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November 18, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY – Friday, Hostess, the maker of ionic foods like Twinkies and Wonder Bread, announced that after 82 years it was closing its plants for good.
The company, headquartered in Irving, Texas, made the move after striking workers ignored warnings to return to work by 5 p.m. Thursday – or else.
“Hostess Brands is unprofitable under its current cost structure, most of which is determined by union wages and pension costs,” states the now defunct company’s website.

Honor and Privilege

November 18, 2012

BARTON – Four war veterans walked into St. Paul’s School to thank teacher Jennifer Wilson and her fifth and sixth grade class for writing them cards in honor of Veterans Day. 
Wilson started the project the Tuesday before Veterans Day. She obtained the names of local veterans from her father, John Wilson, a Vietnam veteran.
Wilson wanted each student to write one card, but the class got so enthused, the students ended up mailing 25 cards. Each veteran received at least two cards and some received three and four. Some of the veterans wrote back to the students.

Derby JP Recount Tuesday

November 18, 2012

DERBY – The race for a position as Justice of the Peace is typically a quiet one, and it is not uncommon for just enough people – or even not enough people – to run to fill all the available openings.
In Derby there are 12 justices of the peace, and this year 15 people sought the positions.
Derby resident Maureen Fountain decided to seek the position for the first time and lost by three votes. Fountain earned 895 votes. Karen Jenne was the last place winner with 898 votes.

Judge Nixes Pion Challenge

November 18, 2012

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against Roger Pion, accused of driving over seven police cruisers with a giant farm tractor, and almost 30 other criminal cases because of the manner in which the state's attorney prosecuting the cases was appointed.
In his decision, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said the unusual circumstances that led to the appointment of Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin in 2011 were not covered by Vermont law.


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