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Stratford Woman Found After Multi-Agency Search
A Stratford woman who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon was found in the woods 10 hours later after an air and ground search that involved a state police helicopter and K-9 units.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

15-Year-Old Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Younger Child
NEWPORT CITY -- A 15-year-old teen is facing the possibility of a life sentence after a younger boy at his former day care accused him of using a knife to force him to engage in sexual acts.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reknowned Artists Canvas Park
ST. JOHNSBURY -- An assembly of pastel-wielding creatives and their hall-of-fame art instructor on Wednesday transformed the riverside Fred Mold Park into a plein air studio.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hockey Coach Gets Deferred Sentence For DUI
NEWPORT CITY -- The North Country Union High School boys hockey coach pleaded guilty to drunken driving Wednesday in Orleans Superior Court-Criminal Division.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Caledonia Criminal Court Log 7-23
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Combat Veterans group holding benefit motorcycle ride in memory of Cpl. Ian Muller
The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is sponsoring a ride Saturday in memory of former Danville resident Marine Cpl. Ian Muller.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newport CityCouncil OKs Purchase Of Land For Future Water Tower
NEWPORT CITY -- The city is purchasing land in Derby as a possible future site for a new water tower.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lyndonville Resfuses to Adjust Water Rates
Trustees have refused to bend the new municipal water rate rules for one of the system's large consumers.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

New LI Headmaster Takes Helm
Lyndon Institute's new headmaster says he's stepping into a quality institution, and his job will be to take a good thing and shepherd the process of making it even better.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sutton Special School Meeting to Confirm Election
A special meeting of the Sutton School Board on July 28 will seek to ratify the election of Michael Fix. He was the only person nominated during a special election on July 19. Following a motion, Sutton School District Moderator Chip Devenger cast one ballot for Fix.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Quartet Indicted In Colebrook Grave Robbing
LANCASTER, N.H. -- The quartet arrested in June on charges of robbing the grave of Colebrook businessman Eddie Nash has now been indicted at Coos Superior Court on four counts that include abuse of a corpse.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lighting Knocks Out Dispatch
Lighting Knocks Out Emergency Dispatch
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Derby CenterLightning Causes Fire At Fred's
DERBY CENTER -- Lightning caused a fire that destroyed most of Fred's Plumbing and Heating headquarters mid-afternoon on Wednesday.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Can Art Save Barton?
BARTON VILLAGE -- Barton area artists are interested in bringing new life to the town through an artists' cooperative.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prosecutor Defends Prue Questioning
A forensic psychologist hired by Allen Prue's defense attorney testified this month that Prue's confession to investigators about killing Melissa Jenkins two years ago was not voluntary and that Prue did not knowingly waive his Miranda rights prior to the confession.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Local wind turbines out of service
Two local wind turbines are temporarily out of service.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Truck driver credited with taking evasive action to avoid injuring others in Danville
Vermont State Police credited a truck driver from Swanton with taking evasive action to avoid possible injury to other motorists Wednesday morning while driving on Route 2 in Danville.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lyndon home burglarized, handgun, silver bars stolen
A Dune Way home in the Little Egypt Development off Route 5 in Lyndon was burglarized sometime over the last several days and a handgun, two clips with ammo and a box containing silver bars and coins were stolen.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fred's Plumbing Building Destroyed By Fire
Fire destroyed the Fred’s Plumbing and Heating building on Route 105 in Derby Wednesday afternoon. The road was closed to traffic while firefighters from several departments attempted to quell the blaze. Witnesses reported that lightning struck a tower on the roof of the building and set the building on fire.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cornelius Brothers Say Texts Show Hunt's Intent On Day Of Stabbing
NEWPORT CITY -- The brothers who say they killed a Derby man in self-defense July 5 say the contents of text messages exchanged earlier that day show that the deceased man went to their home intending to harm them.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First St. J Ticket Issue For Smoking With Child In Car
St. Johnsbury Police have issued the town's first traffic ticket under a new law prohibiting the smoking of cigarettes in a car with young children.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Canobie Lake Incident Leads To Probation Problem For Sutton Man
Trouble from an incident at a New Hampshire amusement park last month has followed a Lyndonville man home.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Groveton: State Continues Talks To Redevelop Mill Site
As the region learns the $100 million liquefied natural gas production plant proposed for the former Groveton mill site is either off the table or smaller than proposed, representatives for the state continue talks to redevelop the land they say has much potential.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. J Crisis Center In Place
The new Northeast Kingdom Human Services' two-bed "crisis center" was lowered into place Tuesday morning by a huge crane next door to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center on Hospital Drive in St. Johnsbury.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

