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January 16th, 2013

LOCAL LEGISLATORS TAKE AIM AT GUN LAWS

January 16, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – In the wake of the Newtown, CT, school shooting last month, lawmakers across the country are considering stricter gun regulations. However, Vermont legislators, at least the local ones, say such regulations need to come from the federal government.
“That’s a federal domain, I believe,” said Sen. Robert Starr from North Troy. “They dictate what happens and when it happens.”

NCU BAND PLANS RETURN TRIP TO DISNEY

January 16, 2013

NEWPORT - Band director Bill Prue and students Zack Tweed and Rebecca Young provided the North Country Union High School Board last Tuesday with a review of last spring's trip to Disney World in Florida. The field trip wasn't only about having fun, said Prue. “The trip addressed standards of music, it's relationship with other mediums, and proper etiquette.”
“Many of the 57 students haven't traveled outside the Northeast Kingdom, much less flown on an airplane,” Prue observed. “That in itself was quite an experience.”

UCA Earns Split at Concord

January 16, 2013

CONCORD–Chris DeLaBruere had 21 points, and two other Crusaders were in double-digits as UCA defeated Concord (1-6) on Tuesday evening to move to a Division IV best 8-1.
"We didn't shoot as well as we wanted to but Marquel Taylor-Webster had another strong game inside with 13 pts and 18 boards, while Chris added 8 boards to go along with his 21," said coach Tony DeLaBruere. "Defensively we still have much work to do, but some adjustments offensively at half time really seemed to work for us and allowed us to take advantage of our inside game which seems to be clicking right now."

Lamoille Halts Lake Region’s Win Streak at Five

January 16, 2013

ORLEANS–Ten days in between games is a long stretch for any team, and it showed on Tuesday night as Lake Region fell for the first time this season, losing 38-35 to the Lamoille Lady Lancers.
Casey Machia and Drew Neal each had 10 points to lead their respective teams in scoring.
Next up for 5-1 Lake Region is a visit from Hazen this Friday. Tip-off is at 7:00.
For the full story, check out Thursday's Express on 1/17/13.

January 15th

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - WALMART

January 15, 2013

DERBY – It’s official. The Northeast Kingdom will soon have its first Walmart, as soon as the project can obtain its permits.
Developers along with local and state political leaders announced plans Tuesday to build a Supercenter Walmart on the Derby Road, across from The Tavern.
“This is an example of how we create jobs in the Kingdom,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “This region of the state has always suffered from higher unemployment rates than the rest of the state.”

DRIVER SENTENCED IN FLAGGER’S DEATH

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – John Matten, 78, sat quietly in a wheelchair yesterday as Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a three-year deferred sentence.
Prior to sentencing, Matten entered a guilty plea to gross and negligent operation with fatality resulting. Matten was the driver of a motor vehicle that struck and killed Zachariah Brown, a flagger at a road construction site on VT RT 14 in Newport Center. The accident occurred Aug. 13, 2010.

THE GENERAL’S ELECTION

January 15, 2013

NEWPORT - Brigadier General Jonathan Fornham, a candidate for the position of Vermont National Guard Adjutant General, met with area legislators while attending the Legislative Breakfast Monday morning.
Former Adjutant General Michael Dubie resigned from the position last summer and the post has been filled by his deputy until the legislature chooses a new leader.

Elizabeth Threlfall Hammond

January 15, 2013

Elizabeth Threlfall Hammond, age 94, slipped peacefully in the arms of her beloved Lord Jesus on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. 
She leaves behind the love of her life, Robert James Hammond. They celebrated 71 years of marriage on September 7, 2012. Together they traveled the world and raised their family in many countries. 

January 14th

BIG WIND, SMALL BUDGETS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Pending development in the Northeast Kingdom is on the minds of many local legislators. 
“We’re in the midst of a renaissance,” said Rep. Duncan Kilmartin of Newport City during Monday's legislative breakfast, held at the East Side Restaurant. 

HOSPITAL HAS FLU SHOTS

January 14, 2013

NEWPORT – High flu activity continues nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In Vermont, flu activity remains widespread with reports of high absenteeism among school age children in the Northeast Kingdom.
According to reports, three adults have died in Vermont from the flu this season so far and 14 adults have reportedly died in New Hampshire.
The last few years have seen mild flu seasons, but this year is different. The flu came on early and strong.
The good news is that, despite a critical nationwide shortage, North Country Hospital still has the flu vaccine.

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