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Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities face. The 2015 County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one of several reports utilized by public health officials to evaluate existing health systems and plot steps for the future. “I think these are good because they tell us where we need to work,” said Dr. Robert Greene, chief population health management officer at …

Unity Votes to Sue School Architect

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unity — With passionate opinions expressed by both sides at Saturday’s annual school meeting, residents approved a warrant article, 59-44, to spend up to $75,000 in legal fees and other costs to sue Vaughn Associates, the former architect and construction manager of the new Unity Elementary School. Matt Upton, the school district’s attorney, …

Municipal Managers Decry Cost-Shifting in N.H. Budget Plan

Saturday, March 21, 2015

West Lebanon — With the New Hampshire Legislature weighing sweeping cuts to the state budget, some of which could affect services relied upon by Upper Valley residents, municipal managers this week decried what they called the prospective “downshifting” of state costs onto local government and property owners . “All they’re doing is shifting the tax burden onto the property taxpayer,” said Hanover Town …

No Verdict From Jury Yet in Robarge Trial

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Newport — A Sullivan County Superior Court jury will enter into a third day of deliberations this morning in the case of James Robarge, who is accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for …

A Woman’s Place Could Be in the Gym … If Only More Would Apply to Be H.S. Basketball Coaches

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Claremont — Some things are hard to understand. When Title IX was adopted in 1972, forcing schools to offer and fund female and male athletics equally, there was a bit of an upheaval when men were hired to …

Jury Begins Deliberations in Robarge Murder Trial

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Newport — Defense attorneys and prosecutors described two very different scenarios concerning James Robarge’s alleged involvement in his estranged wife’s death during closing arguments at his murder trial in Sullivan County Superior Court on Monday. Defense attorney Caroline …

Defense Rests in Robarge Murder Trial

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Newport — Jurors are set to hear closing arguments Monday in the trial of a 45-year-old Charlestown man accused of killing his estranged wife on the day she filed for divorce in June 2013. James Robarge’s defense team …

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 …

Local Roundup: Mascoma Boys Basketball Catches Winning Fever

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

West Canaan — If winning can be contagious, it’s safe to say the Mascoma High boys basketball team has caught the bug. The Royals used a collective hot-shooting touch to beat visiting Stevens 71-47 on Tuesday night. Mason …

Nursing Homes Fear Future Cutbacks

Monday, February 2, 2015

North Haverhill — Upper Valley nursing home administrators said they are wary of Gov. Maggie Hassan’s decision to pull back $7 million designated for New Hampshire nursing homes as part of a plan to balance the budget, because they fear the cut may herald further funding reductions in …

Stevens Rolling Toward A Title

Monday, February 2, 2015

Claremont — Stevens High School has waited a long time for a state title — since 1989 when the boys soccer team turned the trick. Now the waiting may finally end. “I think we’ve got a chance,” Stevens bowling coach Shawn Wadsworth said. Wadsworth’s optimism was fueled by …

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 …

Local Roundup: Stevens Grabs Unified Hoop Victory

Monday, January 26, 2015

Claremont — Tyler Erickson had 24 points to lead the Stevens High unified basketball team over Hanover on Monday night, 38-32, at Carr Gymnasium. Walter Mosenthal had 16 points for Hanover (0-4), which also received eight from Brandon …