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Fire destroys home on Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington; cause said to be lightning

Monday, July 28, 2014

WORTHINGTON — A severe fire that destroyed a home at 68 Thrasher Hill Road in Worthington on Sunday night was caused by lightning, according to the state fire marshal’s office. The fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. by a neighbor at 74 Thrasher Hill Road. Nobody was home at the time, and nobody was hurt battling the blaze, according to … 0

Roadwork near UMass to begin Tuesday

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — Road construction on six neighborhood streets off North Pleasant Street north of the University of Massachusetts campus is slated to begin Tuesday morning, The streets, Berkshire Terrace, Fairfield Street, Farview Way, Moorland Street, Old Town Road and Valley Lane, are part of the Struttersville neighborhood. Lane Construction will begin to lower road structures on the Struttersville streets using jackhammers at 7 … 0

ID of Oklahoma City’s ‘John Doe No. 2’ key to FBI trial

Sunday, July 27, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung conspiracy theory will be at the forefront during a trial set to begin Monday in Salt … 0

Storm downs some trees, power lines

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A line of strong thunderstorms that rolled across western Massachusetts Wednesday night left in its wake several hundred homes without power and one Northampton house that had its chimney blown apart by lightning. Damage from the storm was … 0

Coming around again; Once considered ‘dead’, vinyl LPs making a comeback

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — If Bill Chamberlain had told you five years ago he was going to open a music store specializing in vinyl LPs, you might have told him he was nuts. Now, you might want to ask him … 0

Man held without bail after allegedly threatening an elderly man twice with a knife in Amherst

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

AMHERST — Being threatened with a knife downtown two days in a row by an assailant who also stomped on his foot left the 80-year-old victim physically uninjured but petrified. William Lovett said the incidents, the second of … 1

Beware E-ZPass email scam

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A new email scam that popped up this month may seem like highway robbery, and some may be paying a high price as a result. People across the country have fallen victim to a new scam that sends authentic-looking emails notifying people of supposed road toll violations and … 0

Selectmen target French King Bridge suicides

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

According to rough figures gleaned from The Recorder’s newspaper’s archives, a minimum of 30 people have killed themselves in jumping from the French King Bridge since its construction in 1932, two this year. Troubled by the continued loss of life and the danger to local police and firefighters … 0

Leeds man cited after collision

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Leeds man was cited after police say he ignored a stop sign and was struck by an oncoming truck at the intersection of Cooke Avenue and Hatfield Street Tuesday morning. James Flynn, 65, of 421 North Main St. Apt. #26 was cited for failure to … 0

Former Belchertown schools superintendent Judith Houle reflects on the turmoil, accomplishments that marked her tenure

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BELCHERTOWN — Though pressured to leave over her handling of a number of student safety and discipline issues, former School Superintendent Judith Houle said she is happy with the role she played in technology and curriculum development during … 0

Area police news

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst ■ Police are investigating a break-in to an Eames Avenue residence reported Wednesday at 2:16 a.m, after a screen window was pushed in and a bag was stolen from inside the home. ■ Daniel Charles Brown, 52, who provided an address as the streets of Amherst, was … 0

One-day music festival set for Saturday in South Hadley

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SOUTH HADLEY — Originally conceived two years ago as a community-building event, FallsFest quickly morphed from a block party to celebrate South Hadley Falls to an all out music festival last summer. FallsFest happens again this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. with a children’s music hour with Bill … 0

Visiting Iraqi students hold fundraiser for Amherst Senior Center

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amherst IRAQ PRESENTATION/FUNDRAISER: A fundraising meal for the Amherst Senior Center, hosted by 24 students visiting from Iraq, takes places at Bistro 63 at The Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant St., Thursday at 7 p.m. The Iraqi students are participating in the University of Massachusetts Civic … 0