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Sununu asks Washington for health care flexibility

CONCORD – New Hampshire needs to be free to make its own decisions about health care, according to a letter Republican leaders in the state sent to Washington in a Friday announcement. Gov. Chris Sununu, Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper sent a joint letter to U.S. ...

Milford School Board hikes substitute pay

MILFORD – The pay for substitute teachers will go up by $10 a day, to $75, the School Board decided Monday, June 19. The pay hike, the first in decades, also includes an increase of $20 a day for long-term substitutes. Beginning on the 51st day a person works as a substitute teacher, the rate ...

Collapsing culvert forces weekslong road closure in Merrimack

MERRIMACK – A portion of Amherst Road will be closed for several weeks because of a collapsing culvert under the roadway. Town officials announced Thursday the closure is on Amherst Road between Turkey Hill Road and Executive Park Drive. The emergency closure was because of a sinkhole in the ...

Sununu seeks new tone for New Hampshire

NASHUA – Gov. Chris Sununu stressed that changing the tone in Concord is key to pursuing his agenda as New Hampshire meets the coming challenges during an address to the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning. “We need to change the tone, and then we have to get to work,” ...

Fine, community service for teen driver in fiery Hollis crash

NASHUA – The teenage girl from Nashua who in January was charged with several driving offenses after crashing her friend’s mother’s car with three friends as passengers has agreed to plead guilty to one of the charges, pay a fine and attend a driving class. Gabrielle Belanger, 16, of 15 ...

Memorial planned for former Nashua turn-of-the-century building

NASHUA – A historically significant feature of the city’s early industrial-era Tree Streets neighborhood will be recognized through the installation of a memorial in a now vacant lot. During Nashua’s Committee on Infrastructure meeting recently, Economic Development Director Tim Cummings ...

Three with previous drug convictions caught in Granite Hammer busts

NASHUA – Operation Granite Hammer has led to the arrest of three more individuals on drug-related activity in Nashua, with police reporting all suspects having prior drug convictions. Police said the prior convictions will bring enhanced penalties for Kevin Burgos-Santiago, Toni Flaherty and ...

Man convicted of sexually assaulting elderly Nashua woman

NASHUA – An 81-year-old resident of a condominium complex in north Nashua told a state prosecutor Wednesday that on the Monday afternoon after Thanksgiving, she was taking a bag of trash to a dumpster when a “for sale” sign on a car caught her eye. Her granddaughter, the woman explained, ...

Purchase of bus cameras approved by Hudson School Board

HUDSON – The School Board approved the purchase of $39,600 worth of cameras for school buses at the end of the fiscal year, if the budget allows for it. Karen Burnell, the Hudson School District’s business administrator, was given the authority to decide whether to make the purchase. The ...

Nashua school begins construction to expand to seventh grade

NASHUA – The MicroSociety Academy Charter School held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday to celebrate the beginning of construction that will allow the school to host seventh-graders for the first time by next school year. The public school currently serves kindergarten through sixth ...

Brookline Republican to challenge for 2nd Congressional District seat

BROOKLINE – Former House Majority Leader Jack Flanagan announced late Wednesday afternoon he will again challenge for New Hampshire’s 2nd Congressional District during the 2018 midterms. Flanagan, a Brookline Republican and businessman, is seeking the seat on Capitol Hill for the second ...

School board approves budget funding full-day kindergarten

NASHUA – The Board of Education has approved a budget for the next school year that will fund full-day kindergarten for all 12 Nashua School District elementary schools. The $106,673,155 budget, a 1.9 percent increase over the current budget, was approved by a 4-2 vote during a special ...

City wants cap lawsuits dismissed

NASHUA — The city is asking a Superior Court judge to toss the two lawsuits filed against Mayor Jim Donchess and the Board of Aldermen now that the board approved a $258 million budget. Nashua’s Corporate Counsel Steve Bolton filed motions to dismiss the lawsuits brought by former Alderman ...

Merrimack declares emergency road closure

MERRIMACK – A portion of Amherst Road will be closed for several weeks because of a collapsing culvert under the roadway. Town officials announced Thursday the closure is on Amherst Road between Turkey Hill Road and Executive Park Drive. The emergency closure was because of a sinkhole in the ...

Nashua man, imprisoned in 2003, denied early release

NASHUA – Citing the “heinous, harmful” and “brutal” nature of the sexual assaults on which former Nashua resident Matthew P. Caron was sentenced to 20-40 years in state prison back in 2003, along with Caron’s “regular course of violative conduct” in prison, a Superior Court ...

Sign of summer: City pools open Friday

NASHUA – The Nashua Parks and Recreation Department will open the city’s pools on Friday. Staff members are preparing to greet summer crowds at all five of the city’s water attractions. “Our lifeguards and swimming instructors are being trained as we speak,” Kellie Oberholtzer, ...

Equipment fire temporarily closes Goodwill in Hudson

HUDSON – No injuries were reported Wednesday when a malfunctioning piece of equipment sparked a blaze in the Goodwill Store and Buy the Pound Outlet in Hudson. Hudson firefighters were alerted to the fire at 1:25 p.m. One minute later, they received a 911 call from inside the business telling ...

Amateur radio operators prep for upcoming field day

HOLLIS – Members of the Nashua Area Amateur Radio Club are getting ready for their annual weekend-long communications exercise, an event that includes radio drills, a picnic and campout as well as a competition among clubs nationwide and in Canada. Commonly known as “ham” radio operators, ...

Judge opts against jail time for Milford mom

NASHUA – Noting that “most, if not all, of her (criminal) record involves substance abuse,” the attorney for Milford resident and jewelry theft suspect Selina Akerman asked a Superior Court judge recently to spare Akerman jail time so she can continue working on improving her life. A ...

Never too late to learn: Adult Learning Center holds graduation

NASHUA – The graduates of the Adult Learning Center proved on Wednesday it is never too late to learn. Surrounded by their loved ones and dressed in casual clothes, the adult graduates celebrated an accomplishment which many of them thought might never come – the passing of their HiSET high ...