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Planet Fitness has a gym on Fort Eddy Road in Concord. It has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of the state. The gyms would not be affected if that happened.

Planet Fitness threatens to move headquarters out of N.H. if tax code changes aren’t made

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A day after gym franchisor Planet Fitness signaled its plan to go public, the company has threatened to move its corporate headquarters out of New Hampshire if the state doesn’t make changes to its tax code. In an effort to keep the company put, Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley presented a measure yesterday that exempts certain businesses from paying the …

Bernie Sanders draws a crowd at Concord campaign stop

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Eighty-year-old Marlene Gilman stood for more than a half-hour in a sweltering, cramped room on Main Street in Concord with about a hundred others, waiting for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to emerge. The lack of air conditioning and large crowd certainly wasn’t helping with the heat, but it didn’t matter to the New …

Senate budget writers to vote on spending proposal

Thursday, May 28, 2015

State Senate budget writers are set to vote today on their spending proposal, which restores many of the House-approved cuts to social services and begins a series of reductions in state business tax rates. “We put a lot of good things back into the budget,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jeanie Forrester, a Meredith Republican. The six-member Senate Finance Committee has spent the …

Concord woman charged with drug possession

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Bow Police arrested two people yesterday morning, charging one with possession of narcotics and cash, according to a press release from the Bow Police Department. Reana Moran, 25, of Concord was charged with possession of controlled narcotics and possession with the intent to distribute after police found 10 …

11 arguments against ditching Pembroke Academy’s ‘headmaster’ title

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

After the members of the Pembroke School Board were unswayed by an effort to get them to reconsider their decision to change the title of Pembroke Academy’s headmaster position, a new petition has cropped up online. Arguing for the continuation of the school’s long tradition of headmasters, signers …

The ‘Brush-Clearing Brigade’: Goats on Route 3 intrigue passersby and spruce up stone walls

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

You may have seen Ayn Whytemare’s digestion machines at work along Route 3 – they tend to grab the public’s attention. They input poison ivy and other brush growing out of and around stone walls and output fertilizer …

Concord police search for man who threatened children

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Concord police are searching for a man who reportedly threatened two children last Wednesday. The incident was reported about 3 p.m. near the corner of Thorndike and Pierce streets. The children told authorities that a white man with sunglasses had looked at them from across the corner, …

Driver dies in fiery Canterbury car crash

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Damon Goss heard the “boom” sometime around 8:30 p.m. He doesn’t remember the exact time, only the chaos that ensued: the smoldering wreckage across the street; the cries for help; the adrenaline pounding through him as he tried, …

Police say man was selling fireworks at Hollis flea market

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Hampshire fire officials say a Massachusetts man faces charges after selling fireworks at the Hollis Flea Market. Authorities say 74-year-old Timothy Donovan of Danvers, Mass., was arrested Sunday and charged with selling fireworks without a license and sale of smoke bombs. Officials say they received multiple complaints …

NOAA: $9M for projects to mitigate climate change threats

Monday, May 25, 2015

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering $9 million in grants to help coastal communities deal with extreme weather, changing ocean conditions and climate hazards. The NOAA National Ocean Service is providing $5 million through its Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program, and NOAA Fisheries is providing the …

Budget proposal in Concord puts money toward new technology

Monday, May 25, 2015

Online systems to license dogs and apply for building permits. A new staff person for the IT department. A computerized time-keeping system for employees. Those items are all included in Concord’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, which will go to the city council for approval next month. …

A day of remembrance: Warner residents honor fallen soldiers on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, 2015

At the last stop of Warner’s Memorial Day parade, Korean War veteran Ted Young and a unit from the town’s American Legion Post 39 stood solemnly on a bridge over the Warner River. Young tossed a bunch of …

Launching campaign, Sanders appeals to party’s Warren wing

Monday, May 25, 2015

For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign today in Burlington, Vt., aims …