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Proposed Sullivan County budget up 10%
05-27-2024 3:57 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The proposed $42.7 million Sullivan County budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is up nearly 10%.The increase is driven by the absence of one-time revenue for the current fiscal year to offset taxes combined with the bond payment for...

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Police: Vermont man arrested for stealing gas in Newport to refuel stolen vehicle
05-25-2024 5:00 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 57-year-old Vermont man who told police that he “had just run out of gas and needed some,” caused an environmental headache when he used an axe to puncture a truck’s gas tank to drain it so he could refuel a stolen recreational vehicle he...


NH Cold Case Unit searches Newport property
05-21-2024 5:05 PM

NEWPORT — Members of the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit began executing court-authorized search warrants in Newport on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.The search — in conjunction with New Hampshire Department of...


Board nixes variance for North Newport senior housing project
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week denied a variance for a proposed 96-unit senior housing complex on Route 10 in North Newport that the developer has said would help address the region’s housing shortage.Runway Heights Senior Housing...


Town Meeting: Newport rejects proposed $11.5 million operating budget
05-15-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK O'GRADY

NEWPORT — During all-day balloting Tuesday, voters elected Bert Spaulding Sr. to a three-year seat on the Selectboard, defeated the proposed budget and by just two votes, approved more than $1 million for the recreation facilities capital reserve...


In spite of budget defeat, Newport School Board approves pay raises for nonunion employees
05-12-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The School Board last week voted 4-1 to make adjustments in the budget for the upcoming year and award nonunion employees of the school district a 2.5% raise.The adjustments, which totaled about $146,800 in salary, Social Security and...


Four vying for one seat on Newport Selectboard
05-09-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — In the only contested race on the annual Town Meeting ballot, two former Selectboard members and the owner of a local business are challenging the incumbent for a three-year term on the Selectboard in Tuesday’s election.Also on the ballot is...


Out & About: Newport art center’s exhibition celebrates homes of all varieties
04-26-2024 6:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NEWPORT — When Kate Luppold put out the call for submissions for the Library Arts Center’s exhibition, she expected artists would take its theme of “home” literally.“I expected a lot of houses with white picket fences,” Luppold, the Newport-based...


Zoning board delays decision on North Newport senior housing project
04-20-2024 5:28 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment delayed decision on a request for two variances for a planned senior housing project in North Newport on Route 10 next to the town airport after a lengthy discussion last week.North Newport Land Holdings and...


Some families find freedom with Newport microschool
04-19-2024 8:03 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NEWPORT — Tucked in the basement of Newport’s Epiphany Episcopal Church, Micah Studios is a newcomer to the Upper Valley’s alternative education landscape.Founded in the fall of 2023 by two educators disillusioned with the town’s public school system,...


Newport adds $1 million for rec center to capital reserve fund
04-04-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Voters at this week’s deliberative session added $1 million to the capital reserve fund for recreation facilities.The added money will not be raised from taxes and instead will come from federal and state funds the town anticipates receiving...


Newport deliberative session set for Tuesday
03-28-2024 4:42 PM

NEWPORT — On Tuesday, the Selectboard will hold its deliberative session, during which residents can discuss and possibly amend the proposed $11.5 million budget and several Town Meeting warrant articles with appropriations.Finance Director Paul Brown...


A Life: Elaine Frank ‘knew when a little extra might help’
03-24-2024 9:06 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Elaine Frank knew when, where and how to do the right thing for others.She could establish an instant connection with a large, diverse audience when talking about firearms safety and suicide prevention, offer support and comfort to someone...


Wife of former Newport School Board member accused of witness tampering
03-22-2024 8:02 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — The wife of a former Newport School Board member charged with having sex with an underage teen has now been indicted herself on a charge of witness tampering in an investigation that links two high-profile criminal cases and reveals why the...


Newport school budget, union contracts go down to defeat
03-13-2024 12:49 PM

NEWPORT — Voters rejected a $22.06 million school operating budget, which included a one-year collective bargaining agreement with support staff with a cost of $105,000. The tally was 457 to 352 at the polls Tuesday.They also rejected, 442 to 345, a...


Voting preview: Newport School District
03-03-2024 11:06 AM

Article of note: A petitioned warrant article would ask the School Board “to make all reasonable and prudent efforts to recover all, or a portion, of the value of the portable classroom which has been scheduled for demolition as part of the CTE...


NH medical examiner: Newport girl, 5, died of ‘natural’ cause
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has closed the investigation into the October death of a five-year-old child after the manner of death was deemed “natural” by the New Hampshire chief medical examiner.On Oct. 4, the child was pronounced dead at...


Newport School District trims default budget
02-25-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — With cuts that the School District’s legal counsel identified, the School Board and SAU 43 administration reduced the default budget in the budget warrant article for the annual school meeting from $22.11 million to $21.88 million.Prior to...


Recall includes dry-cured pork products sold in Upper Valley stores
02-15-2024 7:10 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WEST LEBANON — Products containing dry-cured pork that are sold at Upper Valley grocery stores are among those that have been recalled due to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak.The meat, called Coppa, is produced by Fratelli Beretta, and is sold at...


Newport man leads police on multi-town chase
02-12-2024 4:58 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 36-year-old Newport man with an extensive New Hampshire criminal record led police on a vehicle chase around Newport and along Interstate 89 on Saturday, according to authorities. The man later crashed his vehicle in Salisbury, N.H., and...


Health insurance leads budget increases in Newport
02-07-2024 8:00 PM

NEWPORT — Interim Town Manager and Finance Director Paul Brown presented a proposed operating budget of $9.37 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to the Selectboard Monday night.The budget represents a $655,000, or 7.6%, increase from the...

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