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ACLU calls on UNH and Dartmouth to drop charges against pro-Palestine protesters
07-17-2024 4:24 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

The ACLU of New Hampshire on Wednesday called on the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth College to drop trespassing and disorderly conduct charges against pro-Palestine protesters arrested on May 1.In a letter to the presidents of the two...

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Gov. Sununu signs into law trans sports ban and prohibition on gender surgeries for minors
07-19-2024 6:48 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Governor Chris Sununu on Friday banned transgender girls in New Hampshire from competing on school-sponsored girls’ sports teams in the state starting in fifth grade.The law – which makes New Hampshire the 26th state to implement transgender sports...


Chichester animal rescue Live and Let Live Farm stripped of pet vendor license amid bitter feud with Department of Agriculture
07-19-2024 4:36 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Late last month, Teresa Paradis, the owner of Live and Let Live Farm in Chichester, received a jarring letter from the state Department of Agriculture.Although scant on details, the letter’s effect was clear: the farm – a beloved rescue organization...


Community college tuition frozen for sixth consecutive year
07-18-2024 4:32 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Tuition at New Hampshire’s seven community colleges will not increase this coming school year, the Community College System of New Hampshire announced Thursday.Since 2018, a full community college course load has cost $6,450 per year or $215 per...


Concord school board places $152 million cap on middle school project, moves forward to design phase
07-16-2024 3:55 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Despite expressing considerable discomfort with the potential price tag, Concord School Board members voted Monday to cap the controversial middle school building project at $152 million, paving the way for it to move forward to a four-month design...


Eighteen-year-old Northfield motorcyclist killed in crash in Belmont on Friday
07-15-2024 4:46 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

An 18-year-old Northfield resident died following a motorcycle crash in Belmont on Friday.Guiseppe Bonanno lost control of his motorcycle at approximately 1 p.m. Friday while rounding a tight corner in the 300 block of South Road and was struck by an...


Hometown Hero: At 80, the ‘Atticus Finch of Concord’ continues to use the law for good
07-15-2024 8:13 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

On a January day in 1944, at a time when governors still worked day jobs, the physician who delivered Roger Phillips into the world was none other than New Hampshire’s sitting governor, Robert O. Blood.Perhaps the circumstances of Phillips’ birth...


Teacher who took student to get abortion drops lawsuit following reinstatement of teaching credential
07-09-2024 4:42 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A New Hampshire teacher who took a student to get an abortion agreed to drop her lawsuit against the Department of Education following the reinstatement late last month of her teaching credential.The teacher, who filed her lawsuit anonymously, alleged...


UNH student arrested for assaulting police chief says video shows he was misidentified
06-30-2024 6:56 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A University of New Hampshire student charged with assaulting the chief of the school’s police department during a pro-Palestinian protest on May 1 was mistakenly identified and then violently arrested, the student said in an interview Friday.During...


UNH students plan to sue the school, governor over response to pro-Palestine protest as prosecutor begins to offer plea deals
06-27-2024 4:56 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A group of at least 11 students plans to sue the University of New Hampshire and Gov. Chris Sununu for violating their civil rights during a May 1 pro-Palestine protest in which 11 students were arrested.An intent-to-sue letter is set to be sent...


Documents unsealed in YDC criminal abuse cases provide new insight into investigation
06-26-2024 5:01 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Documents unsealed earlier this week in criminal cases against five former Youth Development Center guards describe in gruesome detail repeated sexual and physical abuse perpetrated against minors held at New Hampshire’s juvenile jail in the late...


Hometown Hero: Loudon Elementary ‘quasi-administrator’ and reading teacher Stephanie Pike wears many hats
06-25-2024 6:22 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

At 274 students, Loudon Elementary School is too small to sustain both a principal and vice principal, but the school’s size doesn’t completely diminish the scope of administrative responsibilities that must be handled.At some schools without an...


Unsealed document details Concord shooting, potential motive in Zackary Sullivan death
06-24-2024 4:55 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A Concord man accused of fatally shooting his half-brother in the back of the neck believed that his sibling had “ratted” on him to Concord police in a separate investigation, according to a police document in the case. Jesse Sullivan, 32, is charged...


Comprehensive bail reform bill reaches finish line, sent to Sununu
06-17-2024 1:15 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A comprehensive bail reform bill passed by New Hampshire’s state legislature last week will transfer certain responsibilities from bail commissioners to a newly-established magistrate position, require that people charged with any of 12 violent...


Hydroponics program to continue to grow at Merrimack Valley Middle School
06-13-2024 12:25 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When students at Merrimack Valley Middle School returned to sixth-grade science teacher Kristen Bean Warren’s classroom on the Wednesday after Memorial Day weekend, they encountered a mystery.Vegetable plants germinating in a hydroponic growing system...


Documents show N.H. teacher took student for abortion
06-11-2024 4:38 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

New Hampshire’s Department of Education has released documents that support an assertion made by Commissioner Frank Edelblut that a New Hampshire teacher transported a student to get an abortion.The commissioner’s claim was made in an April Op-Ed...


Following middle school price estimates, Concord’s city leaders encourage school district to improve community access to schools
06-10-2024 9:00 AM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A day after Concord’s School Board unveiled long-awaited cost estimates for its middle school project, city leaders encouraged the school board to ensure and communicate that the school buildings are shared community assets.“Taxpayers are saying,...


Merrimack Valley High School graduates credit friendship and community
06-08-2024 3:49 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

When Edward Amonor Jr. arrived at Merrimack Valley Middle School in 2019 from Ghana, he knew no one and spoke only broken English.At first, he sat alone at lunch. But then a boy named Abhi Karki introduced himself.“He was the first person I felt...


New estimate puts Concord middle school project between $136 million and $166 million
06-06-2024 8:28 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Spending on Concord’s new middle school could be capped at as high as $166.6 million or as low as $136.2 million depending on a range of decisions still to come, according to long-anticipated cost estimates presented at a meeting Thursday night.The...


Murder trial in killing of Concord’s Zackary Sullivan will likely not be until June 2025
06-06-2024 2:08 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

A 32-year-old Concord man accused of killing his half-brother in January will likely not stand trial until at least next June, a Merrimack County Superior Court judge indicated on Thursday.Discussion of scheduling a trial date came during a...


Pembroke Academy class of 2024 graduates
06-05-2024 5:08 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

 To offset the uniformity of the Spartan green cap and gown, some Pembroke Academy graduates decorated their caps with designs or inspirational quotes. Class president Abdalla Faiad donned a red and white keffiyah, the traditional Middle Eastern...

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