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November 7th

RENAISSANCE CORP. SEEKS MORE FUNDING

November 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The Newport City Council is considering a request by the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) for a $25,000 increase to its appropriation, already $25,000. NCRC would use the funds for its operations, marketing efforts and things like bike racks.
NCRC would like to bring in a second person to help CEO Trish Sears’ office efforts. Sears is the organization’s only paid employee, but NCRC does have some contract workers who do such things as work on the organization’s website. Board members volunteer their time at no cost. 

November 6th

PHOTO FINISH: Election night leaves hot races too tight to call.

November 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - It was a nailbiter, and even with most of the votes in, the unofficial tallies made it too close to call in several local hot races last night.
In the race for Orleans-Essex Senate seat, incumbent Democrat Bobby Starr pulled ahead but Rep. Bob Lewis and former Rep. John Rodgers were hot on his heels. It looked like a race for second with Republican Jay Dudley trailing far behind.
In the Orleans-Lamoille House Race, Progressive challenger Katherine Sims looked to overtake incumbent Rep. Mark Higley, Republican.

November 5th

BRIGHTON TOWN HALL REBORN

November 5, 2012

BRIGHTON – The Town Hall of Brighton is under renovations to restore it to its original grandeur and bring back the exceptional character of that time.
The building, known as the Historic Opera Block, was built in 1889. Over the years some of the original parts of the building were taken down or covered with vinyl siding. But after expansive work and research, the building will go through a renaissance. The new materials will keep it in excellent condition for years to come with little maintenance.

LAKEBRIDGE OPENS

November 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – There’s no place like home, and for 21 Newport area families, home will be the Lakebridge housing complex at the former Sleeper Place site on West Main Street.
Rural Edge, formerly known as Gilman Housing Trust, owns the new housing complex. Like all of Rural Edge’s properties, tenants’ rents are one third of their income. The apartments have one-, two- and three-bedroom units. 
The Lakebridge complex has been in the works for some time, Merten Bangeman-Johnson, Chief Executive Officer for Rural Edge, said during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning. 

November 4th

FAMILY TRAGEDY

November 4, 2012

NEWPORT – Christine Billis, 45, left the Orleans County Courthouse in tears after hearing her fate Friday afternoon. In a plea agreement, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen sentenced Billis to 7-15 years with credit for time served.
Last July, nearly three years after her husband Charles Billis died in a car crash, she pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter.
During the investigation, Billis told investigators that Charles Billis was abusive to her.

SCOTT CUTS DEAL

November 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY — A Newport contractor accused of accepting a huge overpayment from the City of Montpelier and then depositing it into his business account will pay a $10,000 fine and a $2,000 donation to the State General Fund.
Dan Scott, 64, in Orleans County District Court Friday, entered a plea of no contest to "false claim greater than $500." In turn, the state dismissed two additional charges of false claim greater than $500 and a grand larceny charge of greater than $900.

Vermont Sports Magazine: Made in the Northeast Kingdom

November 4, 2012

ORLEANS – Advances in technology now allow people to do what was only dreamed about not too long ago. People are able to work from the comfort of their homes from pretty much anywhere, and work in a variety of fields.
Sky Barsch of Orleans creates a magazine from her home that is distributed all over New England. She works with the help of her designer Shawn Braley of White River Junction and a staff that includes photographers and freelance writers.

November 1st

COURT CALLS DEVELOPER “A THREAT”

November 1, 2012

DERBY LINE – William (Bill) Simendinger, the developer and lawyer whose family owns Champlain Farms and who wanted to build a gas station and mini-mart in Derby Line, saw his license to practice law suspended last week. The Vermont Supreme Court suspended Simendinger’s license on an emergency basis pending an investigation.
The disciplinary council for the Professional Responsibility Board petitioned the court for the interim suspension but an investigator for the board refused to comment on the particulars.

BROOKS DENIES EMBEZZLEMENT

November 1, 2012

BURLINGTON, VT - The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged Kimberley Brooks, 47, of Brownington, with embezzling approximately $160,000 from her employer, Desmarais Equipment in Orleans.
Brooks pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington.
Oct. 18, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned a three-count indictment charging Brooks with wire fraud, interstate transportation of stolen money and forging checks of her former employer.

 

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