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Three homes destroyed in devastating fire on Prudence Island

PRUDENCE ISLAND — Three homes were completely destroyed by a late-night fire on Prudence Island Thursday. One woman managed to escape safely from the home at which the fire apparently …
ACLU sues Town of Portsmouth over political sign ban
PORTSMOUTH — No doubt you’ve seen the signs while driving up and down Bristol Ferry Road, although perhaps the wording was … Read More
Portsmouth’s Peter Roberts receives PCC Citizens Award
PORTSMOUTH — If you ever need to review a Town Council meeting from March 2020 to the present, you can thank Peter Roberts for … Read More
Concerns raised over proposed solar arrays in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH — Concept review plans for two commercial solar arrays along West Main Road were presented to the Planning Board last … Read More
Man charged with assaulting Portsmouth Police officer, DWI
PORTSMOUTH — A Warren was charged with multiple offenses on Wednesday, Jan. 13, after his vehicle was pulled over for speeding … Read More
Choose to love and forgive, says MLK Jr. event speaker
NEWPORT COUNTY — On Jan. 6, hundreds of insurgents — many displaying telltale symbols typically worn by white supremacists, white … Read More
Citizens group seeks legal appeal of Portsmouth solar ordinance
PORTSMOUTH — A citizens group that protested the recent passage of a new solar ordinance with no success is now turning to the … Read More
James D. Wilkinson, 78, Portsmouth James D. Wilkinson, 78, of Portsmouth, R.I., passed away on Jan. 17, 2021 at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence from complications due to COVID-19. James was born April 20, 1942, in …
Victoria Ann (Felkowski) Towers, 94, Tiverton Victoria Ann (Felkowski) Towers of Tiverton passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth Manor on January 16, 2021, at age 94.  She was the wife of the late Russell E. (Bud) Towers, …
Tolman avenges earlier loss, knocks Portsmouth from playoffs

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth High varsity boys’ soccer team ended its regular season with a 1-0 win over Tolman on the road Saturday, but was ousted from the Division I playoffs by …

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Portsmouth man, 21, killed in wrong-way crash in Somerset

A 21-year-old Portsmouth man died early Wednesday morning after his car was struck head on by another vehicle that was traveling the wrong way on Route 195 in Somerset early, according to …

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