South County is set to receive state money to protect open space on a historic South Kingstown farm property and to make needed infrastructure improvements in Narragansett and North Kingstown.
The University of Rhode Island has announced the public phase of what it said is the state school’s largest fundraising campaign in its history, setting a goal of raising $250 million by 2024.
Bowing to objections from residents and local officials, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dropped plans to allow hunting with firearms in some areas of the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge.
However the plan does provide for hunting and fishing opportunities at the 563-acre refuge, which straddles South Kingstown and Narragansett and portions of the Narrow River.
In a series of votes last month, the South Kingstown School Committee took several steps to address and rectify what several students said is “systemic racism” within the town’s school system.
The votes came after hours of testimony to the committee from those who said they’d either experienced or witnessed instances of discrimination or racism in the schools.
Some residents of Green Hill want the town to formalize the use of what’s been a 20-year practice of driving golf carts on their neighborhood roads, but it’s an uphill battle, officials said.
Tourists are coming back to South County, say many local business owners and tourism officials, in ways unexpected just a few months ago.
Tracking data for various accommodations in South County shows that brand name hotels as well as vacation cottage rentals are seeing more reservations following the easing of restrictions and the start of the summer vacation season, local officials say.
A mix of online instruction and in-person classes will be used when students return to school in South Kingstown on Aug. 31.
In a lengthy meeting July 22, the School Committee reviewed plans to reopen the school buildings in the fall.
Though Rhode Island officials have applauded the state’s robust rate of testing for COVID-19 in comparison to other states, recent data shows that tests have nevertheless reached only a small fraction of those in the general population, including those in Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown.
An analysis of state-provided data on testing for the coronavirus shows only 12 percent — 9,265 — of the three towns’ combined population of 72,492 residents had tests as of a week ago for the coronavirus. The number could even be lower when repeat testing counts are removed, state officials said.
The University of Rhode Island has contracted with three local hotels that have agreed to house URI students for the upcoming fall semester as a result of the reduction in on-campus housing because of COVID-19.
For the first time in nearly 15 years, the Suez water company along with South Kingstown and Narragansett officials have issued an urgent and immediate order that bans outdoor water uses for homeowners.
The police department in South Kingstown is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Connor, the first member of the department’s new grant-funded police dog program.
More people from Florida — than any other state — have filed an address change for the areas surrounding Narragansett, South Kingstown, North Kingstown or New Shorham-Block Island since the coronavirus began, according to a preliminary analysis of United States Postal Service data.
Both Narragansett and South Kingstown spent the past week clamping down on illegal parking — and increasing penalties for doing so — in response to visitors denied spots at local beach lots, which have reduced their capacity to discourage large crowds.
State Rep. Carol Hagen McEntee this week cheered the passage and signing of the Rhode Island Parentage Act, which provides legal parental rights for same-sex couples and people using assisted reproductive technology.
Five South County police departments, the first in Rhode Island to create specially trained crisis intervention teams, last week received federal recognition with a $100,000 grant to support new approaches when called to aid people with mental health conditions.
A new COVID-19 screening area and roped-off seats in the waiting rooms are just two of the more visible changes that Thundermist Health Center in Wakefield has made in order to keep providing crucial health care services during the pandemic.