Stories by Tom Benton:

boy feeding goat

Kids, kids and cows

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  SWANTON — Franklin Central School students were going to visit Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU)’s agricultural education department to learn about sugaring on Thursday. But a sudden shift in weather brought something even more sweet: a chance to meet the … Read more

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Ethan Gratton

Georgia shooter out on bail

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ST. ALBANS — The man allegedly responsible for an early January shooting in Georgia has been released on bail. Ethan Gratton, 27, faces one charge of second-degree murder and another of attempted second-degree murder for the Jan. 4 shooting, which … Read more

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Robert Ostermeyer

Community Action on chopping block in Trump budget

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ST. ALBANS — Franklin-Grand Isle Community Action (FGICA) director Robert Ostermeyer predicts as much as 20 percent of those counties’ population could be hit by cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget. The President’s proposed budget cuts $6 billion from the … Read more

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Health officials: Planned Parenthood cuts will hurt

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ST. ALBANS — The fate of Planned Parenthood’s federal funding is still uncertain as Congress prepares for another attempted health care overhaul. Franklin County health care officials warn that severing those funding sources could have consequences even beyond the personal … Read more

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Tom Gibson birdhouses

Spring crafts bloom despite snow

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  SWANTON — Another few inches of snow didn’t stop the Swanton Arts Council’s first spring craft show on April 1 in the Holy Trinity Church. All the showcased crafts were the work of 23 local artisans, such as Swanton … Read more

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Swanton's swans

New lead in swans’ disappearance

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SWANTON — The Swanton Village Police Department announced Friday afternoon the discovery of new leads in the slaying of Betty and Sam, Swanton’s iconic swans. The swans were a defining presence in Swanton for 54 years, until an unidentified four-legged … Read more

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Swanton Wind answers opponents’ questions

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  SWANTON — Swanton Wind is issuing official answers to a first round of discovery questions. Those answers illustrate the fundamental divide between the project’s developers and its most fervent critics. The discovery process essentially begins the project’s Public Service … Read more

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Norm McAllister

McAllister to go to trial on sexual assault charge

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ST. ALBANS — Former state senator Norm McAllister will get his day in court, again. A Franklin County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that McAllister can withdraw the “no contest” plea he entered in January immediately before what would have … Read more

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Travis Belisle

Sugaring operation files suit against Swanton Wind

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SWANTON — A Swanton sugaring business is suing Swanton Wind, alleging trespassing and illegal road construction as well as a host of complaints related to the project itself, despite the fact the project is still undergoing a Public Service Board … Read more

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Charlie Price photographed at his home in St. Albans.

A lifetime of art

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ST. ALBANS — Charlie Price’s big break came in a yard sale. Price, 75, was moving from the home he had shared with his sister, who had recently passed away. “I was selling off everything I could, because there are … Read more

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