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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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Man held without bail on assault charges

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT —A man who was released on conditions after pleading innocent in January to five charges of possession of child sexual abuse material, was back in court on February 12, this time for several assault charges. After Judge Rory Thibault ... More »

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You’ve got mail

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Amy McCoy, a first-grade teacher at Newport City Elementary School, hands out cards to her students.  Her classroom has been inundated with valentines since she posted a request for them online.  The children have gotten mail from all 50 states and many countr... More »

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Glover lambs to have a Holstein look

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by Leanne Day Harple GLOVER — The town of Glover is about to make history, and Mark Rodgers is very excited. Mr. Rodgers is a local farmer, who along with his wife Karen, is the owner of MKVT Farm on Mud Island Road near the Greensboro side of town.  Largely h... More »

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Four go through South Bay ice

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NEWPORT — Four people, including two young children, took a dangerous plunge into Lake Memphremagog Saturday afternoon after their side-by-side went through the ice on South Bay. A report from the Newport City Police Department says officers were told of the a... More »

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February event surprises Westmore board

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by Matthew Wilson WESTMORE — On Monday the select board heard about events coming to Westmore in the next few months, and discussed issues related to town workers. A biking event scheduled for March was the first on the list.  Town Clerk Elaine Cashin said she... More »

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North Country swims in rough healthcare waters

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — At the North Country Hospital annual meeting held last month Dr. Greg Walker, head of the medical staff, declared “At North Country we take care of our own.” When the Chronicle spoke with hospital president and CEO Tom Frank recentl... More »

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Kayla Wright murder

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Police say four arrests connected by Joseph Gresser TROY — Police say they appear to have come across information connected to the murder of Kayla Wright while investigating suspected drug trafficking. Ms. Wright, who was 29 and a resident of Derby, was report... More »

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Student writes his ticket to the Ivy League

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by Matthew Wilson NEWPORT –  Those drawn to writing find it is an act that can result in both creative and informative works, artistic and professional in application.  The study of the written word can seem just as curious.  Studious readers who look over the... More »

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No problem with Barton water

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BARTON — Village authorities sent out a message on Thursday warning residents of the lower village not to drink the water.  Business Manager Vera LaPorte said Monday the warning was sent out of an abundance of caution and tests have shown that the water was sa... More »

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Remembering Merle Young

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Editor’s note: The following article was published in the Chronicle on January 30, 2013.  We reprint it in memory of Mr. Young who died on January 17. Got a problem in West Glover?  Talk to “The Mayor” by Tena Starr WEST GLOVER — They call him the mayor of Wes... More »

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Meet the new store same as the old store

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A new natural food store recently opened on Main Steet here.  It closely resembles the store that occupied the same space in the old Montgomery Ward building until a few days ago.  The resemblance is heightened by the fact that the ... More »

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Money coming in for Derby vista purchase

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  by Matthew Wilson DERBY — Things seem to be looking good for the Shattuck Hill project, a plan meant to preserve a local scenic view and spare it from any future development.  Thanks to contributions from local residents, businesses, and other parties intere... More »