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High school newspaper moving from print to Web

March 20, 2011

OUTH KINGSTOWN—Like newspapers across the country trying to be viable in an online world, the South Kingstown High School’s newspaper, “The Rebellion” is also looking for ways to become relevant as an online news source as many of its readers turn to the internet.

Council, school board worry about future of education

March 19, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—With state funding to schools decreasing, the South Kingstown town council and school committee worry about the future of the town’s schools and education, hoping to not cut programs from the students at the school budget public work session Tuesday night.
Over the past few weeks, the school committee has been hammering out its budget, having to reduce the budget by $644,000 without cutting programs to the students. The total budget of the school department is $58.43 million.

SK Animal Shelter nears completion

March 18, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A few pets will be getting a new home soon as the South Kingstown Animal Shelter nears its completion of its new facility set to open in the late spring.

Opposing views on URI’s research reactor

March 18, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—As Japan reels from the tsunami disaster and its 11 local nuclear reactors steam and smoke, it has led experts of all kinds to debate the utility of atomic energy. Today, 30 percent of South County’s power comes from a nuclear plant in Waterford, Conn., and Narragansett’s own Nuclear Science Center research reactor on URI’s Bay Campus is humming quietly, for now. One critic, former Rep. Ray Rickman, is sending a letter to Gov. Lincoln Chafee demanding answers about the cost, safety, and future of the local nuclear facility.

Public feedback sought on future development in Narragansett

March 16, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—In December of 2010, Town Manager Grady Miller proposed that the town award a contract for $35,000 to a firm, New Commons, for an economic development study.

The goal is to determine the future direction of the town’s economic development with the goal of expanding the town’s tax base and providing more quality job opportunities for residents.

Chafee speaks on budget at URI

March 15, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Gov, Lincoln Chafee met with a small gathering of university administrators and media on Wednesday, to discuss his intention to increase $10 million in public higher education in Rhode Island for FY 2012. Chafee’s budget contributes $154 million in operational funds and would restore a total of 82 academic positions that have disappeared at Rhode Island College and Community College of Rhode Island.

Narragansett’s own Sammis reveals new sculpture

March 14, 2011

TIVERTON--A brand new sculpture created by world-renowned artist and Narragansett’s own Mimi Sammis was unveiled at the Four Corners Art Center in Tiverton on Monday, March 7. The sculpture, titled (Rebirth Woman of Peace), was dedicated to the memory of another one of Sammis’ sculptures that was stolen and defaced roughly one year ago on March 9, 2010.

Woodmansee protest held Saturday in South Kingstown

March 14, 2011

WAKEFIELD - They want protection for their children, safety for their community and most of all justice for Jason. Hundreds of protesters, from across the state from South Kingstown to Scituate converged on Main Street in Wakefield Saturday morning for a peaceful protest, their message was heard and felt far beyond the small community: Do not release Michael Woodmansee.

Optimism wanes between teachers and school board

March 13, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN--Feelings of positivity and optimism in the relations between teachers and the school committee waned Tuesday night as teachers from across the district expressed their disappointment in the school committee’s decision to send 144 teachers non-renewal letters.
There was much tension between the school committee and superintendent and the teachers as many teachers attended the committee meeting to express their concerns, causing the meeting to be held in the high school auditorium instead of the library to accommodate the crowd.
“We know the economic times are tough and we know the state aid is limited and we understand the need for flexibility, but laying off 144 teachers is excessive,” Martha Spiewak, a math teacher at South Kingstown High School said. “It is counterproductive to be so callous of the employees.”

Residents, officials speak out

March 11, 2011

PEACE DALE--Residents of Schaeffer Street where a child killer was found living amongst them 29 years ago after murdering a five year old do not want him back.

In 1975, Michael Woodmansee brutally killed his 5-year-old neighbor, Jason Foreman. The boy was mysteriously missing for seven years until 1982, when Woodmansee was caught after attempting to strangle a second boy on his paper delivery route. Now, Woodmansee is scheduled to be released in August after serving just 28 years of a 50-year prison sentence for murder. He was initially to serve just 40 years of the sentence, but shaved off an additional 12 years for good behavior.
Woodmansee grew up in the quiet friendly neighborhood on Schaeffer Street, where children from around the block, including Harrison Street, Austin Street and Uncle Sam’s Lane all played together until the streetlights came on. It was a simpler time in 1975 when parents could let their kids out to play, believing they were safe in a neighborhood where everyone knew one another. Woodmansee’s horrific act shattered that peace of the small town community.

 

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