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July 1st

First Lady Visits Vermont

July 1, 2011

COLCHESTER, VT – Ken Wells, publisher of the Newport Daily Express, was on the tarmmac when America's First Lady, Michelle Obama, arrived in Vermont. His report of this historic event will follow soon in the Newport Daily Express.

June 29th

Derby Farms Eyed as Wind Turbine Sites

June 29, 2011

DERBY – Vermont companies are proposing to build large, single wind turbines on two or three farms in Derby Line.
For about two years, Bryan Davis of Grand View Farms was looking into attaining a large turbine on his farm. Currently he has a small turbine of about 100 feet, but the turbine does not generate enough power to completely run his farm.
Now Alteris Renewables and Encore Redevelopment have joined in on the idea. The land for the turbines would be leased from the farmers. The turbines would be made by Northern Power Systems, a Vermont company based in Barre.

June 28th

Brownington Woman Accused of Murdering Husband in Car Crash

June 28, 2011

CHARLESTON, VT – Christine Billis, 42 of Brownington, has been arrested for first degree homicide in the death of her husband, Charles Billis, 57 of Brownington, following a Vermont State Police investigation into the September 22, 2009 vehicle accident on Line Farm Road and VT RT 5A in Charleston.
Christine Billis sustained injuries and was taken to North Country Hospital for treatment. Charles Billis, the passenger, was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated. Charles Billis was then taken to North Country Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

May 25th

Protestors: Safe Choices Isn't Safe

May 25, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Protesters picketed the Safe Choices Program in the parking lot overlooking the Gateway Center Wednesday evening. They were hoping to send a message to Dr. Susan Wehry, commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, that they are unhappy with the Safe Choices Program.
Wehry was the keynote speaker at a Family Caregiver Retreat at the Gateway Center.

Safe Choices Client Wins Right to Talk to Lawyer Privately

May 25, 2011

Second judge issues temporary relief from abuse order to protect Bennett from another client.
NEWPORT – Judge Dennis Pearson recently issued an emergency order preventing the Department of Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) from interfering with William Bennett's right to speak privately and meaningfully with his attorney, Gertrude Miller.

May 17th

Irasburg debates wind project with VEC rep

May 17, 2011

IRASBURG – On Monday evening, residents faced off with representatives from Vermont Electric Corporative (VEC) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) over the Kingdom Community Wind Project. The meeting, held at the town hall, was part of the regular select board meeting.
Answering questions raised by Dr. Ron Holland, David Hallquist of VEC said the actual cost of generating power, after figuring in the capacity factor is between nine and ten cents a kilowatt, which is before any renewable energy credits.

Former Trooper Arraigned on Sexual Assault Charge

May 17, 2011

NEWPORT – Mark Beezup, 55, of Derby, was arraigned in Orleans County Criminal Court Tuesday on two felonies: sexual assault–parental role, and lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Beezup denied the charges and was released on conditions that he not have any contact with children under the age of 16, other than his own, per orders of the Department of Children and Families.
Beezup was accused of sexual behavior by his girlfriend’s daughter, now 14, who claimed the incidents began when she was 12.
Beezup lived with the girl and her mother for approximately six years.

May 16th

Police Investigate Missing Funds from Albany Fire Department

May 16, 2011

ALBANY — Jennifer Tolman, treasurer for the Albany Fire Department and a member of its school board, sent a public letter of apology to the Newport Daily Express recently on the heels of allegations that she may be responsible for the loss of over $6,000 from the town's fire department.
Following a recent audit, Fire Chief Donald Peters confirmed that he reported the findings to the Vermont State Police and suspected that charges either would be or have been filed against Tolman.
The Newport Express has received reports that the money has been paid back.

May 15th

The Annual Ritual of High School Proms

May 15, 2011

NEWPORT – Fantasy is in the air this time of year as high school students head to the prom, some as traditional couples and others, more recently, in groups of girls or guys.
Lake Region Union High School’s prom was Saturday, May 14th at the Elks Club in Derby and North Country Union High School’s prom is in the gym Saturday, May 21st. The United Christian Academy held its senior banquet at the EastSide Restaurant Saturday.

April 28th

Flood Waters Continue Assault

April 28, 2011

ORLEANS CO. – Flood waters were still rising Thursday following even more rain as rescue crews searched the area for stranded residents. Washouts were common and more rain is expected over the weekend, only not as bad as what we’ve seen so far.
Sandbags were used to protect the Chamber of Commerce building on the Causeway in Newport, next to the flooded Gardner Park.
Owners of camps and homes are holding their breath as flood waters surround their properties. According to some, this is the worst flooding they have ever seen.


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