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$150 million settlement reached to reimburse Jay Peak and Burke Mountain creditors

in Jay Peak/Newport/News

NEWPORT — An announcement was made today involving a $150 million settlement agreement with financial firm Raymond James Financial, Inc., over its role in the alleged fraud relating to EB-5 projects in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. This sum includes $4.5 million from a settlement VDFR reached in June 2016, and $145.5 million the company agreed to…

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    UCA "Week of Missions" team in front of the Disney Pavilion in the Florida Hospital for Children.

United Christain Academy students head to Florida to serve others

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — United Christian Academy’s entire 22-student high school, under the direction of Kimberlee Strepka and Paul Gandy, traveled to Orlando last Wednesday with the purpose of providing students the opportunity to serve others. The Bronze Ambassadors, UCA’s premiere handbell choir, will be performing at four locations during this six-day trip. The locations include the…

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Newport man facing serious charges after alleged BB gun assault

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Newport man is facing serious jail time after police say he shot up his friend’s vehicle with a semi-automatic BB gun back in March. Tyler Grenier, 18, was in court to face charges stemming from the incident that took place in Newport on March 28. Newport Police officer Royce Lancaster stated in…

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Local youth trained in ATV safety at North Country Hospital

in Health/Newport

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital, Safe Kids VT, and Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association held a half-day classroom training to teach local youth the importance of safe riding and following the rules when riding ATV’s. Trained instructors from VASA conducted the four-hour training. The students even enjoyed a visit from local Game Wardens Jenna Reed, Jason…

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Free screening of Forgotten Farms at Newport City Cinema March 30th

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport

NEWPORT — The Orleans County Conservation District will be hosting a free community viewing of the documentary film “Forgotten Farms,” that examines class divides in our farm and food communities, followed by a discussion panel with filmmakers, local dairy farmers and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Agricultural Director, Nancy Everhart. The screening will take place…

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Driver injured after hitting a deer on I-91 in Derby

in Derby/Newport/News

DERBY — A driver was injured after hitting a deer on I-91 in Derby early Sunday morning. At around 12:00 a.m. police responded to the single-vehicle crash, near exit 28. Zachary Paradowski, 24, of Newport, was headed south when his 2016 Subaru Forester struck a deer in the roadway, police say. The vehicle received extensive…

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    All photos courtesy of Beth Barnes.

Fire destroys Newport home

in Fire/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Newport City home was destroyed after a fire broke out Tuesday night. At around 8:45 p.m. the Newport City Fire Department responded to the scene, located at 54 Raymond Avenue. Authorities say they found the residence unoccupied at the time, and the fire had already heavily engulfed the garage and home. The…

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Tragic crash takes life of Newport man, Derby woman

in Derby/Lowell/Newport/News

LOWELL — Two Orleans County residents were killed in a tragic two-car collision that took place in Lowell on Monday. Police say 45-year-old Gordon Farrar, of Newport, was traveling northbound on Vermont 100, when his 2007 Chevrolet Colorado crossed the centerline into the path of a southbound 2008 Dodge Caliber, being driven by Joanne Nolin,…

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Vermont unemployment rate drops, Derby still highest unemployment rate in the state

in Derby/Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — The Vermont Department of Labor says that the state’s unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of 1 percent in January to 3.1 percent, but that Derby still has the highest unemployment rate in Vermont. Overall, Vermont’s unemployment rate was tied for seventh lowest in the country for the same time period. Unemployment in Vermont’s 17…

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Early morning crash on Western Avenue in Newport

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Newport Police responded to a motor vehicle crash this morning that involved a tractor-trailer on Western Avenue. The incident took place at approximately 7:45 a.m. Police say that an 18-year-old male in a Chevy Cobalt was traveling on Mount Vernon Street and attempted to turn right on Western Avenue, when his car…

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North Country Hospital named one of the top Critical Access Hospitals in the country

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. North Country Hospital scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. “This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best care possible…

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Inmate in Newport prison dies after apparent suicide attempt

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — Authorities say the inmate who attempted suicide at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport last week, has died. At around 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, Joshua Bittner, 26, of Fairfax was found hanging in his cell. Police say their initial investigation shows that Bittner’s injuries were self-inflicted, but they are continuing to investigate the…

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Two-car crash on I-91 in Newport

in Holland/Irasburg/Newport/News

NEWPORT — A two-car crash took place on I-91 in Newport this morning. At around 8:00 a.m. police were dispatched to the scene, located near mile marker 170 on I-91 North. Both lanes of travel were temporarily blocked, and visibility was limited at the time due to gusting wind. According to police, Melanie Butler, 41,…

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Police: Suicide attempt at Newport prison

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — An inmate at the Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport is in critical condition after authorities say he tried to commit suicide on Thursday. At around 10 p.m. police were notified by the Department of Corrections staff of an inmate that had been found hanging in his cell by a cellmate. Staff at…

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    Manor resident Donald receives a warm welcome to the festivities from SkillsUSA members Aimie Morse and Morgan Bonneau.
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    SkillsUSA members take a break from the festivities: standing from left, Allison Fletcher, Sabrina Carter, Jose Bastita (NCCC Co-op coordinator), Dannica Limlaw, Presleigh Chase, Brianna Crouch, Morgan Bonneau, Aimie Morse, Alexia Danner and Ashley Martin; kneeling, SkillsUSA Advisor Celine Champine.

Students from North Country Career Center bring “Beach Bash” to Michaud Manor

in Derby Line/Newport

DERBY LINE — SkillsUSA students from North Country Career Center in Newport hosted a prom at Michaud Manor in Derby Line for residents and their families. This marks the third year that SkillsUSA members have coordinated this mid-winter event, which was the brainchild of a former SkillsUSA student who worked at Michaud Manor. This year’s…

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