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September 17th, 2012
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The state auditorâ€™s office needs more transparency and more accountability, said Democrat Doug Hoffer who is challenging Vince Illuzzi for the position of state auditor in November.
â€śI think people have the right to expect that the auditorâ€™s office audit itself," Hoffer said. â€śRight now, if you were curious about the auditorâ€™s budget, you could never find the details because he doesnâ€™t post them.â€ť
Hoffer stressed that current auditor Tom Salmon, who is not seeking reelection, does not keep the information a secret and will provide it upon request.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The November General Election is about eight weeks away and Democrats are moving full speed ahead in an effort to outdo their Republican counterparts. Friday evening, local Democrats held a launch party at the Gateway Center where area residents had the chance to meet party candidates, enjoy refreshments and take in breathtaking views of Lake Memphremagog.
The message Orleans County Chair Judy Bevans took away from the Democratic National Convention earlier this month is that the party has a message: â€śPress it Forward.â€ť
LOWELL â€“ The final oversized truckload shipment destined for Green Mountain Powerâ€™s wind turbine farm on Lowell Mountain will roll through today, but will take a different route.
The final truckload will contain the repaired tower base, which was damaged in a rollover accident on Interstate 91 in mid-July.
At the time of the accident, the truck driver reportedly got too close to the shoulder of the road and the trailer rolled causing some damage to the component. Roadwork was occurring on the Interstate at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.
DERBY - Some residents of Derby experienced a temporary power outage Sunday when a motor vehicle ran into and snapped a utility pole, downing lines on RT 5 in Derby.
Joannalynn Robishaw of Derby, VT, was north of Walt's Sales and Service and headed towards Derby in this Dodge Caravan when she went to reach for an item and her vehicle drifted into the northbound lane of travel, said police. To avoid hitting an oncoming car, Robishaw crossed the northbound lane and struck a telephone pole, snapping it in half.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen and Coventry Treasurer Cindy Diaz will meet at the Community Center tonight to discuss a situation report, submitted by Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon in August, that raises some questions about accounting practices in the town office.
Diaz is also the town clerk.
â€śI donâ€™t know if there is enough in that report to really say there is any wrongdoing or not,â€ť said Coventry Select Board Chair Mike Marcotte. â€śI think we need to continue on with this report and an audit of our own that will work off this.â€ť Â
BARTON - Smashing and crashing his Cadillac Eldorado to his second consecutive championship in the demolition derby at this yearâ€™s Orleans County Fair, one thing his fellow derby drivers have learned about Tim Hunt of Derby Line throughout the years is never to count him out, even when his car is smashed almost beyond recognition.
In addition to these consecutive first place wins, he has numerous other trophies for his many years as a demo derby warrior.
â€śI have a total of about 40 trophies, including my first place wins,â€ť Hunt said.
LOWELL, VT - This Saturday, Sept. 15, participating motorcyclists will leave from Cajun's snack bar in Lowell at 11 AM for a 60-mile tour of the Lowell, Montgomery area of Northern Vermont. The motorcycle ride-in is to raise funds for two non-profit organizations, Project Cuddle and the Rocking Horse Program, for the betterment of families. Road Captains Dana Lesperance, Rich Lawrence and Benoit Guay will get us safely through our travels.
(Editorâ€™s note: Last week, filmmaker and arts impresario Jay Craven began telling his story of the day and night he spent trying to get Chuck Berry to honor his contract and perform in the Northeast Kingdom. He continues his story this week, picking up with his breakthrough, wheedling Berryâ€™s home phone number from his agent at the William Morris Agency, who had called the day before the scheduled Lyndonville show to announce that Berry would not attend.)
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The city council granted permission for the Green Mountain Farm to School Program to sell vegetables out of a 31-foot van at the Northeast Kingdom Community Action building.Â The program received a farmerâ€™s market promotion grant through the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh food into the â€śfoodÂ desertâ€ť of the Northeast Kingdom. Â
NEWPORT CITY - After a more than three-hour sentencing hearing Wednesday, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen handed Cristopher Smith, 27, a three-five year suspended sentence except for 437 days to serve with credit for time served, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He has been in jail since Aug. 11, 2011.