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To the editor: In 1919 the Volstead Act was passed, which was a nationwide mandate to make the manufacture and sale of alcohol illegal. It failed, and was repealed. We still, nonetheless, have … more
Madison A. Bailey Jr., 84, of Bath, N.H., formerly of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Madison, known to many of his friends as Beetle, was born on Dec. 23, 1936 in Concord, … more
Sylvia B. Arruda of Bristol, R.I. died at Newport Hospital in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, with her family by her side.  Sylvia was 85. Sylvia was the daughter of the late … more
William Sousa, 79, of New Bedford, Mass., formerly of Bristol, R.I., passed away, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, at home. Born in Fall River, Mass., he was the son of the late Antony B. and Jenny (Garcia) … more
North Smithfield scores two second half goals to beat Mt. Hope, 2-1, in a Division II home game at Roger Dietz Field on Wednesday night. The Huskies finish their season with a record of 12-3-4. The … more
Because he is an alleged repeat offender, one man was taken to the ACI after his domestic assault arrest in Bristol last week. Following are excerpts from the Bristol Police incident log of Nov. 1 to … more
The Kickemuit Middle School girls' soccer team overcame great odds to come up just short of a championship title. more
The world-famous robotics company visited KMS last week to show off one of their robot 'dogs.' more
Kickemuit Middle School is one of the most recent schools to join Project SUCCESS, an evidence-based prevention program. more
Bristol native Charlie Enright is notching yet another transatlantic race with his 11th Hour Racing team, skippering in the 2021 Transat Jacques Vabre, a double-handed crossing which started from Le … more
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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.