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127 inmates, 10 staff members test positive as Newport prison outbreak surges

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NEWPORT — There are 100 new cases of Covid-19 among incarcerated individuals and eight new staff cases in the outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. The cases were detected in testing conducted yesterday. There are currently 127 positive incarcerated cases and ten positive staff cases at the facility. Health officials say contact tracing…

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Mayor Monette headed to 7th term, voters approve water tower

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Voters in Newport have elected Paul Monette to serve as mayor for the seventh time, as well as gave their approval to build a new water tower in the city during voting today. Monette received a total of 246 votes, with Carl King grabbing 77 votes, and Jesse Elliott receiving 64. Chris Vachon…

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David Perron of Glover wins $5K ice shack

in Glover/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local ice fisherman David Perron is walking away with an early birthday gift this year after his wife purchased two tickets in his name for the Newport Recreation Committee’s SnoPro Ice Shack raffle. Perron was shopping at Walmart last Saturday when he got the call that his name was drawn as the winner…

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Man arrested after stabbing incident in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Newport man is facing charges after he allegedly stabbed someone during an altercation on Saturday. Police say 24-year-old Dakota Deslandes was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a weapon. Newport Police say they were notified at around 1:00 p.m. that a fight broke out in the parking lot of the post…

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Staff member, 21 inmates at Newport prison test positive for COVID-19

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT – Vermont Department of Corrections is reporting a Covid-19 outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport. The DOC says one staff member and 21 incarcerated individuals tested positive for the virus. The 22 total cases were detected in testing conducted on Tuesday. The facility was placed in full lockdown upon receipt of…

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Fire at Ethan Allen Mill, worker injured

in Newport/News/Orleans

ORLEANS — One person was injured after a fire broke out at the Ethan Allen Mill in Orleans on Wednesday. Emergency workers were notified of the incident at around 4:30 p.m. Orleans Fire Chief E.J. Rowell told a reporter from WCAX that when firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke coming from a 55-gallon drum. A…

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DHART helicopter lands in Newport after snowmobile crash

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Local emergency workers and a DHART helicopter were called out to Newport following a snowmobile crash this morning. The Newport Center Volunteer Fire Department (NCVFD) said they responded along with Newport Ambulance Service (NAS) to the area of Clark Mountain Road at around 11:45 a.m. Newport City Fire was requested to respond with…

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Front row, L to R: Kit Basom, Craftsbury General Store; Lisa and Gary Tatro, Tatro's; Kristy Lamare, C-Village Store; Chef Nadav. Second row: Runners Barb Flint, Barb Strong, Heidi Rich, Kris Coville (catering coordinator), and Lori Mathez. Back row: Runners Suzanne Griffiths, Paul Gruhler, Bob Griffiths. (not pictured - P. Doherty, team organizer)

Craftsbury Community Care Center “out” of outbreak, still watchful

in Craftsbury/Newport/News

CRAFTSBURY — With no new positives since early January, the Craftsbury Community Care Center is deemed out of December’s Covid-19 outbreak. The center says residents are doing well, and some restrictions are easing. The Care Center mourns the loss of two residents to the virus and says they are extremely grateful for the recovery of…

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Driver facing multiple charges after hit-and-run in Barton

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — A 28-year-old man from Connecticut was arrested on multiple charges following a hit-and-run crash in Barton on Thursday. The two-vehicle crash took place on Church Street at around 1:50 p.m. One of the vehicles involved in the crash left the scene and continued north on I-91. Police initiated a traffic stop on Alexander…

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Owner optimistic as former UPS Store moves forward as Derby-Port Press

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Despite being thrust into the spotlight over the last few days and having to end his franchise with UPS, store owner Michael Desautels is optimistic about the future of his business in downtown Newport. Desautels says that moving forward, Derby-Port Press, a print company he purchased in 2018, will continue to operate from…

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Extra 3SquaresVT food benefits through March

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Those receiving federal aid for food will see their benefits increased for February and March, the state has announced. The Department for Children and Families (DCF) says that the extra help is part of the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill. DCF also says it will not permanently change a household’s monthly benefit and is…

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Head-on collision in Newport Center turns fatal

in Charleston/Jay/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A 69-year-old resident of Jay has died from injuries he sustained earlier this month when he was hit head-on by another vehicle in Newport Center. Authorities say Bruce Santaw was rushed to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on February 9, where he was unresponsive and ultimately passed away three days later. The two-vehicle crash…

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CBP plans to build surveillance towers in Derby, North Troy

in Derby/Newport/News/North Troy

DERBY LINE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is planning to construct two new video surveillance towers 120 feet high along the U.S.-Canadian border in Derby and North Troy. Through the use of these towers, they say they will be able to survey rural areas and classify illegal entries without committing numerous agents in…

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ACT awarded $28K in tax credits to help bring Albany General Store back to life

in Albany/Newport/News

ALBANY — Governor Phil Scott recently announced the allocation of $28,220 in state tax credits to Albany Community Trust. The Albany General Store was devastated by fire back in early 2014 and was forced to close. It was purchased by Albany Community Trust, a non-profit that plans to re-open the store as a small retail…

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Snowmobile fire destroys 111-year-old covered bridge in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Authorities say a snowmobile was the cause of a fire that destroyed a covered bridge in Troy this morning. At around 11:00 a.m. authorities were alerted to a snowmobile fire on the covered bridge on Veilleux Road. Investigators say a group of snowmobilers had been traveling across the bridge when one of the…

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Covered bridge fire, collapse in Troy

in Newport/News/Troy

TROY — Veilleux Road covered bridge by River Road in Troy has collapsed due to a fire that broke out earlier today. The road is currently impassable due to the fire and collapse of the bridge into the river below. Authorities say the closure is expected to last until further notice when a replacement bridge…

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TD Bank in Barton robbed

in Barton/Newport/News

BARTON — Police are looking for a man who robbed a bank in Barton Thursday afternoon. At around 6:00 p.m. police received a report of a robbery at TD Bank. Police say an unknown male entered the bank demanding money from the tellers and threatening the use of a weapon. The man took an undisclosed…

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Parker Pie raising money to help to feed the community

in Newport/News/West Glover

WEST GLOVER — Parker Pie has been working this winter to address food insecurity and access issues caused by the pandemic with a new program to help feed the community. In 2020, they participated in the Vermont Everyone Eats program. With the help of Hardwick’s Center for an Agricultural Economy, the LocalVore app, and many…

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