January 23rd, 2013
DERBY CENTER - The North Country Union Junior High School's finalized budget will increase 5.87% in fiscal year 2014 if approved by voters in the district on Town Meeting Day.
North Country Supervisory Union Business Manager Glenn Hankinson provided the junior high school board with a break down in revenues and expenses to demonstrate how he arrived at the bottom line. This is the third time the full board has reviewed the numbers. The board sent the first draft back with a directive to Hankinson to keep the increase below 6%.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A man brandishing a handgun walked into the Behavioral Health Services (BAART*) building on Union Street in Newport City Tuesday morning and demanded methadone, a substance used to treat drug dependency. BAART runs the area methadone clinic but not at that location.
Police responded to the 911 call around 10:56 AM and advised area schools, the hospital and businesses to go into lockdown at 11:15 AM as a precaution.
ORLEANSâ€“The Lake Region boys flexed their muscle on Tuesday night, easily defeating the Richford Falcons by the score of 66-43.
"I thought we held it out and the guys played well down the stretch," said LR coach James Ingalls. "We had our little places where we fell asleep for a while, but they worked well together."
Drew Gallup led the charge for the now 11-0 Rangers, scoring a team-high eighteen points.
The win keeps LRU in second place in Division II, tied record-wise with Vergennes, but trailing them in index points.
LYNDONVILLE - A southbound train at the Red Village Road Crossing on Route 5 in Lyndonville spilt a 51-foot trailer in half yesterday.
Clement Charbonneau, 54, of Coaticook, Quebec, was towing the trailer with a Freightliner when a car distracted him. By the time Charbonneau looked up, it was too late.
Train crew members Mark Fortin and Dana Cheney told police they were proceeding south when the driver of the semi drove in front of them.
Read the rest of this story in Wednesday's Newport Daily Express for Jan. 23, 2013.
DERBY - The Derby Select Board decided not to ask voters at Town Meeting about their opinion on wind turbines within the town. Instead, the board will wait and see what the legislature does and possibly mail out a survey to all taxpayers at a future date.
The legislature is considering a moratorium on further industrial wind development.
Monday, at the select boardâ€™s regular meeting, the conversation with the public remained somewhat mild, but accusations of impropriety among Derby officials emerged.
NEWPORT â€“ A man accused of sexually touching a minor child appeared in court Tuesday morning to answer a charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen released 32-year-old Craig Farrar of Newport on conditions after Farrar entered a plea of not guilty.
Jennifer Harlow, a detective with the Newport City Police, wrote in an affidavit that Renee Hamel from the Department for Children and Families met with a 42-year-old individual identified in court records as AC. The meeting took place Nov. 30, 2012.
BRATTLEBOROâ€“Despite putting over twenty shots on net, the North Country girlâ€™s hockey team could only manage to score one goal in their 2-1 loss on Monday afternoon.
â€śWe couldnâ€™t put anything in, and everything we did seemed to be off,â€ť said coach Claude Paul.
â€śWe played down to their level and made another goalie look good.â€ť
Brattleboro would stake themselves a 2-0 lead, and they made it stand up for the entire game.
The lone Falcon goal came in the third period when Whitney Bernier scored, with assists going to Jenna Moss and Savannah Alberghini-Giroux.
ORLEANSâ€“It wasn't easy, but the Lake Region girls were able to overcome a rough third quarter to pick up the 48-39 win over Lyndon Institute on Monday evening at the Don Harter Memorial Gymnasium.
"When we needed to, the kids gutted it out and picked up their intensity and did the things we had to do, said LRU coach Mark Tinker.
Kayla Jardine would lead all scorers with twenty points for 0-8 Lyndon, and Emily Lawson's twelve were tops for Lake Region.
Drew Neal was also in double digits with eleven for LRU, who improve to 6-2 on the season.
NEWPORT - The Secretary of the Agency of Transportation delivered bad news to the House and Senate Transportation Committees last week by projecting a shortfall in funds necessary over the next five years to preserve the state's transportation infrastructure to achieve â€śgoodâ€ť status.
A report created by the Committee on Transportation Funding estimates the state will require $698.3 million to provide the necessary funds to achieve a â€śgoodâ€ť repair status, which is much more than the $457 million in revenues that will be generated over the five-year period.
NEWPORT - Vermont's School Choice law, first enacted in 2000, has been amended this past legislative session to clarify capacity guidelines and set a uniform date to make annual capacity determinations.
Prior to the changes, a school district could establish formal agreements with area school districts to allow students to attend a school outside their home district. NCUHS has such an arrangement with both Canaan High School and Lake Region Union High School, allowing up to 15 students between the schools combined to transfer to North Country.