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Naked man enters Newport convenience store

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NEWPORT — Many stores have signs out front that say “No shoes, no shirt, no service.” Well, Jimmy Kwik Store in Newport might soon be putting up a sign saying, “Clothing mandatory.” On Wednesday, at around 1:30 p.m., a man walked into the local convenience store wearing nothing at all. A store employee who was…

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Students in the Law Enforcement Response Actions for CBRNE Incidents (LERA) course secure a potential crime scene that may include hazardous materials. Photo courtesy of U.S. FEMA.

Vermont unveils new Disaster Response Vehicles

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MONTPELIER – The state of Vermont has a new tool at its disposal to assist first responders identify and combat several hazards in the state. The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (VT DEMHS) has taken delivery on two vehicles that will assist in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) monitoring and…

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Rifle deer season starts Saturday in Vermont

in Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30. “Vermont’s pre-hunt deer population is estimated at approximately 135,000 this year with the greatest numbers of deer found in the southwest, east-central, and northwestern regions of the state,” said Deer Project…

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Tar sands oil talk to be held at Lyndon State College

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LYNDONVILLE — The Lyndon State Psychology and Human Services department will be hosting an event, “The People versus Big Oil: How Local Democracy Stood up to the Fossil Fuel Industry,” on November 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the Moore Community Room at Lyndon State College. This event will provide critical information about the Montreal-Portland oil…

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First snowfall causes single-vehicle crash on I-91

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COVENTRY — The first real snowfall this season was the cause of at least one accident in Orleans County on Friday, after a 33-year-old woman from Barton lost control of her vehicle on I-91. Police are reporting that they responded to a single-vehicle accident northbound on I-91 in Coventry at around 3:25 p.m. They say…

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Local election results for Orleans County

in News/Vermont

NEWPORT — An election season that saw some of the fiercest campaigning for State’s Attorney in recent local history, came to an end last night. Jennifer Barrett came out on top of the hotly contested race, winning over 1,500 more votes than James Lillicrap. We’d like to congratulate all candidates for their hard work, and…

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Man assaulted with mace and baseball bat then robbed in Craftsbury

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CRAFTSBURY — A 48-year-old man from Craftsbury was the victim of an assault and robbery on Tuesday night. Police are reporting that at 8:30 p.m., they responded to the incident that took place at the victim’s home, located at 47 East Craftsbury Road. Richard Gutzmann informed police that two subjects had stopped at his residence…

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Three from Newport held in New York after local auto theft

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NEWPORT — Three people from the Newport area are currently being held in Essex County, New York, after being caught traveling in a vehicle that was stolen in Newport Center, earlier in the week. Police are saying that Adam Tatro, Samantha Shephard, and Kevin West, were taken into custody on Thursday afternoon. Earlier in the…

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Country radio 94.5 FM comes to Newport area

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NEWPORT — Newport and Orleans County’s first FM country music radio station is now playing over the airwaves on 94.5 FM. The station is playing Hot New Country from its studio in the WMOO/WIKE building on the Derby Road. The new country music radio station broadcasts from a tower in central Orleans County, which provides…

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Car stolen in Newport Center – Vandalism in Irasburg

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NEWPORT — Police are looking to speak to anyone who may have information about two separate incidents that occurred in the past few days, where one man had his vehicle stolen, and another his payloaders vandalized. Yesterday, Terry Verdon, 39, of Newport Center, called to report his 2005, blue Hyundai Elantra taken from his residence…

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A successful first season for Now Playing Newport music series

in Arts and Entertainment/Newport/News

NEWPORT — The Now Playing Newport music series has successfully completed its first season. Over 100 artists provided a wide spectrum of music and over 650 people attended the 9 programs presented. All in all it was a great start to a great series. Now Playing Newport is the only regular year-round music series in…

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Man arrested after driving snowmobile along Route 5 in Derby

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DERBY LINE — Some people just can’t wait for snowmobile season to arrive here in the Northeast Kingdom. A man was arrested on Saturday afternoon in Derby Line, when U.S. Border Patrol and the Vermont State Police questioned him after he was spotted driving a snowmobile on Route 5. According to a statement issued by…

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Runners in this year's Halloween Hustle at the starting line. Photos courtesy of Phil White.

A ghoulish Halloween Hustle through Newport

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/Newport/News

NEWPORT — Runners showed up on Saturday in their finest Halloween costumes for the 10K, 5K, and 1 mile runs, in this year’s Halloween Hustle. Participants came to Newport from all over Vermont and New York, as well as Quebec City, Sutton, Waterloo, and Bromont. There was even a strong contingent from Newport Elementary School.…

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Man pleads not guilty after allegedly running over woman’s arm after fight

in Newport/News

NEWPORT — A Newport man pled not guilty in Orleans County Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of first-degree aggravated domestic assault and second-degree aggravated domestic assault with a prior conviction, after he allegedly ran over his girlfriend’s arm on the Airport Road in Coventry, after the couple had a fight. Police received a 911…

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Newport Dispatch News celebrates one year up and running

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It all started in Derby Line last October. I was driving in my 1991 Saab, coming across the border on Route 5, when I heard Native American drumming. As I pulled into Irving, I saw a group of protesters gathered outside, banging drums and holding up signs saying “We stand with the Mi’kmaq Nation.” They…

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Local FairPoint workers forming a picket line along Route 5 in Derby.

Local FairPoint workers take to the streets

in Derby/Newport/News/Vermont

NEWPORT — Local FairPoint workers took to the streets in Newport and Derby this week, after going on strike as of 12:01 a.m., October 17. Workers have gathered holding picket signs outside Orleans County Courthouse in Newport, and along Route 5 in Derby. A union spokesman said that all members are joining in the strike…

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(back row left to right) Marianna Barrett, Justin Bouchard, Cooper Brueck, Ian Applegate, Charlie Thompson, (front row) Frankie Thompson, Corbin Brueck, Arne Bannach, Noah Fortin.

Youth learning to connect with the Clyde River

in Arts and Entertainment/Derby/News/Outdoors

DERBY — The Clyde River has a long tradition of kids spending time outdoors along its reach. From paddling its swiftwater sections, fishing for brookies in deep pools, jigging for smelt on winter ice, hunting forest partridge along its wooded margins, or simply skipping rocks after swimming on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, these days…

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Judy Davis speaking about the use of shrubs like blueberries as buffers.

Neighborhood workshop on Lake Memphremagog spreads knowledge and blueberry bushes

in Derby/Newport/News/Outdoors

NEWPORT — On a recent beautiful fall morning, neighbors on Derby Bay gathered by Lake Memphremagog to learn about the importance of shoreland buffers. Dr. Perry Thomas, professor of aquatic biology at CCV, spoke with the group about the impressive variety of plant and animal life found by lake shores, helping them understand the value…

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Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Conference

in Craftsbury/News

NEWPORT — The Northeast Kingdom Farm-to-School Conference is taking place on November 5, in Craftsbury. The conference will be exploring ways Farm to School Programs can celebrate, grow, and thrive. The conference is ideal for preschool – 12 educators, food service professionals, Farm to School Coordinators, administrators, farmers, parents, and students. The conference is an…

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