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Franklin, Weare schools moving grade levels to address space issues

Sunday, May 3, 2015

When fourth-grade students in Franklin and Weare begin school next fall, they won’t be in their regular classrooms. Instead, students from the Paul Smith School in Franklin and the Center Woods Elementary School in Weare will be moving to their respective middle schools. The change is the result of crowding in both schools, but the situations differ in each town. In Franklin, officials are calling the move temporary, while Weare …

City council will vote on sales agreement with Penacook Community Center

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Since 2011, Deb Cuddahy has been trying to find a new and larger home for the Penacook Community Center. Cuddahy, the nonprofit’s executive director, first suggested expanding on the existing Community Drive campus. Even if the center had bought adjacent plots, there was no room for the required parking. That plan failed. Last …

Concord motorcyclist killed in Manchester Street crash

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Heath Wilkins, 33, of Concord was killed Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on Manchester Street south of Airport Road. The Concord police arrived at the scene of the single-vehicle accident shortly after 4 p.m. Manchester Street was closed from Airport Road to Route 106 for hours after the crash. No other details were made available by Sunday evening. …

PHOTOS: Big Truck Day returns to Canterbury

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Elkins Public Library in Canterbury held its third annual Big Truck Day yesterday. Trucks from the town’s fire, police and highway departments were represented as well as a truck from Magoon Tree. For two hours, young visitors …

Second small earthquake recorded in central New Hampshire

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A minor earthquake was recorded early this morning, the second one in the central part of the state in the past two days. A 2.1-magnitude earthquake was reported at about 6 a.m. in the Contoocook area, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake was felt in Contoocook, …

PHOTO: Praying for Nepal

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hindu priest Beda Nidhi Subedi leads a group in chants as attendees light candles at a vigil to support the people of Nepal in a parking lot off Kimball Drive in Hooksett last night. The vigil drew a …

In endorsement of Carly Fiorina, Marilinda Garcia borrows some lines

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Former state representative and congressional candidate Marilinda Garcia announced her support for Carly Fiorina’s prospective presidential campaign in an opinion piece published on the Monitor’s website yesterday. Soon after, an outside reporter noted that it repeats several lines …

Ray Duckler: Finding the good in something very bad

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Finding the positives here isn’t easy. Tomorrow night, though, starting at Merrimack Valley High School, you’re invited to participate in something good that came from something awful. This is the 10th edition of the Angels 5K Road Race, …

House handily approves ‘constitutional carry’ bill; Hassan takes aim

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The House handily approved a bill yesterday making it easier for people who can legally own a gun to carry that loaded firearm concealed without a license. But Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan announced shortly before the vote that …

After devastating fire, Bow residents rally around one of their own

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Charlotte Buxton is a familiar face in Bow. The longtime resident worked as a librarian at the Baker Free Library for two decades and has lived at her home on Bow Center Road for more than 40 years, friends said. On Sunday night, half of Buxton’s home badly …

N.H. casino bill goes bust in House

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The House resoundingly rejected a two-casino bill yesterday, putting an end to some lawmakers’ hopes of allowing casino gambling in New Hampshire this year. The Republican-controlled House voted 208-156 not to pass the expanded gambling bill, a far …

Three-alarm brush fire in Hopkinton spreads across 10 acres

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Firefighters in Hopkinton battled their first brush fire of the season in town this morning, but it was hardly the first in the region. For two hours, members of the Hopkinton fire Department and other local departments worked …

Federal regs would preempt N.H. regs on eminent domain for pipeline projects like Kinder Morgan

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Several lawmakers want the state to have a say in regulating natural gas pipelines in New Hampshire. Almost all of that power, including the power to take property by eminent domain, now rests with the federal government under the Natural Gas Act. This power was at the crux …