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Shumlin Ends Single-Payer Push

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Montpelier — Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The …

Shumlin's Single-Payer Decision Draws Mixed Response

Thursday, December 18, 2014

White River Junction — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement Wednesday that he would not ask the Vermont Legislature to pass taxes and fees to pay for …

Lebanon Board OKs School Proposal

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Lebanon — A divided School Board on Wednesday narrowly adopted a $38.8 million budget proposal that voters will be asked to approve in March, along …

Hartford Budget Adds Jobs

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hartford — Now is the time to restore Hartford’s depleted municipal workforce, the town manager told town leaders as he presented a proposed budget that would result in an 8.9 percent increase to Hartford’s municipal tax rate. Nearly half of the $957,000 increase would go toward funding several …

2 Charged in So. Royalton Brawl

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

White River Junction — A 31-year-old Royalton man has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a weekend fight outside a South Royalton home. Police allege Travis French-Dyer walked onto Jeremy Colson’s property on Sunday afternoon and beat him with the butt of a shotgun, which he had …

Corinth Lawyer Will Lead Vt. PBS

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Corinth — A telecommunications lawyer from the Upper Valley has been named the new president and CEO of Vermont PBS, public television’s statewide affiliate. Corinth resident Holly Groschner’s appointment was announced Monday, and she plans to start the …

Memories on Paper: Middle School Students, Kendal Residents Share Journals

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What happens when a group of seventh-graders born into the age of Twitter, Instagram and texting become pen pals with women and men born into the age of the Smith-Corona typewriter, the public pay phone and the 78 …

Students Write About What Might Await Behind a Door

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages Vermont and New Hampshire students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences and on web sites, youngwritersproject.org, vtdigger.org, vpr.net and cowbird.com. Young Writers Project also publishes a monthly digital magazine, …

Lebanon High School First Quarter Honor Roll

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Grade 9 High Honors: Kainat Altaf, Jaret Armstrong, Benjamin Ask, Edward Bieszczad, Hunter Boutin, Samantha Brady, Clarisse Brown, Meredith Cocklin, Ethan Daly, Matthew Eylander, Tyson Goracke, Rachel Grohbrugge, Cecilia Hampton, Shelby Hanks, Alexander Hill, Madison Hunt, Samantha Jones, Sachin Kamath, Fatima Khan, Sabrina Lawrence, Quinn LeCain, Zoe Liebold, …

Windsor High School 1st Quarter Honor Roll

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

High Honors 7th Grade: Angelina Bigwood, Maxwell Clifford, Morgan Coffran, Dylan DeSchamp, Ryan Ducharme, Haley Fortin, Asa Gadis, Aria Kelly, Andrew Kelly-Jacobs, Austyn Larson, Madison McCorkle, Justin McKenrick, Caleb Meagher, Lillian Merriam, Alexianna Merrill, Harrison Morse, Olivia Rockwood, Elizabeth Wilson. 8th Grade: Joshua Gaudette, Margaret Gilman, Ryland Richardson, …

Deadline for Single-Payer Approaching

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gov. Peter Shumlin and his team say they will release their single-payer financing plan by Dec. 30, but as of last week, the Department of Health Reform was still running numbers. The Shumlin administration continues to explore different economic scenarios and examine the results. If they’re unsatisfactory, the …

Remembering the Victims: Gun Violence Vigil Held in Norwich on Anniversary of Newtown, Conn., Shooting

Monday, December 15, 2014

Norwich — A crowd of about 80 lined the fence at the corner of Main and Church Streets Sunday night for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting and other incidences of gun violence. …

A Life: Fran Hyde ‘Loved Her Community and Felt It Was Important to Give Back’

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — A journalist turned farmer’s wife, Frances “Fran” Hyde was known to some as “the lady in the blue truck” for the many trips she made hauling silage and other feed between the family properties on …