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Henniker Community School fifth grader Naomi Byers looks over the fruit selections as she goes through the line at the school cafeteria yesterday. The school board voted to let Cafe Services take over the lunches at the school.

(GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff)

Facing budget cuts, Henniker school board votes to privatize food service

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

At the end of a tense Henniker School Board meeting Tuesday night, board members decided to privatize Henniker Community School’s food services. Faced with cutting more than $100,000 from this year’s budget, board members accepted a bid from New Hampshire-based company Cafe Services, which they estimated would save the school $28,000. The bid would employ four food service workers, one …

Local principal named as new superintendent of Franklin, Hill school districts

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

For the first time since 2013, the Franklin and Hill school districts will have a full-time, permanent superintendent – at least for next year. Daniel LeGallo, currently the principal of Lamprey River Elementary School in Raymond, will begin as superintendent of SAU 18 on July 1. “I’m thrilled,” LeGallo said. “I’m really excited to get going. I think the sky is the limit.” …

Merrimack Valley School Board seeks board member, clerk

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Merrimack Valley School Board is looking to for a new clerk and board member. The open board member position must be filled by a Loudon resident, but residents in any of the school district’s five towns – Penacook, Loudon, Boscawen, Webster and Salisbury – are eligible to fill the position of clerk. Troy Cowan, a school board member from Loudon, resigned from …

Yvonne Dean-Bailey ekes out victory in well-attended special election for state rep

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old Republican candidate for Rockingham County’s 32nd House district, eked out a victory in her first-ever election yesterday. The former intern for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and former field organizer for former U.S. House candidate …

Robert Breest’s attorneys say DNA undermines state’s claim he acted alone in 1971 murder of Susan Randall

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Robert Breest shuffled into a Concord courtroom yesterday, 42 years older and not an ounce less adamant of his innocence. Since 1973, he has tried time and again to prove he was wrongly convicted of murdering 18-year-old Susan …

Pembroke man charged with drunken driving while speeding in excess of 110 mph

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The police said a Pembroke man driving a Hyundai Accent was drunk when he sped away from a state trooper at a rate in excess of 110 mph Monday night. Shaun Chase, 42, of Pembroke eventually pulled over and was charged with aggravated driving while under the influence …

In Concord, former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee stresses his, Clinton’s differences

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee – also a former Republican, having since switched parties – is about 95 percent sure he’s going to run for the Democratic presidential nomination. He’s expecting to have a decision on the …

Senate committee restores funding to tourism promotion, higher education in budget plan

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Senate budget writers voted yesterday to restore money for tourism promotion and higher education in their two-year spending plan. “Higher education in New Hampshire continues to be a priority in the Senate, especially because the University System of New Hampshire has some of the highest in-state tuition rates …

Home health care providers plead for more state funding

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Providers of community and home-based health care joined together yesterday to plead for more state money and criticize lawmakers and Gov. Maggie Hassan for what they say is chronic underfunding of their programs. “Our most fragile seniors who have given so much for our country and our community …

2 men plead guilty to selling synthetic drugs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Two men have pleaded guilty in New Hampshire federal court to charges of selling synthetic marijuana at a convenience store. The U.S. attorney’s office said a warrant was executed at a store in North Andover, Mass., in 2013, where agents seized about 100 packages of the products, sold …

For Main Street project, maintenance costs are still a question mark

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Concord City Council last night zeroed in on a missing piece in the next year’s proposed budget – future upkeep for a revamped Main Street. City Manager Tom Aspell presented his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, which includes $57.9 million in general fund spending. Including special …

CRIMELINE: Concord police searching for alleged bank robber

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Concord police are searching for a man who they believe robbed the Bank of New Hampshire branch on North Main Street yesterday about 12:30 p.m. The man approached a teller and handed her a note demanding cash, …

State Employees Association denounces reductions at Lakes Region, White Mountain and Great Bay community colleges

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The public employees union that represents faculty, staff and adjunct professors at the state’s community colleges said recent staff cuts conflict with the college system’s mission. The Community College System of New Hampshire implemented personnel reductions this month affecting 27 staff and faculty positions at Lakes Region, White …