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March 4th, 2013

IROC PLEADS FOR MORE TIME

March 4, 2013

DERBY – IROC's executive director, Phil White, went before the court Monday in an attempt to get more time to try and refinance the organization's debt and avoid foreclosure.
But Community National Bank is saying no. The bank decided to give IROC until April 1 and does not want to extend the redemption period any longer. White has filed a motion asking to move the deadline to July 15.

SCHOOLS IN TRANSITION

March 4, 2013

COVENTRY – Someday, the North Country Supervisory Union may have a different configuration. Thursday evening, board members and principals from the district met at the Coventry Village School to discuss options for a potential increase in enrollment, including the possibility of a new middle school on the west side of the district and/or expansion of existing facilities.

March 3rd

LAKE TRAGEDY

March 3, 2013

NEWPORT CENTER – A rescue team is searching Lake Memphremagog for a man who fell through the ice and into the frigid waters while pulling an ice shanty behind a tractor.
The Vermont State Police Scuba Team, Newport Center Fire Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol spent much of Sunday searching the west side of the lake near McKinney Drive, off the Lake Road. By early evening, the search was temporarily suspended.

WIFE HELD WITHOUT BAIL IN STABBING CASE

March 3, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport Center woman faces 20 years to life in prison for allegedly trying to kill her husband.
"I hope I killed him," were the words police say Jennifer Ahlquist, 40, used after they took her into custody Thursday.
Ahlquist was reportedly referring to stabbing Sean Ahlquist, 42, with a kitchen knife.
Ahlquist entered not guilty pleas and was held without bail, charged with attempted second degree murder, first degree aggregated domestic assault with a weapon, unlawful trespass, and simple assault.

February 28th

IROC FIGHTS FOR LIFE

February 28, 2013

DERBY – The time is drawing near on the foreclosure of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC), but voters in towns across the Northeast Kingdom will have a chance on Tuesday to help the nonprofit organization.
Over the last seven years, thousands of local residents have used the facility, while youth age 18 and under have enjoyed full membership benefits for the past few years.

STATE EYES BIKE FEES

February 28, 2013

MONTPELIER - It's a summer day and you want to take a bicycle tour through Vermont. Let's see: a bicycle - check, helmet - check, knee pads - check, bicycle registration - what?
That's right, if some lawmakers have their way, bicyclists over 18 who reside in Vermont will have to register their ride for use on public highways. The bill doesn't say anything about those who come from out of state.

DIAZ CHALLENGED FOR COVENTRY TOWN CLERK

February 28, 2013

COVENTRY – At least two residents are vying for the office of town clerk and treasurer. Deb Tanguay is facing off against incumbent Cynthia Diaz. Each title is considered a different position but the same person usually holds both offices.
CYNTHIA DIAZ
Diaz first became clerk and treasurer in 2004.
"I'm running again because I really enjoy the people," said Diaz. "I really enjoy helping the residents of Coventry."

February 27th

I’M SORRY

February 27, 2013

NEWPORT CITY - A Newport City man will serve two concurrent 5-10 year prison sentences plus a current 6-12 month prison sentence following a Newport City assault in which the victim was bashed in the head with a frying pan.

A BRAVE NEW WORLD IN EDUCATION

February 27, 2013

DERBY CENTER - The face of education is changing, Superintendent Dr. Robert Kern told members of the North Country Union Junior High School Board recently, as they discussed the possibility of a middle school on the west side of the supervisory district. “The issue of equitable education is being addressed and may at some point be mandated,” he said.
“If a middle school is built on the west side, we are considering including grades six through eight; that will free space at the elementary schools for pre-kindergarten programs, which the state may someday mandate.”

February 26th

JOURNALIST SETTLES WITH GMP

February 26, 2013

NEWPORT - Green Mountain Power (GMP) has reached a settlement agreement with local journalist Chris Braithwaite.
GMP will pay Braithwaite $22,500 to cover his legal expenses for the defense of the criminal case he faced as a result of an alleged trespass onto GMP property. That case was dismissed.
Braithwaite's civil suit against GMP will be dismissed with prejudice. GMP says this is the quickest resolution to the case and is not admitting any wrongdoing.

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