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SEIZED AND SOLD: ‘It saved me’ – Pandemic property tax payment program that helped thousands ended. Now what?
07-01-2024 4:10 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Patricia Ingemi stood on the front lawn as she watched her house go up in flames. The fire grew fast, and the sound of her nine cats shrieking inside haunts her a decade later. In a matter a minutes, the single-family house she owned since 1981 was...

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SEIZED AND SOLD: ‘Don’t fall behind’ - Taking and selling properties left to local discretion
07-01-2024 4:08 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Days before the City of Concord was set to sell his house, Jeffrey Cyr made a budget to spend his life savings.His son had taken out a loan for $16,800 to save his father’s house from the auction block. In return, Cyr agreed to pay him back in $400...


SEIZED AND SOLD: Taken for taxes and ‘waiting to die’: A N.H. homeowner struggles to keep his home
07-01-2024 4:05 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

The overdue tax bill facing John Jones felt like a death sentence.​The lifelong resident of the Live-Free-or-Die state had been late to pay his taxes before, but this time was different.Jones, 66, owed $5,097.44 to the city of Franklin, a...


New Hampshire's population is increasing, especially in rural areas
06-21-2024 2:02 PM

By SRUTHI GOPALAKRISHNAN

Over the past three years, New Hampshire’s population has grown by more than 23,000 residents – about as many people live in the entire town of Bedford – with some communities like Pembroke growing a lot and others like Durham shrinking, according to...


Conant softball falls in opening round; ConVal season ends in second roun
05-31-2024 12:03 PM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the seventh inning, Bishop Brady relief pitcher Payton Bryson had little margin for error. The No. 5 Giants (13-4) led their first-round playoff matchup with No. 12 Conant (7-10) on Wednesday, 6-4, but...


State Rep. Jonah Wheeler of Peterborough seeks passage of bill that would increase state funding for schools
05-04-2024 12:02 PM

By JEREMY MARGOLIS

Three years ago, Rep. Jonah Wheeler was finishing his senior year at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough. Ten minutes down the road, his friends in Jaffrey were wrapping up theirs at Conant Middle High School. While Wheeler received  “good...


Bill to loosen eviction guidelines passes House
03-28-2024 9:51 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

A bill that would ease New Hampshire’s eviction process will now head to the Senate after House members passed the measure 194-180 March 21.Today, if a landlord wanted to terminate a lease with a tenant at the end of the contract, they are required to...


Missing children located safe after mother found dead
03-01-2024 10:11 AM

Two young sisters taken by their father, considered missing and endangered after their mother was found dead Thursday night, have been located and are safe.Early Friday morning, police asked for the public’s help to locate 37-year-old Dusten Mark...


‘Poor decisions’ – Cog train helps rescue Mt. Washington hiker in brutal conditions
02-22-2024 9:28 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

According to New Hampshire Fish and Game, the first call came in just before noon on Saturday, Feb. 17, that 22-year-old Cole Matthes of Portsmouth had fallen while hiking in the Ammonusuc Ravine on Mount Washington. He called 911 and requested help....


Conant boys’ basketball is headed to state finals
02-21-2024 9:13 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

No. 4 Kearsarge knew it could beat the top-seeded Conant Orioles Tuesday night in the Division III boys’ basketball state seminfinals at Bow High School.The Cougars had done so just 12 days prior, the only team to beat Conant all season. For the first...


Erik Valdovinos, Franklin Pierce student broadcaster, helps make history for the NCAA
12-28-2023 9:24 AM

By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Erik Valdovinos couldn’t have scripted the moment any better.There he sat in Matthews, N.C., holding a microphone and broadcasting the NCAA men’s soccer Division II semifinals. Also a player for the Franklin Pierce University program, the 19-year-old...


Granite Geek: How Maine is using 3D printers for houses made of wood pulp
12-21-2023 9:01 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

In my career, I’ve encountered several non-traditional ways to build a home, from stacking hay bales to rolling out plastic tubes to using 3D-printed concrete. They’ve been fun to talk about but never made the slightest dent in the industry. The...


A statewide consensus: More affordable housing is needed in New Hampshire 
08-28-2023 1:48 PM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

Line up 10 New Hampshire residents and eight of them can come to a consensus on their community: more affordable housing is a must. If these 10 people are under the age of 35, it’s a unanimous consensus. The message is clear: In the midst of a housing...


Zoning Atlas provides new tool to map state-wide housing needs and barriers to development 
05-09-2023 10:55 AM

By MICHAELA TOWFIGHI

An affordable, manageable starter home in New Hampshire can come in many different shapes and sizes – a small single-family home, an accessory dwelling unit on an existing lot, a manufactured home or even a tiny house on a small tract of land.However,...


All 10 N.H. counties are gaining population as people keep moving to the state
04-05-2023 4:50 PM

By DAVID BROOKS

People are continuing to move into New Hampshire, fueling a small population increase that was seen in all 10 of the state’s counties in the 12 months leading up to last July, according to new population estimates from the Census Bureau.“New Hampshire...


Antrim log-truck driver involved in crash
03-24-2023 11:07 AM

By JAMIE L. COSTA

Two Keene State College students from Concord were badly injured in a crash with a logging truck driven by an Antrim resident early Thursday morning on Route 9 in Stoddard.Kelsey Mayer, 18, was driving a 2016 Chevy Cruz westbound on Route 9 at the...


Concord Christian defeats top-ranked Conant to win D-III girls’ basketball championship
02-27-2023 2:53 PM

By DAN ATTORRI

The setup for the Division III girls’ basketball final couldn’t have been written any better. A battle between the two top seeds - Concord Christian Academy and Conant High School - whose only losses all year came against each other. The DIII...


Granite Geek: Technology helps the maple industry cope with climate change
01-11-2023 8:35 AM

By DAVID BROOKS

If you’re looking for an industry that is adapting to the pain that accompanies climate change, take a walk in a hardwood forest until you find plastic tubing stretching off into the distance. That’s the tradition-bound maple syrup industry tossing...


Lionheart Academy, a public charter school that received $1.5M grant, using curriculum developed by Christian school
05-18-2022 8:39 AM

By EILEEN O’GRADY

Since New Hampshire accepted the first $10 million of a federal charter schools grant, eight charter schools have been awarded funding, including five new startup schools, two expansions and one existing school that’s opening a second location.In...


As one health crisis wanes, another begins: Long COVID on the rise
04-21-2022 4:05 PM

By TEDDY ROSENBLUTH

Maria Pacelli is often struck by the sickly-sweet stench of rotting onions.The inexplicable smell is not a product of the environment but of her brain, thanks to long COVID, a syndrome that wreaks havoc on the body long after the COVID-19 virus...


Amid arrests, Executive Council votes 4-1 to reject federal funds for COVID vaccines
10-15-2021 10:40 AM

By CASSIDY JENSEN

Kathleen Labonte celebrated the Executive Council’s vote to reject $27 million in federal funding for COVID vaccinations Wednesday, saying it showed that protestors had successfully pressured their elected representatives.Labonte, a 71-year-old former...

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