NEK â€“ Weather continues to be an issue as Vermontâ€™s notorioiusly harsh winters are on the decline. In 2010 we saw one of the warmest winters on record - until 2011. The trend continued in 2012 and, despite warnings that this winter would bite down harder, mild temperatures this week speak to another trend.
A flood watch has been in effect for parts of the Northeast Kingdom, New York and Northern Massachusetts through this morning. Wind, rain and even thunder was expected with temperatures unseasonably warm and in the 40s and 50s.
DERBY â€“ New development on the Derby-Newport Road, including the construction of a Walmart Super Center, raises the questions of whether or not a complete upgrade of Derby Road is required, which is anticipated to cost in excess of $32 million, and who is responsible to pay for the upgrade.
NEWPORTâ€“A much better looking North Country girls basketball team took to the court on Tuesday night to square off against the BFA Comets. Although they did not get the win, dropping the contest 57-45, it was a greatly improved showing from last week's match with CVU.
"I am really proud of the fight that the girls showed," said NCU coach Christiane Brown. "It is not like we are two fighters in the ring, but when someone throws that first punch, are you going to lay down or are you going to get up and say is that your best shot, and the girls stood up and I am proud of them."
North Country's girls played a much improved game against BFA St. Albans, but fell short in their goal, losing 57-45.
Also, the Lake Region boys defeated Peoples Academy 62-48. Now the question remains, who can stop them?
Details of the games in the next issue of the Newport Daily Express.
Part 1 of a 2 part story on Derby development.
DERBY - With years of ground work already done, including a 2006 traffic study, a public hearing and a proposal to locate a Walmart Super Center in downtown Newport, the recent announcement that a store will be sited between Shattuck Hill Road and US RT5 in Derby has been met with much anticipation for some. But long before the doors will open, the project must undergo a lengthy public review process that will involve several major players.
COVENTRY â€“ Officials from the stateâ€™s largest landfill are asking to increase the facilities tonnage from 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons a day, however the annual total tonnage would be limited to 600,000 tons.
The landfill is currently permitted to handle 370,000 tons.
â€śWeâ€™re not looking to expand the landfill itself,â€ť said John Gay, an engineer with New England Waste Services of Vermont (NEWS). â€śWeâ€™re looking to increase the tonnage that we take at the facility.â€ť
BURLINGTON, VT â€“ Carl Coker, 37, of Island Pond, was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment for conspiracy to manufacture five grams or more of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance. He was one of 13 Northeast Kingdom residents indicted for methamphetamine-related crimes.
United States District Judge William K. Sessions, III, also ordered that Coker serve four years supervised release after his incarceration ends.
CABOTâ€“The UCA Girls picked up their fourth win of the season while the Crusader boys loss their third of the year as the two teams earned a split on Monday evening.
For the girls, it was a well-rounded effort, utilizing their triangle and two defense to shut down the Cabot bigs while getting offense from multiple players in their 39-38 win.
â€śOur play movement was the best it has been all year and the balance of scoring was nice to see,â€ť said coach Molly Smith.
Laura Libby had ten points while Christina Maxwell and Olivia Foster each had nine.
ORLEANSâ€“Fans in Ranger Country were treated to arguably the best basketball game that the Lake Region girls have played this season as the Lady Rangers defeated the top-seeded, undefeated BFA Fairfax Bullets 48-43 on Monday night.
"We played great," said coach Mark Tinker. "We got contributions from a lot of players, rotating in a lot of kids, and I thought everybody made significant contributions."
The team has been trending upwards since their game against Enosburg, something the coach expanded on after the game.
DERBY, VT â€“ A tractor trailer rolled over on Interstate-91 at the Derby exit around 3 p.m. Monday.
The truck, which belonged to Transport Bernieres of Quebec, was hauling large rolls of newsprint paper valued between $600 and $800 a roll. There were no injuries in the crash.
The Vermont State Police, Orleans County Sheriff, the Derby Line Fire Department, Newport Ambulance Service and others responded to the scene. The roads were slippery with ice and snow at the time. No other information was available as of press time.