St. Johnsbury Villages Want Some Credit
ST. JOHNSBURY -- After years of grants and tax credits being lavished on the downtown area, St. Johnsbury's outlying communities may finally see some green.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dog bite prompts special vicious dog hearing in Derby
DERBY -- A dog on Herrick Road bit a child, prompting the Derby Select Board to call a special vicious dog hearing on Thursday.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Barton Selectmen Pass ATV Buck To Planners
BARTON TOWN -- Barton's planning commission will be asked to hold public hearings regarding opening class three and four roads to ATV traffic, the select board decided Monday night.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Derby CenterGosselin Housing Project Back On Track
NEWPORT CITY -- A Derby housing project is back on track after Newport City Council approved waste water service this week.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Newport Justice Center To Promote Take-Back Drug Program
The Newport Community Justice Center has been awarded a two-year $48,000 grant to increase drug take-back activities in the Orleans County area.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sutton Still Working On The Well Water
Water well test results are "borderline," but a fix for the nitrate-laced water well is still in the engineering stage, according to Sutton Town Clerk George Coburn.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Keep Pets Safe In Hot Weather
Keep Pets Safe in Hot Weather
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bethlehem:Court Says Town Can Proceed On Demolition
BETHLEHEM, N.H. -- Ruling on Bethlehem's motion for a demolition order, a district court judge agreed with town officials that the Cruft Block building is unsafe and hazardous, needs to be removed and the town can now proceed.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Barnet Property Taxes Up
The Barnet Board of Selectmen just gave property owners fodder for financial planning.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Alleged Drive-By Shooter Turns Himself In
A Cabot man wanted in connection with a St. Johnsbury drive-by shooting last week is being held without bail after turning himself in at the Caledonia County Courthouse Monday.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prosecutor: Hunt Homicide Still Under Investigation
NEWPORT CITY -- The state's attorney in Orleans County says that the lack of charges filed in the homicide of Isaac Hunt does not mean the brothers who allegedly caused Hunt's death have been exonerated.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tased Newport Man Acquitted On Final Count
NEWPORT CITY -- An Orleans County judge found a Newport City man not guilty of assaulting his former neighbor after a court trial last week.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Derby: Orleans Man Airlifted After Crash
DERBY -- An Orleans man was airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Monday after a rollover car crash on Vermont Route 191, the access road.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

St. Johnsbury: Potential Investors Tour Armory
St. Johnsbury Town Manager John Hall was playing real estate agent Monday to further the municipality's push to gift the armory to a plush somebody with a good idea.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Barnet: TransCanada Files Tax Appeal
To nobody's surprise, TransCanada Hydro Northeast, which is legally battling Barnet over more than $45 million in appraised property value, has filed a 2014 tax appeal.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

