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Peggie Roberts and Wayne Bernier sit and relax while Mitchell Magoon, front left, and Andrew Batchelder, front right, relax in their chairs. They plan on being at the RV park all week for the race.

(GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff)

NASCAR races at NHMS bring national attention, economic boost for businesses, state

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The economic windfall of two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway includes the Loudon residents who use lawn parking revenue to pay their property taxes and more than a thousand seasonal part-time speedway employees. It also touches state liquor stores, which welcome out-of-town fans, and toll money collected as people flock to the Magic Mile. By the … 0

Without a buyer, Racquet Club of Concord could go up for auction this month

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

By the end of this month, the Racquet Club of Concord will have a new owner. Who that owner will be and what will happen next to the longtime health club, however, is uncertain. The Nelson family built the club on Garvins Falls Road in 1972. After more than 40 years of business, they are negotiating a sale with an unnamed buyer. But … 0

Cell tower application withdrawn after opposition in Portsmouth

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AT&T has decided to withdraw an application to install a 130-foot cell tower in Portsmouth after residents voiced their opposition. The Portsmouth Herald reported that staff attorney Brian Grossman said AT&T is re-evaluating its network priorities, including the best way to improve wireless coverage within Portsmouth. The company said, though, that customer demand is growing. It said 70 percent of its customers have … 0

Report: 30 percent of N.H. jobs to be in health care field in next 10 years

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Nearly 30 percent of new jobs in New Hampshire over the next 10 years will be in the health care industry, according to a new report from the state Employment Security department. By 2022, the state is on track to add more than 68,700 jobs, a 10.3 percent … 1

Ni hao, y’all: U.S. hinterlands woo Chinese firms

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Burdened with Alabama’s highest unemployment rate, long abandoned by textile mills and furniture plants, Wilcox County desperately needs jobs. They’re coming, and from a most unlikely place: Henan Province, China, 7,600 miles away. Henan’s Golden Dragon Precise Copper … 0

Business people

Monday, June 23, 2014

DIANE GUIMOND was recently promoted to vice president and wealth adviser of Charter Trust Company. Guimond works with clients in the Concord, Rochester and Nashua markets. STEPHANIE KONDVAR was hired as an associate with the firm of Nathan … 0

Summer job outlook sunnier for teens

Monday, June 23, 2014

Dwane Holloman plans to dedicate his summer to an American rite of passage: a teen job. The 17-year-old will operate amusement park rides at Hersheypark in Pennsylvania, near his home. More of his peers could share his luck this year, as short-term job prospects improve alongside the broader … 0

Eco-Valve gets top prize at New Hampshire Start-Up Challenge

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The next big thing in driver safety training, beer brewing, camp registrations and water conservation is here. In its sixth year, the New Hampshire Start-Up Challenge generated more than 40 entries from entrepreneurs around the state, including winner Devon Bernard of Epping. His proposal – Eco-Valve – offers … 0

Progress being made on Granite State Rail Trail

Saturday, June 21, 2014

By summer’s end, the long-awaited Granite State Rail Trail will be a step closer to completion. Work on a 59-mile segment, the Northern Rail Trail, will be finished. But while that news will be welcomed by bicyclists, the … 0

Massachusetts House passes minimum wage compromise

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Massachusetts moved closer to instituting the nation’s highest minimum wage among states under a bill approved yesterday by the state House of Representatives. The measure, which won Senate approval last week, would raise the state’s $8 per hour minimum wage in three increments to $11 per hour by … 0

Amazon ties new 4.7-inch phone to its services

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Amazon has introduced a new smart phone with audio and object recognition technology that seeks to make it easier for consumers to locate and purchase products and services from the nation’s largest e-commerce company. The new Fire phone … 0

Concord School District food services director puts focus on local foods

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Native corn harvested in Gilford, fresh salsa made in Bow and farm-raised beef from Loudon. These aren’t daily specials at a local restaurant. They are the result of John Lash’s first year as food services director in the … 1