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September 20th, 2012

THE RIGHT TO KNOW

September 20, 2012

DERBY LINE – Secretary of State Jim Condos brought his rolling Got Transparency Tour to the Derby Elementary School Wednesday evening.
Deputy Sectary of State Brian Leven joined Condos in a presentation aimed at members of governing bodies, however some local politicians and other officials and citizens also attended.
The Got Transparency Tour is the result of discussions that took place in the legislature in 2011 and 2012 as well as the campaigns that took place prior to that.

September 19th

WHO’S TO BLAME?

September 19, 2012

COVENTRY, VT - The Vermont Attorney General's Office has filed a civil suit against Richard Nelson alleging that Nelson is farming in Coventry and failing to meet state regulations regarding run off, but Nelson's family claims he hasn't worked that farm in four years.

STILL SMILING AT 105

September 19, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – If Almeda Minnie Allen isn’t the oldest person in the Northeast Kingdom, she comes close and for good reason. The Newport Healthcare resident turns 105 today. “I feel pretty good,” said Allen, during an interview Monday. 
Allen, whose maiden name was Osgood, was born in Holland, VT. She had two sisters, one half sister and two half brothers. Her family always lived in the Newport area. Growing up, she liked to read books and played piano.

NCUHS/NCCC IN THE BLACK

September 19, 2012

NEWPORT, VT – North Country Supervisory Union Business Manager Glenn Hankinson advised the high school board Tuesday night that financially the school ended the fiscal year with a $204,000 surplus.
Revenues were up approximately $1 million, including private funds raised for resurfacing the school's running track and from the sale of a school bus. Expenses were also higher, including the cost of resurfacing the track, which was not a budgeted item. The surplus funds were used for several purposes.

Defendant Claims Police Misused Taser

September 19, 2012

NEWPORT, VT – A man tased in a Newport City traffic stop is alleging that police overstepped their authority and were unnecessarily rough with him. Fabian Prive said that officers insisted his wife, Laura, was driving while intoxicated while Fabian insisted he was driving.
A heated discussion erupted, said Fabian, during which law enforcement officials pinned him to the ground and, after he was pinned, tased him.

Brothers to keep up the fight

September 19, 2012

NEWPORT- The two brothers arrested after blocking a truck carrying a wind turbine part both pled no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct by obstruction in Orleans Superior Court Criminal Division Sept. 11. College student Ira Powsner, 26, of Ira, VT, opted to take one to two days jail time rather than pay a $300 fine. His brother, Jacob Powsner, 21, of Ira, opted to pay the fine because he has college classes he must attend. Ira Powsner will report to jail on Sept. 28.

September 18th

PION BACK IN COURT

September 18, 2012

NEWPORT – Roger Pion, the 34-year-old accused of driving a huge farm tractor over seven Orleans County Sheriff’s Department vehicles, was back in court Tuesday morning for an arraignment – albeit a little late.
The state has added a charge of driving with a suspended license, alleging that when Pion took the tractor on the roads, his license was under suspension.

GAS PRICES SOAR

September 18, 2012

NORTHEAST KINGDOM – Anyone who drives a motor vehicle has probably gotten sticker shock at the gas pump recently.
Prices at some stations late last week spiked to more than $4 a gallon before tumbling back down this week. The Jay Country Store Tuesday afternoon had a cash price of $3.87. However, it recently has been a bit higher.
“Our wholesale costs have been sky rocketing,” said store manager Jeff Dezotell. “Every time there’s a hint of a hurricane, it jumps up 10 or 11 cents before the hurricane even hits.”

COVENTRY REPORT: NO WRONGDOING FOUND

September 18, 2012

COVENTRY – State and county officials have found no wrongdoing on the part of Coventry Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz regarding town finances and no charges have been filed. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the financial procedures in place need work.
Only a handful of residents attended a meeting held at the Community Center Monday evening where Joseph Juhasz, deputy state auditor, went over a situation report his office recently conducted for the town.

BAD WATER PIPES DEMAND ACTION

September 18, 2012

DERBY/DERBY LINE - The water pipes on Elm Street in Derby Line do not have enough water pressure to put out fires in an effective manner. They are too small.
The issue came to light over the summer when an Elm Street home caught fire. The fire department got the fire under control, but it took longer than it should have, said fire Chief Craig Ellam. “We were hampered by the low water pressure. It’s a bad system,” Ellam said.

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