EDITOR'S NOTE: Like thousands of other students in Andover, the Merrimack Valley and beyond, Andover High student Hannah Goff is stuck in limbo. The coronavirus crisis is holding them hostage, keeping them from classrooms and sporting events and even from hanging out together in their neighb…

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If six feet of separation are the best weapon to stop the coronavirus from spreading, not everyone seems to be fighting this deadly disease together. From random strangers who invade the personal space of others in the grocery store to clutches of teenagers magnetically attracted to one anot…

As citizens, we are currently faced with some of the greatest challenges we have encountered in recent memory. The seriousness and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have surpassed anything any of us could have imagined.

Gov. Charlie Baker's order Monday shuttering most non-emergency operations in the Bay State as a way to further slow the spread of the coronavirus had many residents and business owners asking themselves the same question:

The same medical experts who tell us to stay in our homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus also suggest people stay healthy through exercise. Options are limited now that your favorite gym is closed. So, how (and where) are you recreating in these times of coronavirus?

Times of crisis require more transparency and more information, not less, from our public officials. That obligation includes everyone from Gov. Charlie Baker to the newest Board of Health member in the smallest of our towns. The information response thus far to the developing public health …

Schools throughout the state closed for at least three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, and teachers in Andover have gone to great lengths to post lessons, host classroom discussions and allow students to continue their studies online. Do you think the time spent away from the classroo…

Columbia Gas, its parent company and insurers have been writing checks for nearly a year and a half to pay for the outbreak of gas fires and explosions that damaged more than 130 buildings, injured more than two-dozen people and killed a teenage boy in the Merrimack Valley. Some of the bigge…

The coronavirus outbreak is causing cancellations and closures throughout Massachusetts, which had 92 presumed and confirmed cases as of Tuesday afternoon. Offices are sending employees home to work remotely, colleges are directing students to finish their semester’s coursework online, and e…

Columbia Gas last week agreed to settle a criminal charge for violating the Pipeline Safety Act in connection with the Sept. 13, 2018 gas disaster in Andover, North Andover and south Lawrence. It was fined $53 million and forced to accept federal oversight for three years. In the meantime, …

A “hands free law” went into effect in Massachusetts last weekend, banning drivers from dialing, texting, holding or otherwise using cell phones and electronic devices at the wheel. The only exception is when devices are in “hands free” mode. Police won’t write tickets until April, when off…

If someone in Massachusetts dies from Eastern equine encephalitis, you might learn their age and sex, and the county where they lived. But you won’t know from state officials what city or town the victim called home.

We've all heard the stories about unruly players, parents and fans at high school and youth sporting events. Unfortunately one of the latest examples happened here in the stands of the Andover High School gym.

U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton said at a forum in Andover last week that Massachusetts has “the worst traffic in the nation,” and long commutes are the “single biggest thing” holding back the area’s economy. Speaking at a Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce forum, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton i…

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Andover - Ethel B. (Brindle) Cross of Andover died on March 21, 2020, in Andover. Born in Providence, R.I., in 1920, Ethel was the daughter of Ethel (Sewell) and Arthur Brindle. She spent her childhood and early adolescence in Maine and New Hampshire, and moved with her family as a teenager …