DERBY - Local retailers Mr. O's and Wright's Enterprises have seen an increase in sales of firearms including assault weapons after the horrific rampage in Newtown, CT, last week.
Nationwide, the surge in sales culminates a year in which the FBI ran 16.8 million background checks for gun buyers, the most ever. Sales skyrocketed the Friday following the November 6 election, breaking all-time records and crashing the FBI's NICS background check system.
Now, following the shooting of 20 school children and 6 adults, gun sales of all types are again spiking.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Two city residents busted by police for allegedly selling heroin appeared in Orleans County Court Thursday. Jerry D. Abbott, 28, was ordered to be held on half a million dollars bail and his reputed girlfriend, Kate Shatney, was ordered to be held on $150 grand, after the two entered not guilty pleas to charges of selling heroin and violating conditions of release on other existing cases.
ORLEANS COUNTY - Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is considering a moratorium on industrial wind projects. Dave Hallquist, the CEO of VEC, said in an interview Thursday that if the board of directors decides on the moratorium, it should include solar as well to prevent driving up the cost on energy.
Hallquist said it troubles him that wind projects are tearing communities apart. â€śI hate to see this level of angst.â€ť
JAYâ€“The North Country boy's hockey team made their home debut on Wednesday evening, defeating the Spaulding Crimson Tide 5-3 to push their record to 2-0 on the young season.
The team was led by Ross DeLaBruere, who netted two goals and added two assists in a very productive four point night.
Already playing with a short bench, injuries to defensemen Brody Jacobs and Nate Marsh made it that much more of a challenge for coach Andrew Roy to find bodies to fill the holes vacated by these two.
BURLINGTONâ€“Whitney Bernier scored nine seconds into the second period and Mikaella Doran stopped twenty-eight shots as the North Country girl's hockey team avenged an earlier 3-1 loss, defeating Division I So. Burlington 1-0 on Wednesday night.
"It was a slow start for us, and Mikealla really kept us in the game until we found our stride," said coach Claude Paul.
Indeed it was a rough start for the Falcons, as So. Burlington posted 14 shots on Doran in the first.
As the game went on, the Falcons got better.
The North Country Alpine team got their season underway at the St.J hosted "Pre-Christmas Carnival Slalom.â€ť
Many new faces hit the slopes of Burke Mountain for the Falcons, and here are some of the results.
Girls Combined 2 runs
1.Shelby Kantor, St.J 1:48.21
2.Pearce Bourassa, Linwood 1:49.54
3.Tori Harrington, MMU, 1:49.61
36. Janey Maci, NCU
Boys Combined 2 runs
1. Liam Genereaux, LI 1:39.88
2. Kyle Polson, MMU 1:40.80
3. Alvaro Catalan, MMU 1:46.60
26. Braxton Birchard, NCU
42. Jacob Swanson, NCU
43. Evan Clarke, NCU
44. Sam Bradley, NCU
NCU hockey picked up wins tonight across the board.
Boy's 5-3 over Spaulding.
Girl's 1-0 over South Burlington.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) has announced that there is a whooping cough epidemic in the state with more people afflicted than ever before â€“ ten times as many cases as last year. Vermont is not the only state seeing the problem, but it is ranked third in the nation for people with the illness.
Whooping cough, also know as pertussis, is a highly contagious illness caused by bacteria. It mainly affects the respiratory system. The DOH offered clinics throughout the state Wednesday for shots free of charge.
DERBY â€“ As a light snow fell yesterday morning, police officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department for a very important assignment â€“ delivering toys to area schools.
The schools will distribute the toys to families of children who might otherwise get little or nothing during Christmas. The children can receive the gifts from Santa, their parents or others.
Law enforcement officers from all local agencies, state police dispatchers, Department of Correction Officers, first responders and local citizens helped cover the cost of the toys.