East Haven Post Office Faces Uncertain Future
The U.S. Post Office is holding a meeting Thursday evening at 6:30 to answer questions and provide information about postal service plans for the community.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pope Memorial Frontier Shelter
Prince is a 9-year-old male beagle. He is sweet and happy and has lived with other dogs and cats. He loves to play and go for walks. Prince really likes kids, is good with cats and loves a good game of fetch. He is an all around great family dog. Effie is a beautiful Siamese mix and seems to be about 2 years old. She is good with other felines and is playful. Find these animals and more at Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter, 4473 Barton Orleans Road in Orleans. Call 802-754-2228. Visit online at www.frontieranimalsociety.com. All animals from Pope Memorial Frontier Animal Shelter are spayeded/neutered, up to date on vaccines, treated for internal and external parasites, health checked and microchipped.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BRIGHTONPlan to Convert Ethan Allen Plant Gets a Break
BRIGHTON -- Developers who want to convert the vacant Ethan Allen plant into a maple production operation may avoid an Act 250 hearing.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Host Families Sought For Foreign Exchange Students
Families who are looking to learn about other cultures are encouraged to consider hosting a foreign exchange student through the PAX (Program of Academic Exchange).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Board Must Fix Election Mistake
A mistake was made in the election of a new school member Saturday, and the board is trying to figure out how to validate the act.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stars & Stripes Festival Delights Hundreds
LYNDONVILLE -- Hundreds of people showed up at Saturday's 34th annual Stars and Stripes Festival in Lyndonville. The event drew what Cheryl McMahon, secretary for the Lyndon Area Chamber of Commerce, called a record crowd.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Little Free Library Opens in St. Johnsbury
ST. JOHNSBURY -- Tracey and James Herold opened the newest Little Free Library outside of their house on Boynton Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Tracey got the idea to open one of these 'take a book, return a book' libraries about a year ago, when she saw several Little Libraries while visiting her daughter.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Powers Park Summer Program In Full Swing
Happy days are here again as the Powers Park summer program is in full swing with perfect weather and over 400 youngsters from Lyndon and surrounding towns taking advantage of everything the park program has to offer.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Vermont's Shumlin, Cuomo Tie in Rafting Race
INDIAN LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -- The governors of New York and Vermont had a trash-talking splash fight before paddling the bucking waves of the Indian River as part of the second annual tourism-promoting Adirondack Challenge on Sunday.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Vermont to celebrate local poet at Statehouse
Vermont to celebrate local poet at Statehouse
Monday, July 21, 2014

Does Your Dog Smile?
Books have been written on a myriad of animal topics, but one which caught my attention espoused 101 ways to make a dog smile. They can, you know. Of the eight canines in my life over the years, each smiled, often, in his or her own way. Sometimes an upper lip curled. Eyebrows might arch and a mouth would relax, exposing a drooly tongue. Intensity of focus might wane, leading to a tilted head that would brush against my foot. But they, indeed, smiled.
Monday, July 21, 2014

Parade Float Latest Casualty Of Library Flood
Saturday's Stars and Stripes Parade in Lyndonville will be missing one of its most popular float entries.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Littleton:River District Project Nabs $500K Tax Credit
LITTLETON, N.H. -- Littleton's river district redevelopment project got a big boost this week through a $500,000 tax credit awarded by the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).
Saturday, July 19, 2014

BarnetBoard Tackles Vicious Dogs
Barnet bikers and walkers may want to avoid Roy Mountain Road.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

St. Johnsbury Man Sentenced For Heroin Possession
NEWPORT CITY -- A St. Johnsbury man who twice unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw his guilty plea to heroin possession last October was sentenced Wednesday to serve eight months to five years in prison.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fire Investigation Ongoing At Lancaster Auto Sales
LANCASTER, N.H. -- Four months after the fire that ravaged Lancaster Auto Sales, the investigation continues into its cause.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

St. JohnsburyPolice Seize Cell Phones, Drug Paraphrenalia, Bullets
St. Johnsbury police seized drug paraphernalia, ammunition, cell phones and a computer from the residence of Juan "Chino" Rodriguez during the execution of a search warrant in Cabot Thursday afternoon.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Motorcycle Crash Injures 1
Rescue personnel prepare to take William Downham, 62, Picton, Ontario, to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Tuesday morning after he lost control of a 2009 Suzuki motorycle on Route 2 in Danville. Downham suffered minor injuries when he attempted to avoid colliding with another motorcycle in front of him and dumped his motorcycle on its side.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Driver Falls Asleep At Wheel
Toby Kenison, 24, Groveton, N.H., was taken to the hospital for swelling on his forehead after he fell asleep at the wheel on Tuesday morning at 6:10 a.m. and crashed his 2006 Chevrolet Silverado off I-93 North in Waterford. The truck was totalled after striking several trees. Kenison initially reported no injury, but later opted to go to Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital to be evaluated. Above, a tow crew removes the totaled truck from the median on I-93.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Derby Center:Vermont Supreme Court Affirms Town Victory Over Developer
The village of Derby Center has the right to charge developers full price for reserved but unused water and sewer capacity, the Vermont Supreme Court found on appeal.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rooftop Gunman Charged In Federal Court
The distressed man who caused the evacuation of a Newport City neighborhood last Sept. while standing on his roof with a rifle nearby has been indicted by a federal grand jury of possessing a firearm while being a user of a controlled substance.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

