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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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Roger Pion denies nine criminal charges

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Roger A. Pion, 41, of Newport denied making death threats to members of his family and domestic assault during a hearing in Orleans Superior Court on December 19. He pled innocent to nine counts of criminal threatening and three of ... More »

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Barton students dig deep into family lore

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by Meghan Wayland BARTON —Leah Wells discovered that her great-great-grandmother had been featured in Vermont Life magazine.  Bryson Poginy discovered that his pépé spent his childhood working with 11 siblings on the family farm in Barton.  Brooklynne Matten d... More »

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New machine at wastewater plant in Newport

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Pedro Grondin and his team gave themselves and the city a slightly early Christmas present by cranking up Newport’s new dewatering system.  The machine will add to the capabilities of the city’s wastewater treatment facility by remo... More »

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Expanded trails open the winter world to all

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by Meghan Wayland EAST CHARLESTON — “The big selling point of the trail is the view,” said Sam Perron, sustainable forestry coordinator at Northwoods Stewardship Center.  He was talking about the newly expanded Echo Lake Trail that opens on December 28 at Nort... More »

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Operation Santa delivers gifts to 250

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by Joseph Gresser DERBY — The lobby at the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department was decorated for Christmas Friday.  In addition to a tree with a couple of wrapped boxes beneath, a table full of goodies hinted at a celebration to come. The building was filled w... More »

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Young students work hard to go to work

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by Tena Starr BARTON — It all started with a roll of Barracuda tape — and led to days like Monday when seven excited boys scrambled for the door at E.M. Brown and Son here.  One might have thought they were headed to an exciting field trip, and in a way they w... More »

365 pounds of cocaine apprehended at Derby Line

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Federal authorities say they busted a man trying to smuggle 365 pounds of cocaine into Canada through the Derby Line Port of Entry on December 5. Anthony Watson, special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, said in an affidavit that Jason Nelson was... More »

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Trespass and drug charges in Glover denied

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When a woman went to her mother’s home in Glover she found a red truck parked in the drive with two men and a woman seated inside, police say. …this story and more in the full edition of this week’s paper. Subscribe now to access our e-version or to have it de... More »

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Kempton bridge dispute resolved

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by Tena Starr   LOWELL — A back road bridge that has been the subject of a lawsuit against the town of Lowell, as well as several contentious meetings, has finally been replaced.  The lawsuit has been dropped. In the end the state chipped in $175,000.  Lowell ... More »

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Santas come out for Halo

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The annual Santa Run and Festival, to benefit the Halo Foundation drew dozens of Santas to Orleans Saturday.  The Halo Foundation provides financial support to Orleans County residents who are dealing with cancer. …this story and more in the full edition of th... More »