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January 27th, 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.
â€śIt first started with no sponsorships; I gave away prizes and did all of the advertising,â€ť Wright recalls. â€śWe got 76 entries the first year.... I had no idea it would take off like this.â€ť
â€śThisâ€ť refers to the 900-plus entries received last year, with Wright anticipating 1,000 participants this year.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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.
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 NCUHSâ€™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.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ 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.
DERBY â€“ 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.
BARTON â€“ 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.
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%.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A man brandishing a handgun walked into the Behavioral Health Services (BAART*) building on Union Street in Newport City Tuesday morning and demanded methadone, a substance used to treat drug dependency. BAART runs the area methadone clinic but not at that location.
Police responded to the 911 call around 10:56 AM and advised area schools, the hospital and businesses to go into lockdown at 11:15 AM as a precaution.
LYNDONVILLE - A southbound train at the Red Village Road Crossing on Route 5 in Lyndonville spilt a 51-foot trailer in half yesterday.
Clement Charbonneau, 54, of Coaticook, Quebec, was towing the trailer with a Freightliner when a car distracted him. By the time Charbonneau looked up, it was too late.
Train crew members Mark Fortin and Dana Cheney told police they were proceeding south when the driver of the semi drove in front of them.
Read the rest of this story in Wednesday's Newport Daily Express for Jan. 23, 2013.
DERBY - The Derby Select Board decided not to ask voters at Town Meeting about their opinion on wind turbines within the town. Instead, the board will wait and see what the legislature does and possibly mail out a survey to all taxpayers at a future date.
The legislature is considering a moratorium on further industrial wind development.
Monday, at the select boardâ€™s regular meeting, the conversation with the public remained somewhat mild, but accusations of impropriety among Derby officials emerged.