FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Mary C. Serreze / The Republican

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court will hear four cases in Greenfield on Tuesday. One of them involves a man named Anthony Ortiz, and it could impact state law on the search of a car during a traffic stop.

This week, the Trump administration announced it arrested almost five hundred people across the country for immigration violations, focusing on areas that don't cooperate with immigration officers.

Town officials in Greenfield, Massachusetts, are calling in the state auditor's office after the head of the town's broadband service was fired.
File photo / MassLive

Town officials in Greenfield, Massachusetts, are calling in the state auditor's office after the head of the town's broadband service was fired.

Greenfield Community College President Bob Pura announced his retirement
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The president of Greenfield Community College, Bob Pura, announced his retirement after 17 years at the helm.

Susannah Whipps, during a meeting with the Springfield Republican editorial board.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican

A Massachusetts state lawmaker representing the North Quabbin said she's leaving the Republican Party.

Susannah Whipps has served in the state House since 2015, part of the small Republican minority in the Democratic dominated legislature.

Nurses on the picket line at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Mass. during a one-day strike in June 2017.
Dave Roback / The Republican / masslive.com/photos

Nurses and management at two western Mass hospitals are heading back to the bargaining table next week.

In Contrast Double Edge Theater
Burns Maxey / NEPR

The 2nd Episode of NEPR's In Contrast is a conversation on living theater with Stacy Klein, founder and Artistic Director of Double Edge Theatre

Record-Breaking Year For Mass. Maple Syrup Producers

Jun 13, 2017
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette

For the third year in a row, maple syrup production in Massachusetts was at an all-time high.

A federal survey found the state's sugarmakers produced 7,000 more gallons this year than last year.

Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Coordinator Winton Pitcoff said the weather helped. Warm temperatures in January and February started the season off. Colder temperatures in March allowed production to continue into April.

The renovated Franklin County Courthouse in Greenfield.
Karen Brown / NEPR

A small group of residents in Franklin County -- and a top Massachusetts lawmaker -- are urging court officials to stop destroying legal books and documents.

A sign against the "Indians" mascot.
Phil Demers / Masslive

The Gill-Montague Massachusetts school committee has a new line-up following an election Monday that also addressed a controversial sports mascot.

In more than a two-to-one margin, voters in Montague supported keeping the "Indians" as the Turners Falls High School mascot.

The referendum was non-binding, however. It does not change the school committee's previous vote to eliminate the mascot, which has been called offensive by many Native Americans.

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