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Division 4 Boys Basketball: Smith Academy falls 70-42 to top-seeded Monson

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Smith Academy boys basketball team trailed by six points at halftime to top-seeded Monson in the Western Massachusetts Division 4 quarterfinal Thursday night. But the Falcons picked a bad time to go ice cold from the field, scoring only two points in the third quarter of the 70-42 loss. “We were in it in the first half, but almost putting up a goose egg in the third killed any …

Division 4 Boys Basketball: Turners Falls outlasts Granby, 56-49

Friday, February 27, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The last time Liam Ellis took the floor at the Curry Hicks Cage as a member of the Turners Falls boys basketball team, he was in eighth grade. Now a senior, Ellis and the third-seeded Indians will get a chance to return to the historic venue, courtesy of a hard-fought 56-49 victory over sixth-seeded seed Granby in the quarterfinals of …

Northampton officials reluctant to make budget cuts needed for later high school start time

Friday, February 27, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Superintendent John Provost said Thursday night that he does not believe a later high school start time would be worth the cuts in arts, athletics or Advanced Placement courses needed to pay for it. “The benefit of a late start notwithstanding, these cuts would be devastating to students,” he told the School Committee. Although there was no final decision, board members …

Thursday, February 26, 2015

James Palermo of Southampton battles state education department for release of Program for International Student Assessment test results

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — Jim Palermo is no stranger to raising questions, nor to encouraging others to do the same. So when the retired workers’ rights advocate and grandfather of 17 came across a report in December 2013 declaring Massachusetts …

St. Patrick’s groups in Northampton and Easthampton have awards dinners Saturday

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Francis Whalen, 85, of Northampton has marched in more parades than he can count over the past 35 years, but still, he admits he’s a tad nervous about next month’s Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Whalen has been named …

Wednesday prep roundup: Jake Ross scores 30 to power Williston boys hoop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton’s Jake Ross scored 30 points to lead the Williston boys basketball team to a 68-53 win at Westminster Wednesday. Ryan Richmond added 12 points for the Wildcats (18-3). Girls basketball Williston 57, Miss Porters 19 — Natalia Baum scored 15 points and Gracie Simpson (South Hadley) added …

Gary Couchon of Easthampton released, charges against him dismissed, after judge rules him incompetent to stand trial

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — All charges against an Easthampton man accused of an attack on two women were dismissed and he was released to the care of his alleged victims after a Northampton District Court judge found him incompetent to stand trial. Gary Couchon, 59, of 21 Morin Drive, had …

Heather Whitley faces May trial on charges of embezzling deposits for failed condominium project in Easthampton

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The trial of Heather P. Whitley, accused of embezzling funds that were intended as deposits on a condominium project she was pitching, will be held in May unless she and the prosecution reach a plea agreement earlier. Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent told Judge Mary-Lou …

Area court news

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Northampton ■ Sheila M. McCray, 49, of 51 Moser St., Apt. G, pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court on Wednesday to a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. According to court records, police arrested McCray at her home at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday after determining …

Area police news

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Amherst ■ Todd Randle Matthews 54, who listed his address as the streets of Amherst, was arrested at 11:16 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion, 96 Amity St., on a charge of trespassing after refusing to leave the bar despite being asked to do so several times by …

Autumn Rankin of Northampton gets one year probation after admitting she smuggled heroin to ex-boyfriend in jail

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton woman was sentenced to a year of probation after admitting in Hampshire Superior Court on Wednesday that she smuggled heroin to her former boyfriend when he was in jail. Autumn M. Rankin, 36, pleaded guilty to distributing a Class A drug and possession of …

Daily Hampshire Gazette editorial staff, ad department, NIE program honored at yearly newspaper convention

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The editorial, advertising and Newspaper in Education departments of the Daily Hampshire Gazette garnered awards last weekend at the annual New England Better Newspaper Competition. The contest is sponsored by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and draws entries from six states. The newspaper received an honorable …