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Sullivan County to Hold Budget Hearing

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Newport — The county commissioners’ proposed $30.4 million Sullivan County budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 will be presented at a public hearing on June 2 at the town hall in Charlestown. The proposed spending plan represents an increase of 2.2 percent, or nearly $650,000, from this year’s and increases the amount to be raised by taxes among the 15 county municipalities by 1.2 percent, or $167,000. Sullivan …

Students Graduate RVCC

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Claremont — More than 220 students and their families celebrated their educational achievements Friday evening at the 47th commencement at River Valley Community College. “The veterans, single moms, first in family to go to college, and everyone who thought they couldn’t make it, who thought this day would never come — take a …

Stevens Baseball Grounded by Hopkinton

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Claremont — It was a bad day for Stevens High baseball even before the game began. It didn’t get any better once play started. Brandon Bell, who was supposed to start at first base, suffered a concussion during batting practice and was unable to play. Once the game started, it was Hopkinton hurler …

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 …

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 …

Testimony Underway; Jury Hears Opening Arguments in Robarge Trial

Friday, January 16, 2015

Newport — No one, including James Robarge, knows how Robarge’s estranged wife, Kelly, died in June 2013, a defense attorney said in opening statements at Robarge’s murder trial on Thursday. The defense team said the last time their …