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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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Orleans man suspected of shooting wife

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copyright the Chronicle May 23, 2018 ORLEANS — State Police said Tuesday that Randall Swartz, 58, of Orleans, suspected of murdering his wife, Thea Swartz, 54, was still at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he is being treated... More »

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Barton dock dog featured on Fox and Friends

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copyright the Chronicle May 23, 2018 BARTON — About four years ago, Gordon and Cindy Chaffee of Barton took in Emma, a lap dog of mysterious origins, while her owner was in the hospital. At the time, they would have been among the last to suspect that unremark... More »

The Goodrich is saying good-bye to its beloved director

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copyright the Chronicle May 23, 2018   by Tabitha Armstrong   NEWPORT — Carol Nicholson has been the director of the Goodrich Memorial Library for the past 15 years. After losing her husband, she had wanted to do something to be involved in the community, and ... More »

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Orleans man suspected of second degree murder

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copyright the Chronicle May 17, 2018 ORLEANS — State Police obtained an arrest warrant Wednesday evening for Randall Swartz, 58, of Orleans, who is suspected of murder in the shooting death of his wife, Thea Swartz, 54. Mr. Swartz is currently at Dartmouth-Hit... More »

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Neighbors alarmed by unburied dead cows

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copyright the Chronicle May 16, 2018 BROWNINGTON — Reg Tatro noticed a foul smell coming from the barn across the road from his house last week. He wasn’t all that surprised by its existence, but he said he was surprised by how bad it was. …To read the rest of... More »

Legislators: It was a long, strange session

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copyright the Chronicle May 16, 2018 Legislators from both sides of the aisle say the session that closed Saturday night is the strangest they’ve ever seen. They didn’t mean that as a compliment. None are happy at the prospect of heading back to Montpelier in ... More »

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Remembering Warner’s Dance Hall

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copyright the Chronicle May 16, 2018 LOWELL — Juanita Lee and her brother Wayne Warner basically grew up at the dance hall and bowling alley that was always referred to as Warner’s Dance Hall, although its official name was never that. Originally, it was Missi... More »

Glover ponders revamping West Glover sidewalk

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copyright the Chronicle May 16, 2018   by Leanne Harple   West Glover residents battled with local business owners and members of the Glover Select Board over the issue of a village sidewalk at the select board’s meeting last Thursday night. Residents along Co... More »

Glass is shredding recycling system

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copyright the Chronicle May 9, 2018 NEWPORT — Broken glass is shredding Vermont’s recycling system, according to Pat Austin, a hauler who spoke to the Newport City Council Monday evening. Mr. Austin warned council members about recent changes in the way the Ch... More »

Angry voters reject Westmore school budget

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copyright the Chronicle May 9, 2018 WESTMORE — Angry voters turned down the Westmore School District budget by a decisive 23 to 10 margin at the district’s annual meeting on May 3. While many residents went out of the way to praise the hard work done by school... More »

Coventry drops civil suit against Diaz

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copyright the Chronicle May 9, 2018 by Tabitha Armstrong COVENTRY — Select board members here said Monday that the town plans to drop its civil suit against former Town Clerk and Treasurer Cynthia Diaz. According to board members, the decision to drop the suit... More »