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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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Bridge to close on Newport-Derby Road

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Derby Select Board by Joseph Gresser DERBY — Bridges were on the collective mind of the Derby Select Board Monday evening.  The state plans to close the Route 5 bridge spanning Interstate 91 on August 26, only ten days after work on the Interstate Access Road ... More »

The CoSA program

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Help for former prison inmates by David Dudley NEWPORT — Ned Andrews, re-entry coordinator at the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center (OCRJC), has been in charge of the Circle of Support and Accountability (CoSA) program for three years and running.  The... More »

Trio proposes to put buses on rails

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT—Paul Dreher, Nichole Gratton and Rob Andersen didn’t look like plotters, seated at a table at the Newport Natural Foods Café Tuesday afternoon.  But they were busy coming up with ideas that, if they become reality, could transform New... More »

In Craftsbury..ATV ordinance voted down

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by Joseph Gresser CRAFTSBURY — On Tuesday Craftsbury voters overturned an ordinance permitting the use of all-terrain-vehicles (ATVs) in town by a vote of 109 to 86.  Only 195 out of the town’s 946 voters went to the polls, said Town Clerk Yvette Brown. …this ... More »

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Former prison guard gets jail time

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by Joseph Gresser A former corrections officer who admitted smuggling buprenorphine into Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport has earned himself a taste of prison. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to acces... More »

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Supreme court rejects appeal of Ray’s sentence.

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by Joseph Gresser The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected Jeffrey M. Ray’s appeal of his sentence.  Mr. Ray shot and killed Richard Vreeland, his ex-wife’s new husband, in 2015. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to acc... More »

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Blacksmith shop finds new home

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BARTON — Some time ago, Art LaPlante, who is on the Orleans County Fair Association Board, noticed three small, dilapidated buildings just inside the fairgrounds entrance, kind of tucked behind two barns.  …this story and more in the full edition of this week’... More »

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Combat veterans hold ceremony in Derby

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — All at American Legion Post #21 was quiet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday.  A few people stood outside among about 300 motorcycles parked in lines. Inside, members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) were conducting a busines... More »

Having trouble finding a doctor?

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by Elizabeth Cope NEWPORT — The population of Vermont is aging, including doctors, nurses, and allied health care providers of all kinds.  And though the state’s population is projected to break 650,000 in the year 2020, the number of people in Orleans, Essex,... More »

Man denies possession of child porn

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In Superior Court by David Dudley NEWPORT — A West Charleston man pled innocent in the Criminal Division of Orleans County Superior Court to 22 counts of possession of child pornography. …To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subsc... More »

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Stay to Stay-ers come to Newport

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT— Employers have long complained of the difficulty of finding qualified candidates for available jobs in the Northeast Kingdom.  Stay to Stay, a state program to lure new residents to the state, has been in operation for more than a ye... More »