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Mayor Ken Merrifield (center) holds a campaign sign outside of the ward one polling location on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Merrifield was running for mayor against Logan Barbosa, a lifelong Franklin resident. Merrifield was running for his fifth term.

(SUSAN DOUCET / Monitor staff)

Franklin’s mayor elected to a fifth term; city council, school board have new elected officials

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Ken Merrifield will serve a fifth-term as Franklin’s mayor, the only mayor in the city’s history to serve as many consecutive terms. Merrifield, 52, defeated Logan Barbosa, 27, by a wide margin for re-election in Tuesday’s municipal election. “I’m very grateful to the people of Franklin for returning me to a historic fifth term,” Merrifield said. “At the end of …

Vermont man attempts suicidal jump from I-93 bridge in Concord

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

State police said a Vermont man attempted suicide by trying to jump off a bridge on Interstate 93 in Concord on Tuesday. James Thresher, 68, of Hinesburg, Vt., tried to jump from the interstate onto Manchester Street following an accident he was involved in with two other vehicles Tuesday night, according to a press release from the state police. One of the drivers …

Lengthy ethnic religious ceremony spurs discontent in Heights neighborhood

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On the final morning of a weeklong Hindu religious ceremony in a Concord backyard – with dozens of attendees, long hours of amplified chanting and cars lined up on the lawn and street – a frustrated neighbor posted a sign. In second-floor windows overlooking the Pembroke Road gathering, black writing on two sheets …

Concord parents urge school board to consider full-day kindergarten

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

As neighboring school districts have implemented full-day kindergarten, a growing number of voices are calling for Concord elementary schools to do the same. Multiple parents and community members spoke in favor of a full-day program at both September’s and October’s monthly Concord School Board meetings, saying they do …

10 nabbed during week-long Concord meth sweep; 11th suspect still at-large

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nearly a dozen people have been arrested as part of a massive, ongoing methamphetamine sweep in and around Concord, police announced Tuesday. Nine have been charged since last Tuesday with sale or possession of the drug, Lt. Tim …

Youth football coach, former teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A 30-year-old youth football coach and former assistant teacher at Shaker Road School in Concord has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a male teenage student on several occasions between 2013 and last year. Donald Levesque of Concord was taken into custody Thursday and remained incarcerated early …

PHOTO: Cat-titude

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Halloween cat made of hay bales stands in front of CNC Machining Tool and Die Inc. on Route 4/202 in Northwood on Monday. The head of the cat and the body are made up of round hay …

Lawmakers hear details on last-ditch effort to keep courthouse in downtown Concord

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It all came down to parking. That was the answer, at any rate, that developer Steve Duprey offered lawmakers Tuesday as he filled in some details about his last-minute plan to keep the Merrimack County Superior Court in downtown Concord, rather than break ground anew on the Heights. …

NEC announces new scholarship program for NH Scholars participants

Monday, October 5, 2015

New England College is adding a financial incentive for prospective students who participate in the NH Scholars program. New Hampshire students who are NH Scholar recipients and choosing a STEM or ARTS pathway in the school will qualify for $15,000 per year minimum scholarship aid to the college, …

Just grab the map: Time to brush up on your Concord history with a walking tour

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

If you’ve got a couple free hours, we suggest taking a nice walk. This is the trails issue after all. But the one we’re about to suggest isn’t over the river or through the woods, although it might …

Concord School District aims to finalize a contract with a local steam company

Monday, October 5, 2015

Concord School District officials are waiting for approval from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission before they finalize a contract with beleaguered local energy company Concord Steam. The Concord School Board gave its approval to a contract with …

Court dismisses fired state employee’s breastfeeding complaint

Monday, October 5, 2015

A federal court judge has ruled against a former state employee who claimed she was fired from the Department of Health and Human Services for trying to breast-feed her child during the workday. In an order late last month, Judge Steven McAuliffe said the agency provided the employee, …

Campaign events in the area this week

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Presidential candidates campaigning in New Hampshire in the next few days include: Monday 5:30 a.m., Democrat Hillary Clinton, live broadcast town hall, Lawrence Barn, Hollis 8:30 a.m., Clinton, town hall, Manchester Community College, Manchester 12:15 p.m., Clinton, Early …