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February 25th, 2013

PETITION AGAINST WALMART

February 25, 2013

DERBY – An online petition is circulating asking Gov. Peter Shumlin to not allow Walmart to build in Derby.
As of Sunday, more than 1,200 people had signed the petition.
Chairman of the Derby Select Board Brian Smith criticized the effort and said most who have signed it are not from Orleans County and some are from out of state.

NEW LIFE FOR OLD SHOES

February 25, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Everybody has a pair of shoes that either don't fit, are too worn out or are just plain too ugly to wear.
STOP! Before you throw them away, donate them.
Between Friday March 1 and Friday April 5, the North Country Union High School Interact Club will be collecting shoes of all shapes, sizes, types, and conditions to donate to Soles4Souls.

February 24th

HEROIN BUST

February 24, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - Robert Cote III, 24, of Irasburg, was in criminal court Friday on numerous drug charges, including trafficking of heroin, being in possession of a gun in the commission of a felony, and cruelty to a child under the age of 10 for allegedly leaving drugs and guns in the vicinity of a child. Cote pleaded not guilty.
Judge Howard VanBenthuysen, on the request of prosecutor Cathy Norman from Vermont Attorney General's Office, increased Cote's original bail from $100,000 to $150,000, to ensure Cote appears at his future court dates.

REMEMBERING IWO JIMA

February 24, 2013

COVENTRY - When the United States entered World War II following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, David Reed of Craftsbury was being raised on a small farm and attending school. Little did Reed know that a few years later he would be drafted and end up fighting in perhaps the most brutal battle in the war.

SIGN WARS CONTINUE

February 24, 2013

DERBY – The theft  of political road signs for the upcoming local elections continues. This time culprits took Karen Jenne’s sign and all of Faye Morin’s signs and two banners along the Derby Road.
Morin is the Derby Town Clerk and Treasurer. She is being challenged by the outgoing select board member and Derby Line Village Clerk and Treasurer Karen Jenne for the positions.
The select board race is also heating up as Jenne is leaving a seat open and board member Laura Dolgin, who is up for re-election, is facing a challenger.

February 21st

BRIDGING THE GAP

February 21, 2013

BROWNINGTON - The reconstruction of Bridge 9 on the Center Road dividing the Towns of Brownington and Barton will be completed this May when expansion joints, which need to be approved by state and federal agencies, are finished to allow flexibility during earthquakes or other events.
The bridge, probably built in the 1950s, was completely destroyed during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
The cost to replace the bridge is shared between the two towns, though Brownington is the owner of the project and bills

BAD DAY ON THE ROAD

February 21, 2013

JAY - There were some tense moments for the Missisquoi Valley Ambulance Service (MVAS) Thursday, when one unit was involved in an accident, thanks to bad roads, and a second went off into a ditch.
It all started when MVAS personnel responded to the North Jay Road for a medical emergency. Scanner reports indicated the patient might not have been breathing.

For more of this story, see Friday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Feb. 22, 2013.

TASTING CENTER HAS FINAL HEARING

February 21, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - The Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center continues to move forward. The tasting center will be on Main Street and will be a combined food production, retail, and education center.
During the third and final required public hearing Monday, Mayor Paul Monette said the city received a $30,000 community development grant from the state.
Dave Snedeker, from the Northeastern Vermont Development Association, said the project received $5,000 in USDA technical assistance grant funds from Northern Investment Corporation and $5,000 in private business capital.

February 20th

DREAMING OF GOLD

February 20, 2013

BARTON - Orleans County resident Susan Dunklee has pre-qualified for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.
The 27-year-old earned one of four spots on the American woman’s team that will represent the United States in the Biathlete competition. This combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting accuracy.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 21, 2013.

CITY SCHOOL BUDGET SEEKS HIKE

February 20, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - The Newport City Elementary School Board will ask voters to approve a school budget with a 6.44 percent increase. The board presented the proposed budget to the city council Monday evening.
Principal Stephen Earley said the city school board is asking for slightly more than the state average, which is a 5.5 percent increase.
"We are unique in that we're growing," said Earley. "It's not just little growth; we are growing a good deal."
More students mean more state reimbursement.

For more of this story, see Thursday's edition of the Newport Daily Express for Feb. 21, 2013.

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