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Wednesday’s high schools: Fancher’s 2-run blast leads Concord baseball to victory; plus more baseball, softball, lax and tennis results
04-18-2024 12:41 AM

BaseballConcord 9, Winnacunnet 8Key players: Concord – Matt Jenness (winning pitcher), Jackson Martin (save), Mitch Coffey (3 hits, 2 runs, RBI), Dawson Fancher (2-run HR, 2 hits, 2 runs, 3 RBI), Brett McDonough (2 hits, 2 RBI), Kaelen Williams (hit,...

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Opinion: A lesson in shapeshifting & the 306 revisions
04-18-2024 4:25 PM

By JANET WARD

Janet Ward lives in Hopkinton. On April 11, at the State Board of Education’s second public hearing on Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut’s revisions of the 306 Rules which govern public schools, Board Chair Drew Cline gave all those present an...


Casinos can no longer charge rent to charities
04-18-2024 3:14 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Governor Chris Sununu has signed legislation that no longer allows casinos to impose rent charges on charities.On Tuesday, House Bill 1203 was signed into law, allowing charities to keep the entirety of the money they receive from casinos, some of...


Students’ first glimpse of new Allenstown school draws awe
04-18-2024 2:53 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Jaws dropped and cheers erupted as Allenstown students entered their new school building for the first time Thursday morning.“Yo, this looks like a mall,” said an eighth grade boy in a Bruins shirt. “Smell that new school smell,” observed another.“We...


‘Money is a driver’: Amid inflation and tight labor market, city fighting to stem employee outflow
04-17-2024 5:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In another move to stem the flow of city employee turnover, Concord city councilors approved a package of increased leave and other perks last week. Previous efforts — including bonuses and a temporary increase in overtime pay for police, weekly cash...


Pembroke seminar on climate change aims to set the record straight
04-17-2024 5:12 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Ayn Whytemare doesn’t like the view from the top of her hayfield in Pembroke.From there, rising from pines like a lonely skyscraper, stands the smokestack used by the Bow coal plant, the last facility of its kind in New England. And while the visible...


Pay-by-bag works for most communities, but not Hopkinton
04-17-2024 5:11 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Every time Jolene Cochrane clocks in for her shift at the Hopkinton Transfer Station, she sees residents driving in with their household waste bagged in various colored trash bags.With 19 years of experience at the station — a few years longer than...


Hooksett’s new tower could improve coverage in Bow
04-17-2024 1:43 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Hooksett’s plan to replace their emergency radio tower with one integrated with a cell tower could potentially improve cell coverage for certain residents in Bow.The emergency radio tower located at 98 South Bow Road, which houses emergency services...


Hundreds gather at discovery center in Concord for eclipse
04-17-2024 10:00 AM

By CHLOE RATTEE

A rush of excited people poured out of the lobby of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center when Cameron Waller, who works behind the front desk, announced that it was just 15 minutes until the eclipse reached totality.The center held a viewing party...


High schools: Tuesday’s track, baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis results
04-17-2024 12:30 AM

Boys’ TrackMerrimack Valley 110.33, Bow 101.66, Pembroke 44, St. Thomas 41, Bishop Brady 35Key players: MV – Nicolas Ogelsby (1st high jump, 1st long jump), Brayden Laroche (1st 100 hurdles, 1st 300 hurdles)), Mychal Reynolds (1st 400), Abhiman Karki...


Concord city-schools committee revived, will meet for first time in 2 years
04-16-2024 4:19 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After the close of their budget planning seasons and with a mounting list of major construction projects between them, a joint committee between city and school district leaders — including both Concord and Merrimack Valley — will reconvene this...


With less than three months left, Concord Casino hasn’t found a buyer
04-16-2024 4:18 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

At the start of the year, Concord Casino was ordered to close its doors and sell the business within six months, but, so far, no buyers have stepped forward to acquire the establishment.“There’s been no change in the status of the Concord facility,”...


Regal Theater in Concord is closing Thursday
04-16-2024 11:38 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

After Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. showing of “Kung Fu Panda 4,” the Regal Cinema on Loudon Road will close for good, ending 28 years of multiplex movies on The Heights in Concord and marking the latest step in the redevelopment of the Steeplegate Mall.What’s...


Phenix Hall, Christ the King food pantry, rail trail on Concord planning board’s agenda
04-16-2024 8:58 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Several major city projects — including one for a food pantry that drew ire from parents of a nearby school and the other for a mixed-use commercial, apartment, restaurant and event complex — are slated to come before the Concord Planning Board...


Opinion: Proposed height zoning change for Concord’s Main Street
04-16-2024 6:00 AM

By STEVE DUPREY

Steve Duprey is the owner of the Duprey Companies The proposed zoning change to allow a 90-foot height building on Main Street, in appropriate cases, where the current zoning limits the height to 80 feet, makes sense and should be adopted. First, a...


High schools: Monday’s baseball, softball, lacrosse and tennis results
04-16-2024 12:03 AM

BaseballMerrimack Valley 4, Bow 3Key players: MV  – Luke Dougherty (win, 5 IP 8 K), Will McPherson (save, 2 IP, 0 H), Jonas Weed (2-for-4, 2 RBI), Seth Norris (double); Bow –Jake Reardon (2-for-3, double, RBI), Owen Webber (1-for-3, RBI, run), Colby...


Two democrats with parallel views run for same State Senate seat
04-15-2024 5:23 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Angela Brennan of Bow and Rebecca McWilliams of Concord, both Democratic State Representatives, have entered the race for the New Hampshire State Senate in District 15, to fill the shoes of Sen. Becky Whitley, who is eyeing a congressional seat.The...


Vandals key cars outside NHGOP event at Concord High; attendee carrying gun draws heat from school board
04-15-2024 4:17 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Vandals keyed the cars of at least 10 members of the state Republican Party while the group held its biennial convention inside Concord High School on Saturday. “There’s already too much vitriol in partisan politics,” Party Chair Chris Ager said. Ager...


Dinner over death in Concord
04-15-2024 3:20 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Instead of light conversations around a meal, Granite VNA, in partnership with Bennett Funeral Home, is hosting a dinner on Wednesday where attendees will engage in conversations about death and dying.Guided by end-of-life experts from a hospice team,...


Former Franklin High assistant principal Bill Athanas is making a gift to his former school
04-15-2024 2:32 PM

By RAY DUCKLER

Bill Athanas saw the sign outside Laconia High School and flashed back to the hallways of Franklin High.He remembered walking past the plain Franklin High sign – white letters on a black background, flanked by two small brick pillars – and greeting...


Opinion: Positive vibes and shattered recollections
04-15-2024 7:00 AM

By PAUL NICHOLS

Paul Nichols lives in Loudon. The solar eclipse of April 8 united our country for a brief period amid the vile turmoil here and across the planet. The short respite was welcome. This celestial phenomenon brought feelings of togetherness, goodwill and...

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