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Ice builds up along the South Main Street bridge on the Millers River in Athol on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Photo by Dan Little
ATHOL – Seventy-year-old Jim Herbert was one of many Athol residents who lined both sides of the South Main Street Bridge Saturday afternoon, amazed by the massive shards of ice jamming the Millers River as far as the eye could see. “I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Herbert, who has lived...
The Warwick Highway Department tried using just sand on town roads on Dec. 11, 2017, with disappointing results. This photo shows Route 78 looking south from North Holden Road.Photo contributed by Larry Delaney  
WARWICK — High sodium levels in Warwick’s well water has got the Highway Department re-examining its road salt practices. Its most recent idea? Investing in treated road salt. Highway Superintendent Larry Delaney explained that, following discussion with the Selectboard, his department tried...
AREA — If some Franklin County towns are reimbursed a chunk of the costs incurred from early voting in November 2016, it looks like Orange will get the most at $2,200. The state auditor has recommended $1,063,978 in compensation to the 351 municipalities in Massachusetts. Suzanne Bump ruled the...
ORANGE — Selectboard chairman Ryan Mailloux wants to crack down on committees not turning in their minutes, starting with the selectboard itself. Mailloux told fellow board members that the issue of committees not turning in their minutes needs to be resolved, especially in light of the recent...
GREENFIELD — An Athol man was found guilty of various charges of sexual abuse on Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court. Following a lengthy seven-hour deliberation by the jury, Jeremy Currier, 31, of Athol, was found guilty on charges of aggravated rape, abuse of a child, and battery on a...
Vaping appears to have replaced cigarettes as the primary nicotine delivery device for teens. At least 19 percent of high school seniors said they vaped nicotine in the last year, along with 16 percent of sophomores and 8 percent of eighth-graders. Diedra Laird/Charlotte Observer/TNS
 GREENFIELD — Local teens, albeit on a small scale, are misusing prescription drugs more than the national average and are also vaping at a higher clip compared to the rest of the country. Most notably, according to data from an annual survey conducted in schools by the Franklin Regional Council...
PETERSHAM — As of Wednesday afternoon, there were candidates, but no contests, for all nine positions to be filled at the annual town election, set for Monday, March 5. All but one incumbent, Robert Rocheleau, has signed the blanket nomination paper. Rocheleau has confirmed he will be seeking...
ORANGE — In his report to the selectboard Wednesday night, board vice-chair Richard Sheridan mentioned the need for a mechanical engineer to come into town hall and give the whole place a look over and offer quotes and ideas for work needed. “The band-aid method we have done for all the years I...
ATHOL  — Two individuals who overdosed around 8:45 this morning were administered Narcan and transported to the Athol Hospital by the Athol Fire Department. Police Chief Russell Kleber said both patients were saved. Chief Kleber said, “We’re on it. The detective unit is involved and will...
ORANGE — Eric J. Leichtweis, the Athol man suspected of the armed robbery of the Orange General Store last Saturday, pleaded innocent at his arraignment Monday in Orange District Court and is being held at the Franklin County House of Corrections on $4,000 cash bail or $40,000 surety. Leichtweis...

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