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January 26th, 2012

Current Use Tax Penalties Could Soon Change Under Proposed Bill

January 26, 2012

MONTPELIER – Property owners involved in Current Use may soon pay a different amount if they decide to take their property out of the program. The bill is now in the Vermont Senate Committee of Rules. The House approved the bill last year.

Adult Store to Open Feb. 1

January 26, 2012

DERBY - Good Stuff, the adult novelty store that has caused controversy in the area, has received its Certificate of Occupancy from the Town of Derby and is opening Feb. 1 at 4267 Route 5, in the same building as Roasters Café. Good Stuff has stores in Vermont and New Hampshire.
The business started as a variety store for clothing and knickknacks, but customers demanded adult “gag” gifts and tobacco pipes, the store’s website states. That demand transformed the store into what it is today, the site says.

January 24th

City Council Declines to Act on Citizens United Article

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – The Newport City Council Monday turned down a request to endorse an item on Town Meeting Day that would say corporations are not people.
Vermont lawmakers and advocates plan to unveil a resolution for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would overrule a U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. The Federal Election Commission. The decision, made two years ago, held that corporations have the same rights as individuals to make unlimited contributions to independent groups seeking to influence elections.

Cancer Survivor Beats the Odds to Have a Family

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - With the controversy surrounding Dr. Leslie Lockridge and North Country Hospital, many cancer patients and survivors have come forward to share their stories. One such person is Gabrielle Bolton, now 25, of Morgan.
Gabrielle is recovering from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She began her battle against cancer four years ago while she was expecting her first child, a boy, whom she and her partner Derik Sanville named Collin. Gabrielle is now in remission.

Eden Fight Leaves Victim Unconscious with a Broken Leg

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Philip Brown, 21, of Waterville, VT, pleaded no contest yesterday to a charge of aggravated assault for choking a man until he was unconscious at a party in Eden on Sept. 12, 2009.
The victim, Adam Kaiser, passed out from a headlock and fell, apparently over a wheelbarrow, breaking his leg in two places. Kaiser had to have a steel rod put in his leg and screwed in.

Screeching Tires and a Fight End in $10,000 Bail

January 24, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Ryan Garrow, 19, of North Troy pled not guilty Tuesday in Orleans County Court to six misdemeanor charges. Judge Robert Bent ordered Garrow held on $10,000 bail and conditions, including that, if he makes bail, he be released into the custody of a responsible adult.
The charges include simple assault, disorderly conduct (fighting), operating a vehicle with a suspended license, and three charges of violation of conditions.

January 23rd

Starr: Keep Vermont Yankee Open

January 23, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – Vermont Yankee continues to be on the thoughts of many Vermonters and that was certainly the case at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast, held at the Eastside Restaurant.
Three years ago, Senate Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, decided the state’s only nuclear power plant should close, said Sen. Robert Starr (D-Orleans/Essex) of North Troy. He said lawmakers started working on a bill dealing with Vermont Yankee with no plan for the state’s energy future.
“You can’t turn the switch off without a plan to turn another switch to get the lights on,” said Starr. 

Fort Meets with Lockridge - Outcome Appears Unchanged

January 23, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Local oncologist Dr. Leslie Lockridge met with hospital officials Monday morning, but the outcome was not promising, Lockridge said.
North Country Hospital CEO Claudio Fort told Lockridge on Jan. 5 that his position at the hospital was ending.
The plan is for two visiting doctors from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire to travel up twice a week to see patients and for the hospital to hire a nurse practitioner to run the day-to-day operations at the clinic in Newport. The move would save the hospital $100,000 a year, Fort said.

January 22nd

Fort Cheered as Protesters Picket Hospital Dinner

January 22, 2012

NEWPORT - The Newport City Police were called to the Eastside Restaurant Thursday evening to stop protesters from disturbing North Country Hospital’s annual dinner meeting.
The protesters, who want Dr. Leslie Lockridge, the local oncologist, to keep his job, turned out for the meeting and planned to peacefully demonstrate with signs. The protesters waited on one side of the restaurant until 7 p.m., when the dinner was scheduled to be over and the official meeting was to start.

Hunter Gets Time for Trying to Bait Deer

January 22, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport man will serve 29 to 30 days, eight hours a day, for attempting to take a big game animal with the aid of a salt lick.
Tuesday, Jan 17, Michael Bickford, 31, of Newport, entered a plea of guilty to the misdemeanor charge.
Last Nov. 17, Bradley Mann, from the Fish and Wildlife Department, received information that someone saw Bickford’s vehicle parked several times at an entry to his grandfather’s property. The person who called Mann said that acquaintances saw Bickford carrying what they believed to be bait from his vehicle to the property.

 

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