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Planning board approves plans for poultry processing plant in East Concord

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Concord Planning Board approved a poultry processing plant in East Concord last night, despite opposition from neighbors in multiple public hearings on the proposal. The vote clears the way for Fournier Foods to build a 5,500-square-foot plant for slaughtering and packaging chickens. The company will now finalize a purchase-and-sales agreement for the 20 acres on Locke Road, just off Exit 16 of Interstate 93. Amy Manzelli, the company’s attorney, …

Nathaniel Kibby charges: Stun gun, zip ties used on abducted teen

Thursday, December 18, 2014

A man used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control a teenage girl he’s accused of kidnapping at gunpoint, imprisoning and sexually assaulting over nine months, according to indictments released yesterday. Nathaniel Kibby was arrested in July and initially charged with kidnapping the girl Oct. 9, 2013, …

Seeking Shelter: Safety net for NH homeless has limited resources

Thursday, December 18, 2014

To understand the homeless services available in Concord – and the challenges that exist in creating new ones – it’s helpful to know something about who funds them and how. Cash comes from four general sources: federal, state and local governments, and private entities. Federal money is administered by the U.S. Department of …

Seeking shelter: Without an ID it’s a struggle to find housing, work

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birth certificate. Photo ID. Social Security card. If you’re homeless and living on the streets, you’re generally going to need these three identifying documents to access services, find work, or have any real shot at climbing out of poverty. But if you’re homeless and have nothing, it can …

Seeking Shelter: Drinking, divorce led to a new life of homelessness for Walter Healey

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Walter Healey loved to tinker on cars. He used to return home to Boscawen after a long day of roofing, crack open a beer and get to work, he said. The drinking eventually became a problem. One day …

Police: Car sideswiped vehicle, causing rollover

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The New Hampshire State Police are looking for a driver who they say sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 93 in Bow causing it to rollover. The three occupants of the vehicle were taken to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries after the crash early yesterday morning. A witness told …

Seeking Shelter: Mark Day prefers a night outside over one in the shelters

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Mark Day is something of a maverick in the Concord homeless community. He’s the heavily bearded, heavily clothed, 55-year-old you may have seen pushing a shopping cart around downtown. He was sleeping under a bus stop earlier this …

PHOTOS: 1,500 wreaths placed on graves at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bundled in hats, gloves and snow boats, about 500 people spent yesterday morning at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery for the annual wreath placing ceremony organized by the Blue Star Mothers of New Hampshire. A total of …

With new schedules, one Concord elementary school cut too much into lunch

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In an effort to streamline the school day, one Concord elementary school may have become too lean with the amount of time it gives students to eat their lunches. The school district paid a consultant $5,000 to recommend …

Amid family feud, no Christmas trees at Rossview Farms

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rossview Farms in Concord is usually bustling this time of year, with families arriving to tag and cut down one of the hundreds of trees on the other side of a toppling stone wall. But the 600-acre farm, …

Ray Duckler: Alosa’s team a traveling show you won’t want to miss

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Bring a pressure gauge to the Pembroke Academy gym, and the needle might spin out of control. Pressure is part of the culture there these days. From the pressure of expectations, to the pressure to succeed at a …

PHOTOS: Annual performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Concord City Auditorium

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Young ballet dancers from Turning Pointe Center of Dance dressed in tutus and ballet slippers last night for a dress rehearsal of the classic holiday ballet The Nutcracker. The annual performance from the Pembroke dance school is today …

Leaf sentenced to year in jail for molesting stepdaughter decades ago

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Daniel Leaf, a former Concord man and convicted sex offender with ties to Trinity Baptist Church, was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail for having molested his stepdaughter decades ago. Leaf, 55, of Tilton, was found guilty last month in Merrimack County Superior Court. A judge had …