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In a reversal of a decision made in December, members of the Little Compton Town Council last week approved in-law apartments — also known as accessory dwelling units, or ADUs — for … more
BARRINGTON — They kicked off into high gear and never looked back. The Portsmouth High School boys’ varsity basketball team rolled over Barrington in the Division I … more
PORTSMOUTH — Nearly three dozen people on both sides of the offshore wind debate offered their two cents to the R.I. Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) during a public comment … more
Three times a week, 52 weeks a year, 20 or 30 senior citizens gather at the Little Compton Community Center to enjoy each other’s company and have a nice lunch prepared in-house by a talented … more
With Tiverton facing what would be the largest cut in state education aid of any district in Rhode Island, town council members want to meet with the school committee, state legislators and … more
PORTSMOUTH — Adam Conheeny scored four 3-pointers in the final two and a half minutes of regulation — including one that tied the contest with less than a minute left — to … more
PORTSMOUTH — A win’s a win. The Portsmouth High girls’ basketball team edged Scituate, 57-53, at home Thursday night in the preliminary game of the Division I playoffs. … more
Little Compton greeted two new fire fighters this week. Nicole Marion and Benjamin Deneault worked their first full day Monday, Feb. 19, and were sworn in Tuesday at Town Hall. Each will report … more
WPRI Channel 12 was first to  report a draft review on the status of the westbound section of the Washington Bridge written by an engineer hired to investigate the shuttered section paints a … more
A Newport County Superior Court ruled last month that opponents of a Fall River funeral director who wants to build a crematorium in the north end of Tiverton have a right to be heard in a legal … more
The eastbound side of the Washington Bridge will be split into six lanes, three going in each direction, as a means of attempting to address the ongoing crisis created with the closure of the … more
A 19-year-old Tiverton man is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital after he lost control of his car, rolled it for more than 120 yards and was ejected just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. … more
PORTSMOUTH — Sean Gray’s only a sophomore, but he’s already proven himself to be one of the best runners in Portsmouth High School’s history. On Saturday during the … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High gymnasts are division champions for the first time in 18 years. The Patriots captured the Division II title at the RIIL Gymnastics Team and Individual … more
Two Tiverton Middle School students are being celebrated for what is a nearly unheard of accomplishment in the world of standardized testing — each received a perfect score on their most recent … more
For Valentine’s week, we were on a quest to find a couple that seemed to have found the secret formula for creating a happy life together. Long-time Little Compton residents Lea and Jack Angell … more
Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Peter Alviti took the brunt of the blame for the calamity created as he was peppered with questions about the status of the Washington Bridge from … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High boys’ varsity hockey team defeated South Kingstown on Saturday for its third straight win. The 5-1 victory over the Rebels at Portsmouth Abbey … more
The names of five local hockey greats who represent the RI Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024 were unveiled last weekend between periods of the Providence Bruins-Hershey Bears “Hall of … more
If you ask J. William Middendorf II, who turns 100 this year, to recount some of the highlights of his remarkable near-century of life — WWII vet, businessman, political mover-and-shaker, … more
PORTSMOUTH — Have an opinion on SouthCoast Wind’s proposal to run cables under the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope Bay to transfer electricity from an offshore wind facility? more
PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth High School record was tied on the way to the boys’ indoor track team’s third-place finish at the Class B Championship meet on Saturday at the … more
After two years of radio silence, an organizer of the world’s second shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Hot Springs, Arkansas finally conceded this week what folks here have known for … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High School gymnastics team notched another win on Sunday, defeating Mt. Hope at Strive Gymnastics in Somerset. The Patriots scored 133.3 points to the … more
Shailen Bhatt, the Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, visited the area Monday, Feb. 5, as part of the national response to the local Washington Bridge Closure crisis. Bhatt … more
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