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Newport School Board approves incentive pay in effort to retain teachers, staff
07-16-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — With teacher retention described as a “crisis,” the Newport School Board approved a one-time incentive payout for returning teachers and support staff in hopes it will help keep teachers in Newport.The returning teachers and support staff...

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Supreme Court rules for Newport Health Center is tax dispute with town
06-27-2024 7:30 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The New Hampshire Supreme Court has ruled in favor of New London Hospital Association in an appeal of the charitable property tax-exempt status for the Newport Health Center (NHC) on John Stark Highway that had been denied by the town of...


Sullivan County delegation rejects request to appoint county attorney
06-26-2024 5:18 PM

NEWPORT — The Sullivan County delegation agreed on Tuesday not to take action on a recommendation from outgoing Sullivan County Attorney Marc Hathaway to appoint Deputy County Attorney Christine Hilliard to the position after Hathaway leaves on July...


Sullivan County delegation approves budget with nearly 10% increase in taxes
06-26-2024 5:09 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Sullivan County delegation of state representatives approved a $41.7 million budget at its annual convention on Tuesday.The budget, approved in a 9-3 vote, carries an increase of nearly 10% in the amount to be raised by taxes and,...


Newport softball’s first loss ends strong season
06-07-2024 4:09 PM

By BEN HOOKE

One tough inning was all it took to end the Newport Tigers’ dreams of an undefeated softball season.The top-seeded Tigers were slow out of the gate, allowing three runs before getting a chance to bat, and never recovered. Fourth-seeded Gilford...


Newport High graduates urged to be who they want to be
06-06-2024 1:47 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Familiar graduation themes of gratitude, memories and a future full of opportunities to seize and challenges to overcome were expressed by speakers at the Newport High School graduation held on the football field Wednesday.The class of 51...


Newport gets $1 million grant for community center
06-03-2024 3:12 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The town has been awarded $1 million by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority from the Community Center Investment Program to help fund construction of a new community center on Meadow Road.Finance Director Paul Brown...


Developer disputes Newport Planning Board condition for senior housing project
06-02-2024 3:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Developers of a proposed senior housing project in North Newport are asking a Superior Court judge to remove a condition imposed by the Newport Planning Board requiring them to apply again for two variances as part of the site plan...


Cold case is hot topic in Newport
05-31-2024 8:47 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — When a caravan of police vehicles descended early one morning last week upon a dilapidated red brick home behind a leaning, broken fence and overgrown weeds in the yard it did not take long for the public to take notice and assume...


Proposed Sullivan County budget up 10%
05-27-2024 3:57 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The proposed $42.7 million Sullivan County budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is up nearly 10%.The increase is driven by the absence of one-time revenue for the current fiscal year to offset taxes combined with the bond payment for...


Police: Vermont man arrested for stealing gas in Newport to refuel stolen vehicle
05-25-2024 5:00 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 57-year-old Vermont man who told police that he “had just run out of gas and needed some,” caused an environmental headache when he used an axe to puncture a truck’s gas tank to drain it so he could refuel a stolen recreational vehicle he...


NH Cold Case Unit searches Newport property
05-21-2024 5:05 PM

NEWPORT — Members of the New Hampshire Cold Case Unit began executing court-authorized search warrants in Newport on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office.The search — in conjunction with New Hampshire Department of...


Board nixes variance for North Newport senior housing project
05-19-2024 5:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week denied a variance for a proposed 96-unit senior housing complex on Route 10 in North Newport that the developer has said would help address the region’s housing shortage.Runway Heights Senior Housing...


Town Meeting: Newport rejects proposed $11.5 million operating budget
05-15-2024 5:01 PM

By PATRICK O'GRADY

NEWPORT — During all-day balloting Tuesday, voters elected Bert Spaulding Sr. to a three-year seat on the Selectboard, defeated the proposed budget and by just two votes, approved more than $1 million for the recreation facilities capital reserve...


In spite of budget defeat, Newport School Board approves pay raises for nonunion employees
05-12-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The School Board last week voted 4-1 to make adjustments in the budget for the upcoming year and award nonunion employees of the school district a 2.5% raise.The adjustments, which totaled about $146,800 in salary, Social Security and...


Four vying for one seat on Newport Selectboard
05-09-2024 6:01 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — In the only contested race on the annual Town Meeting ballot, two former Selectboard members and the owner of a local business are challenging the incumbent for a three-year term on the Selectboard in Tuesday’s election.Also on the ballot is...


Out & About: Newport art center’s exhibition celebrates homes of all varieties
04-26-2024 6:31 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

NEWPORT — When Kate Luppold put out the call for submissions for the Library Arts Center’s exhibition, she expected artists would take its theme of “home” literally.“I expected a lot of houses with white picket fences,” Luppold, the Newport-based...


Zoning board delays decision on North Newport senior housing project
04-20-2024 5:28 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Zoning Board of Adjustment delayed decision on a request for two variances for a planned senior housing project in North Newport on Route 10 next to the town airport after a lengthy discussion last week.North Newport Land Holdings and...


Some families find freedom with Newport microschool
04-19-2024 8:03 PM

By CHRISTINA DOLAN

NEWPORT — Tucked in the basement of Newport’s Epiphany Episcopal Church, Micah Studios is a newcomer to the Upper Valley’s alternative education landscape.Founded in the fall of 2023 by two educators disillusioned with the town’s public school system,...


Newport adds $1 million for rec center to capital reserve fund
04-04-2024 6:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Voters at this week’s deliberative session added $1 million to the capital reserve fund for recreation facilities.The added money will not be raised from taxes and instead will come from federal and state funds the town anticipates receiving...


Newport deliberative session set for Tuesday
03-28-2024 4:42 PM

NEWPORT — On Tuesday, the Selectboard will hold its deliberative session, during which residents can discuss and possibly amend the proposed $11.5 million budget and several Town Meeting warrant articles with appropriations.Finance Director Paul Brown...

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