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Sullivan County Manager Jessie Levine, left, speaks with county commissioners Ben Nelson, Jeff Barrette and Ethel Jarvis during their monthly meeting held at the Sullivan County complex in Unity, N.H., on Aug. 17, 2015. Levine was diagnosed with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, earlier in 2015. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) <p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

‘She Doesn’t Back Off’: Sullivan County Manager Battles ALS Diagnosis

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Newport — For 4½ months between the late-summer night that friends noticed her slurring her words and the midwinter day that neurologists identified the source of the problem, Sullivan County Manager Jessie Levine wondered which enemy she’d be fighting. After ruling out a stroke, a brain tumor and Lyme disease as causes early in the autumn of 2014, Levine’s primary-care …

Richard C. Wilson

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sun City, Ariz. — Richard C. Wilson, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Sun City. He was born in 1939 a son of Clarence and Eva (Stricklin) Wilson in Willimantic, Conn. Dick grew up in Connecticut where he attended school and worked on horse farm, he later began a lifelong career as a carpenter. Dick was married to Elizabeth Bartlett in 1969, …

George H. Blankenship

Friday, August 14, 2015

Charlestown, N.H. — A graveside service for George H. Blankenship who died on Feb. 21, 2015, will be held in the Pine Crest Cemetery in Charlestown on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Stephen Cook officiating and with military honors. Arrangements are with the Stringer Funeral Home & Crematorium, 146 Broad Street, Claremont, N.H. …

Robarge Takes the Stand: ‘I Never Threatened to Kill Kelly’

Friday, February 6, 2015

Newport — James Robarge testified in his own defense at his murder trial in Sullivan Superior Court on Thursday, saying he didn’t kill his estranged wife 19 months ago on the day she filed for divorce. Robarge, 45, …

Medical Examiner Testifies at Trial

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Newport — Deputy State Medical Examiner Jennie Duval testified on Wednesday that injuries seen on a man accused of murdering his wife were consistent with someone who had been scratched and grabbed during a physical confrontation. Duval, who examined photographs of marks on James Robarge that were taken …

Charlestown to Discuss Budget, Warrants This Week

Monday, February 2, 2015

Charlestown — Residents can comment and ask questions on the town of Charlestown’s proposed $3.9 million operating budget and another $500,000 in special articles at Wednesday’s deliberative session beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Amendments can be made to any articles with appropriations before they are adopted …

Charlestown Teacher Gets VFW Award

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Charlestown — John J. Cenney, of Charlestown, was recently named a local winner of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of New Hampshire. Maj. Cenney is a social sciences teacher, department chairman and Senior Army JROTC instructor at Fall …

Robarge Trial: Wife’s Blood Found on Husband

Friday, January 30, 2015

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 …

Jurors Hear Police Interview in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newport — The voice of accused murderer James Robarge crackled over courtroom speakers Monday, as jurors listened to an hour-long interview two state police detectives conducted with him on the evening of his wife’s disappearance. The lights in …

Defense Prods Trooper in Murder Trial

Friday, January 23, 2015

Newport — The defense had its chance Thursday to challenge a New Hampshire State Police detective about the approach his team took to seizing evidence at key sites in the case against a Vermont man accused of killing his wife. Prosecutors called Trooper William M. Bright to the …

Jury Views Evidence Video in Murder Trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Newport — Members of Kelly Robarge’s family grabbed a box of tissues and held one another close on a court bench Wednesday as they braced themselves to watch a video police took while walking an old logging trail …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her …

Robert Newell Eames

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Charlestown, N.H. — It is somehow fitting that Bob at age 69, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2015, shortly after his idol, Joe Cocker, who had also succumbed to lung cancer. In 1958 Bob moved to Springfield, Vt. from Mansfield, Mass. with his parents, Leonard and Shirley …