South Kingstown

First Case Of West Nile Of The Season Found In South County

Aug 21, 2015
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After the discovery of West Nile Virus in a pool of mosquitos in South Kingstown, state officials say the virus is much more widespread. 

  The disease usually causes only mild flu-like symptoms. But, in a small number of cases, it can lead to more serious illness.

Alan Gettman heads the state’s mosquito abatement program.

“Citizens need to think about a report like this as meaning that the virus is established all over the state, and there’s not a hot spot that we’ve detected,” said Gettman.

Voters in Narragansett and South Kingstown will elect a new state representative Tuesday in House District 33. Four candidates are running to succeed former Representative Donald Lally, who left the House earlier this session.

The candidates are Republican Robert Trager; Democrat Carol Hagan McEntee; and independents Elizabeth Candas and Jamie McKnight. Before his departure, Lally was the second-longest serving  rep in the House.

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The Rhode Island coastline was hardest hit with high winds and power outages. That’s why Gov. Gina Raimondo decided to check-in with the town managers of South Kingstown and Narragansett, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports.


The Department of Environmental Management wants the public to have a role in shaping the state’s wildlife conservation efforts. The DEM will hold the first of four public meetings tonight to discuss the state's wildlife action plan. 

South Kingstown Ranked One Of Nation's Safest Towns

Feb 18, 2014

South Kingstown is the 27th safest community in the nation, according to data from the national organization Neighborhood Scout.

It reports the total number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents in towns of 25,000 residents or more. Despite being the state's largest town and the home of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown was the only Rhode Island town ranked in the top 100. South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia said the town's high ranking is due to more than just the police.

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Feb 17, 2014
Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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Texting while driving continues to be a leading cause in highway fatalities among young people.

A safety campaign continues in local high schools to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving.

About 270 students at South Kingstown High School signed a “pledge wall” on Thursday, promising to refrain from texting and driving.

The “It Can Wait” campaign is a national effort fronted by AT&T and headed locally by the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office in partnership with the Department of Transportation.

Power coming back, storm gets ranked

Feb 12, 2013
Power poles down at Mackerel Cove
Don Wineberg

(Update)  As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100.  95 percent of those are in Washington County.


National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island.  2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County.  On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.