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Preliminary budget approved by SK Town Council

March 23, 2011

SOUTH KINGSTOWN–The town council approved the preliminary budget for next year at Monday night’s meeting amidst tension as councilman Jim O’Neill voted against it.

The total municipal budget is $89,774,895. From the municipal programs, the general fund received $73,372,050. The water fund is $963,949. The wastewater fund is $3,201,247. The solid waste fund is $719,603. The Peace Dale office building received $90,289. The neighborhood guild fund is $834,192. The senior services program received $726,208. The school fund received $58,434,545.

Student, historians disagree on account of Roger Williams

March 21, 2011

Julianne Jennings, an anthropology student with Native American heritage, has taken aim at Rhode Island's founder, Roger Williams, and is working to post a plaque that states his involvement in the selling of slaves after Providence was burned in March of 1676. The Narragansett Indians are not involved with the plaque which would be placed on South Main Street in Providence in commemoration of the Native Americans who were sent to the Caribbean plantations to work as slaves after their defeat.

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.

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