West Danville / St. JohnsburyHeavy Construction Begins On Rail Trail
WEST DANVILLE -- Earthmovers this week descended on the effort to construct a 16 mile local stretch of the pending Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

POLICE: Wheelock Man Punched Out Ex's Car Window
A Wheelock man has been accused of punching out the driver's side window of the car his ex-girlfriend was driving and spraying broken glass over her and their child who was riding in the back seat.
Friday, July 18, 2014

The Hunt For Juan Rodruguez
The long arm of the St. Johnsbury Police Department reached Cabot Village Thursday afternoon where a dozen officers armed with assault rifles and tactical gear raided the home of the prime suspect in Tuesday's drive-by shooting on River Road.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Colebrook Man Not Competent For Trial In Sword Attack
A Colebrook man has been found not competent to stand trial in the December sword attack on his wife, who luckily escaped with non-life-threatening injuries.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Used Needle Hotline Launched
There's a new service in St. Johnsbury to combat littered hypodermic needles.
Friday, July 18, 2014

CORRECTION
The story on page A3 in Thursday's paper, "Principal's Wife, Former Para Pleads," contained an error in the sub-headline. Kellie Gorham pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of harassment.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Community Members Express Support For Needle Exchange, Recovery Center
NEWPORT CITY -- Community members expressed overwhelming support for a needle exchange program for opiate addicts and for a recovery center in the Newport area during the Community Commons meeting Wednesday evening.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Highway Trailer Dumps Load, Closes Lyndon I-91 Ramp
The busy I-91 Exit 23 southbound on ramp in Lyndon Corner was closed for five hours Thursday when a Vermont Highway Department dump truck lost its trailer load just before the morning commute.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Village Projects On Budget And Schedule
ST. JOHNSBURY -- A pair of construction projects engulfing the town's upper plain may be inspiring daily headaches for motorists but the work is on schedule and budget.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Connecticut man hurt in four-wheeler crash in Pittsburg
About 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Colebrook, N.H. dispatch contacted New Hampshire Fish and Game Conservation Officers to report an Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) crash in Pittsburg. The caller stated that it was a single vehicle crash.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Turning Points Seeks Approval To Move Into Former Citizens Utilities Building
DERBY -- After looking into nearly every available property in the area, Turning Points School has found the ideal location for its new site in the former Citizens Utilities building, according to the new director Neila Anderson-Decelles.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Early Morning Fire Damages Lyndonville Home
An early morning fire in Lyndonville caused extensive damage to the kitchen area of a residence located at 96 Eastern Ave. in Lyndonville.
Friday, July 18, 2014

Drive-By Shooting Related To $300 Debt
An argument over a $300 debt between a convicted drug dealer and a St. Johnsbury man claiming gang connections led to a drive-by shooting on River Road Tuesday.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Orleans County media presenting candidate forums
Two candidates for Essex County State's Attorney and three candidates for the Essex-Caledonia-Orleans House district have agreed to participate in a forum sponsored by local media in Brighton on July 28.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Groveton:Proposed Natural Gas Plant Pulled
GROVETON, N.H. -- Quashing high hopes in Groveton, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant proposed for the former mill site has been taken off the table, at least for the time being. And officials say that if it ever moves forward, it will be smaller than originally presented.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Keegan's Wish Come True
AVERY'S GORE - Six-year-old Keegan Brooks of Bennington loves watching shows like "Axe Men" and "Ice Road Truckers."
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Colebrook Principal's Wife, Former Para Enters Plea
LANCASTER, N.H. -- A former staffer at Colebrook Elementary School who is the wife of the school's principal has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in a felony case alleging she impersonated a state investigator and tampered with a witness.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Johnsbury Officials Hopeful for Amory Developer
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The town's push to promote private ownership and rehabilitation of its vacant, deteriorating and contaminated armory building on Main Street is gaining traction.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lyndonville Police Officers Get Raises
Lyndonville police officers were given a pay raise by Lyndon Selectmen during Monday night's select board meeting, but the chief will have to wait until budget time for a possible bump to his salary.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Waterford Man Gets Home Confinement Following 2013 Drug Sweep
A Waterford man who was arrested and convicted as part of the St. Johnsbury Police Department's crack-down on street level drug-dealing last summer will be serving his sentence with all the comforts of home.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

