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LOCK, STOCK & BARREL

October 31, 2012

DERBY – Pending FCC approval, WMOO-FM and WIKE-AM will soon have a new owner.
Yesterday, Bruce James, president of Vermont Broadcast Associates, said his company signed a letter of agreement to purchase the stations.
Last May, Jeff Shapiro and Bill Binnie purchased 11 radio stations from Nassau Broadcasting during a bankruptcy action. Shapiro and Binnie divided the stations between themselves. Shapiro, from Vertical Capital, took over the Derby radio stations and other stations in northern New England.

PLANNING FOR A RENAISSANCE

October 31, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The "Renaissance Project" is coming to Newport and area planners are starting to ask what the impacts will be. Impact fees could help with city development studies to answer that question.
However, Newport Planning Commission members and zoning administrator Paul Dreher don't feel that impact fees will discourage developers. “You need money now to plan for the future,” said Clark Curtis.

TO THE RESCUE: VT Electric Co-Op Heads to the Front Lines

October 31, 2012

JOHNSON – Superstorm Sandy brought winds to the Kingdom Monday evening that howled through the night and knocked out power to a few thousand homes. But the storm was not as devastating locally as predicted.
The massive storm wreaked havoc in many other parts of the country, including New England. Sandy’s devastation has left 8 million people without power.

October 30th

STANAK WANTS A PROACTIVE AG’S OFFICE

October 30, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Ed Stanak (Progressive) has spent the last 40 years of his life as a grassroots organizer and advocate working for labor, with environmental groups and against nuclear power. Now he is taking on Bill Sorrell and Jack McMullen in a race for Vermont Attorney General.
Stank's chances may seem like a long shot, but he's used to long shots, he says. He's made a career out of fighting for the underdog.
Stanak believes the Vermont Attorney General's Office (AG's office) should be more pro-active than re-active in legal cases.

MCCLURE RELEASED ON BAIL

October 30, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – In the early morning hours of Oct. 24, Newport City Police Officer Richard Wells found Brent McClure, 23, of North Troy, allegedly pursuing Wells.

VERMONT REACHES OUT TO NEIGHBORS - SCHOOL REOPENS

October 30, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - For the past several days, emergency officials intently watch as hybrid storm Sandy makes its way up the East Coast, leaving footprints of mass destruction and devastation. 
Sandy spared the Green Mountain State as Vermonters sighed in relief. Wind speeds in the Northeast Kingdom included 38-miles per hour at Caledonia County Airport at 11:55 p.m. Monday. Walden had 37-miles per hour wind at 2:56 Monday afternoon. The Newport State Airport reported 35-miles per hour wind at 3:55 pm Monday.

October 29th

NEK HUNKERS DOWN - SCHOOLS CLOSED

October 29, 2012

WATERBURY – A state of emergency remained in affected Monday as Vermonters hunkered down and waited for the arrival of hybrid storm Sandy.
The state emergency operations center started opening around 7 a.m. Monday and was fully opened by noon. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) held a telephone conference with the mayors throughout the state to get ideas on their community’s preparations and what, if anything, the DPS could do to assist them. DPS also held a telephone conference with various legislators to obtain input on any identifiable needs in their communities.

SYKES FACES SHOOTING CHARGE

October 29, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Twenty-four-year-old Lee Sykes of Island Pond appeared in court Monday sporting a shiner as he entered a not guilty plea to a charge of assault with a weapon, specifically a 40 caliber pistol. Sykes is charged with shooting Eric Baker, 35, at a party held in Charleston.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen ordered Sykes held on $25,000 bail.
Around 1 AM Sunday, state police responded to a shooting at a residence on VT RT 105 in Charleston. When police arrived, a group of people pushed Skyes against the cruiser and said he had shot Eric Baker.

Woman Charged with Gun Smuggling in Derby Line

October 29, 2012

BURLINGTON, VT – A Florida woman was indicted Friday on charges of smuggling firearms into Canada from Vermont. The woman, Annette Wexler, 46, allegedly used the Haskell Free Library in Derby Line for the operation.
The Haskell Library straddles the international border and can be accessed by both U.S. and Canadian residents without going through customs.

October 28th

STORM WARNING: GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

October 28, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a state of emergency for Vermont following reports from the National Weather Service that Hurricane Sandy, which has now merged with two other storms to create what's being called a "superstorm," is headed up the coast.
Forecasters say Sandy will continue to travel up the eastern part of the United States today.

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