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Police ID Victim in Bethel Shooting; Suspect Pleads Not Guilty (Updated 4:40 p.m.)

Monday, April 27, 2015

East Bethel — Police say a Sunday night shooting on Route 14 that led to a man being airlifted to a hospital was the result of an argument inside the home. Authorities allege homeowner Dennis Dundas, 66, shot visitor Donald Giovanella, 47, with a handgun multiple times after “a dispute broke out,” according to a news release from Vermont State …

Residents Still in Fear After Vigil Held for Springfield, Vt., Shooting Victim

Monday, April 27, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Residents on Sunday evening held a vigil near the site of last week’s fatal shooting on South Street, lending support to the …

A Life: Barbara Yeomans, 1915-2015; ‘A Remarkable Woman Who Had a Very Big Life’

Monday, April 27, 2015

Newport — Age had chosen a resilient, fearless and graceful foe. Though her eyesight and hearing were failing, Barbara Holden Yeomans refused to surrender her …

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 …

Vt. AG Adopts GMO Labeling Rules for Food Retailers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Montpelier — The Vermont Attorney General’s Office adopted new regulations last week for labeling food products containing genetically engineered ingredients sold in Vermont after July 1, 2016. The regulations require manufacturers to place a label anywhere on the package where it can be “easily found” with guidelines on …

Springfield, Vt., Shooting Suspect’s Girlfriend Arrested

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Police have arrested the girlfriend of a Springfield man accused in a fatal weekend shooting on charges that she helped him evade capture. In a joint news release, Springfield police and Vermont State Police said …