Stories by Tom Benton:

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Buried by Stella

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ST. ALBANS — Stella has left more than two feet of snow feet in her wake, with more to come. Despite the storm, which closed state offices and courthouses Tuesday, along with schools and numerous businesses, Enosburg Falls went ahead … Read more

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John Winters heart attack

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SWANTON — “I could have stayed there and just died there,” John Winters said, face down in the snow, barely conscious outside his Swanton home. It was Feb. 12, during the last great snowstorm, when Winters had his first heart … Read more

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Franklin County Home Health

Preserving dignity and saving money

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FAIRFAX — Franklin County Home Health Agency (FCHHA) employees drove half a million miles making close to 80,000 patient visits in 2016. Adam Van Tubergen, of Fairfax, is one of those patients. Van Tubergen is 31 and quadriplegic. He has … Read more

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McAllister in court

‘I knew you couldn’t wait to get away’

  ST. ALBANS — The public heard the strongest piece of the State’s evidence against Norm McAllister for the first time Friday: a recorded conversation between McAllister and the complainant in what would have been his second sexual assault trial, … Read more

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Swanton Wind representatives present project studies during representatives' last appearance before the committee in October 2016.

NRPC to oppose Swanton Wind

ST. ALBANS — The Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) board of commissioners unanimously approved a motion Wednesday night to oppose Swanton Wind during the Public Service Board’s regulatory process. The motion ratified a recommendation from the NRPC Policy and Project … Read more

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Burnham arraignment

Milton man pleads not guilty to sexual assault

ST. ALBANS — A Milton man pled not guilty to three felony sex crime charges Wednesday morning, after his arrest at the Highgate border crossing for an alleged sexual relationship with a 13-year-old. Jacob Burnham, 25, faces one count of … Read more

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McAllister court

McAllister takes the stand

  ST. ALBANS — Norm McAllister attempted to justify his request to withdraw his no contest plea in a sexual assault case in Franklin County Superior Court Friday afternoon, claiming his attorneys pressured him to enter the plea, did not … Read more

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Luke Loiselle Hit-and-run Vermont

Family speaks about fatality in hit-and-run

ST. ALBANS CITY — A Franklin County Superior Court judge has postponed sentencing Luke Loiselle, 31, who pleaded guilty in connection with a hit-and-run on Route 78 that took the life of 54-year-old David Miller, of Highgate, in Dec. 2015. … Read more

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Franklin recreation

Bringing wellness, fun to Franklin

FRANKLIN — The Franklin Recreation Department aims to keep locals energized in the short-term, and to keep locals local in the long-term. Nicole Tatro acts as Franklin Recreation’s community outreach coordinator. “We’re trying to bring health and wellness to make … Read more

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