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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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Huge crowd packs State House for gun hearing

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018   MONTPELIER – Anyone who might have questioned Vermonters’ passion about gun rights, both pro and con, had only to show up at the State House Tuesday evening where a public hearing was held on three proposed new gun la... More »

Five vie for Newport City Council seat

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018   The city of Newport will have a variety of fireworks at its centennial Annual Meeting. Challengers abound in the race for a two-year city council seat, and there is also a race for the one-year position. Five people a... More »

Derby cuts ties with Derby Line ambulance

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018   DERBY — The select board here signed a contract with Newport Ambulance at their regular meeting Monday. According to board Chair Grant Spates, the decision to cut longstanding ties with Derby Line Ambulance was due to... More »

Caledonian’s suit against Wells dropped

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018   The document filed in U.S. District Court on January 26 was short and to the point. The three civil charges filed by The Caledonian-Record against Ken Wells and the owners of The Newport Daily Express, were to be dism... More »

Ray pleads guilty to second degree murder

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018 NEWPORT — Jeffrey M. Ray faces 20 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder Tuesday morning. His defense team never disputed the fact that Mr. Ray shot and killed his ex-wife’s husband, Rick ... More »

ReNewport narrows projects down to four

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018       NEWPORT — Things did not go exactly as planned at the second reNewport meeting. The gathering on January 17 drew a good crowd of around 100 people. The discussions of potential directions for civic engagement were... More »

New group hopes to bring about change for the good

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018     BARTON — On the one Saturday in recent memory when it’s been warm enough to do something outdoors, a good-sized group of Northeast Kingdom people chose to spend the afternoon in a church basement planning how to bri... More »

The HEAT Squad is coming to the Kingdom

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copyright the Chronicle January 24, 2018       LYNDONVILLE — Northeast Kingdom residents who shivered in their homes during this winter’s cold spell may not have to repeat the experience next year. The HEAT Squad is coming to town. Melanie Paskevich, director ... More »

School funding a priority for legislators

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   Just two weeks into the 2018 legislative session, Governor Phil Scott has given his State of the State speech, but this year’s budget address isn’t scheduled for another week. Behind the scenes, analysts are waiting t... More »

Supporters rally around fired librarian

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   ORLEANS — Parents and others who frequent the Jones Memorial Library here are asking that longtime librarian Joanne Pariseau be reinstated. Ms. Pariseau was fired in late December, after 19 years at the library. The d... More »

Dismissal of murder charge sought

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   NEWPORT — According to a motion filed by Jon Valsangiacomo, the lawyer representing Ryan P. Bacon, 32, of Point Pleasant, New Jersey, the state cannot prove his client committed second-degree murder or voluntary mansl... More »

Bad tenants leave landlords in the lurch

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copyright the Chronicle January 17, 2018   LOWELL — About 19 years ago Joe St. Onge started building his own little faux town. It was quite a vision. He cut the wood off his land on the Pope Road in Lowell, got a portable sawmill to come in and saw the lumber,... More »