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3 Men to be Charged in Pat O’Hagan Murder

ST. JOHNSBURY — Authorities are saying they believe that they now know who killed Pat O’Hagan, the 78 year old Sheffield resident who was abducted from her home in September of 2010. State police say Keith Baird, 33, will be charged with first-degree murder, burglary and kidnapping. Richard Fletcher, 27, will face first-degree murder, kidnapping… Keep Reading


Brian Smith Elected: Municipal Budget Approved Despite Increase

DERBY — Selectman Brian Smith was elected back into office on Tuesday. Smith, the board chairman, defeated challenger Robert Ovitt. The total vote was 570 to 167. Ovitt had expected to challenge Selectmen Steve Gendreau, making the race a bit of a foregone conclusion. Nevertheless, Ovitt stated that he would run again in the future.… Keep Reading


21 Horses Rescued from Starvation and Neglect in Lyndonville

LYNDONVILLE — On Saturday night 21 horses were rescued from the Bona Ranch in Lyndonville, following a rescue organized by the Elizabeth Brown Humane Society. The Caledonia County Sheriff’s Department had been made aware of the situation at the ranch before, responding to reports of lack of proper food and water. After a complaint came… Keep Reading


Lowell Voters Oppose Anti-Wind Resolution

LOWELL — Town Meeting Day voters in Lowell voted against an article opposing Green Mountain Power’s Kingdom Community Wind project. The anti-wind resolution was passed over in 2012, and was brought back this year after resident Ed Wesolow took the issue to the Vermont Supreme Court. In a vote of 110 to 27, voters showed… Keep Reading


Bill Passes to Ban Smoking in a Car with Children

MONTPELIER — On Friday the Vermont House passed a bill that would ban smoking in partially enclosed locations, including smoking tobacco in a car where a minor is present. According to a press release, smoking would be banned inside locations at schools, workplaces, hotels, and places of public access.   “This public health measure continues… Keep Reading


Cows Killed During Barn Fire in Morrisville on Friday

MORRISVILLE — About six cows were killed on Friday as a fire ripped through a barn owned by Dwayne Lamphear of L&L Farms in Morrisville. The fire was reported by a passerby who saw smoke coming from the 340 foot cattle barn located on the property. The Morrisville Fire Departments responded to the scene at… Keep Reading


In His Own Words: Corey Therrien for Newport City Council

NEWPORT — Corey Therrien, who is running for Newport City Council, sat down for an interview with Newport Dispatch last night at Montgomery Cafe, to talk about why he decided to run, and what makes him the best choice for the job. Newport Dispatch has put together some of the conversation to introduce Mr. Therrien… Keep Reading


Weather-Related Accident in Irasburg on Wednesday

IRASBURG — The strong winds and blowing snow yesterday afternoon led to an accident in Irasburg. At around 2:20 p.m. the Vermont State Police responded to a single car crash on Vermont Route 58, near Houston Heights. Lawrence Monfette, 52, of Newport, was driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty when he lost control of his vehicle… Keep Reading


Vermont Businesses Call for Passage of GMO Labeling Legislation

MONTPELIER — Today, business leaders representing a broad cross section of Vermont’s food industry, including suppliers, manufactures, and retailers, gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier to urge lawmakers to pass mandatory GMO labeling legislation, H.112. Representatives from Ben & Jerry’s, Two Guys in Vermont, New Chapter, Black River Produce, Healthy Living, Liz Lovely, and VBSR,… Keep Reading


Fire Destroys Home in Greensboro on Sunday

GREENSBORO — On Sunday morning the Greensboro Fire Department responded to 800 Eligo Lake Road for a reported structure fire. First responding fire personnel reported that there was heavy smoke within the residence upon their arrival and the home quickly engulfed in flames when forced entry was made through the front door. Mutual Aid was… Keep Reading

Arts and Entertainment/Feature

QNEK Productions Ready for 21st Season

DERBY LINE — Casting is complete for the 21st season at QNEK Productions. This year QNEK, the international theatre company in residence at the Haskell Opera House, will stage four shows, starting May 2 with the production of Boeing, Boeing. The season will conclude October 18 with Wait Until Dark, directed by Susan-Lynn Johns. QNEK… Keep Reading


Kevin Paquet Movie Review: The Lego Movie

“The Lego Movie” is rated PG, and is now showing at Waterfront Cinemas in Newport. by Kevin Paquet When children’s entertainment fails, it’s usually because the people telling the story started with a tale for adults and then stripped away the objectionable bits until only the most inoffensive and disjointed components remain. A good work… Keep Reading


Keep Exits Clear of Ice and Snow

NEWPORT — Director Michael Desrochers of the Vermont Division of Fire Safety reminds all building owners and property managers to keep exit doors and fire escapes clear of ice and snow accumulations. The heavy snows we have already seen this winter, and the likelihood of further snowfall, requires greater vigilance to insure that these critical… Keep Reading


Addressing Homelessness and Housing Issues in Newport

NEWPORT — Wednesday night at the monthly Community Commons meeting at the Gateway Center in Newport, the topic was housing. The meeting was a way to bring together the facts, to identify the need, and to come together to try and come up with a solution. When it comes to addressing the issue of homelessness… Keep Reading


Vermonters Urged to Check Snow Loads on Roofs

NEWPORT — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Public Safety, and Department of Health are urging farm and home owners to diligently monitor their roofs and clear off snow if necessary and if it can be done so safely. Rain and mixed precipitation forecast for parts of Vermont on Thursday night and Friday are… Keep Reading


Not Your Neighborhood Police Vehicle: VSP Acquire Military Surplus

NEWPORT — The Vermont State Police is one of over 160 law enforcement agencies across the nation that recently acquired an armored tactical vehicle through the Defense Department’s national military surplus program. With the ending of the Iraq War, and the winding down of the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has 11,000 heavily armored vehicles… Keep Reading

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