Greenville City Council planning session: Pay raises on tap for city workers; progress, roads, economic development discussed. | Local News

The Greenville City Council is set to restore $6.5 million to its current budget in February thanks to better than expected tax revenues.

The city can fund employee pay raises, hire new staff and fund operational expenses such as purchasing additional vehicles, Assistant City Manager Michael Cowin said.

Cowin updated the council on its fiscal year 2020-21 budget during its annual planning meeting held online Friday afternoon.

While the 2020

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Valley News – Jim Kenyon: Thetford’s public works director needs to be directed out of public work

I don’t like to see anyone lose their job. (At least anyone not named Donald Trump.) That said, Thetford’s public works director, Nathan Maxwell, needs to go.

But the Thetford Selectboard lacks the backbone to fire Maxwell, who posted a couple of jaw-dropping short videos on social media last year that reeked of racism and misogyny. In a 13-second clip about why he doesn’t wear a mask during the coronavirus

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State latest to target BLM’s Uncompahgre plan, alleging improper procedures, illegal appointment of acting agency director | Local News Stories

William Perry Pendley was serving illegally as the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director when the agency’s updated resource management plan for the Montrose area was approved, thus, the plan should be voided, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office contends in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Friday, also alleges the plan’s approval was at odds with state programs and policies designed to protect big game and sage-grouse and largely ignored the

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Peabody presents designs for Riverwalk | Local News

PEABODY — The former Clark Steel Barrel and Drum Co. on Caller Street could soon be a space where residents can ponder public art, toss a Frisbee or have a picnic with friends.

City officials and landscape architects on Tuesday presented two potential designs for a section of the Riverwalk along the North River corridor downtown. Assistant Director of Planning Brendan Callahan said the next step is to incorporate resident

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Beat the winter blues with a hike in the Blue Hills | News

As getting exercise be­comes increasingly complicated during the coronavirus pandemic, more and more people are turning to woodland trails. De­spite the requirement in Massachusetts to wear masks outdoors, exploring is still as interesting as ever and in the chilly weather, the mask now adds a layer of wind and cold protection.

On a recent weekday we explored the Blue Hills Reservation in Canton.

There are many trails to choose from,

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Itasca Area Community Response Fund awards $38,500 in grants during third round of funding | News

In December, the Itasca Area Community Response Fund concluded its third round of grantmaking, allocating $38,500 in funds across six nonprofit and community organizations working in and around the Itasca area. 

The Itasca Area Community Response Fund was created last spring in anticipation of needs that would likely arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its ripple effects. In previous grant rounds, the Community Response Fund has distributed $155,500 in

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El Paso County restaurants among businesses eligible for latest COVID-19 financial relief | Colorado Springs News

Small-business owners in El Paso County could have a lifeline tossed their way thanks to a new grant program, a county news release announced.

El Paso County is working with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to disperse funding locally after the state Legislature passed a Senate bill devoting money to COVID-19 relief for small businesses.

The grant program, known as the 2021 Pikes Peak Small Business COVID-19 Relief

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El Paso County restaurants among businesses eligible for latest batch of COVID-19 financial relief | Colorado Springs News

Small-business owners in El Paso County could have a lifeline tossed their way thanks to a new grant program, a county news release announced.

El Paso County is working with the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to disperse funding locally after the state Legislature passed a Senate bill devoting money to COVID-19 relief for small businesses.

The grant program, known as the 2021 Pikes Peak Small Business COVID-19 Relief

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Belmont Girl Scouts spreading kindness to their community | Local News

A Belmont Junior Girl Scout troop has installed a rock garden at Twin Pines Park in Belmont to spread kindness in the local community dealing with isolation during COVID-19 this year.  

Each rock in the garden has messages of hope and kindness painted by Troop 62457, consisting of fourth and fifth graders from Nesbit Elementary School and private schools in Belmont. The troop finished the garden last week as part

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Area Briefly: New local job portal; road closure map updated; and more | News

Snohomish County connects job seekers to local opportunities

On Dec. 16, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced a countywide effort to assist job seekers and companies to keep talent local and preserve, build and attract long-term partnerships with companies. Unlike other online employment portals, this is a unique connector given its special focus to “Support SnoCo” by targeting and connecting Snohomish County employers with job seekers within the local community.

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Open space plan for North Attleboro a coordinated effort | Local News

NORTH ATTLEBORO — For a small town in the middle of the Northeast Corridor, North Attleboro has a wide variety of wide — and not so wide — open spaces.

From the 256 acres of the North Attleboro Fish Hatchery off Bungay Lake (actually owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) to the vest pocket three-10ths of an acre Simmons Park off Commonwealth Avenue in Attleboro Falls, playgrounds, woodlands

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The Skanner News – Forest Service Holiday Tree Permits Available

(photo/U.S. Forest Service website)
By The Skanner News
Published: 11 December 2020

Portland, Ore. – It’s that time of year to visit your national forest and find the perfect holiday tree for your home!

Most national forests issue permits for visitors to cut their own holiday tree. As guidelines vary from forest to forest, visitors should contact their local national forest office for information on permits, areas to harvest, maps, and other important details.

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The Latest: India’s Case Level a Third of Its September Peak | Business News

NEW DELHI — India is reporting 31,521 newly confirmed coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, dropping to just over a third of the peak level seen in mid-September.

India’s single-day cases have remained below 50,000 for more than a month.

The health ministry also reported 412 deaths Thursday, raising India’s total fatalities to 141,772.

India’s health ministry says some coronavirus vaccines are likely to receive licenses in the next

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The Latest: Tex. Official Critical of Lockdown Is Virus Case | Business News

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas state official who has been critical of measures ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott in efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic says he has tested positive for the virus.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was among an estimated 200 people who rallied outside Abbott’s home in October to protest his pandemic orders, including a continued statewide mask mandate and lockdowns.

In a statement Wednesday, the 65-year-old

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The Latest: Doctor Has Concern About Vaccine Availability | Business News

WASHINGTON — The founder of the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium says she has concerns about the availability of potential coronavirus vaccines.

Dr. Ala Stanford said Wednesday that “everyone who needs a test cannot get a test. So, I do have concerns about the vaccine availability.”

She says it is important that vaccines are received by people “going to work every day in contact with the public, bringing it home to

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The Latest: Arizona Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 7,000 | Business News

PHOENIX — Arizona’s death toll from the coronavirus pandemic surpassed 7,000 on Wednesday and the state reported 108 deaths.

The state registered 4,444 confirmed coronavirus cases, increasing the state’s known totals to 382,601.

The Department of Health Services says on Twitter that “a large percentage” of the 108 deaths reported Wednesday were due to reviewing past death certificates and determining the deaths were from COVID-19. That periodic process results in

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Donate now for Detroit News Cheer for Charity

It’s time to support the cause dearest to your heart by putting up some cash!

Five nonprofits need help in their bid to win more than $20,000 in this year’s Detroit News holiday contest.

The top 5 Detroit non-profits have made it to our final round and the one who raises the most money will win $20,000 gifted from The Detroit News (Photo: Detroit News)

The groups have moved on

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