St. Johnsbury Resident Offended By Comment
Resident Dave Timson's feelings are hurt.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Waste District Center Could Leave Lyndonville
The coming year could bring more changes to the way Vermonters treat waste than any year in the past several decades.
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Longtime School Board Director To Step Down
A wealth of institutional knowledge is readying to depart St. Johnsbury School.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Derby Line Planners OK Outdoor Patio At Village Inn
DERBY -- Despite opposition from neighbors, the Derby Planning Commission granted the Derby Line Village Inn's application to serve guests on its outdoor patio.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Red-Nosed Clowns Celebrate Smirkus Camp Groundbreaking
GREENSBORO -- Big dreams can come to fruition.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coos Superior Court: Convicted Black Mag Owner Fights On
LANCASTER, N.H. -- Convicted for felonies in two states, Black Mag's Craig Sanborn is fighting on and recently asked a Coos judge to set aside his October jury verdict for manslaughter.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Future Of JayLyn Fund Debated
A St. Johnsbury town official met with Lyndon selectman Monday about future management of the JayLyn Development Fund, which is currently owed over $230,000 by 14 loan recipients.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Revised ramp closures on Interstate 91 this week
The expected ramp closures along Interstate 91 has been revised due to work on the stone slope stabilization running ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Lancaster: Heroin Dealer Sentenced To Prison
LANCASTER, N.H. -- A heroin dealer arrested in October in what Groveton police said was possibly the biggest heroin bust in that town was sentenced to prison last week.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St. Johnsbury Deficit To Affect Tax Rate
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The St. Johnsbury Board of Selectmen this week earmarked a windfall of fund balance surpluses but tabled a sizable deficit that will mean pain for taxpayers.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Newport To Be Featured In TV Show
Newport City Mayor Paul Monette is interviewed in Newport City for an upcoming episode of "AARP Live" by a crew from RD - TV. The show will highlight Newport's efforts toward becoming a livable community -- with a special focus on transportation. The program will air on Thursday, July 24, on RFD-TV at 10 p.m. eastern time.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Driver Who Left Severely Injured Woman After Wreck Facing 3-5 Years
NEWPORT CITY -- A Barton driver who allegedly fled the scene of an accident -- leaving his severely injured passenger behind -- could spend the next three to five years in prison after making a plea deal with the state.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Some Lyndon Residents To Lose Water Friday
Lyndonville water users in the area of the intersection of Route 5 and the Red Village Road will experience a shutoff of water on Friday beginning at 7 a.m.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Grants Available for Wood Pellet Heat
The Northern Forest Center, working with funds obtained through the Northeastern Vermont Development Agency in St. Johnsbury, has launched a financial incentive program that provides grants to homeowners installing wood pellet furnaces as their primary heat source.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St. Johnsbury School Officials Plan Weekend Strategy Sessions
The St. Johnsbury School Board of Directors is poised to spend two weekend mornings next month developing a district improvement plan for the upcoming school year.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Man Charged For Feeding Bears
MONTGOMERY -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reported that a Montgomery man was charged for intentionally feeding bears.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Caledonia Criminal Court
Editor's Note: All information is from Caledonia Superior Court documents.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Dennis Smith appointed to St. Johnsbury DRB
The St. Johnsbury Development Review Board is welcoming new member Dennis Smith.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

St. Johnsbury: Manager Search Starts, Again
ST. JOHNSBURY -- The St. Johnsbury Board of Selectmen is initiating the search to replace Town Manager John Hall.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Hitting The Open Water
NEWPORT -- Saturday was a perfect day for a swim in Lake Memphremagog, but the hundred or so athletes gathered at Prouty beach early in the morning were ready to take it the extra mile, or six miles or even 15 miles.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014


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