April 19th, 2012
BURLINGTON, VT - Thirteen Northeast Kingdom defendants have been indicted by federal grand jury with methamphetamine-related drug crimes following a raid on an Island Pond house in November of 2011.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Burlington will be prosecuting Carl Dewayne Coker, Charles Thomas Amerine III, Mandy Darlene Johnson, Frank Santaw, and Kevin Dodge with conspiring to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine from Spring 2011 to November 2011.
March 24, 1921-December 14, 2011
On December 14, 2011 Ruth Champagne, lovingly known as "Nanny," passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Ruth was born on March 24, 1921 in Irasburg, Vermont where she enjoyed long walks and skipping stones.
In her early twenties, she moved to Newport and married Henry Champagne, Jr., who predeceased her in 2002.
Ruth was an original founding member of the VFW Post 798 Ladyâ€™s Auxiliary.
NEWPORT, VT - During the public comment period at Tuesday's North Country High School Board meeting, recently-elected member Maggie Griffith spoke to the board as a public citizen about discipline issues that had been brought to her attention. Griffith read a statement about her love for the school, which opened in 1967, but expressed concern that over the past few years there is a lack of discipline on the part of the administration handling student issues.
â€śI came before the school board three times last year,â€ť she stated. â€śBut there was no discussion about the problems that I raised.â€ť
HOLLAND â€“ The Holland Select Board held a special meeting Tuesday evening for a question and answer session with Derby Line wind project developer Chad Farrell of Encore Redevelopment.
Residents seemed to hold nothing back when expressing their concerns over the project.
Farrell remained diplomatic while he attempted to provide thorough answers to all questions and concerns raised.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Newport City Council took no action Monday on a request to renew Griffâ€™s Pub Class 1 and 2 liquor license.
The council renews such liquor licenses every year. Normally licenses sail through the council with ease, but some city officials are concerned about recent problems with the popular downtown hangout.
Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who reviews all liquor licenses before the council looks at them, said there had been some serious incidents at the pub over the past year.
ORLEANS, VT - Desmarais Equipment of Orleans is closing its doors after 49 years.
Brothers Rene and Roger Desmarais owned the farm equipment and power sports store and are now ready to retire. The business was opened by their father Rio Desmarais in 1963. Rio Desmarais had been a farmer and then went to work at farm equipment stores. He developed a dream to open his own store. The place that has housed Desmarais for all these years became available and Rio Desmarais fulfilled his dream.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport Car Wash is hosting a raffle this Saturday to benefit the young son of murder victim Melissa Jenkins.
Jenkins was killed a few weeks ago in the St. Johnsbury area and her three-year-old son was found in her car, with the engine still running, near the murder scene.
The items include toys, gifts and certificates donated from area businesses.
There will also be a bottle drive and food for purchase.
The gas pumps will have full service with all tips being donated to Robertson.
BOSTON â€“ Derby native Nicholas Wheeler made the region proud, yesterday, by finishing 35th in the Boston Marathon. Wheeler, now of Rockland, ME, finished the 26.2-mile marathon in 2:33:30.
The Boston Marathon is a world-class competition that draws tens of thousands of athletes from around world.
Wheeler is no stranger to marathon competition. Last fall he finished ninth in the Philadelphia Marathon.
Wheeler, a 2004 graduate of North Country Union High School, was a member of the school's track team and cross country team.