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June 7th, 2012

IROC lays out aggressive financial plan

June 7, 2012

DERBY - Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC) is in the midst of serious financial trouble.
Phil White, the executive director, is making an aggressive effort to stave off foreclosure and keep the doors open with the hope of creating a thriving facility someday. White continues to work without pay.
IROC is in debt for $1.1 million to Community National Bank and U.S. Rural Development and has been unable to make payments. White has sent a letter to each entity and explained a strategic plan to save IROC and to ask for more time to see it through before foreclosure.

June 6th

Local High Schools Among the Best in the Nation

June 6, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - U.S. News and World Report has named two local high schools as the best in the nation.
Lake Region Union High School received a Silver Medal Award and North Country Union High School received a Bronze Medal Award.
This is the first time Lake Region received the award and the second for North Country. As far as state ranking is concerned, Lake Region scored as number seven and North Country scored 13. Stowe High School scored number one in the state and received a Gold Medal Award.
U.S. News and World Report posted the announcement on its website last month.

Attorney General Candidate Stomps the Northeast Kingdom

June 6, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. Donovan, who is taking on William Sorrell for the office of Vermont Attorney General, made a whirlwind stop in Newport, Monday.
Donovan and Sorrell are both Democrats. 
“I think it’s time for a change,” said Donovan, when asked why he was going against another Democrat. “I think after 15 years we need new ideas, new energy and new engagement from the office of the attorney general.”
Donovan feels there has been too much political rhetoric on the issue of Vermont Yankee.

Three Strikes and You're Out!

June 6, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Repeated failure to complete the diversion program for the theft of an $8.99 can of Maxell Duster has led Judge Robert Bent to impose sentence on Brandon Cote of Newport.
Newport City Police Officer Travis Bingham was dispatched to the Rite Aid store in Newport on April 29, 2010 following a call from store manager Arla Mason. Mason advised Bingham that she witnessed the theft of a can of Maxell Duster, which is used to dust off keyboards, after she observed a man stuffing the can into his pants.

June 5th

Two Candidates Vie for City Police Chief

June 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council interviewed the two finalists, Monday, who wish to replace Newport City Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, who retires Aug 1. After a lengthy executive session, council members were mum on their progress at choosing their candidate.
The two candidates identified themselves outside the meeting as Newport City Police Sgt. Seth DiSanto and Joseph Alaimo, Director of Public Safety and Transportation at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, MA.

Holland: No to Derby Line Wind

June 5, 2012

HOLLAND - The Holland Select Board unanimously voted no to the Derby Line Wind project Monday evening.
Even though the developer has said he will not pursue one of the turbines and has put the other on hold until next year, the board wanted to go on record with its opposition. The board members also noted that many residents made the request that the board officially vote.

Principal Spotlights Good Manners

June 5, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Newport City School Principal Stephen Earley lived up to his end of the bargain by dressing in a costume made of paper dolphins after his students won a bet started at the beginning of the school year.
To encourage good behavior, students were awarded paper cutout dolphins, which are strung together throughout the school.

What’s Your Sign?

June 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Council President John Wilson, Monday evening, expressed his displeasure about private signs placed throughout the city.
“I truly believe anyone who wants to put a sign up can put a sign up,” said Wilson who is concerned that individuals are putting signs on private property. He said a sign advertising the golf course is up for the third time and the owner has been told it was in violation.
“I don’t know how many times we have to tell them to take it down or do we take it down and dispose of it for them?” asked Wilson.

June 4th

Three Charged in Brutal Assault

June 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY - Three men are now in jail following a brutal home invasion. Donald Cross, 46, of Newport, is being held on $50,000 cash or surety bond; David Fletcher, 20, of Coventry, and Peter Cirone, 43, of Newport, are each being held on $20,000.
The three are lodged at Northern State Correctional Facility.
After receiving a 9-1-1 call early Sunday morning, Newport City Police headed to Second Street and found a man, Mark Perron, covered in blood with lacerations on his face and who could barely speak. Perron had made his way to a neighbor’s home following the assault.

NEK Human Services Claims Attorney’s Subpoenas are Harassment

June 4, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Attorney Gertrude Miller and Northeast Kingdom Human Services (NKHS) are going head to head in a battle over information that Miller says is vital to her client's defense in the case of State v. Christopher Smith.
Smith, who has a developmental disability, was charged with pulling a knife on journalist Jennifer Hersey-Cleveland and demanding she take off her clothes. Hersey-Cleveland did not fall victim to the threats and managed to escape Smith.

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