November 7th, 2012
NEWPORT, VT- Incumbent Mark Higley narrowly survived a challenge by Progressive candidate Katherine Sims to win a third term to the Vermont House of Representatives.
Unofficial results have Higley receiving 920 votes in the five-town district of Orleans-Lamoille counties on the western side of Orleans County. Sims garnered 887 votes in her first run for a state office.
NEWPORT, VT - The Newport City Council is considering a request by the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) for a $25,000 increase to its appropriation, already $25,000. NCRC would use the funds for its operations, marketing efforts and things like bike racks.
NCRC would like to bring in a second person to help CEO Trish Searsâ€™ office efforts. Sears is the organizationâ€™s only paid employee, but NCRC does have some contract workers who do such things as work on the organizationâ€™s website. Board members volunteer their time at no cost.Â
NEWPORTâ€“Scoring goals in soccer is all about accuracy. In most games that I have watched, there are more balls sent over and wide of the net as opposed to actual shots on goal.
That is why the statisticians keep a "shots at goal" stat.
For Derby Elementary soccer stand-out Emily Willis, things are very different.
Accuracy for her is the normal, not the exception.
Willis is two-time Vermont State Elkâ€™s Girl's Soccer Shoot champion, winning the 9-10 division last year and the 11-12 group this year.
NEWPORT, VT - It was a nailbiter, and even with most of the votes in, the unofficial tallies made it too close to call in several local hot races last night.
In the race for Orleans-Essex Senate seat, incumbent Democrat Bobby Starr pulled ahead but Rep. Bob Lewis and former Rep. John Rodgers were hot on his heels. It looked like a race for second with Republican Jay Dudley trailing far behind.
In the Orleans-Lamoille House Race, Progressive challenger Katherine Sims looked to overtake incumbent Rep. Mark Higley, Republican.
NEWPORTâ€“Sophomore Sam Brunnette will be the sole representative from North Country at this yearâ€™s New England Regional Cross Country Meet at the Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland, ME this weekend.
Brunnette is coming off of a season that his seen steady growth for the runner, beginning with his first race on the course at Primeau Farm.
"It was a pretty good season. I was going into the year hoping to do well and I started off with a PR (personal record), which was nice," said Brunnette.
The rest of the season, while not flashy, was effective.
BRIGHTON â€“ The Town Hall of Brighton is under renovations to restore it to its original grandeur and bring back the exceptional character of that time.
The building, known as the Historic Opera Block, was built in 1889. Over the years some of the original parts of the building were taken down or covered with vinyl siding. But after expansive work and research, the building will go through a renaissance. The new materials will keep it in excellent condition for years to come with little maintenance.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Thereâ€™s no place like home, and for 21 Newport area families, home will be the Lakebridge housing complex at the former Sleeper Place site on West Main Street.
Rural Edge, formerly known as Gilman Housing Trust, owns the new housing complex. Like all of Rural Edgeâ€™s properties, tenantsâ€™ rents are one third of their income. The apartments have one-, two- and three-bedroom units.Â
The Lakebridge complex has been in the works for some time, Merten Bangeman-Johnson, Chief Executive Officer for Rural Edge, said during a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning.Â
January 10, 1940-November 2, 2012
David Driver, 72, of Derby, Vermont died peacefully on November 2, 2012 in Hanover, NH. He was born in Newport, Vermont, son of Weldon and Marion Driver on January 10, 1940.
David farmed for many years, drove milk truck, worked for the Town of Charleston and Town of Derby. Working with horses was his passion. He also loved to help people and spend time reminiscing. David also enjoyed watching the motocross races that is located across the road on his and Lucille's property.
NEWPORT â€“ Christine Billis, 45, left the Orleans County Courthouse in tears after hearing her fate Friday afternoon. In a plea agreement, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen sentenced Billis to 7-15 years with credit for time served.
Last July, nearly three years after her husband Charles Billis died in a car crash, she pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter.
During the investigation, Billis told investigators that Charles Billis was abusive to her.
NEWPORT CITY â€” A Newport contractor accused of accepting a huge overpayment from the City of Montpelier and then depositing it into his business account will pay a $10,000 fine and a $2,000 donation to the State General Fund.
Dan Scott, 64, in Orleans County District Court Friday, entered a plea of no contest to "false claim greater than $500." In turn, the state dismissed two additional charges of false claim greater than $500 and a grand larceny charge of greater than $900.