November 6th, 2012
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.
ORLEANS â€“ Advances in technology now allow people to do what was only dreamed about not too long ago. People are able to work from the comfort of their homes from pretty much anywhere, and work in a variety of fields.
Sky Barsch of Orleans creates a magazine from her home that is distributed all over New England. She works with the help of her designer Shawn Braley of White River Junction and a staff that includes photographers and freelance writers.
ESSEXâ€“As the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the Division II Northern Vermont Youth Football League title game, the cheers erupted from the stands, the bench, and the field, as the North Country Junior Falcons defeated the Winooski Spartans, becoming champions once again.
The team that began the year with an 0-2 record rebounded beautifully, taking ownership of their season and rolling their way through the competition to get the championship game and become the kings of Division II.
DERBY LINE â€“ William (Bill) Simendinger, the developer and lawyer whose family owns Champlain Farms and who wanted to build a gas station and mini-mart in Derby Line, saw his license to practice law suspended last week. The Vermont Supreme Court suspended Simendingerâ€™s license on an emergency basis pending an investigation.
The disciplinary council for the Professional Responsibility Board petitioned the court for the interim suspension but an investigator for the board refused to comment on the particulars.