been seen or …

Work Hard, Play Hard

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Henry Swan, 6, left, and his sister Stella, 4, play while their mom, Kristin, and their brother Abel, 2, rake leaves in their front yard in West Lebanon earlier this week. Henry and Stella had an extra day …

Lebanon Tunnel To Close

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lebanon — City officials have determined a plan of action to close off a downtown pedestrian tunnel and the parking lot above it beginning later this month. The city has scheduled an informational meeting on the topic at …

Student Charged With Bomb Hoax

Friday, October 17, 2014

Royalton — A 15-year-old student at the South Royalton School is facing juvenile charges after a device in his book bag mistaken for a homemade bomb led school officials to lock down the student body in the gymnasium for about two hours on Thursday. Another student alerted school …