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May 30th, 2012

Storm Devastates Parts of Orleans County

May 30, 2012

ORLEANS COUNTY - Some Northeast Kingdom residents had tense moments when thunderstorms, hail and a tornado warning moved through the region.
The storms were part of a front that brought hard rain and lightning in the morning. By midday, a cold front with severe thunderstorms moved in and lasted until the evening hours.
Southern Orleans County and Lamoille County were some of the hardest hit areas.
National Weather Service officials were in the region yesterday to determine if any tornadoes touched down. 

Bernier Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement

May 30, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A former University of Vermont (UVM) Extension employee, who worked out of the Newport office, has admitted to stealing more than $45,000 over the course of about five years from her employer.
Celine Bernier, 47, of Newport, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of embezzlement in Orleans Country Criminal Court on May 23. She is facing time in prison.
In September 2010, UVM police learned of a possible fraud or embezzlement case at the UVM Extension office in Newport.

Burglary Spree Nets Jail Time

May 30, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Ty Morrison Jr. of Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport negotiated the dismissal of two counts of burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts of burglary. Each conviction will be punished with 2 years and 6 months to 7 years in jail, running concurrently. Morrison will also have to pay restitution to be determined at a future date.

May 29th

Hellbilly Hideaway Stays Open

May 29, 2012

DERBY – In what was going to be a sad weekend for patrons of Hellbilly Hideaway turned out to be anything but.
Hellbilly Hideaway is located at the Border Motel on Route 5.
Up until last week, co-owners Serena and Ira Morgan faced closing the popular bar because the town planned to sell the property at a tax auction. The Village of Derby also shut off the water because the owner had not paid the water taxes. However, that has all changed and the future of the bar is safe for now.

Derby Line Wind: Developer Pulls Plug on Project for Now

May 29, 2012

DERBY–– The developer for the proposed Derby Line Wind Project filed to withdraw from the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) proceedings on May 24th. Encore Redevelopment of Burlington wanted to construct two turbines, each more than 420 feet tall at the tip of the blade, on two farms in Derby Line. However the developer, Chad Farrell who is withdrawing for now, plans to file again in early 2013, but for only one turbine.

May 28th

Newport City Crash, Death Resulting

May 28, 2012

NEWPORT––Saturday, May 26, 2012 Newport City Police received a call at approximately 10:45 p.m. of a one vehicle accident on Route 5 South in Newport City before the intersection of the Airport Road. The vehicle, a 2007 Blue Chevy truck, had been traveling South on Route 5 when the vehicle lost control and struck a tree on the east side of Route 5.

Remembering Freedom Isn’t Free

May 28, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – This past weekend, Americans lowered their flags and attended ceremonies to honor the fallen men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

May 24th

Jay Peak Empire Now Includes Burke Mountain

May 24, 2012

BURKE - Jay Peak Resort owners Bill Stenger and Ariel Quiros now own Burke Mountain Resort. The resort was purchased from Lubert Adler, a real estate investment company, on May 22 for an undisclosed amount.
Jay Peak is in the midst of massive expansion with new hotels, townhouses, restaurants, an indoor water park, and much more.
Burke Resort has been trying to expand for the past several years but has historically struggled. However, in recent years, business at the resort has improved, said Burke Resort General Manager Tim McGuire in an Express interview Thursday.

Students Honor Teacher and Friend

May 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Sometimes an educator is more than an educator. He or she is a friend, and that was apparently the case for Shawn Sweet.
Sweet was a welding instructor at the North Country Career Center. He passed away at North Country Hospital, July 23, 2011.
Wednesday, members of what would have been his senior class unveiled a large monument to him in front of the career center.
Students used aluminum to spell out the letters NCCC for the North Country Career Center. 

Newport Bar Has New Owners, New Atmosphere

May 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – There soon will be a new restaurant and pub downtown.
Laurie Staples, owner of Staples Family LLC, will open The Crews Nest next month. It will be located at the former Griff’s Pub. 
The restaurant and pub will have a seating capacity of 52 to 56. It will serve lunch and early bird dinners and have a pub atmosphere in the evenings.
Staples predicts the pub will have a wide customer base including the 20- and 30-year-olds who want to enjoy a drink and some entertainment, such as sports on large screen TVs and possibly music. 

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