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.

Great Bluegrass Music Served Up

REGIONAL – Ken Irwin, a music producer, who has heard and seen more bands than most, described the Authentic Unlimited Band as “the best he has heard in years.” The 2023 winners of two International Bluegrass Music Awards, including Vocal Group of the Year, will bring...

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‘Grant Us Our Liberty’

NEWBURYPORT – William Lloyd Garrison, the outspoken abolitionist against slavery and one of this city’s most esteemed sons, would be pleased with the new interpretative sign being installed next week near his statue in Brown Square across the street from City Hall....

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Troubled Town Boards Turn to Mediation

GEORGETOWN – If you have ever gone through marriage counseling with a mediator, you can appreciate what the town of Georgetown is about to go through as it tries to restore the trust between the SelectBoard (BOS) and its Conservation Commission (ConCom). The two...

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Battle Brewing Over New Whittier Building

REGIONAL – A battle that may pit the residents of Haverhill against 10 other North Shore cities and towns is erupting over who will pay for the proposed new building for the Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School. Whittier Supt. Maureen Lynch is making the...

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Georgetown May Hire ConCom Agent

GEORGETOWN – After almost a year without a conservation agent on staff, the Conservation Commission (ConComm) voted last week to negotiate a contract with a “highly qualified” candidate. Only commission member Logan Umberger voted against the motion by member Rebecca...

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P.I. Grille Owner Ordered to Fix Damage

PLUM ISLAND – Plum Island Grille owner Frances Broadberry said farewell to his remaining customers on Oct. 1 with a four-hour party that featured a cash-bar, light food and live music. The next day, Broadberry brought a crew with power tools and ripped out three bars...

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Fair Sets One-Day Attendance Record

TOPSFIELD – The Topsfield Fair finished the 2023 event on a high note, setting a single-day attendance record on its closing day. Overall attendance records was “way down” for the year, said the Fair’s General Manager James O’Brien, but the pent-up demand to see the...

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Fighting Shortages at Local Food Banks

REGIONAL – In mid-September, local food banks, including the First Parish Church Food Pantry in Newbury, Pettengill House and Our Neighbor’s Table, were told by the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) that due to staff shortages, food supplies to local and regional food...

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Traffic Signal for Rte. 1 Will Reduce Crashes

ROWLEY – For the last few weeks, when you turned off Central Street onto State Highway Rte. 1, your heart was probably not beating as fast as it once did. The reason: MassDOT has installed the long-needed traffic light with turn signals at the dangerous intersection....

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Music, Music Everywhere

NEWBURYPORT – If you like music from drumming by local indigenous musicians to Grammy winning Zydeco from Louisiana, this is the place to be this Saturday. Newburyport’s 3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples Day Event will be held along the downtown waterfront park, starting...

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