August 28th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY - Most people try to avoid the devastation and destruction that natural disasters can cause. However, that is not the case for many of the nationâ€™s first responders who are more than willing to rush into the storm.
While Hurricane Isaac headed to the Gulf Coast, rescue, ambulance and first responder teams around the nation geared up to lend a helping hand, even though most may never be deployed. Like the Boy Scouts, these teams are always prepared, just in case.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - On the 7th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's deadly assault on the United States, New Orleans braces for a second volley from Isaac, a tropical storm that has grown to a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph winds and which may reach Category 2 status.
Katrina was the sixth largest hurricane in recorded history and left over 1800 people dead in its wake. Total property damage was estimated at $81 billion, and the recovery is still on-going.
ORLEANSâ€“The days of the being a ground and pound crew for the Lake Region girls soccer team are all but over.
Coach Brad Urie has taken the rough and tumble teams of the last few seasons, and infused a blend of speed and finesse that he hopes will produce the same kinds of results that his previous squads have.
DERBY â€“ The Orleans County Sheriffâ€™s Department is rising from the wreckage of the Roger Pion rampage and slowly but surely rebuilding its fleet of vehicles. Monday morning, University of Vermont Campus Security donated a 2008 Crown Victoria cruiser to the department.
Other than registering it, putting on decals and installing a two-way radio, the cruiser is ready to go. The vehicle is already well equipped with police lights, a rifle rack, rechargeable flashlight, a rear seat prisoner cage and a security cage.Â
NEWPORTâ€“Losing one or two key players to graduation can be tough.
Losing the bulk of your starters and top reserves is almost mind numbing.
Be that as it may, that is what Chantelle Bouchard and the rest of the 2012 field hockey Falcons must contend with as they embark on this year's campaign.
"It's hard to fill their positions for sure, but as the season moves on we will be able to tell more," said the coach.
As hard as it is to reboot, North Country is going to go at it full steam ahead and could surprise some folks along their way.
DERBY LINE â€“ A Derby Line manufacturing plant is getting an economic boost from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). The help comes in the form of low-interest loans to repair and replace equipment and perform maintenance on the building.
VEDAâ€™s original charter was about increasing employment but now a largeÂ part is about retaining employment in the current economy. About 180 people work at Tivoly.
NEWPORT, VT - Tomorrow is Primary Day, the day in which voters decide who will represent their particular political parties in the November elections. While a number of politicians will be running in their respective primaries unopposed, a few races will be on the ballot.
The most notable statewide primary is between Bill Sorrell and T.J. Donovan, both Democrats, for the position of Vermont Attorney General. The winner will face off against Republican Jack McMullen in November.
NEWPORTâ€“From the on-field action to the man running the ship, the 2012 North Country football team will have a new look and feel to their program.
Gone from the team is the legendary Bob Davis, who retired after a spectacular run as the head coach of the Falcons.
With him goes the traditional option-based offense that has been the calling card of the program for years.
Also missing will be the class of 2011, a crew of nineteen talented players that were the backbone of the team's undefeated regular season.