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Area Officials: Be Prepared

Monday, January 26, 2015

West Lebanon — Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency Monday afternoon and encouraged drivers to stay off the roadways as a nor’easter threatens to dump more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the Granite State. “With possible whiteout and blizzard-like conditions throughout the day, Granite Staters should stay at home if at all possible and avoid …

DHMC Units Beset By Flu

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lebanon — An influenza outbreak in three units at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has prompted hospital officials to offer preventive treatments to patients and staffers in …

Tax Bill Closes Eatery

Monday, January 26, 2015

Claremont — Time-Out Grill, a Mulberry Street business owned by city councilor Nick Koloski, has been shut down by the Department of Revenue Administration for …

Claremont Board OKs School Spending Plan

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Claremont — In a 4-2 vote Wednesday night, the school board adopted a $31 million operating budget that is lower than this year’s, but carries a tax increase of 55 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation because non-tax revenues are down about $377,000. To achieve a board directive …

Jury Views Evidence Video in Murder Trial

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Newport — Members of Kelly Robarge’s family grabbed a box of tissues and held one another close on a court bench Wednesday as they braced themselves to watch a video police took while walking an old logging trail …

Will Vt. State Dog Be the Beagle?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Montpelier — Hang on, Snoopy, at least one Vermont lawmaker wants to make the beagle its state dog. State Sen. John Rodgers, D-Glover, has introduced legislation which would establish that “The State Dog shall be the beagle,” effective …

John Gregg: Border Concerns a Sticky Subject

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Anti-obesity advocates are pushing for an excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Vermont, but they are running into some opposition in the Upper Valley. Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell on Tuesday came out forcefully against the proposal, saying that while he believes “very strongly” in helping Vermonters …

State OKs School Merger; Bethel Among Towns Affected

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

South Royalton — The Vermont State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to dissolve the Windsor Northwest Supervisory Union and fold its five member districts into the Orange-Windsor Supervisory Union, but not before hearing an eleventh-hour plea for …

Daughter, Police Testify In Robarge Murder Trial

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Newport — The elder daughter of James Robarge testified at her father’s murder trial on Tuesday that she witnessed him physically attack her mother during an altercation inside the family’s Charlestown home about a year prior to her …

Valley Regional Gives Update

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Claremont — Leaders of Valley Regional Healthcare reported some progress toward erasing a lingering budget deficit during an annual meeting and community gathering that also served as a platform for advocates of health care reform. More than 100 people braved icy sidewalks and bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres to listen …

Vt. to House More Federal Prisoners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Montpelier — A deal in the works to house more federal inmates in Vermont prisons will hamper the state’s effort to reduce the number of local prisoners incarcerated in Kentucky and Arizona, the corrections commissioner said Monday. Vermont contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service to house up to …

Offer Made On Lebanon College Site

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lebanon — A New Hampshire man who has redeveloped several older buildings and schools in New England downtowns has made an offer to buy the two former Lebanon College buildings on the city’s pedestrian mall. Lebanon College officials …

Thetford Night Lights Unexplained

Monday, January 19, 2015

Thetford — It’s the mystery of the weird lights in the sky. And while theories abound to describe exactly what the heck was going on up there the other night, the truth remains a riddle to most — at least for now. Late last week and into the …