NEWPORT - The Orleans County Sheriff's Department will have a new home soon - before the New Year if everything goes as planned.
Currently the department is located in an old house behind the court building. The house is falling apart, has mold due to frequent flooding in the basement, and has multiple structural problems.
A space on the second floor, which was being used, began to cave in, forcing employees out of the room.
The foundation is collapsing and there are several holes in it.
"You cannot conduct business in this house," Sheriff Kirk Martin said.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ A Main Street storefront may soon be filled.
Albert and Eleanor LĂ©ger, co-proprietors of Eden Ice Cider Company, want to move their West Charleston company to the site of the former Downtown and Affordable Furniture.
The move would allow the company to develop the Northeast Kingdom Tasting Center to support local food enterprises.
On Monday, the Newport City Council gave its support to the Tasting Center to apply for a planning grant from the Vermont Community Development Program.
ORLEANS/ESSEX COUNTIES - The United States Post Office has announced far-reaching new plans to streamline services to save millions of dollars and try to stay solvent. Among these changes are the termination of overnight delivery.
There has been talk of suspending Saturday delivery and window and lobby services. Nationwide, post offices will be closed along with some distribution centers. Here in Vermont, there is talk of moving part of the distribution center at White River Junction to Burlington.
NEWPORTâ€“Despite graduating only one senior last season, it is a year of change for the North Country girls hockey team, and it starts at the top of the program.
The coaching staff has under gone a makeover that has former North Country player and long time Boarder Hockey coach Claude Paul taking the head coaching reigns from four year veteran Tracy Muzerall. Muzerall will continue to be a part of the staff, serving as an assistant to Paul, but realized she needed to focus on other aspects of her life.
NEWPORTâ€“Sports memorabilia enthusiasts gathered at the Municipal Building in Newport on Saturday to buy, sell, trade, and admire a wide variety of sports collectables.
Put on by long time collector Gary Thomas, the event featured collections from Thomas as well as a host of other local collectors.
"We've tried the show here a couple of times, and hoped to get people who have cards to bring them in and try to sell them or just display them," says Thomas, "But I have been in the hobby for at least twenty-five years."
LOWELL, VT - Seven people were arrested on Lowell Mountain Monday morning including a local newspaper publisher, a doctor and a college professor.
A group of protesters opposed to the construction of 21 industrial wind turbines on Lowell Mountain planned the civil disobedience event Monday morning. The group of approximately 11 gathered on the crane path on the ridge line and stopped construction vehicles from advancing to their work sites. The land that protesters stood on is disputed property.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Last Thursday, about two dozen Newport area residents met at the Emory State Office Building to discuss community needs. Similar meetings have taken place elsewhere in the state. Eventually members of the groups will bring their message to the State House.
Put People First, part of the Vermont Workers' Center, organized Thursdayâ€™s meeting. Members are particularly concerned about what will happen to public assistance programs. They also feel everyone has a right to housing, education and dignified work.
COVENTRY â€“ Unconfirmed reports state that the Vermont Sate Police were involved in a high speed chase involving a black Dodge pickup, possibly a Dakota with a broken back window, around 11:25 Monday morning in Coventry. It is believed that the unidentified occupant of the pick-up truck was speeding while going through a construction site and that during the pursuit speeds were in excess of 80 mph.
As James Ingalls enters the 2012 campaign, his 9th at the helm of the Rangers, he will look to rebound from a tough 2011, in which his team went 9-13, including a 2nd-round playoff exit at the hands of Leland and Gray High School. This was after the team won an impressive 70 games combined in the previous 3 seasons.
In order to turn around the program, Coach Ingalls will need to rely on his group of seniors, to provide leadership both on and off the court. His seniors include: Caleb Royer, Tony Stuart, Seth Lawson, James Margola, and Darik Messier.