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Springfield, Vt., Shooting Suspect Arrested

Friday, April 24, 2015

Springfield,Vt. — Police on Thursday apprehended the man wanted in connection with Saturday’s fatal shooting that left a father of four dead. Following a five-day manhunt, authorities located Gregory Smith, 30, and a girlfriend, Wendy Morris, 25, at a trailer in a campground in South Londonderry, Vt, according to a statement issued by Springfield police and the state’s Major Crime …

Stevens High Taken Off Accreditation Probation

Friday, April 24, 2015

Claremont — Dave Putnam remembers the recent dark days for Stevens High School, literally and figuratively. In March 2010, voters defeated, by the narrowest of …

Private Road Key to Ascutney Land Purchase

Friday, April 24, 2015

Brownsville — Voters likely need to approve an article at the May 5 special town meeting giving the Selectboard authority to buy Deer Run Road …

Community Wanted Sculpture Removed

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barnard — The leaders at BarnArts Center for the Arts, a community arts group, say they had plans to remove a sculpture in the center of town after a person who helped build it was arrested on child …

Fewer Bears In N.H. Fish & Game 10-Year Plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

Concord — New Hampshire’s black bear population is at a record level, according to the state Fish and Game Department. The state is home to an estimated 5,700 black bears. In its proposed 10-year management plan, Fish and …

Vt. Senate Plan Keeps Prison Open

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Appropriations Committee has scrapped plans to shutter Southeast State Correctional Facility. The committee removed language from the budget bill, H.490, that would have initiated a two-year plan to close the Windsor facility, but the committee kept language calling for the Department of Corrections to …

Vt. Senate Panels OKs School Merger Plan

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Senate Education Committee has unanimously passed H.361, the education reform bill, following testimony Wednesday evening from dozens of Vermont parents, teachers, school board members, administrators and citizens. The Senate version of H.361 contains generous incentives to spur more school district mergers. The goal of the …

Paid Sick Leave OK’d in House

Friday, April 24, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to the bill that would require employers to offer three days of paid time off to permanent employees starting in 2016. The House took three hours of debate on the bill before amending it and narrowly passing it …

Quick Actions by Bystanders Help Save Heart Attack Victim

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hanover — When Weiping Liu saw a bicyclist collapse on Route 120 near the Lebanon town line last week, he knew what to do. In fact, he had prepared precisely for this sort of situation starting 13 years …

Lake Fairlee Dam Owner Objects to Tri-Town Proposal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thetford — A month before three towns are set to vote on an $850,000 project to replace the Lake Fairlee Dam, its private owner is voicing objections that could call the deal into jeopardy. In phone interviews this week, Bryan Gregory, 62, a Maine resident who plans to …

Norwich Board Balks at Contract for Town Manager

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Norwich — The Selectboard weighed and appeared ultimately to reject the idea of an employment contract for Town Manager Neil Fulton at its Wednesday night meeting, a discussion for which the town manager was not present. Fulton currently works without a contract and has said he has “no …

Mixed Views on Proposed Walkable Hanover ‘Gateway’

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hanover — A proposal to transform Hanover’s western approach along West Wheelock Street into a walkable district for young professionals drew a number of challenges at a public informational session Tuesday night, including questions about whether it was …

Claremont City Manager Required at Trash Talks

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Claremont — The City Council voted Wednesday night to require the city manager to attend meetings of the transfer station committee until they come to an agreement on the operating deficit of the transfer station. Committee member Joe Osgood made the request in a statement to the council …