NEWPORT CITY â€“ Board members from the North Country Union High School have started the long process of getting the 2012-2013 budget ready for voters. Voters will be asked to approve the budget on Town Meeting Day in March.
The proposed high school budget is $11,631,675.37, an increase of $293,287.33 over the 2011-2012 budget.
Board Member Peter Moskovites said the plan is to have the members take the proposed budget home, review it and then discuss it at the next full board meeting.
BRIGHTON, VT - Vermont State Police said Tuesday that the October death of a 22-year-old Island Pond woman is being blamed on a methadone overdose. The investigation into the death of Tiffany Wight is continuing, said Maj. Edward Ledo, commander of the criminal division.
Wight's body was found in the upstairs bedroom of her village home at 123 Railroad St. at about 6 p.m. Oct. 31, Detective Sgt. Jake Zorn said at the time. She was found by her live-in boyfriend, Troy Sheltra, after he returned home from work, police said.
ST.ALBANSâ€“The Falcons' boys basketball team traveled to Franklin County Tuesday night to face BFA St. Albans, and despite a strong outing, fell to the Bobwhites 52-49.
"It was a very exciting game," said coach Bonvechio, "We played some of our best basketball, especially in the second quarter."
After finishing the first quarter trailing by three, North Country came out flying in the second, outscoring the opposition 23-9, and took a 33-21 lead into the break.
In the third quarter it would be miscues and missed chances that would allow the Bobwhites to creep back into the game.
NEWPORT CITY, VT - The six protesters arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday, Dec. 5 all entered not guilty pleas to charges of unlawful trespass yesterday in Orleans Superior Court, Criminal Division.
The defendants are Dr. Ronald Holland, 67, of Irasburg; Suzanna Jones, 50 of East Hardwick; Eric Wallace-Senft of Woodbury; Ryan Gillard, 23, of Plainfield; Ann Morse, 48, of Craftsbury; and David Rodgers, 69, of Craftsbury. They appeared with their attorney, Kristina Michelsen.
NEWPORT, VT - The publisher of the Barton Chronicle, along with six Lowell Mountain protesters, was arraigned Tuesday morning to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful trespass in Orleans Superior Court, Criminal Division. He entered a not guilty plea.
Chris Braithwaite, 67, of West Glover, chose to enter his plea himself as his attorney, Phil White, could not be present. Judge Robert Gerety, Jr. released Braithwaite on the condition that he show up to court for future hearings.
White has already entered a motion to dismiss. A motion hearing is scheduled for January 26 at 9 AM.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Itâ€™s nearly the end of the year and that can mean only one thing: Time to start preparing budgets that governing boards will ask voters to approve on Town Meeting Day in March. Monday night, Newport Manager John Ward, Jr. presented the city council with a budget of $4,256,499.36. The current budget is $4,375,450.58.
A memo Ward presented to the council states the municipal property tax rate would increase by $.0125 to $1.1405 per $100 of assessed value. The current rate is $1.1281.
NEWPORTâ€“The scoreboard said it all on Monday night when the North Country girls basketball team laid waste to the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds 53-18.
A game like that, while fun for the players on the winning side, can be a double edged sword for the victorious coach.
"It's nice to get points on the board and it is nice to get a win, especially when we are playing the best in the state every night, but unfortunately it ( a blow out) doesn't prepare us to get ready for what we are going to see, but it is nice to get the win," said coach Brown.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ After more than three decades of serving the city, Police Chief J. Paul Duquette, 56, will hang up his gun belt one last time.
Duquette confirmed late yesterday he will retire on Aug. 1, 2012. He has already given the city council suggestions on how to proceed in finding his replacement.
Duquette is willing to train his replacement. â€śI hate to throw this in somebodyâ€™s lap without them doing some shadowing,â€ť he said. Duquette would like to see a local person assume the position. â€śThatâ€™s how I ended up with the job 15 years ago.â€ť
DERBY â€“ Yesterday morning, law enforcement officers met at the Orleans County Sheriff's Department's new building on the Derby Road for a very important assignment â€“ delivering Christmas presents to area schools.
School officials will distribute the toys, clothes and other presents to parents of predetermined children. In all, law enforcement officers delivered toys to 13 area children. Orleans County Sheriff's Dispatcher Tammy LaCourse estimated there were enough presents for 150 children, well over the goal of 95.