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December 21st

NCU Board Reviews Draft Budget Hikes

December 21, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Board members from the North Country Union High School have started the long process of getting the 2012-2013 budget ready for voters. Voters will be asked to approve the budget on Town Meeting Day in March.
The proposed high school budget is $11,631,675.37, an increase of $293,287.33 over the 2011-2012 budget.
Board Member Peter Moskovites said the plan is to have the members take the proposed budget home, review it and then discuss it at the next full board meeting.

Brighton death blamed on meth

December 21, 2011

BRIGHTON, VT - Vermont State Police said Tuesday that the October death of a 22-year-old Island Pond woman is being blamed on a methadone overdose. The investigation into the death of Tiffany Wight is continuing, said Maj. Edward Ledo, commander of the criminal division.
Wight's body was found in the upstairs bedroom of her village home at 123 Railroad St. at about 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Detective Sgt. Jake Zorn said at the time. She was found by her live-in boyfriend, Troy Sheltra, after he returned home from work, police said.

December 20th

Protesters Plead Innocent, Launch Into Song

December 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY, VT - The six protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday, Dec. 5 all entered not guilty pleas to charges of unlawful trespass yesterday in Orleans Superior Court, Criminal Division.
The defendants are Dr. Ronald Holland, 67, of Irasburg; Suzanna Jones, 50 of East Hardwick; Eric Wallace-Senft of Woodbury; Ryan Gillard, 23, of Plainfield; Ann Morse, 48, of Craftsbury; and David Rodgers, 69, of Craftsbury. They appeared with their attorney, Kristina Michelsen.

Publisher: Just Doing His Job

December 20, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - The publisher of the Barton Chronicle, along with six Lowell Mountain protesters, was arraigned Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful trespass in Orleans Superior Court, Criminal Division. He entered a not guilty plea.
Chris Braithwaite, 67, of West Glover, chose to enter his plea himself as his attorney, Phil White, could not be present. Judge Robert Gerety, Jr. released Braithwaite on the condition that he show up to court for future hearings.
White has already entered a motion to dismiss. A motion hearing is scheduled for January 26 at 9 AM.

City Reveals Proposed Budget

December 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – It’s nearly the end of the year and that can mean only one thing: Time to start preparing budgets that governing boards will ask voters to approve on Town Meeting Day in March. Monday night, Newport Manager John Ward, Jr. presented the city council with a budget of $4,256,499.36. The current budget is $4,375,450.58.
A memo Ward presented to the council states the municipal property tax rate would increase by $.0125 to $1.1405 per $100 of assessed value. The current rate is $1.1281.

December 19th

Police Chief Duquette Ready To Retire

December 19, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – After more than three decades of serving the city, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, 56, will hang up his gun belt one last time.
Duquette confirmed late yesterday he will retire on Aug. 1, 2012. He has already given the city council suggestions on how to proceed in finding his replacement.
Duquette is willing to train his replacement. “I hate to throw this in somebody’s lap without them doing some shadowing,” he said. Duquette would like to see a local person assume the position. “That’s how I ended up with the job 15 years ago.”

Law Enforcement and Private Donors Help Santa

December 19, 2011

DERBY – Yesterday morning, law enforcement officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department's new building on the Derby Road for a very important assignment – delivering Christmas presents to area schools.
School officials will distribute the toys, clothes and other presents to parents of predetermined children. In all, law enforcement officers delivered toys to 13 area children. Orleans County Sheriff's Dispatcher Tammy LaCourse estimated there were enough presents for 150 children, well over the goal of 95.

Santa Claus Visits Irasburg!

December 19, 2011

IRASBURG, VT - Each year, Bob and Rachel Booth, owners of Bob's Quick Stop on Route 14 between Irasburg and Albany, plan a huge Christmas party for area children and this year was certainly no different.
Sunday, Dec. 18, at exactly 1 PM, the Irasburg Fire Department delivered Santa (assisted by Omer Bousquet) to his chair, ready to greet the children. Fire Chief Robin Beaton noted that Santa is heavier this year so they will put more air in the truck tires next year.
Garth McKinney and Dave Miclette, playing all the favorite Christmas songs, provided live music for the afternoon.

December 18th

Where there’s smoke...

December 18, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Firefighters tended to a car that caught on fire at the One Stop Mini-Mart yesterday afternoon. A woman had called 911 yelling that the car was in flames.
Newport City Police arrived on scene and saw flames coming from the engine.
A passerby used a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze and police pushed the car away from the building. The car was not next to the pumps.
Edwin Bolton III of Newport Center owns the car.

Occupy Marks Three Month Anniversary

December 18, 2011

NEWPORT – A cold wind coming off Lake Memphremagog whipped through a pup tent at the Emory Hebard State Office Building on Saturday.
Meanwhile, a group of demonstrators held signs and banged on drums as motorists passed by the busy intersection of Main and Coventry streets.
This Saturday marked the three-month anniversary of the founding of Occupy Wall Street in New York City. Demonstrations, marches and parties are being held around the country by members of the Occupy movement.

 

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