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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...

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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...


A Life: Elaine Frank ‘knew when a little extra might help’
03-24-2024 9:06 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — Elaine Frank knew when, where and how to do the right thing for others.She could establish an instant connection with a large, diverse audience when talking about firearms safety and suicide prevention, offer support and comfort to someone...


Wife of former Newport School Board member accused of witness tampering
03-22-2024 8:02 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — The wife of a former Newport School Board member charged with having sex with an underage teen has now been indicted herself on a charge of witness tampering in an investigation that links two high-profile criminal cases and reveals why the...


Newport school budget, union contracts go down to defeat
03-13-2024 12:49 PM

NEWPORT — Voters rejected a $22.06 million school operating budget, which included a one-year collective bargaining agreement with support staff with a cost of $105,000. The tally was 457 to 352 at the polls Tuesday.They also rejected, 442 to 345, a...


Voting preview: Newport School District
03-03-2024 11:06 AM

Article of note: A petitioned warrant article would ask the School Board “to make all reasonable and prudent efforts to recover all, or a portion, of the value of the portable classroom which has been scheduled for demolition as part of the CTE...


NH medical examiner: Newport girl, 5, died of ‘natural’ cause
02-29-2024 3:39 PM

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has closed the investigation into the October death of a five-year-old child after the manner of death was deemed “natural” by the New Hampshire chief medical examiner.On Oct. 4, the child was pronounced dead at...


Newport School District trims default budget
02-25-2024 9:00 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — With cuts that the School District’s legal counsel identified, the School Board and SAU 43 administration reduced the default budget in the budget warrant article for the annual school meeting from $22.11 million to $21.88 million.Prior to...


Recall includes dry-cured pork products sold in Upper Valley stores
02-15-2024 7:10 PM

By LIZ SAUCHELLI

WEST LEBANON — Products containing dry-cured pork that are sold at Upper Valley grocery stores are among those that have been recalled due to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak.The meat, called Coppa, is produced by Fratelli Beretta, and is sold at...


Newport man leads police on multi-town chase
02-12-2024 4:58 PM

By JOHN LIPPMAN

NEWPORT — A 36-year-old Newport man with an extensive New Hampshire criminal record led police on a vehicle chase around Newport and along Interstate 89 on Saturday, according to authorities. The man later crashed his vehicle in Salisbury, N.H., and...


Health insurance leads budget increases in Newport
02-07-2024 8:00 PM

NEWPORT — Interim Town Manager and Finance Director Paul Brown presented a proposed operating budget of $9.37 million for the fiscal year beginning July 1 to the Selectboard Monday night.The budget represents a $655,000, or 7.6%, increase from the...


Newport hires new town manager
02-06-2024 6:03 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The Selectboard has unanimously approved the hiring of Kyle Harris, borough administrator in Garwood, N.J., as Newport’s next town manager.The board ratified a contract with Harris at its meeting Monday night and announced that Harris will...


West Central Behavioral Health interim CEO discusses workforce challenges
02-01-2024 3:11 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

LEBANON — His title may be preceded by interim but with the pressing challenges of increasing demand for mental health services and the struggle to hire new staff, Alexander J. “AJ” Horvath is being proactive as he guides West Central Behavioral...


Newport School District budget up less than 2% 
02-01-2024 6:38 AM

NEWPORT — Residents will have the opportunity to amend the School District’s proposed $22 million budget at Saturday’s deliberative session beginning at 9 a.m. at the Newport Middle High School.The budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1...


Facing sexual exploitation charges, Newport School Board member steps down 
02-01-2024 6:37 AM

NEWPORT — A member of the Newport School Board has stepped down after he was criminally charged on Jan. 26 with sexually exploiting a minor more than six years ago at a campground in Windsor.Tim Beard resigned from the Newport School Board on Tuesday,...


Investigation of Newport overdose death leads to charges against Claremont woman, arrest warrant for another
01-24-2024 5:06 PM

NEWPORT — The overdose death of a Newport resident has led to charges against one woman and an arrest warrant for another.First responders found 33-year-old Maryanne Baldauff dead in an apartment building at 62 Sunapee St. on Tuesday, according to a...


Upper Valley voters brought wide-ranging views to primary polls
01-23-2024 8:29 PM

By FRANCES MIZE and PATRICK ADRIAN

ORFORD — Whether or not New Hampshire voters fully support Nikki Haley for president, many of those who threw their weight behind her in Tuesday’s primaries saw their ballots as defensive — an effort to keep former President Donald Trump’s name off...


Proposed Newport school budget includes increase of less than 2%
01-10-2024 4:24 PM

By PATRICK O’GRADY

NEWPORT — The SAU 43 administration and Newport School Board will hold a public hearing Thursday on a proposed $22.12 million budget, which represents an increase of nearly 1.8%, or $403,000, from the current fiscal year.The board last week approved...


Final person sentenced in Newport body dumping case
01-04-2024 8:01 PM

NEWPORT — A 50-year-old Newport woman has been sentenced to two years in the Sullivan County House of Corrections for her part in disposing the body of a 40-year-old man who is suspected to have died from a drug overdose at her home on Paradise Road...

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