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January 28th

FIRE HITS NEWPORT TOWN BUSINESS

January 28, 2013

NEWPORT CENTER – Fire officials are crediting the owners of Guay General Repair in Newport Center for saving their own property from disaster Monday. Firefighters responded to the business on Route 100 at about 12:30 p.m.
Dan Guay said that he used fire extinguishers and a high pressure washer to knock down the fire.

SHOULD TEACHERS GET FLU SHOTS?

January 28, 2013

DERBY CENTER - North Country Union Junior High School Board member Richard Nelson asked board members and school administrators last week what the policy is on having faculty and staff be immunized from the flu.
“I can't believe the number of people who don't get the flu shot.” Nelson observed. “With the number of people employed here – and with all the students – these schools are incubators for education and disease.”

January 27th

LANDMARK DESTROYED

January 27, 2013

GLOVER – Fire destroyed a century-old landmark on Route 16 in Glover early Saturday morning.
Firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Conley Mill, formally known as the Green Mountain Fence Company, around 4:15 a.m. Upon arrival, they found part of a house fully engulfed. No one was in the building when the blaze broke out....

FOR THE LOVE OF ICE FISHING

January 27, 2013

DERBY - Nine years ago, motivated by a family member's idea, Ron Wright decided to start an ice fishing derby with a goal of attracting 100 entries.
“It first started with no sponsorships; I gave away prizes and did all of the advertising,” Wright recalls. “We got 76 entries the first year.... I had no idea it would take off like this.”
“This” refers to the 900-plus entries received last year, with Wright anticipating 1,000 participants this year.

TWO ARRESTED IN GUN INCIDENT

January 27, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Two city men accused of holding a loaded gun to the heads of two different people and threatening to kill them were lodged at the Northern Correctional Facility over the weekend and were held for lack of bail, according to Newport City Police.
Mathew White, 20, and Jared Cross, 24, each face charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
Newport City Police Officer Corey Marcoux said the victims were able to get away without being harmed and reported the incident to police.

January 24th

SAFETY FIRST

January 24, 2013

NEWPORT- An incident on Union Street Wednesday prompted the Newport City Police to call North Country Union High School, North Country Hospital, and RDI, the call center on Lakemont St., among other entities, advising they lock down their facilities.
When the call came in to NCUHS’s Principal Bill Rivard, he wasn't given a reason for the directive, but quickly followed protocol, locked all exit doors and had staff stationed at each exit to control who entered and left.

WATER LAWSUIT NEARS END

January 24, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Thursday was day three of testimony in a case where the City of Newport is going head to head with the Village of Derby Center regarding a contract over water. Both sides have completed testimony. They will return in three weeks for closing comments.
The city and village entered into a contract in 1997 that said the village would supply water to the City Center Industrial Park. As part of the agreement, the city invested $800,000 to $900,000 for the construction of a water main with the understanding that the village would provide 10,000 gallons of water a day to the city.

JENNE DECLARES FOR DERBY CLERK

January 24, 2013

DERBY – Karen Jenne has officially announced her candidacy for Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer.
Jenne is a Derby Select Board member and will not seek re-election to the board at Town Meeting. She is ready for a change, is well-qualified, and many people have asked her to seek the position, she said. A special election was held for the town clerk in November, but Jenne said she wanted to finish her term on the board before going in a new direction.

January 23rd

GUN ISSUE COMING TO TOWN MEETINGS

January 23, 2013

BARTON – The Northeast Kingdom hasn't escaped the fire ignited by the school shooting in Newtown, CT.
As states battle with weapon bans, clip limits, and late night gun legislation, both sides of the argument are circulating petitions in Orleans County.

JR HIGH BUDGET SEES HIKE

January 23, 2013

DERBY CENTER - The North Country Union Junior High School's finalized budget will increase 5.87% in fiscal year 2014 if approved by voters in the district on Town Meeting Day.
North Country Supervisory Union Business Manager Glenn Hankinson provided the junior high school board with a break down in revenues and expenses to demonstrate how he arrived at the bottom line. This is the third time the full board has reviewed the numbers. The board sent the first draft back with a directive to Hankinson to keep the increase below 6%.

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