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Jail time for crash that killed Westport woman

A 59-year-old California woman who, earlier this year, left the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash in Dartmouth, was convicted of leaving the scene— death resulting, in Fall River Superior Court, …
RICAS: Portsmouth, state are playing catchup to Mass. schools
PORTSMOUTH — Rhode Island public schools have some catching up to do before they can compare favorably to Massachusetts on student … Read More
Portsmouth girls cruise to non-league win over Chariho
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ varsity basketball team made easy work of the Chariho Chargers at home Friday … Read More
Tiverton plunge moves south to Fogland
TIVERTON — Due to ongoing construction at Grinnell’s Beach in Tiverton, this year’s New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge will be held … Read More
Sweetback Sisters bring Christmas cheer to Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School auditorium stage Saturday night looked like a giant exploding Christmas present. In the … Read More
Traffic light coming to Bulgarmarsh, Fish roads
TIVERTON — The state Department of Transportation provided these dtetails about a a new traffic signal coming to the corner of Fish … Read More
Tiverton bank robber sentenced to prison
A Fall River man who stole a car in New Bedford in April, 2017, and used it later the same day as his getaway vehicle after robbing a … Read More
Obituaries
Margo Peckham, 94, Westport Margo Peckham, 94, of Westport, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2018. She was born on May 10, 1924 in New Bedford, the daughter of Temple A. Corson and Margaret McGinty. Margo attended …
Thomas S. Moran, 77, Little Compton Thomas S. Moran, 77, of Little Compton, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Moran persevered over adversity with grace, humor, and …
Sports
Lough (Little Compton/Portsmouth Abbey) caps stellar Bates field hockey career. Bates College senior forward Taylor Lough of Little Compton was named Second Team All-NESCAC for the second straight year on Wednesday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference released …
Islanders freeze out Portsmouth in early Thanksgiving game MIDDLETOWN — The Portsmouth Patriots’ youth, inexperience and injuries were all on display during an early Thanksgiving matchup against their annual rivals, the Middletown …
Portsmouth girls knocked from volleyball playoffs (photos) PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School girls’ volleyball team’s season ended in disappointment Wednesday when the squad was bumped from the state playoffs by Johnston High at …
Portsmouth boys finish 10th in state cross-country meet PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School boys’ cross-country team finished in 10th place as a team in the Rhode Island cross-country championship meet Sunday at Ponaganset High …
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Opinion
Editorial: School buses need seat belts The Tiverton school bus that hurtled off the highway and into the woods recently emerged dented but intact. But for those unfortunate enough to have been trapped inside without seat belts, the …
Letter: Facts contradict accusations against Sakonnet farmers To the editor: This concerns Mimi Karlsson's letter to the editor of Nov. 15 about legally applied agricultural chemicals. In making her sweeping, overly dramatic yet unfounded claims about …
Letter: For Red/Blue discussion, more Reds needed To the editor: Two week ago Michelle, a conservative Republican, and Elizabeth, a liberal Democrat, wrote to describe the free, day-long Red/Blue workshop we are organizing in Westport under the …
Letter: Drift Road solar approval a big disappointment To the editor: This Drift Road solar installation has caused so much stress to all of the abutters and other neighbors and friends affected by it for so long. We have tried to impress upon the …

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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.