Archive - News Article
March 6th, 2012
DERBY, VT - Derby Town displayed a high voter turnout yesterday with 33 percent of the 3085 registered voters casting ballots.
In the tightest and surprisingly hottest race in town, Maryann Tetreault squeaked out a 2-vote lead over Nicole Daigle for delinquent tax collector, at 516 to 514. No other race was challenged.
The budgets for Derby Elementary School and for North Country senior and junior high schools passed easily. The elementary school numbers were 680 yes to 320 no; junior high was 639 yes to 349 no; and senior high was 603 yes to 390 no.
NEWPORT CITY - In Newport City races, Tim Delabruere and John Wilson were re-elected to the city council with 407 votes and 360 votes respectively. Mark Guyette came in third with 266 and Peter Holden fourth with 196.
For city school trustee, Philip Laramie and Corinna Lancaster were voted in, with 450 votes and 379 votes respectively, defeating Vikki Lantagne, who had 242.
For the high school board, Maggie Griffith won with 319 votes to Marie George's 265.
GLOVER, VT - Gloverâ€™s Town Meeting got off to a smooth start. To a background of colorful quilts, community members swiftly voted for town officers and discussed state issues with the Vermont House representatives present. Although there were some hiccups in the budget discussion, the town passed a final budget that was slightly higher than the one warned. The rest of the meetingâ€™s articles and the school board budget were also unanimously approved.
COVENTRYâ€“Yesterday, voters directed the select board to investigate getting its own fire department.
The Newport City Fire Department handles most of the calls. In general, Newport City Fire responds to 22 calls a year in Coventry. However, not all of those are fire calls. The Orleans Fire Department or the Newport Center Fire Department also handles some calls if those firehouses are closer to the emergency location than Newport City.
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - Omar Rodriguez, 35, of St. Johnsbury, found himself behind bars following a shooting in the Job Lots parking lot in St. Johnsbury Monday. He is being held at the Northeast Community Correctional Center on $150,000 bail. Rodriguez faces charges of attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, assault and robbery, interference with access to medical treatment, and violation of a relief from abuse order.
DERBY, VT - In what appears to be a change of heart, the Public Service Board (PSB) issued an order on Mar. 2 that seems to run contrary to verbal statements made by PSB member John Cotter, sitting without any other board members present, made at a Feb. 13 pre-hearing conference.
NEWPORT, VT - Newport City Clerk and Treasurer James Johnson checks over voting booths Monday.
Today is Super Tuesday. Everything is on the ballot from school and city budgets to GOP presidential candidates. Get out and vote.
NEWPORT, VT - Area firefighters were called to 17 Main Street, Newport City, around 6 PM yesterday. No smoke was seen but fire hoses were deployed.
The Newport Daily Express will report on the incident as soon as we learn anything.
NEWPORT, VT - Road barriers and signs warning that the Long Bridge is closed are in place and work is ready to begin. This will be the scene for the next 19-months as state contracted crews replace the bridge.
Just wait until the paving begins on Main Street! The state will spend the summer paving US 5, right through Newport and up towards Derby.
In the meantime, traffic is being rerouted through the Interstate 91 access road and down US 5 (East Main Street).
Traffic is already beginning to get backed up.
BRIGHTON â€” Fire destroyed a home at 540 Lake Shore Drive in Brighton yesterday.
Firefighters were called to the home around 9:15 a.m. Upon arrival, the structure was fully engulfed and the garage had collapsed, said Fire Chief Rick Hannux. He said several witnesses said they heard explosions, which were believed to be the cause, possibly gas tanks inside the garage.