Portsmouth’s Nikki Merrill wins 2 races at state indoor track meet

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth High School junior Nikki Merrill capped off an impressive season with two victories in the Rhode Island Indoor Track State Championship on Saturday.
Oar art — Artists unleash imaginations on oars, paddles
Over half of the donated oars and paddles — the older and more weatherbeaten the better, have been painted and decorated by top area … Read More
Bella Mente Racing back for more from New England Boatworks
Famed ocean racer Hap Fauth liked the job done by New England Boatworks on his last maxi racers enough that he has returned to the … Read More
Gunfire rings out in Tiverton schools during 'active shooter' drill
TIVERTON — First at the high school, later at Fort Barton Elementary, School, police cruisers and ambulances swarmed in from the … Read More
Obituaries
Dorothy L. Smith, 95, Little Compton

Dorothy L. (Macomber) Smith, 95, of Little Compton, died Saturday, February 17, 2018.  She was the wife of the late David W. Smith. Born in Fall River, she was daughter of the late Dana B. and …

Harry Moniz, 80, Adamsville

Stanford Hamilton Henry, 86, Little Compton

Environmentalist Grantham to address climate change here
Jeremy Grantham, renowned environmentalist, investor and philanthropist, will be the guest speaker when the Westport River Watershed … Read More
Oyster farmers say they need deeper water to succeed
WESTPORT — The town’s Shellfish Advisory Board will take a closer look at shellfish farm rules after two local oyster farmers … Read More
Saving Tiverton's high ground
TIVERTON — The growing Pocasset Ridge collection of saved woodlands in the Tiverton ‘high country’ has expanded by another … Read More
Little Compton waterfront house sells for $4 million
LITTLE COMPTON — Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty has announced the sale of 40, 43, 46 Taylor’s Lane, Little Compton, … Read More
Flood memories fresh as board grills Charlotte White developer
WESTPORT — Skepticism about drainage and some unhappy neighbors greeted a developer seeking to build 16 houses off Charlotte White … Read More
Rep. Marshall: Plan would encourage minors to report alcohol-related emergencies
Rep. Kenneth A. Marshall (D-Dist. 68, Bristol, Warren) has introduced legislation that extends protections under the Good … Read More
Police
Man arrested in Friday night's fatal accident in Portsmouth PORTSMOUTH — A Massachusetts man has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence, death resulting, following a fatal two-vehicle crash on West Main Road in front of …
First responders conduct swim rescue drills in Sakonnet River PORTSMOUTH/TIVERTON — It appeared to be one the largest mutual-aid rescues ever seen in the Sakonnet River, as a couple dozen first responders from Portsmouth, Tiverton and beyond …
East Providence Police seek second suspect in school bus theft incident EAST PROVIDENCE — In a release issued Monday afternoon, Oct. 30, the East Providence Police Department announced it has issued an arrest warrant for Tiverton man for his alleged participation in …
Opinion
Letter: Our state budget must protect the vulnerable To the editor: As legislators, we must treat each taxpayer dollar with the utmost respect, seeking to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency. That is our responsibility as elected officials. As …
Letter: Before buying corn field, check that soil with care To the editor: I have just read the story about the Pontes land being made available to the town. Before the town or Ag Trust considers this, both the soils and groundwater should be tested. A …
Warren veterans support 'Moving Wall' visit to Ocean State To the editor:It is our duty to remember those who are willing to carry out the difficult work of keeping us free. This became even more apparent to me at the start of this school year when one of …
Don't get scammed; Buddy almost did To the editor:During a lunch break, I ran into an elderly friend (let’s call him Buddy), who asked for a ride to Seekonk.  When I asked, what he needed in Seekonk, his response was …
Sports
Portsmouth advances after defense swarms Eagles in 58-49 win BARRINGTON — The Portsmouth High boys’ varsity basketball team advanced  in the Division II playoffs after its defense stymied Barrington in the opening round Friday …
Portsmouth's Marykate McGuire realizes goal, signs with Duke PORTSMOUTH — It’s been a long and often frustrating journey, but Portsmouth High School senior Marykate McGuire kept her eye on the prize: playing soccer for a Division I college …
Portsmouth High Athletic Hall of Fame seeks more nominations PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations to be considered for the second induction ceremony to be held next fall.   Visit …

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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.