Archive - Dec 2012 - News Article
DERBY â€“ Local Walmart proponents are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel on getting their very own big box store.
â€śEverything is squared away,â€ť said Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy.Â
Walmart and property owner Jeff Davis of Burlington are happy, Starr said.
Starr is organizing a formal announcement for sometime in early to mid-January. Local and state officials will take part in the announcement, which will most likely take place on the Newport-Derby line.
"Hopefully, it will keep money from going to New Hampshire,â€ť Starr said.
NEWPORT - Enhanced driverâ€™s licenses (EDL) for border crossing are now available in Newport Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), officials announced Thursday. Local and State officials alike are excited about it.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Sometimes writing on city sidewalks isn't childâ€™s play. That's the message the court sent Diane Peel, Jack Rogers and Tom Farrow when it ordered them to pay a fine of $50 apiece for doing just that.
Friday morning, Lamoille County Assistant Judge Karen Bradley handed down the fines.
During an interview last summer, Peel said she wrote things like: â€śBig Corporations donâ€™t care about your health, buy local,â€ť â€śSupport Community Gardens,â€ť â€śItâ€™s your town, take control,â€ť and â€śWhat would you like to see on Main Street?â€ť with an arrow pointing to an empty storefront.
DERBY - Local retailers Mr. O's and Wright's Enterprises have seen an increase in sales of firearms including assault weapons after the horrific rampage in Newtown, CT, last week.
Nationwide, the surge in sales culminates a year in which the FBI ran 16.8 million background checks for gun buyers, the most ever. Sales skyrocketed the Friday following the November 6 election, breaking all-time records and crashing the FBI's NICS background check system.
Now, following the shooting of 20 school children and 6 adults, gun sales of all types are again spiking.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two city residents busted by police for allegedly selling heroin appeared in Orleans County Court Thursday. Jerry D. Abbott, 28, was ordered to be held on half a million dollars bail and his reputed girlfriend, Kate Shatney, was ordered to be held on $150 grand, after the two entered not guilty pleas to charges of selling heroin and violating conditions of release on other existing cases.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is considering a moratorium on industrial wind projects. Dave Hallquist, the CEO of VEC, said in an interview Thursday that if the board of directors decides on the moratorium, it should include solar as well to prevent driving up the cost on energy.
Hallquist said it troubles him that wind projects are tearing communities apart. â€śI hate to see this level of angst.â€ť
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) has announced that there is a whooping cough epidemic in the state with more people afflicted than ever before â€“ ten times as many cases as last year. Vermont is not the only state seeing the problem, but it is ranked third in the nation for people with the illness.
Whooping cough, also know as pertussis, is a highly contagious illness caused by bacteria. It mainly affects the respiratory system. The DOH offered clinics throughout the state Wednesday for shots free of charge.
DERBY â€“ As a light snow fell yesterday morning, police officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department for a very important assignment â€“ delivering toys to area schools.
The schools will distribute the toys to families of children who might otherwise get little or nothing during Christmas. The children can receive the gifts from Santa, their parents or others.
Law enforcement officers from all local agencies, state police dispatchers, Department of Correction Officers, first responders and local citizens helped cover the cost of the toys.
DERBY - The initial budget proposal for fiscal year 2013/14 is expected to increase by 6.2%, or $85,000 over the current fiscal year.
The NCU Junior High School Board is concerned about the community response to the proposed budget increase. At the November meeting, board member Richard Nelson wondered, â€śWhat effect does the 14% increase in our health care budget have on our overall increase in the budget proposal?â€ť This week the answer was quantified by BC/BS actuaries.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) has announced that there is a whooping cough epidemic in the state, with more people afflicted than ever before; ten times as many cases as last year. Vermont is not the only state seeing the problem, but it is ranked third in the nation for people with the illness.
Whooping cough, also know as pertussis, is a highly contagious illness caused by bacteria. It mainly affects the respiratory system.