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Bull shot dead in Littleton after five days on run

LITTLETON -- The bull on the lam for nearly five days after being purchased at a Littleton livestock auction was shot and killed Sunday night. Full Story
Water weeds, you've met your match

Rick Dickson patrols to keep Harvard pond clear
Editor's note: This is the latest in The Sun's "Be a Volunteer" series, focusing on people who join community nonprofits. Full Story
A musical summer for teen singer

PEPPERELL -- Sixteen-year-old Paige Davis has had an unusual summer for a high school student -- she spent her time opening at various country music festivals around New England. Full Story
Fired Shirley officer returns as lieutenant

08/18/2017 02:02 PM EDT
SHIRLEY -- Alfreda Cromwell, fired from the police department in November, returned to the department today. 
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Housing rehab grant to help 15 homeowners
08/18/2017 12:41 PM EDT - Thanks to a grant awarded in August, 15 homes in Shirley will be made healthier and safer. Full Story

Former Shirley chief is still on payroll
08/17/2017 02:50 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- The former police chief, who resigned after four months of administrative leave, will remain on administrative leave for a year and receive payments and health insurance benefits. Full Story

Shirley firefighters hop on motorcycles Saturday to help military, veterans
08/18/2017 11:34 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Hose Co. #1, a private fundraising association within the fire department that counts all the town's firefighters as members, will host its 8th annual Motorcycle Ride on Saturday morning. Full Story

Ayer Shirley Lit Camp students create 'Recycled Rodeo'
08/11/2017 12:20 PM EDT - AYER -- The eye-catching pop-up decorating the front lawn at Page Hilltop Elementary School looks like a huge, mulch-colored balloon creature, perhaps a dragon or sea serpent, its puffy plastic skin glinting in the sun. Full Story

Months after winning seat, Shirley selectman resigns
08/11/2017 11:44 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- James Wilson resigned from the Board of Selectmen, sending a letter to the town clerk. Full Story

08/11/2017 11:40 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- The new police chief plans to continue to do what he has done for the past 14 years: serve the community. Full Story

Parish Mission targets Ayer and Shirley
08/06/2017 01:26 PM EDT - On July 11, 12 and 13, 17 youth and 10 adults from the parishes of St. Mary and St. Anthony went out into the communities of Ayer and Shirley and did work for the elderly and those unable to do it themselves. Full Story

Shirley receives $795K grant for housing repairs, fuel aid
08/04/2017 11:52 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and State Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg) announced that the Town of Shirley has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) in the amount of $795,953 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Economic Development. Full Story

Register for special town election by Aug. 23
08/04/2017 11:52 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- A Special Town Election will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12. at the Shirley Town Offices from 7 a. Full Story