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Audit identifies problems with financial controls in Hatfield

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

HATFIELD — The latest audit of the town’s finances has found that Hatfield’s financial practices are riddled with problems, some of them long-standing and significant. The review covered the last fiscal year which ended June 30, 2013, and was the first annual audit of the town’s finances in two years. It revealed errors, inaccuracies and “the lack of basic accounting procedures” in the town’s financial reporting, which is seldom on … 0

Leverett to take up question of controlling drone use in town at May Town Meeting

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LEVERETT — Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s… a drone aircraft. But perhaps not in Leverett, whose residents will vote on a resolution calling for proper federal regulations on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States at the annual Town Meeting on May 3. The resolution, which was authored by a group … 0

Smith Vocational High School budget adds staff, programs and raises tuition for coming year

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School Trustees have approved an $8.44 million budget for the coming fiscal year that raises employee salaries, adds new staff and sports programs and increases tuition for students from out-of-town districts. The budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 represents less than a 1 percent increase over this year’s $8.38 million spending plan, according … 0

Adrian Quinn of South Hadley held on $5,000 bail after denying rape in Granby

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GRANBY — A 20-year-old South Hadley man was arrested April 8 and charged with raping a woman at a home on Miller Street in Granby. Adrian Quinn of 152 East St. in South Hadley pleaded not guilty in Eastern Hampshire District Court and is being held on $5,000 … 0

Around Belchertown: Committee rolls up its sleeves again for new school superintendent search

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Superintendent Search Select Board member Brenda Aldrich, who serves as liaison to the schools, announced this week that all 14 members of the screening committee who participated in vetting candidates for a new superintendent of schools which ended when the School Committee’s choice declined their offer … 0

Area briefs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Southampton AVIATION TALK: The Southampton Historical Society will present a talk about aviation at the Senior Center at 210 College Highway at 7 p.m. April 24. June Granville Dakin, who wrote the book “Farmers Take Flight” about two Southampton men, Romaine Lambert and Mark Granville, will lead the … 0

Two men face charges after drugs, more than $10,000 seized in Amherst

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

AMHERST — Two men who allegedly had a variety of drugs, including LSD, mushrooms and ecstasy, as well as more than $10,000 in cash, were arrested at a Main Street residence Tuesday afternoon as part of a joint investigation by the Amherst Police and the Northwestern Anti-Crime Task … 0

Northampton City Council to consider $800,000 in CPA projects

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The City Council will consider $800,000 in Community Preservation Act grants at its meeting Thursday, including funding for improvements to the Bridge Street School playground, a significant land purchase off Route 66 and an initiative to support low-income residents who live in the city’s community housing. … 0

Woman injured in hit-and-run in Easthampton

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — A woman was struck and injured by a motor vehicle in a hit-and-run accident on Northampton Street (Route 10) Tuesday night. The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to police. The woman was struck near the intersection of Northampton Street and Florence Road about 8:30 p.m., … 0

Colorado man arraigned in Franklin County on child enticement charges

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A 23-year-old Colorado man was arraigned Monday in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on charges related to an alleged online relationship he had with a 12-year-old girl in Orange. Daniel Gordon, of Colorado Springs, was charged with enticement of a child under 16, two counts of disseminating obscene … 0

Flood risk elevated in Connecticut River Valley, roads flooded, several shut down

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A flood warning remains in effect in the Connecticut River Valley until further notice with moderate flooding in the forecast. Rain was expected to continue Wednesday morning with the potential for a mix of rain and … 0

Pulitzer Prize winner Jeff Good to join Gazette, Recorder in new executive editor position

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist devoted to community journalism will join the Daily Hampshire Gazette’s parent company next month as executive editor, a new position responsible for editorial content at Newspapers of New England’s Pioneer Valley publications … 1

Homeless man sentenced to state prison, Agawam man arraigned for failing to register as sex offenders

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — One area man was sentenced and another arraigned Monday on charges of failing to register as a sex offender in Hampshire and Franklin counties. Ferdinand Fountain, 45, of Agawam was arraigned and pleaded innocent in Hampshire … 0