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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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Ovitt pleads guilty to embezzling from Jay Peak

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  by Joseph Gresser BURLINGTON — An Enosburg Falls woman who admitted embezzling more than $125,000 from Jay Peak Resort, will remain free on conditions until she is sentenced on December 18. Sara L. Ovitt, who worked for the resort from 2014 to May 2019, appe... More »

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Quiros pleads guilty to three charges

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  by Joseph Gresser The criminal charges filed by the federal government against Ariel Quiros, the former owner of Jay Peak and Burke Mountain resorts, are nearing resolution.  Mr. Quiros, 64, of Key Biscayne, Florida, pled guilty Friday to three of the 12 fel... More »

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Starr, Horton, Young and Strong elected

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Senator John Rodgers will be a candidate for reelection in November, but only as an independent.  His bid to get the Democratic nomination by the hard road of write-in votes failed Tuesday night, as Ron Horton claimed the second spot on the ticket next to incu... More »

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In Coventry… ATV ordinance reinstated

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  by Meghan Wayland   COVENTRY — By a vote of 290 to 142, Coventry voted Tuesday to keep an ordinance that opened all town roads to ATVs.  The ordinance had come under fire from townspeople who said the select board failed to gather adequate community input pr... More »

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Old booze bottles get a new use

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  by Emmett Avery GREENSBORO — Empty liquor bottles spill out of a bin in front of the old barn in downtown Greensboro.  At first glance, you might think the residents of the property have a drinking problem.  But if you look a little closer, you’ll see that t... More »

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Steele gets prison for starving cows

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by Joseph Gresser NEWPORT — Donovan Steele held his hands out as Orleans County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Morrill fitted handcuffs to his wrists Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Steele, 27, and a resident of Kapaa, Hawaii, stood in the smaller of the two courtrooms in Orlea... More »

Widespread concerns about school reopening

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  by Meghan Wayland Teachers and administrators shared their concerns with state legislators on the House Committee on Education Thursday during a discussion of reopening plans.  Staffing was top among them. There is widespread concern about a teaching shortag... More »

Jay nurse on the frontline of the pandemic

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by Meghan Wayland   North Country Hospital employee Hannah Johnson spent two months — mid-April to mid-June — as a COVID nurse in a hot spot.  In those weeks, out of hundreds of intensive care coronavirus patients admitted to the New Jersey hospital where she ... More »

Who’s running in the August 11 Primary?

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   This year offers plenty of choices for the state’s highest offices, if not always for local races. No fewer than four Republicans are vying for the chance to unseat Representative Peter Welch, the state’s lone delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. ... More »

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A farewell to Currier’s market

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Currier’s Quality Market in Glover closed on Friday, July 31.  Jim Currier bought the store 53 years ago and has operated it, along with family members, ever since.  The store has a buyer, and it will reopen but not for two or three months while renovations ar... More »