Stewart Lytle

Stewart Lytle is the lead reporter for The Town Common newspaper. Before joining The Town Common, he was a national correspondent for Scripps-Howard Newspapers in Washington, D.C., covering the Pentagon and Congress. He has also written for newspapers in Dallas, TX, and Birmingham, AL.

As a national reporter for the Scripps Howard newspaper chain, Stewart wrote the inside story on military life of soldiers and sailors and their families. He landed on aircraft carriers, experienced oxygen deprivation for high-altitude flight training and crawled through the mud with Marine snipers.

One of his proudest achievements outside of journalism was assisting USAA Chairman Robert McDermott in securing federal legislation that mandated air bags in vehicles.

Stewart is also a novelist and has written non-fiction books. He is currently working on a non-fiction book and screenplay about an incident that occurred in Boston.

His first novel, Iron City Conspiracy, explores power in a city. It features a black newspaper editor solving the bombing of a historic black church in a tough Alabama town.

Following in the footsteps of his idol, Ernest Hemingway, Stewart has completed a new novel about a love affair in the midst of the Spanish Civil War. The book, Montserrat, is based on a true story and has been made into a screenplay that will become an international feature film.

A graduate of Phillips Academy and Princeton University, Stewart lives with his wife, Mary, in Newburyport.

Salisbury Beach ‘Big Block’ Is Back

SALISBURY — The proposed Big Block housing complex on the beach front here is again before the town for approval. The mixed-used project, which could be the long-sought catalyst for the beach front development, would replace an aging group of bars and arcades with 235...

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Rte. 1 Motorists To Learn Patience

REGIONAL – If you travel Rte. 1 between Rowley and Salisbury, you are getting a totally rebuilt roadway by March of 2025. But getting there for the next two years may be a bit painful. Starting this month, traffic will be slowed while the state Department of...

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Rowley Elects Three Women to Selectboard

ROWLEY — The Rowley Board of Selectmen was just that - a male dominated bastion that ran the town government. But no longer. For the first time since the town’s was founded in 1639, a majority of seats on the five-member board is held by women, although Deborah Eagan...

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Salisbury Selectmen Welcome Harrington Back

SALISBURY – With mixed emotions all around, Town Manager Neil Harrington returned full-time to his desk at town hall last Wednesday after the results of the Salem special election proved he will not be the Witch City’s 50th mayor. “I know he really wanted to be mayor...

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Rowley Outnumbered on Triton Budget

TRITON REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT — Rowley got outvoted last week at the Salisbury Town Meeting, which approved that town’s $15 million assessment next year for the Triton Regional School District budget. Rowley, which narrowly approved a cut in its assessment for...

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Georgetown Elects Smith as SelectBoard Chair

GEORGETOWN – Amy Smith was elected as the chair of the SelectBoard and Robert Hoover is the new board clerk in a major changing of the guard at the top of town government. Smith was elected by the new majority on the board that includes newly elected Robert Hoover and...

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Marcia Ball Will Make You Smile

NEWBURYPORT – Marcia Ball is “A force of nature,” as Belleville Roots founder Ken Irwin describes her. The song writer, piano player and soulful singer will bring her triple threat act here Saturday to put a smile on the face of every concert goer. Ball, a multiple...

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Town Elects New SelectBoard Majority

GEORGETOWN – In what appears to be a major changing of the guard at the top of town government, the voters here last week ousted a veteran member of the Select Board and elected two new members of the board who are expected to choose a new chair. Robert Hoover and...

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Honor Veterans on Memorial Day

ROWLEY — The Rowley Veterans Committee (RVC) is planning a major Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 29, with bag pipes and drums, the Old Nancy cannon and a flag raising at noon at the Town Common. The committee may also have a surprise for all who attend. Rowley...

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No New Town Hall

NEWBURY — It’s back to the drawing board for those who believe this town needs a new government center. To decide on the controversial project’s future will be two new leaders on the Board of Selectmen, including one who won without having her name on the ballot....

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