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November 8th, 2012

TROY NIXES SCHOOL BOND

November 8, 2012

NORTH TROY – Once again voters nixed a request to take out a $1.3 million bond for renovations and improvements to the town school.
Last March, voters turned down a $2.2 million bond for the same project. For several months, school board members worked on cutting the request by $800,000 before bringing it back this week.
Apparently, their efforts weren’t enough for voters to say yes.

November 7th

BLUE TUESDAY

November 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - Several races in the Northeast Kingdom saw candidates neck and neck, but late into the night Tuesday the winners inched ahead near the finish line.

HIGLEY EDGES OUT SIMS

November 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT- Incumbent Mark Higley narrowly survived a challenge by Progressive candidate Katherine Sims to win a third term to the Vermont House of Representatives.
Unofficial results have Higley receiving 920 votes in the five-town district of Orleans-Lamoille counties on the western side of Orleans County. Sims garnered 887 votes in her first run for a state office.

RENAISSANCE CORP. SEEKS MORE FUNDING

November 7, 2012

NEWPORT, VT - The Newport City Council is considering a request by the Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) for a $25,000 increase to its appropriation, already $25,000. NCRC would use the funds for its operations, marketing efforts and things like bike racks.
NCRC would like to bring in a second person to help CEO Trish Sears’ office efforts. Sears is the organization’s only paid employee, but NCRC does have some contract workers who do such things as work on the organization’s website. Board members volunteer their time at no cost. 

November 6th

PHOTO FINISH: Election night leaves hot races too tight to call.

November 7, 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.

November 5th

BRIGHTON TOWN HALL REBORN

November 5, 2012

BRIGHTON – 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.

LAKEBRIDGE OPENS

November 5, 2012

NEWPORT CITY – There’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 Edge’s properties, tenants’ rents are one third of their income. The apartments have one-, two- and three-bedroom units. 
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. 

November 4th

FAMILY TRAGEDY

November 4, 2012

NEWPORT – 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.

SCOTT CUTS DEAL

November 4, 2012

NEWPORT CITY — 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.

Vermont Sports Magazine: Made in the Northeast Kingdom

November 4, 2012

ORLEANS – 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.

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