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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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Brownington murder trial set for end of month

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018 NEWPORT — Jeffrey M. Ray, 53, of Brownington will face a jury rather than try to negotiate a reduction in the first-degree murder charge he faces in the shooting death of Rick Vreeland. Mr. Ray has been held without bail... More »

Irasburg man pleads innocent to poaching moose

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018  NEWPORT — The man who game wardens say killed a cow moose, dragged it behind his truck from Westmore to Barton, and left its carcass beside the road to rot has denied the stack of charges against him. Gerin J. Fortin, 2... More »

NCUHS spending down

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copyright the Chronicle January 3, 2018   NEWPORT — At its December 19 meeting, North Country Union High School got a first look at a budget proposal for the 2018-2019 school year. A draft already approved by the board’s Business Operations Committee calls for... More »

Snowmobiles will be able to reach downtown Newport

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copyright the Chronicle December 20, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   NEWPORT — The Newport City Council found it much easier Monday to agree to a moderate increase in charges for Newport Ambulance’s services, and to pass a budget, than to decide whether to allow sn... More »

Mosher leaves a masterpiece

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copyright the Chronicle December 20, 2017   Points North, short stories by Howard Frank Mosher. Published by St. Martin’s Press; 202 pages in paperback. Reviewed by Chris Braithwaite   “Points North,” the 12-page story that opens Howard Mosher’s latest — and l... More »

Fires in Albany, Holland

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copyright the Chronicle December 20, 2017   by Tena Starr   The county has seen two bad fires in the past few days. In Holland on Friday, about 40 milk cows died in a barn fire at the farm owned by Scott and Melanie Gilles, Derby Line Fire Chief Craig Ellam sa... More »

Driver okay after run-in with train

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copyright the Chronicle December 20, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   BARTON — Pete Cocoros can’t remember exactly what happened Monday afternoon when his car was hit by a train at the crossing in front of the E.M. Brown and Son hardware store here. “It was a night... More »

FBI sends letters to Coventry taxpayers

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copyright the Chronicle December 13, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   COVENTRY — Property owners who didn’t answer letters from forensic accountant Jeff Graham asking for information about their tax payments will be getting another letter in the mail. This time the... More »

Wells responds to Caledonian-Record suit

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copyright the Chronicle December 13, 2017   by Joseph Gresser   Kenneth Wells, the former publisher of the Newport Daily Express, responded on December 7 to a civil lawsuit filed by the Caledonian-Record accusing him of racketeering. On Monday Mr. Wells told t... More »

Lowell faces lawsuit over closed bridge

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copyright the Chronicle December 13, 2017   by Elizabeth Trail   LOWELL — Arlon Warner and Scott Tallman are suing the town of Lowell over closing the Kempton Hill bridge. The Orleans County Sheriff served a summons at the town offices on November 27. The town... More »