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Concord City Council gets iPads as city hall goes paperless

Sunday, April 26, 2015

City Clerk Janice Bonenfant’s granddaughter uses an iPad in her Concord classroom. She’s in first grade. Now, the Concord City Council is joining the ranks of such tech-saavy students. All 15 members and a handful of city staffers have brand-new iPads. It’s one step closer to Bonenfant’s ultimate goal: a paperless agenda system for city hall, which will launch in June. The electronic system will not only cut the number …

Local Nepalese anxiously await word from earthquake survivors

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In between ringing up customers at the Katmandu Bazaar on Loudon Road yesterday, Tsering Lam was anxiously checking Facebook. After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks devastated Nepal this weekend, the comments and messages from Lam’s friends and family still in the country were piling up. The massive quake leveled many buildings …

Ray Duckler: A great trip for the Greatest Generation

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Navy veteran blamed his tears on pollen. Pollen, Roger Hamel of Claremont said, caused his eyes to mist like the wind-blown spray from the memorial’s two fountains. Not the 1,000 gold stars, each representing 100 Americans killed during World War II, or the Boy Scouts and other tourists who stopped to thank …

Family looks to future after fugitive brother’s return to US

Saturday, April 25, 2015

For years, Beth Kelley posted the message to her brother on Facebook: “Happy Birthday Scott, wherever you are.” In the decade Scott Kelley has missed, there have births and deaths, holidays and milestones. But Beth Kelley said she …

Three brush fires reported about same time in Concord

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three fires scorched about 5 acres of brush and woods in Concord yesterday afternoon. Officials are investigating the brush fires but believe people may have caused them. “We haven’t made any determination yet,” said Concord Deputy Fire Chief …

Letter: Good time to head downtown

Sunday, April 26, 2015

To the good citizens of Greater Concord: Downtown Concord is open for business, and there is plenty of parking. I can speak to this firsthand as someone who works, dines and shops downtown daily. Yes, there is construction going on. And yes, the traffic pattern is different. But …

Letter: Downtown kindness

Sunday, April 26, 2015

I am in downtown Concord regularly. I just wanted to let everyone know about the wonderful experiences I’ve had with the workers that are transforming Main Street. I have seen them literally run to help a woman in a wheelchair cross the street and on to her destination. …

Editorial: Downtown must find its magic mix

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Renovating Concord’s Main Street is only the first step toward creating a truly thriving downtown in New Hampshire’s capital city. The city and its business owners must also take a long, hard look at the mix of retail offerings in the downtown core. What kind of shops and …

For Concord High’s Kharel, Gates Scholarship ‘proudest moment of my life’

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ashish Kharel, a Bhutanese senior at Concord High School, prefaced what he was about to say with a smile. “I mean, over 50,000 people? I didn’t know it was possible,” he said. “I have way more options now …

Police push to educate drivers on new hands-free law

Saturday, April 25, 2015

State and local law enforcement have begun distributing fliers during traffic stops in a final push to educate drivers ahead of the July 1 launch of New Hampshire’s hands-free law. The state has already set up 48 electronic messaging boards along highways and other major traffic arteries warning …

After probe, Lakeview rehab center gets new leadership

Friday, April 24, 2015

An Effingham facility for people with brain injuries is bringing in new leadership after months of scrutiny following reports of abuse and neglect. Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center announced yesterday the appointment of a new executive director for its facility. Additionally, New Hampshire’s education commissioner recently ordered the special education …

Canadian court to extradite 2 to New Hampshire in ‘88 deaths

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered the extradition of two men to New Hampshire to face murder charges in the deaths of two women nearly 27 years ago. The ruling followed a hearing Thursday on Anthony Barnaby …

Mistrial in case of sex assault defendant who shot himself

Friday, April 24, 2015

A judge declared a mistrial in the case of a man who shot himself yesterday in the courthouse parking lot while awaiting a jury’s verdict on charges he sexually assaulted a piano student more than a decade ago. Authorities said 75-year-old John Goodwin, a longtime piano instructor in …