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Through perseverance, Concord 2024 grads take life ‘by the horns’
06-15-2024 5:25 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When Alexavier Hildreth begins business classes at Southern New Hampshire University this fall, his mother Jillian Fox will also be enrolled. He’s the reason she’s there. “I didn’t get to do this,” Fox said, tears welling behind her sunglasses, as the...

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City appoints diversity committee members following hiatus
06-13-2024 5:14 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The 12 new appointees to Concord’s committee on diversity includes people with both personal and professional experience, from lawyers to case workers to teachers. They represent a broad swath of city residents, including New Americans of different...


At Concord middle school Q&A, questions about location remained dominant
06-12-2024 5:11 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

If Concord School Board members wanted guidance as to where residents’ priorities lie beyond the location of the new middle school, they didn’t get it.Instead, at the first of two question-and-answer sessions on the new design and cost estimate...


Felines of all kinds put on a show for area cat-lovers
06-11-2024 2:23 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Fifteen-year veteran cat judge Vicky Merrill held a petite, tawny cat before the crowd to explain her score, remarking on his “wonderful profile” and “nice, heart-shaped face” as she turned his head to the side.As she complimented his tail, he...


Shurtleff to leave NH House after 20 years, seeks county seat
06-06-2024 4:12 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In his 20 years as a state representative, Steve Shurtleff has been minority leader, majority leader, house speaker and his current title of speaker emeritus — the first New Hampshire representative to hold all four positions, according to the house...


With few changes, Concord City Council unanimously passes budget
06-04-2024 4:32 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Hailing the roughly $170 million spending plan as “tight,” “responsible” and “as good as we can get it,” Concord city councilors unanimously approved the city’s 2025 budget Monday night.Including councilors’ adjustments — the reinstatement of a...


Concord Police find remains buried at Airport Road residence
06-03-2024 4:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord Police found unidentified human remains buried in the backyard of the residence at 58 Airport Road Saturday during a multi-day investigation at the location.As part of an unspecified ongoing investigation, a search of the site began Thursday...


New middle school price tag to be unveiled Thursday
06-03-2024 9:30 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

An updated cost estimate for Concord’s proposed new middle school is in the final days of development and will be presented on Thursday.When the school board meets on Monday, it is expected to give an update on the project and lay out a process to...


Council to vote on $170.5 million budget Monday
06-01-2024 7:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

For the city tax rate to remain flat next year, Concord city councilors would have to cut roughly $2 million off the spending plan proposed by City Manager Tom Aspell, according to city estimates.As weeks of hearings draw to a close, councilors will...


Crime rates remain low, hold constant as city leaders voice rising safety concerns
05-29-2024 5:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Crime in Concord, which remains lower than many of its counterparts in the state, held relatively constant over the last five years and by broad metrics fell slightly in 2023, an annual report from the Concord Police Department shows.At the same time,...


Concord budget fortells major future spending
05-26-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The $53.6 million Concord wants to spend on capital projects next year doubles the current figure — but it pales in comparison to what’s to come.Several major city building projects are slated for 2026, meaning increases in coming years would likely...


Concord School District leaders stand by principal hiring despite past lawsuit
05-23-2024 4:50 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord School District is standing by its hiring process and selection of Kyle Repucci as the next principal of Broken Ground School after more details of a lawsuit accusing him of wrongful termination and his early departure from his post as...


Middle schooler charged with assault after school bus skirmish
05-21-2024 3:42 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

One Concord middle schooler is facing juvenile charges after hitting another student on a bus Friday afternoon, Concord police said. A verbal altercation escalated when one student punched another who had been “name-calling,” according to Deputy...


Boys and Girls Club denies culpability in sexual abuse lawsuit
05-20-2024 3:04 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Boys and Girls Club of Central New Hampshire and its executive director say they are not responsible for years of sexual abuse a Concord teenager endured by a former staffer.Teegan Paul, 22, sued the organization in February, accusing it of...


Who’ll foot bill for water projects?
05-18-2024 1:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With the largest increases in proposed city spending next year tied to major water and sewer projects on the Heights, some city councilors appear open to leaning harder on developers to pay for growth-driven infrastructure improvements.The more than...


Cottage community rebuilds beloved dock after it was destroyed in boat crash
05-17-2024 1:34 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Keewaydin Cottages feel like the set of a movie.Tall pines stand sentry on Lake Winnipesaukee’s rocky shoreline, and the air’s humidity-muffled stillness is cut only by the quiet lapping of waves against the small beach and the deep, hollow...


As site testing begins on new middle school site, activists file to put location debate on the ballot
05-15-2024 5:05 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

In the woods off South Curtisville Road, between maple saplings and tall pines and within sight of dog walkers on trails, fifteen wooden stakes flagged with hot pink construction tape poke up from the pine needles carpeting the ground.The stakes mark...


New law allows abuse survivors to end leases, flee unsafe situations
05-14-2024 4:47 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Survivors of domestic violence are now empowered to terminate a lease early, helping them to escape unsafe living situations, under a law signed by the governor Tuesday.“The number one reason survivors are unable or unwilling to leave an unsafe...


Driven by capital projects, city budget proposal would boost spending by $40 million
05-10-2024 6:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

With capital expenditures more than doubling, total spending in the city of Concord would increase by more than $40 million next year under the city manager’s proposed budget, while several major projects still wait in the wings. If approved as...


Neighboring landowner objection stalls Steeplegate redevelopment approval
05-09-2024 3:04 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Plans to redevelop the former Steeplegate Mall will remain before the Zoning Board a little longer after a nearby landowner aired full-throated objections.Onyx Partners, which bought the former Steeplegate Mall and Regal Cinemas properties last year,...


Monitor Way developer seeks $4.67 million from city for proposed new road
05-08-2024 3:57 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Developers looking to build nearly 1,000 housing units near Penacook are asking the city to put $4.7 million towards road building as part of the first construction phase of the project.The Monitor Way project — so dubbed because much of the land will...

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