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Newport hopes to improve its image

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copyright the Chronicle June 7, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — In a marathon meeting Monday night, the city council considered ways of improving Newport’s image, the future of its downtown program, a new music series on the waterfront, and a possible ext... More »

Losses, some gains for Newport businesses

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copyright the Chronicle January 11, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — Newport is reportedly gaining a new business, but is losing two others. A vacant Main Street building may be slated for redevelopment, but up the street, a toy store is closing. In additi... More »

Newport City Council urges deep budget cuts

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copyright the Chronicle December 21, 2016   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — For years the Newport City Council has set budgets that cut city spending to the bone. Based on the discussion at Monday’s meeting, the 2017-2018 budget may cut even deeper. By the end o... More »

Newport Mayor goes to work for Walmart

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copyright the Chronicle September 7, 2016  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Mayor Paul Monette has been unemployed since June, except for some part-time bookkeeping work. He was the head of information technology at Newport City Elementary School, but the school bo... More »

Viens is back in the race; Monette, Klar withdraw

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copyright the Chronicle May 11, 2016 by Tena Starr Gary Viens of Newport has reconsidered his earlier decision not to seek re-election to the Orleans-2 House seat. Mr. Viens, who has served one term, said on Monday that both constituents and fellow legislators... More »

Newport City Council: Wilson tongue lashes council

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copyright the Chronicle March 23, 2016 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT – Alderman John Wilson, the former president of the Newport City Council, stepped away from the meeting table Monday evening and gave his colleagues a piece of his mind. Mr. Wilson gained the lar... More »

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Newport City throws Ward a farewell party

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  copyright the Chronicle July 15, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Wednesday, July 15, is the last day on the job for Newport City Manager John Ward Jr., who is winding up his 16-year run and preparing for retirement. “I’m grateful for the job, otherwise I pr... More »

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Ward attends his last city council meeting

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copyright the Chronicle July 8, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — As Mayor Paul Monette listed those in attendance at Monday’s city council meeting he noted a milestone. “For the last time John Ward is sitting as city manager,” Mr. Monette said. Mr. Ward, who h... More »

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Construction of AnC Bio plant gets underway

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  copyright the Chronicle May 20, 2015 by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The long-delayed groundbreaking for AnC Bio took place under fair skies Thursday morning, May 14. Speakers hailed prospects for the $100-million biomedical facility, which is expected to employ... More »

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The homeless — out of sight, out of mind?

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copyright the Chronicle November 19, 2014 by David Dudley NEWPORT — Victoria Kuhn, a thin woman in her twenties, moved to Newport a little over a year ago with her fiancé. Since their arrival, they have lived on Prouty Beach, in their car, and during the cold ... More »