FRANKLIN COUNTY

Coverage of Franklin County, Massachusetts.

Farmer Norm Davenport in Shelburne, Massachusetts, can't find enough customers to purchase his hay.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

In recent years, milk prices have dropped. And dairy farms -- including some in western Massachusetts -- have sold off their cows. Some say their hay customers are disappearing along with the animals.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
Luis Fieldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

The volunteer fire department in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, will not be going off the job after all, now that its chief got the pay raise he was looking for.

Greenfield Town Hall in Greenfield, Massacchusetts
File Photo / Daily Hampshire Gazette

Updated Monday, July 30 at 4:55 p.m. 

The head of the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Town Council said she believes the mayor fired the finance director for being the bearer of bad news.

Prolific New England author Stephen King’s creepy storytelling is fueling a new streaming series that debuts Wednesday on Hulu. “Castle Rock” is set in Maine, but it was largely shot in the central Massachusetts town of Orange and in Devens at the region’s only film production studio with sound stages.

Folks in Orange are hoping for more than big scares with the arrival of this high-profile thriller. Some see the new series as a game-changer for the community, and the state’s film industry.

Greenfield Police Sgt. James B. Rode, left, is charged with negligent vehicular homicide as a result of an October 2017 crash while on duty.
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A Greenfield, Massachusetts, police sergeant will be arraigned Wednesday on a vehicular homicide charge. The crash last fall killed a New Hampshire man.

Attorney Tahirah Amatul-Wadud is taking on Congressman Richard Neal in next year's Democratic primary. Here, Amatul-Wadud addresses supporters during a campaign event in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Updated at 7:14 a.m. on July 21, 2018.

The underdog in a Democratic primary for a western Massachusetts congressional seat is accusing U.S. Representative Richard Neal of taking too much money from special interests.

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts.
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In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Marijuana.
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The state's Cannabis Control Commission has released the names of 11 companies that have applied to run marijuana businesses in nine communities in western Massachusetts. If licensed, the companies promise to bring tax revenue, jobs and other economic benefits to the cities and towns that host them.

A box of joints branded as Dogwalkers are sold at Rise, a marijuana medical dispensary in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

A day that many people have long pushed for in Massachusetts finally arrived. If you’re over 21 it’s legal, now, to buy marijuana in a store licensed by the state. But the illegal market isn’t expected to go away anytime soon.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
Luis Fieldman / Daily Hampshire Gazette / gazettenet.com

Town officials in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, are meeting Tuesday to discuss the contract for the fire chief after he said he'd quit, and the volunteer firefighters who work with him said they'd do the same.

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