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Archive - Jun 2012 - News Article

June 12th

Stabbing Suspect Fails to Show

June 12, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Anthony "Running Bear" Oxendine is wanted on a charge of aggravated assault for stabbing a Barton man Wednesday, then failing to show up for arraignment yesterday. Robert Bent set bail at $75,000.
The purported victim, Todd Medeiros of Barton, was bleeding from deep gashes to his arm and head when he knocked on doors on Water Street looking for help. Senior Trooper Ben Shelp responded and found Medeiros sitting on the floor of a home and using a blanket to cover his arm. His face was covered in blood and he told the trooper that someone had tried to kill him.

June 11th

Martha Peck Steps Down from the Pulpit

June 11, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Sunday, June 10, 2012, marked the last day of Rev. Martha Peck’s 23-year tenure at The United Church of Newport.
The church, situated on Third Street, ministers to the Newport area’s United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church populations.
Though she started with three co-ministers, Rev. Peck has been tending her flock solo for the past four years.

Morgan School Students Ready to Move On

June 11, 2012

MORGAN - It was a bitter-sweet day for Morgan students Friday, their last day of school. They were sad as the E. Taylor Hatton School is closing, but happy as many are looking forward to attending Derby Elementary School.
Morgan voters decided at the March Town Meeting to send the 34 kindergarten through sixth grade students to Derby rather than keeping the school open.
Principal Miriam Benson said the transition has gone smoothly and now it’s not that big of a deal. "We're all moving on and it’s good, but we’re all going to miss Morgan, of course.”

June 10th

LRU Class of 2012: You’re Ready, You’re Prepared, You Earned It

June 10, 2012

ORLEANS – “Move forward – the only direction. Can’t be scared to fail – search and perfection.”
Those were the words Lake Region Union High School Senior Tyler Vezina brought to his fellow graduates Sunday. He was quoting Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter.
Darren Perron, a 1991 Lake Region Graduate and WCAX-TV anchor, introduced Vezina, who did an internship at the television station and presented this year’s student address. Vezina called himself a regular guy who is good at public speaking. He told the class that graduation is the end of many things.

Humor and Friendships Highlight NCU Class of 2012

June 10, 2012

NEWPORT - Approximately 235 students graduated from North Country Union High School in the 45th commencement ceremony Saturday. Although skies were blue without a cloud in sight, the uncertain weather forecast prompted plans for an indoor event.
Principal William Rivard talked about students experiencing the joys of success and sadness of loss through their high school years. He said the graduates have developed relationships with many who will continue to make a positive difference in their lives as they go into the world and make a positive difference for others.

Orleans Couple Outruns Assailant

June 10, 2012

MARSHFIELD - Sometimes being a good Samaritan just doesn't pay, as two people from Orleans found out when a man pulled a gun on them and chased them at high speeds through Marshfield.
June 8, around 9:50 PM, Dan Greenwood (operator, 36) and Jennifer Eldridge (passenger, 32), both of Orleans, were traveling east on US RT 2 in Marshfield, VT. As Greenwood entered the village, he observed a vehicle on the side of the road with the hazard lights flashing and a lone male outside of the vehicle. Greenwood stopped to help.

June 7th

Lake Region Cuts Almost $16K in Energy Bills

June 7, 2012

ORLEANS – Thanks to the Whole School Energy Challenge, Lake Region Union High School reduced its energy consumption by 25 percent, saving taxpayers $15,885, and that was enough to make it the top school in a pilot program.
Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Superintendents Association School Energy Management Program and the Vermont Energy Education Program partnered in the program that ran from May 2011 to April 2012.

Mulkin Seeks Tax Break on Newport Property

June 7, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Monday evening the council approved a request by Jim Mulkin of JM & MM, for a six-year tax stabilization.
Mulkin wants to build a new 14,000 square foot building on Duchess Street and add a small addition to an existing building, which currently houses Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS).

Local Author Promotes New Book At Woodknot Bookshop

June 7, 2012

NEWPORT – Dawn Gray, who is no stranger to the Northeast Kingdom, grew up in Island Pond and she used to deliver papers for the Newport Daily Express. She is now a well-known author and is promoting her newly published book “S.P.I.R.I.T: Fire Storm.”
She will be at the Woodknot Bookshop this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies and to discuss any questions you may have about the paranormal.
Gray has published several books that cover many areas of the paranormal and the supernatural, including her first self-published book “Raven” and a 7-book series “Vampire Legacy.”

IROC lays out aggressive financial plan

June 7, 2012

DERBY - Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) is in the midst of serious financial trouble.
Phil White, the executive director, is making an aggressive effort to stave off foreclosure and keep the doors open with the hope of creating a thriving facility someday. White continues to work without pay.
IROC is in debt for $1.1 million to Community National Bank and U.S. Rural Development and has been unable to make payments. White has sent a letter to each entity and explained a strategic plan to save IROC and to ask for more time to see it through before foreclosure.

 

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