February 20th, 2013
NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City Elementary School Board will ask voters to approve a school budget with a 6.44 percent increase. The board presented the proposed budget to the city council Monday evening.
Principal Stephen Earley said the city school board is asking for slightly more than the state average, which is a 5.5Â percent increase.
"We are unique in that we're growing," said Earley. "It's not just little growth; we are growing a good deal."
More students mean more state reimbursement.
For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 21, 2013.
NEWPORT - A request by the human resources committee to investigate adding a school resource officer sparked a lively debate at last night's North Country Union High School Board meeting. The school budget to be considered at town meeting in March does not include funding for the position.
MORGAN â€“ Nearly one year ago, the residents of Morgan decided to close the school and tuition the students out. What to do with the building still remains up in the air.
The Morgan School Board of Directors held a meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the matter. The meeting was held at the State Police barracks in Derby because the school is too cold for a meeting.
ORLEANSâ€“Whether they were motivated by the Lake Region Pep Band's rendition of the Star Spangled Banner or not, I will never know, but the Ranger boys came out firing on all cylinders, out-scoring BFA Fairfax 25-6 in the opening quarter en-route to the 69-49 win over the Bullets.
"We really competed tonight," said junior Clint Provoncha. "We have not had as good of an effort as we wanted in the last few games. Now it is getting a lot better as we start making our move towards the play-offs."
NEWPORT CITY - For the past seven and a half years, the Behavioral Health Services (BAART) dispensed methadone from a van at the recycling center on Coventry Street. Now officials from the organization want to dispense the drug from a Union Street site, the same site a gunman recently tried to rob for drugs.
NORTHEAST KINGDOM â€“ Controversy is heating up over the possibility of tar sands oil running through Vermont, mirroring the debate over the Keystone Pipeline.
The Portlandâ€“Montreal Pipe Line runs through the Northeast Kingdom, from North Troy to Victory Bog, and debate grows over whether it is safe to reverse the flow and allow tar sands oil, also called heavy crude or bitumen, through the pipes.
Rep. David Deen of Westminster introduced a bill, H.27, that would require an Act 250 permit for a new oil pipeline or any changes to an existing oil pipeline other than a repair.
DERBY â€“ Laura Dolgin has been a member of the Derby Select Board since 2004 and is going for another two-year term. Dolgin is facing challenger Maureen Fountain.
Dolgin feels her service to the town has hit mid-stride with all the proposed developments in Derby and the surrounding area, including Newport.
Dolgin said that Derby citizens can be proud of their town. â€śIt is run really well,â€ť Dolgin said in a recent interview. She said the town has an excellent road crew and other dedicated workers, and the town office reflects the level of care by the people who work there.
NEWPORT CITY - A group of protesters lined up outside the Emory Hebard State Office Building Tuesday in support of a same sex couple from Orleans.
The state recently prevented one of the men, 66-year-old Norman Sheldrake, from returning to his home on a temporary order because the Probate Court believed Sheldrake was being neglected.
"The imminent issue is that if he is discharged to his home without a guardian, he faces the risk of renewed neglect as he is unable to properly care for himself due to dementia," stated Probate Court Judge John Monette in his decision.
ORLEANS-It wasn't easy, and at times the game looked to be doubt, but the Lady Rangers were able to strap on their work boots, dig deep and grind out a 44-40 win over the Northfield Marauders.
"Overall, we had a game plan, but our perimeter shooting wasn't what it was the last couple of outings, so we had to find some other places to get points," said LRU coach Mark Tinker. "It was by hook or by crook, but we got the offense when we needed it and our defense created some chances for us."
Drew Neal led all scorers with 26 points, while McMullen had a team-high 20 for Northfield.
Hudsonâ€“â€“ Barbara Helen, 86, passed away peacefully at The Union House Nursing Home on February 18, 2013.
For the full obituary see Tuesday's Express.