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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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Swartz pleads innocent to second degree murder

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT— Judge Robert Bent ordered Randall E. Swartz held without bail Monday afternoon after the 58-year-old Orleans resident pled innocent to a charge of second-degree murder. Police say he shot and killed Thea Swartz, hi... More »

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Cruzin’ for a good cause

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 by Briana Bocelli  Motorcyclists around the Northeast Kingdom took to the open road on Saturday to “ride with a purpose” in support of Cruzin’ for Cancer. Exactly 107 bikes appeared in the motorcade that left Sweet Harmony ... More »

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Work Commons will offer a new way of working

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT — Co-working spaces are usually found only in bigger cities, but developer Rick Woodward plans to open one to cap off his renovation of the Montgomery Ward building on Main Street here. He and his daughter Jamie are... More »

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Plea agreement reached in Greensboro shooting death

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT — Unexpectedly, lawyers for Ryan P. Bacon, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, and Orleans County State’s Attorney Jennifer Barrett announced an agreement Tuesday to resolve charges that arose from the shooting death... More »

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Baird sentenced to 15 to 30 years

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 ST. JOHNSBURY — Two of the men involved in the murder of 78-year-old Mary Pat O’Hagan in 2010 appeared in Caledonia County Superior Court Tuesday. One, Richard E. Fletcher, 31, of Sheffield had pled guilty to burglary and k... More »

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Steele pleads innocent to animal cruelty in dead cow case

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 NEWPORT — The man who was operating the Brownington farm where at least 19 or 20 cows died over the winter, apparently from starvation, thirst, or by freezing, pled innocent in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superi... More »

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At 97, “farm boy” Fred Webster reminisces

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copyright the Chronicle May 30, 2018 by Briana Bocelli COVENTRY –– In a far corner of Coventry lies a rich piece of history that generally goes unnoticed. A big chunk of land on the Webster Road holds an equally big collection of machines, tools, and various e... More »

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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 »