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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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Does anyone know where this was?

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This is a mystery photo.  It could be a little store that was once in Irasburg.  Theresa Perron found this copy upstairs in the Pierce Pharmacy Building in Barton.  “It reminds me very much of a photo that we have somewhere in our archive that I cannot seem to... More »

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An interview with Scott Milne

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  by Joseph Gresser BARTON — Friday was probably one of the last pleasant days of the year, so when Scott Milne, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor stopped by for a chat it was possible to sit at the Chronicle’s picnic table. Mr. Milne is a relax... More »

COVID case closes Derby elementary

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  by Tena Starr DERBY — The elementary school here closed Monday after someone at the school tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter sent to parents Sunday, North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent John Castle said the school will “pivot to remote lear... More »

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Supreme Court scolds Vermont in deer jacking case

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  by Joseph Gresser One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, along with two of the most liberal, joined to scold the Vermont Supreme Court for allowing game wardens to conduct a search in violation of the Fourth Amendment.  Justice Neil... More »

Billis returned to prison

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Christine M. Billis, who served seven years of a seven-to-15-year sentence for manslaughter in the 2009 death of her husband, Charles Billis, was sentenced Friday to serve 16 months of a 16-to-18-month term for domestic assault. T... More »

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Big challenges faced retiring OCSU superintendent

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  by Tena Starr Orleans Central Supervisory Union (OCSU) Superintendent Bev Davis is retiring after four decades at OCSU, the last four as its superintendent.  She will be leaving at the end of this school year. “It’s been 40 years since I started at OCSU,” sh... More »

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COVID case closes Barton bank

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  by Tena Starr BARTON — An employee at Community National Bank’s Barton office has tested positive for the coronavirus, bank CEO Kathy Austin said. By phone Monday, Ms. Austin said the Barton branch is closed until further notice.  She said bank officials wor... More »

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Angry farmer offers reward

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by Joseph Gresser HOLLAND — Laurent Letourneau’s 219-acre farm here is as manicured as a golf green.  He told a visitor Monday that he mows his hay fields but his daughter runs the baler. “When she sees a stone like this,” he said picking up a rock about half ... More »

Dog shooting incident leads to felony charges 

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  by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — A pair of calls, each about the killing of a dog in Troy, reached the Derby State Police barracks at the same time on Friday. According to Trooper Brian Connor, the first came from Michael C. Liberta, who said his dog attacked his... More »

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Tense game ends in Rangers, Ghosts tie

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  by Joseph Gresser You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out.  That’s what they say about baseball. Soccer matches don’t generally get rained out, so they have a different third option — a tie. At the end of regulation play Friday afternoon, the La... More »

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Irasburg asphalt plant site visit thwarted

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  by Joseph Gresser IRASBURG — About 20 interested people gathered at Jeff Hutchins’ asphalt plant at 9:30 last Thursday morning, October 8.  They were there to see, hear, and smell the operating plant, the subject of an Act 250 permit hearing scheduled for ne... More »

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Mosher’s photos garner international attention

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  by Joseph Gresser BARTON — iPhones take a pretty good picture and will get the job done for a lot of people, said Jake Mosher when he visited the Chronicle office Friday. That may be so, for some, but Mr. Mosher’s vision isn’t focused on the surface of thing... More »