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September 20th, 2011

Rising Food Prices Hard to Swallow

September 21, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - The United Nations has called the world's growing food crisis the "silent tsunami," yet here in the United States, we seemed to have escaped the worst of it. Until now.

September 19th

Texting and Driving is Hazardous to Your Health

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Driving can be a hazardous activity. Add sending text messages to that and you have a combination that can be deadly. 
On Monday, half of the driver education students from North Country Union High School drove a golf cart through an obstacle course at the American Legion. First the students drove through the course without texting and then again while texting. The students who did not go through the course yesterday will go through it today.

Wife Lives In Fear

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT CITY - William Swett, 59, of Brownington, VT, pleaded not guilty Sept. 13 to eleven charges that include one count of felony aggregated first degree domestic assault, four misdemeanor counts of violation of an abuse prevention order, three felony charges of attempted obstruction of justice, and three misdemeanor charges of violating conditions of release.

Police respond to screams for help in Derby choking case

September 20, 2011

NEWPORT, VT - Travis Collins, 21, of Derby, plead innocent Monday to charges of second degree felony unlawful restraint and misdemeanor domestic assault after he allegedly attacked and choked his wife, forced her into a car and drove her to their home where police finally caught up with the couple.

September 18th

Rescues in Tight Spaces

September 19, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Over the weekend, firefighters from four Northeast Kingdom Communities participated in confined space rescue training at the Newport City Fire Department. The departments that took part in the four-day class include Newport City, Jay, Orleans and Newark. 
Confined space rescue involves the rescue and recovery of victims trapped in a confined space or in a place accessible through a confined space, such as underground vaults, storage silos, storage tanks or sewers. 

Smart Meters Technology Challenged at PSB Hearing

September 19, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – Last Thursday, the Vermont Public Service Board held a public hearing over the Vermont Interactive Television (VIT) Network to give Vermonters input on Smart Meters and Smart Grid technology.
Smart Meters enable utility companies to read electric meters without the need of going to the customer’s house. Smart meters can send data over the utility line or wirelessly over the airwaves.

Thefts Up, Police Get Extra Hours

September 19, 2011

ORLEANS COUNTY - A rash of burglaries and thefts have prompted state police to provide 24-hour coverage in this area.
Normally, local state police sign off at 2 a.m. and don't come back until several hours later. That is unless something major happens.
Sgt. Larry Smith from the Derby barracks said local state police added 24-hour patrols after a gunman fired shots into the windows of mini-marts in Orleans and Lyndonville on Thursday Sept. 8. Smith said no more shootings occurred and police ceased that practice for a few days but started again after the recent burglaries.

September 15th

50 Years of Service Ends with a Song

September 16, 2011

ORLEANS COUNTY- After more than 50 years, an organization of women’s groups, who worked to better themselves as well as their communities, is now coming to an end.
The Orleans County Extension Homemakers, which provided support to various groups throughout Orleans County, is officially no longer in existence.
The Derby Homemakers also disbanded. The Extension held its final annual meeting Tuesday evening in Derby Line where they enjoyed a meal and were entertained by local attorney and violinist Gertrude Miller.

A Passion for the News

September 16, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – For 42 years, Vermonters turned to WCAX newsman Marselis Parsons for the latest and in-depth news. For 25 of those years, Parsons served as news director and anchor.
Even though he retired in 2009, Parsons continues to report the occasional story.
On Wednesday, Parsons spoke at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture Series held at the Goodrich Memorial Library.
Parsons, 67, who has an obvious passion for news and storytelling, spoke about his time as a journalist and anchor. Part of his presentation included anecdotes of his time at the station. 

3 Years Deferred for Trapping Ex

September 16, 2011

NEWPORT CITY – On Wednesday, Judge Robert Bent handed down a three year deferred sentence to Matthew Farnsworth, 25, of Newport, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault and a felony charge of second-degree unlawful restraint.
On Dec. 14, 2010, a woman went to the Newport Police Department to report that she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend, Farnsworth, at his apartment. She said she used to live at the apartment with Farnsworth and still had personal property there.

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