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State will buy new DOJ building from Duprey for $21 million
04-10-2024 7:28 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The state will buy the office building that has housed the Department of Justice since last year after the Executive Council approved $21 million in state money for the purchase Wednesday.The department left its pink granite location on Capitol Street...

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‘The ball is rolling’: Housing and homelessness hot topics at ‘State of the City’
04-11-2024 5:47 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After stumbling briefly with the accompanying PowerPoint in the first minutes of his remarks, Mayor Byron Champlin poked a little fun at his mistake.“And now I’m going to turn things over to former Mayor Bouley,” he quipped.Eliciting laughter from the...


Despite ‘sticker shock,’ Concord City Council moves forward on new police station plan
04-09-2024 5:07 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord City Councilors unanimously voted to follow through on the $4.1 million property purchase for relocating police headquarters Monday, even if the $41.5 million proposal to create the station gave them “sticker shock.”“I was glad that I’m...


Hometown Hero: Whatever you’re looking for at Concord Public Library, Robbin Bailey can help you find it
04-07-2024 1:39 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

People often go to the library looking for something quite specific: the next mystery novel in a series, a tax form or maybe a political memoir. But, as any regular knows, libraries hold so much more than books between the stacks: free and engaging...


Concord estimates $41.5 million cost for renovation and expansion plan for new police HQ
04-05-2024 2:56 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Four months after agreeing to buy the former Concord Group Insurance building along North State Street for $4.1 million, city councilors will consider spending another $41.5 million or more to transform it into a new police headquarters.City staff...


Citizen’s group threatens Concord School Board autonomy over middle school decision
04-03-2024 4:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A group of activists upset about the Concord School Board’s decision not to rebuild a potential new middle school at the current site have issued an ultimatum: reverse the vote or risk losing your autonomy.At Monday’s board meeting, Charlie Russell of...


In budget cut aftermath, Concord School Board takes — and dishes — criticism
04-02-2024 5:31 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Five Concord elementary school teachers were told last week they’d lose their positions at the end of this year.While the district budget approved by the Concord School Board for next year did not include outright teacher layoffs, the board knew these...


State investigating untimely but not suspicious inmate death at state prison overnight
04-01-2024 11:27 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The death of an inmate at the state prison that happened overnight, deemed untimely but not suspicious, is being investigated by the state.Corrections officers learned of an unresponsive inmate just after midnight Monday, according to a release from...


State lawmakers progress competing school building aid legislation
03-30-2024 8:00 AM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A bill boosting the state’s school building aid program by introducing a funding minimum and removing its cap passed the New Hampshire House Thursday evening, though it faces tough odds in the Senate.With designs underway for a new middle school, the...


‘The anger turned into power’: After years of abuse, former Boys and Girls Club member sues organization
03-29-2024 1:54 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

By the time 16-year-old Teegan Paul finally told her parents, and then police, about the Boys and Girls Club employee who had been sexually assaulting her for years, her mental health had gotten so bad that she couldn’t hide it anymore.“It was one of...


School Board approves $107.9 million budget
03-28-2024 4:22 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Despite some pushback from the teacher’s union, the Concord School Board stayed the course on plans it made Monday to reduce the number of teaching positions in elementary schools to keep pace with a shrinking student population. The board voted 8-1...


Will new legislative garage behind State House ease downtown parking?
03-28-2024 2:24 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

As heavy machinery makes way for a new parking garage for lawmakers, some Concord residents and officials have wondered whether the new structure will help ease the pressure on downtown parking.The answer, according to state and city leaders, has yet...


Concord School Board to finalize budget Wednesday
03-26-2024 4:58 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Eliminating elementary teaching positions and a proposed middle school resource officer, while including a new math interventionist and world language teachers at Rundlett, the Concord School Board made a balance of cuts and additions to its draft...


Hillsborough apartment flames frustrate firefighters for four hours
03-25-2024 2:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Everyone inside a three-family apartment building that caught fire Saturday evening in Hillsborough was able to safely evacuate.With waves of rain and snow bearing down, firefighters from eight area towns battled the blaze for nearly four hours before...


From tuition to teachers, how declining enrollment is shaping the school district budget
03-22-2024 4:13 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

As the number of school-aged children in Concord drops and more families choose educational options outside public school, the Concord School District has seen a long pattern of declining enrollment.On the backdrop of shrinking elementary school class...


Locals oppose city proposal for splash pad at Garrison Park
03-20-2024 4:23 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

Concord is unique in its commitment to the neighborhood pool with seven for its less than 50,000 residents.  “Seven pools are a lot for a community of this size,” Parks and Recreation Director David Gill said. “Each pool has a different character,...


Concord promotes Danielle Pacik to top city attorney
03-20-2024 4:01 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

After serving as the deputy for more than a decade, Danielle Pacik, is now Concord’s new city solicitor.Pacik landed the permanent position after she was appointed to the role on an interim basis following the February departure of longtime city...


Should Rundlett have a school resource officer?
03-19-2024 5:55 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

A proposal from Rundlett Principal Jay Richard to add a school resource officer at the middle school — costing roughly $100,000 — has met resistance from school board members and parent.Richard and other administrators argued that adding the position...


Concord firefighters among first in the nation to get PFAS-free equipment
03-18-2024 5:27 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

When former Concord firefighter Chris Andrews introduced himself to city councilors, he described himself as “a cancer survivor — at least for now.”At the outset of his career, new types of protective gear, including the addition of breathing...


School board weighs school resource officer, teaching supports in proposed 1.8% budget increase
03-16-2024 12:00 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

The Concord School Board will hold public hearings on Monday and Wednesday next week to gather community input on its proposed budget. In the preliminary budget, the general fund — 95% of school spending — would increase about $1.78 million, or 1.67%,...


Searchable Concord salary database: Top earners include more police, fewer women
03-14-2024 4:53 PM

By CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN

NOTE TO READERS: Scroll below to access the searchable Concord salary database. If you’re using a smartphone, hold your phone in landscape mode to get the best results. As the number of city employees earning six figures continued to climb in 2023,...

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