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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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Prisoners favor new anti-addiction drug

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by Joseph Gresser copyright the Chronicle  5-15-13 NEWPORT — Some inmates at Northern State Correctional Facility here are exploring new frontiers in prison contraband.  In the past month or so, several people have appeared in the Orleans Criminal Division of ... More »

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Lake Region ranked third among Vermont high schools

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 5-1-13 Lake Region Union High School has been named the third best public high school in Vermont for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report, which annually ranks high schools throughout the country.  Last year it ranked Lake R... More »

News analysis: The high cost of clean power

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by Chris Braithwaite copyright the Chronicle 4-17-2013 BARTON — Solar energy may come to town soon at the Barton Solar Farm at 1603 Glover Road.  A fairly large project at 1.8 megawatts (MW), it would produce the amount of power consumed, on average, by more t... More »

Climate, crime rate draw buyers to the Kingdom

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 4-10-2013 When Karl Hayden and Jenny Lauer decided to leave Colorado, one of the things they were looking for in a new home was water.  Mr. Hayden worked as supervisor at a pharmaceutical firm, and Ms. Lauer as an administ... More »

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IROC’s champion hasn’t given up hope

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by Tena Starr copyright the Chronicle 4-3-13 NEWPORT — Phil White, IROC’s most visible and stubborn defender, wasn’t particularly anxious to talk about the place on Monday morning.  The night before he’d succumbed to what was pretty much inevitable by then. Fo... More »

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Senate passes weakened wind power bill

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copyright the Chronicle  3-27-13 by Paul Lefebvre MONTPELIER — A legislative push to give towns and regional planning commissions more say in the siting of industrial wind towers appears to be dead, following a preliminary vote here Tuesday in the Senate. The ... More »

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News analysis: A detailed look at the promise of new jobs

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copyright the Chronicle 3-20-13 by Tena Starr The Northeast Kingdom has long been Vermont’s Cinderella stepchild — pretty and poor.  It’s the region with the consistently highest unemployment rates, lower than average wages, arguably best scenery, and a cultur... More »

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Welcome to the era of Big Sugar

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by Chris Braithwaite  copyright 3-13-2013 BARTON — When Adam Parke and Todd Scelza “sweetened the pans” and drew off their first 165 gallons of maple syrup Monday night, it was the culmination of ten months’ work and an investment of a quarter of a million dol... More »

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Newport Center man’s body found in Lake Memphremagog

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by Richard Creaser copyright the Chronicle 3-4-2013 NEWPORT CENTER — A missing Newport Center man’s body was found Monday afternoon by State Police divers in Lake Memphremagog.  Vermont State Police Lieutenant Kirk Cooper said he was 53-year-old Jacques LeBlan... More »

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GMP agrees to pay Chronicle publisher

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by Paul Lefebvre copyright the Chronicle 2-27-2013 Two months after it was filed, Chronicle publisher Chris Braithwaite has prevailed in his suit against the utility and wind developer Green Mountain Power (GMP). In an announcement Tuesday, Mr. Braithwaite sai... More »