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December 13th

COUNTY BUDGET FUELED BY ROOF

December 13, 2012

NEWPORT – Orleans County Side Judges Ben Batcheldor and Robert Goodby held the first of two informational meetings yesterday for the public to review the little-known county budget, which funds the courthouse and sheriff's department.
An increase of $50,000 over the current year's budget is driven primarily by an appropriation of $75,000 for the replacement of the slate roof, which is over 100 years old. In the current year's budget, $40,000 was appropriated and the new appropriation is expected to cover the cost of replacing the roof in 2013.

Connecticut Man Sentenced in Charleston Shooting

December 13, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Last Friday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed down a 10-15 year sentence, all suspended, with the exception of six years to serve, to Deontae McNeil, 23, of Putnam, CT.
McNeil’s accomplice, Andrew Ladouceur, 26, of Derby, entered a guilty plea Oct. 20, 2011, to a charge of attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling. He is currently serving 4 -10 years with credit for time served. The state dismissed charges of aggravated assault, first degree unlawful restraint and attempted assault and robbery with a weapon.

December 12th

FIRE GUTS HOME

December 12, 2012

BARTON – Fire displaced a family from their home Tuesday evening.
Firefighters responded to the Merrill and Emily Crawford residence at 150 Laurette Lane for a structure fire at 7:25 p.m.
Fire Chief David Clayes said a wood burning stove on the porch of the trailer caused the fire. The fire is not considered suspicious.
Firefighters had the blaze under control in less than five minutes. The trailer is a total loss. The fire got so hot that it melted a television set 20 feet away.

DON’T MESS WITH THE PRESS

December 12, 2012

Emails indicate GMP wanted to avoid the publicity associated with arresting a journalist.

NEWPORT – Just days before the start of the trial of Chris Braithwaite, the state abruptly dropped the trespassing charge against him, claiming that emails from GMP had nothing to do with the dismissal. However those emails seemed to indicate that GMP implicitly permitted Braithwaite to be on the property.

SCAMMERS TARGET COMMUNITY BANK MEMBERS

December 12, 2012

DERBY – Community National Bank officials and the Vermont State Police are warning customers of a scam.
Trooper Amy Borsari wrote in a press release that scammers are sending text messages that read “CNB ALERT” and requesting customers call a phone number in regards to their debit card either being deactivated or canceled.

December 11th

PAYING THE PRICE

December 11, 2012

NEWPORT – The six protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain last December were in court Tuesday for a sentencing hearing.
Judge Martin Maley issued the sentence but delayed execution pending an appeal before the Vermont Supreme Court. If the defense loses the appeal, the sentence will be a $250 fine or 25 hours of community service.
Deputy State’s Attorney Sarah Baker asked for a $250 fine or two to three days on a work crew because it cost the state money to send deputies to Lowell Mountain to arrest the protesters.

SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER

December 11, 2012

GLOVER – Looking for a little Christmas Cheer? Then join Deveney Choquette and Tod Pronto from WMOO-FM. Between now and Friday, Dec. 21, the pair will be going to area nursing homes, one each day, to sing Christmas carols to the residents.
Yesterday the duo sang at the Union House in Glover.
Marie Guertin, social services director for Union House, said Pronto and Choquette brought Christmas cheer to the residents. “I think it’s good for their well being and I think it will make them happy,” said Guertin. “I really thank them (Pronto and Choquette) for coming."

December 10th

SANTA IS COMING!

December 10, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Mark Saturday as the day Santa comes to Newport.
Santa and his friends will be hosted by the city as part of the Magic on Main event. The city recreation department and the Renaissance Corporation have lined up wagon rides, shopping fun, activities and even real reindeer. (At least I think they're real.)
Main Street will be closed to traffic, so be prepared to park in the Hebard lot or other areas around town. Businesses will be open.

THE STRUGGLE TO STAY WARM

December 10, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Nobody wants to be cold, but with current fuel prices and a poor economy, many Vermonters are finding themselves turning down the thermostat and putting on a sweater or two.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) offers to help low income Vermonters pay their heating fuel bill. Clients may apply for assistance any time during the year. DCF issued benefits from late September to mid-March. Benefits are based on two factors: financial need and energy burden need.

FROM HIGHWAYS TO BYWAYS

December 10, 2012

NEK - After extensive work for more than a year, the Northeast Kingdom is now one step closer to having an official "byway." Last Monday, the Vermont Byway Council approved the NEK Byway after meeting with tourism and development officials at Burke Mountain.
The official NEK Byway corridor would stretch from St. Johnsbury through Lyndonville, East Burke and West Burke, Westmore, West Charleston and Derby. Once in Derby, the Byway will split and go north along Route 5 to Derby Line and continue on 105 West to Newport.

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