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September 23rd, 2012

LOCAL GOP: READY TO RUMBLE

September 23, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Things are heating up as November’s general election approaches. On Sept. 14, Democrats held a gathering at the Gateway Center. Last Thursday, it was the Republican's turn at the microphone at the Eastside Restaurant.
Minority Leader Rep. Don Turner of Milton told the crowded room that during the last session most Republicans stood together against tax increases, increased spending, the proposed single payer healthcare plan, and attacks on Vermont utility ratepayers, employers and small businesses.

September 20th

A LEGEND IN THE NEK

September 20, 2012

ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - The New York Times calls quintessential 60’s folk music icon Arlo Guthrie, “A superb folk singer” and “a polished raconteur.” Anyone who has ever attended one of Arlo’s concerts can testify to the latter, when he interrupts a song to riff on whatever happens to float into his mind. His digressions are ironic and funny, even goofy. But they always carry Arlo’s trademark passion to illuminate the pressing issues that face our world.

INDEPENDENT CHALLENGES SHUMLIN, STOMPS NEWPORT

September 20, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - An independent is making the rounds around Vermont and she is claiming that Vermont Public Radio is manipulating the outcome of the election.
Emily Peyton, who was in Newport last week, is running for governor, but not many people know it.
“The major news will depend on poll numbers to cover a candidate, but without coverage, how can the public learn about a candidate to bring up the poll numbers, especially when the poll questions exclude the candidate’s name?” she asks.

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.

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