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December 26th

TRAINING FOR THE WORST

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Members the Newport City Police, Orleans County Sheriff's Department, and Vermont State Police took part in a refresher course on "active shooter" at the North Country Career Center Wednesday.
The career center and the attached North Country Union High School make the structure one of the largest complexes in Orleans County.
Each training session lasted two and a half hours. Close to three dozen law enforcement officers took part.

NEW LIFE FOR OLD CHURCH

December 26, 2012

MORGAN – The Morgan United Church, built in 1843, is about to undergo major renovations.
Plans include adding 30 feet to the back of the church. The expansion means more room in the sanctuary and fellowship area. It also means adding two classrooms. The church currently has no classrooms.
“I would say this is probably the biggest project,” said Rev. Mike DeSena. Church officials were talking about expanding the building when DeSena arrived at the church 15 years ago. “This has been kind of a work in progress.”

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AT THE GOODRICH

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - Christmas cheer was in the air recently as children of all ages attended a holiday celebration at the Goodrich Memorial Library, one of the region's architectural gems.
Local performer Mark Shelton, also known as Captain Radical, dressed in his pirate outfit and sang holiday tunes and other favorites.
One big hit was when Shelton sang the Village People's "YMCA" while Rudolph, the Grinch and a gorilla performed the dance moves. During other pieces, children dance in the aisles, swirling cowboy hats and laughing.
"This is fun," said one child.

2012 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

December 26, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Trish Sears, CEO of the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC), is full of energy and always looking for ways to make her beloved city even better. That’s why the staff at the Newport Daily Express named her Citizen of the Year.
“I’m really humbled,” said Sears, upon hearing of her award.

December 23rd

ATTENTION SHOPPERS

December 23, 2012

DERBY – Local Walmart proponents are seeing some light at the end of the tunnel on getting their very own big box store.
“Everything is squared away,” said Sen. Robert Starr of North Troy. 
Walmart and property owner Jeff Davis of Burlington are happy, Starr said.
Starr is organizing a formal announcement for sometime in early to mid-January. Local and state officials will take part in the announcement, which will most likely take place on the Newport-Derby line.
"Hopefully, it will keep money from going to New Hampshire,” Starr said.

DMV Offers Enhanced License in Newport

December 23, 2012

NEWPORT - Enhanced driver’s licenses (EDL) for border crossing are now available in Newport Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), officials announced Thursday. Local and State officials alike are excited about it.

Freedom to Chalk

December 23, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Sometimes writing on city sidewalks isn't child’s play. That's the message the court sent Diane Peel, Jack Rogers and Tom Farrow when it ordered them to pay a fine of $50 apiece for doing just that.
Friday morning, Lamoille County Assistant Judge Karen Bradley handed down the fines.
During an interview last summer, Peel said she wrote things like: “Big Corporations don’t care about your health, buy local,” “Support Community Gardens,” “It’s your town, take control,” and “What would you like to see on Main Street?” with an arrow pointing to an empty storefront.

December 20th

GUN SALES JUMP

December 20, 2012

DERBY - Local retailers Mr. O's and Wright's Enterprises have seen an increase in sales of firearms including assault weapons after the horrific rampage in Newtown, CT, last week.
Nationwide, the surge in sales culminates a year in which the FBI ran 16.8 million background checks for gun buyers, the most ever. Sales skyrocketed the Friday following the November 6 election, breaking all-time records and crashing the FBI's NICS background check system.
Now, following the shooting of 20 school children and 6 adults, gun sales of all types are again spiking.

800 BAG HEROIN BUST

December 20, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Two city residents busted by police for allegedly selling heroin appeared in Orleans County Court Thursday. Jerry D. Abbott, 28, was ordered to be held on half a million dollars bail and his reputed girlfriend, Kate Shatney, was ordered to be held on $150 grand, after the two entered not guilty pleas to charges of selling heroin and violating conditions of release on other existing cases.

VEC Considers Big Wind Moratorium

December 20, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is considering a moratorium on industrial wind projects. Dave Hallquist, the CEO of VEC, said in an interview Thursday that if the board of directors decides on the moratorium, it should include solar as well to prevent driving up the cost on energy.
Hallquist said it troubles him that wind projects are tearing communities apart. “I hate to see this level of angst.”

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