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WEB EXCLUSIVE: As unemployment rate dips, gas prices rise in South County

January 22, 2011

NARRAGANSETT—For four straight weeks Rhode Islanders have seen their gas prices increase at the pump. Average retail gasoline prices in Rhode Island have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.07 per gallon, according to gasoline price website RhodeIslandGasPrices.com. Other websites including www.rhodeislandgasprices.com/ show constantly updated charts of the state’s cheapest and most expensive station rates.

POLITICS AS USUAL: Talk Radio-where political opponents turn into enemies

January 21, 2011

I have always been a First Amendment purist, especially when it comes to freedom of speech and (obviously) freedom of the press.
But I don’t think that calls for civility in our political rhetoric violate, or even restrict, the First Amendment.
Calls to ban or, even worse, punish harsh or uncivil political discussion would cross that line. But a voluntary admonition to tone it down and not be vicious or hateful is definitely inbounds.
Not all that long ago, politics was fun. It was fun for those who participated in it and it was fun for those, like journalists, who watched it.

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January 20, 2011

Losing a loved one is one of the hardest thing anyone has to ever go through and, right now, Barbara Bates is learning that lesson first hand. Bates, whose husband Bob was killed Friday afternoon at the Middle of Nowhere Diner in Exeter, recalls the man she loved in this week's Standard Times.
In addition, find out what Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner Deborah Gist had to say about the North Kingstown School District, find out how both NK and Exeter are handling this winter's harsh weather and learn all about a proposed marijuana center that may be coming to town.

This week's scheduled meetings

January 19, 2011

The following is a list of meetings that will take place this week in North Kingstown and Exeter.

MONDAY, JANUARY 24
* North Kingstown Town Council Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., Beechwood House

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25
* North Kingstown School Committee Business Meeting, 7 p.m., North Kingstown High School
* Exeter-West Greenwich School Committee Education Meeting, 6 p.m., Junior-Senior High School Library

WEB EXCLUSIVE: School bus, car collide in NK

January 18, 2011

A school bus carrying 25 children and a passenger vehicle collided in North Kingstown this afternoon.
There was a report of one injury in the accident and the children themselves were transferred to another bus.
Pick up a copy of this week's Standard Times for more details.

Commissioner Gist coming to NK Tomorrow Night

January 17, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will be holding a community forum in North Kingstown tomorrow night as part of her Commissioner’s 2010-2011 Listening and Learning Tour.
As part of her tour, Gist will visit every school district and hold a community forum where she’ll discuss the strategic plan that’s transforming education in the state and take questions from the public.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Check out the locals that made CCRI's fall dean list.

January 14, 2011

The Community College of Rhode Island unveiled its fall 2010 Dean's List today and several local students from the Standard Times' readership area made the cut.

Exeter
Melissa Blackmar
Eric Darcy
Nicole Lombardo
Paige McLaughlin
Abby Pallister
Savannah Phillips
Henry Stracensky
Dean Waterman
Christian Williams

North Kingstown
Brittnie Balemian
Blake Bogue
Emily Branch
Katherine Burns
Ethan Coombs
Tricia Cotto
Catherine DePiero
Sean Donohue
Lisa Dowden
Benjamin Droitcour
Andrew Elouadih
Dorianne Enright
Julianne Forchione
Kelsey Geiger
Jason Hunter

Snow blankets NK, Exeter

January 12, 2011

North Kingstown and Exeter may have gotten off easy two weeks ago when a quick blizzard passed through the area and left a foot of snow that was picked up without much incident but today, Mother Nature returned with quite a vengeance as well over 15 inches of snow fell across Rhode Island and left areas as far south as Westerly and as far north as Cumberland coated in the white stuff.
So, how did you deal with the storm? Were the roads up to snuff on your commute? Leave a comment and let us know.

Updated: Snow Closings for NK, Exeter, Jamestown

January 11, 2011

North Kingstown Public Schools will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

Jamestown Public Schools will be closed Wed. Jan. 12.

North Kingstown Free Library: Closed Wed 1/12 for storm

Parking Bans:

Jamestown: Parking ban this evening; UNTIL MIDNIGHT TOMORROW NIGHT

North Kingstown: Parking ban this evening; In effect at Midnight

Exeter: Exeter-Hope Val.-Pub Works: Parking Ban Tomorrow

NK, Exeter brace for yet another big storm

January 11, 2011

Get out your winter hats and snow shovels. It seems as if yet another big snow storm is coming to North Kingstown and Exeter, with reports coming in that anywhere from 10-14 inches of snow is expected to fall on the Washington County area between tonight and tomorrow morning.
Commuters are advised to begin preparing for the storm and to try their best to stay off the roads during the peak hours for the blizzard, which is tentatively slated to begin at 9 p.m. tonight, with the heaviest weather reportedly coming down from 3 a.m.-12 p.m. Wednesday.

 

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