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The editor’s pick of some of the best stories of the week from the Barton Chronicle, a highly read weekly newspaper based in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom region.

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59 arrested for dealing drugs

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Ten Orleans County residents were arrested in a statewide Vermont Drug Task force sweep last week.  The multi-week investigation concluded with the arrests of 59 people for dealing drugs, State Police said in a press release.  The investigation resulted in 53 ... More »

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K-9 Ozzy demonstrates his prowess

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — The city council here began Monday’s meeting at Gardner Park where they met two members of the Newport City Police Department who really love their work. One was Patrolman Joshua Lillis; the other was his partner, K-9 Ozzy. Ozzy, wh... More »

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The Eastern coyote is here to stay

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by June Pichel Cook       GREENSBORO — When biologist Christine Schadler from Project Coyote asked the 140 or so people at the Highland Arts Center here recently if they had ever seen a coyote, over half raised their hands.  When she asked how many felt good a... More »

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The strange allure of smashing cars

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by David Dudley BARTON — For those wondering why people willingly — often gleefully — get behind the wheel of a car that still runs, and smash it into other cars that still run, the victory speeches of this year’s Demolition Derby are telling. “I’m going to us... More »

Bridge to close on Newport-Derby Road

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Derby Select Board by Joseph Gresser DERBY — Bridges were on the collective mind of the Derby Select Board Monday evening.  The state plans to close the Route 5 bridge spanning Interstate 91 on August 26, only ten days after work on the Interstate Access Road ... More »

The CoSA program

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Help for former prison inmates by David Dudley NEWPORT — Ned Andrews, re-entry coordinator at the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center (OCRJC), has been in charge of the Circle of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program for three years and running.  The... More »

Trio proposes to put buses on rails

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT—Paul Dreher, Nichole Gratton and Rob Andersen didn’t look like plotters, seated at a table at the Newport Natural Foods Café Tuesday afternoon.  But they were busy coming up with ideas that, if they become reality, could transform New... More »

In Craftsbury..ATV ordinance voted down

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by Joseph Gresser CRAFTSBURY — On Tuesday Craftsbury voters overturned an ordinance permitting the use of all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs) in town by a vote of 109 to 86.  Only 195 out of the town’s 946 voters went to the polls, said Town Clerk Yvette Brown. …this ... More »

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Former prison guard gets jail time

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by Joseph Gresser A former corrections officer who admitted smuggling buprenorphine into Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport has earned himself a taste of prison. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to acces... More »

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Supreme court rejects appeal of Ray’s sentence.

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by Joseph Gresser The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected Jeffrey M. Ray’s appeal of his sentence.  Mr. Ray shot and killed Richard Vreeland, his ex-wife’s new husband, in 2015. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to acc... More »

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Blacksmith shop finds new home

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BARTON — Some time ago, Art LaPlante, who is on the Orleans County Fair Association Board, noticed three small, dilapidated buildings just inside the fairgrounds entrance, kind of tucked behind two barns.  …this story and more in the full edition of this week’... More »