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New Hampshire state Sen. Bob Odell, R-Lempster speaks in favor of repealing the state's death sentence law on the Senate floor, Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Concord, N.H. Lawmakers voted 12-12, and the tie means that the death penalty will stay on the books. The state has one person on death row, Michael Addison, who was convicted of killing a Manchester, N.H. police officer. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

State. Sen. Odell, R-New London, Plans to Step Down at End of Term

Saturday, April 19, 2014

New London — State Sen. Bob Odell, a moderate Republican known as a pivotal and principled vote in Concord, announced Friday he would not seek a seventh term in the state Senate, saying he is ready to spend more time with his family and friends. “As my colleagues all know, serving in the New Hampshire Senate is both a unique …

Stevens High Renovation Project Includes Security Cameras

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Claremont — The multi-million dollar renovation of Stevens High School now includes $43,000 in security cameras. The committee overseeing the renovation voted Wednesday to use money from a contingency fund for the project to pay for interior video cameras that will monitor common areas including hallways, classroom, the gymnasium and the auditorium. The decision brings the total cost for new security system to …

‘I Thought I Wasn’t Done Yet’: Mascoma Gives Ball to Lawrence

Friday, April 11, 2014

West Canaan — As enjoyable as it may have been, watching high school football from above the sidelines wasn’t what Les Lawrence wanted. He needed to be on the sidelines. And, once more, he is. A football coaching veteran of more than three decades, Lawrence officially took over as Mascoma High’s new gridiron …

Honoring the Valley’s Best From A to Z

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So in case you missed the first offering, we’ve got a second helping of athletic accomplishments to wrap up 2013. We call it our annual Alphabet Awards. Just pick a letter … A: Nick Alexander — The Lebanon …

Hanover Pops Stevens

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hanover — Former New Hampshire Class I boys basketball rivals Stevens and Hanover met for the first time in nearly six years Friday night as they tussled in the opening round of the Connecticut River Shootout. The Marauders were the only ones celebrating the reunion in their 69-38 …

Robarge Charges Upgraded

Friday, December 27, 2013

Newport — James Robarge will be arraigned Jan. 6 on charges he murdered his estranged wife, Kelly, last summer in their Charlestown home and dumped her body in a wooded area in Unity. Robarge, 43, was indicted last week by a Sullivan County grand jury on both first-degree …

Cards Battle Back To Edge Huskies

Friday, December 20, 2013

Claremont — They just kept coming back. Down by 14 points in the second quarter and not looking crisp at all, the Stevens High boys basketball team dug a little deeper, kept plugging away, and took the lead with 39.3 seconds left for a 61-56 win over Monadnock …

Stevens High Renovation Committee Approves Stage Study

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Claremont — In the first step toward revamping the auditorium stage at Stevens High School, the renovation committee voted Wednesday to spend $6,000 for a structural analysis. Steffensen Engineering, the structural engineer for the $12.6 million high school renovation project, will provide the analysis and review. In an …

Hartford Opens With Win

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

White River Junction — The Hartford High boys basketball team took an aggressive approach to getting to the hoop on Monday night, and the strategy paid off in a 63-56 win over Woodstock in the rivals’ season opener at Hartford High School. The Hurricanes’ attack of the hoop …

Hanover Swimmers Dominate Debut Meet

Monday, December 16, 2013

North Sutton — The Hanover High swimming team opened its schedule in fine fashion by beating five foes in a meet held at Colby-Sawyer College on Friday night. The Marauders combined on 12 individual and relay victories. In the process, eight Hanover athletes — Elisabeth Brechbuhl, Kristian Hansen, …

Unity Takes First Look At School Budget Rise

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Unity — The School Board got its first look at a proposed budget of almost $3.6 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014, at Tuesday night’s board meeting. SAU 6 Business Manager Tim Ball presented the Unity school budget, which carries a spending increase of 4.4 …

State Officials Examine Unity School Plans

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Unity — With the final plans for the new K-8 elementary school now under review by the state Fire Marshal’s Office, the School Board told about 20 residents at Tuesday night’s board meeting they are still hoping to get the OK to restart construction of the school by …

Cards Soar in Opener

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Claremont — Opening night always brings with it the jitters. That’s what the Stevens High girls basketball team was experiencing in the first half of its debut with Hillsboro-Deering on Friday night at Carr Gym. Fortunately, the halftime …