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Ethan Gratton

Gratton back in court

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ST. ALBANS — The man allegedly responsible for a January shooting in Georgia was in court yesterday for the first time since he was granted bail. Ethan Gratton, 27, faces a charge of second-degree murder and another of attempted second-degree … Read more

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Elizabeth Nance

New coordinator set to meet challenges

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SWANTON — Elizabeth Nance said she will start her position as Swanton’s economic development coordinator with two emotions: excitement, because no one has ever held the position before, and fear, because no one has ever held the position before. The … Read more

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Dam repair costs increase

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ENOSBURG FALLS — The village board of trustees learned at its Tuesday evening meeting that the village’s hydro renovation project will cost approximately $2 million more than expected. Trustees approved the next phase of that project during the board meeting, … Read more

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Planting for Carmi

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FRANKLIN — Volunteers helped the Franklin Watershed Committee complete its first physical project of 2017 on Saturday. The nearly dozen laborers planted multiple varieties of native vegetation on Lake Carmi’s shoreline, near the northern boat access, in an effort to … Read more

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MVU student named ‘Emerging Artist’

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SWANTON — Art is a way of life for Sage Evans, the second winner of the Swanton Arts Council’s Emerging Artist Award. “I try to incorporate it as much as I can into my life,” she said. “Whenever I have … Read more

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Josie Spears

Sexual assault charges filed against Spears

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HIGHGATE — A Highgate paraeducator charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a 10-year-old boy now faces additional charges for alleged sexually assaulting the same child. Josie Spears, 33, is now charged with aggravated sexual assault on a victim less … Read more

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Wind opponents seek deadline extensions

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SWANTON — Community members are fighting for maximum participation in the Public Service Board’s review of Swanton Wind, as that review process becomes potentially more complex and certainly longer. The board issued its ruling on who can participate under which … Read more

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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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