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Billis returned to prison

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Christine M. Billis, who served seven years of a seven-to-15-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2009 death of her husband, Charles Billis, was sentenced Friday to serve 16 months of a 16-to-18-month term for domestic assault. The 53-year-old Barton resident was found guilty on August 21 after a court trial before Judge Robert Bent. In her affidavit, State Police Tr... More »

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COVID case closes Barton bank

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  by Tena Starr BARTON — An employee at Community National Bank’s Barton office has tested positive for the coronavirus, bank CEO Kathy Austin said. By phone Monday, Ms. Austin said the Barton branch is closed until further n... More »

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Angry farmer offers reward

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by Joseph Gresser HOLLAND — Laurent Letourneau’s 219-acre farm here is as manicured as a golf green.  He told a visitor Monday that he mows his hay fields but his daughter runs the baler. “When she sees a stone like this,” he... More »

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Maybe there’s a silver lining

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Editorial Maybe there’s a silver lining   The giant experiment of opening schools in the midst of a pandemic started this week.  While Orleans County has only 17 known cases of COVID to date, asymptomatic people who have not been tested can spread the disease.  And no one knows right now h... More »