Stories by Tom Benton:

Joel Clark Swanton

Town writes to governor about wind

SWANTON — The Swanton Town Selectboard discussed next steps in its fight against Swanton Wind at its Jan. 17 meeting. The selectboard also appointed an interim zoning administrator, after the resignation of former zoning administrator Darlene Marrier. The Town of … Read more

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Bakersfield meth bust

‘Smurfers’ lead police to meth lab

BAKERSFIELD — Police affidavits tell the full story of a meth-manufacturing bust in Bakersfield, and provide a glimpse into the routines of those with methamphetamine addictions. Police arrested Corey and Rebecka Salls on Jan. 25. Both face two felony charges … Read more

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Promise Community Mary Pickener

Promise Community: DCF demands need coordination

SHELDON — Members of the Franklin Promise Community defended a plan to hire a service person acting as a liaison between the public, various agencies and the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at the Promise Community’s meeting Wednesday morning. … Read more

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Taylor Swanton Citizen of the Year

Food shelf manager Citizen of the Year

SWANTON — The Swanton Chamber of Commerce presented its Citizen of the Year award to Marge Taylor during dinner at Jeff’s Maine Seafood in St. Albans Friday evening. Nearly 30 chamber, community and family members gathered to celebrate Taylor. The … Read more

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Scott Rheaume Swanton festival

Swanton revives summer festival

SWANTON — Swanton residents shared possibilities, hopes and concerns for the resurrection of the Swanton Summer Festival at a community forum on Wednesday night. The summer festival began in 1959 and ended in 2003. The 25th festival, in 1984, drew … Read more

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Ethan Gratton

Bail hearing held for Georgia shooter

ST. ALBANS CITY — Ethan Gratton is charged with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for a shooting in Georgia on Jan. 2. Attorneys spent more than five hours in Franklin County Superior Court Wednesday making cases for why Gratton … Read more

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Sally Collopy, industrial wind

Public makes noise on wind regulations

  MONTPELIER — The Public Service Board (PSB) held its second workshop to gather information regarding industrial wind sound limits in Montpelier on Jan. 9. This time, members of the public dominated the proceeding. The Vermont legislature has tasked the … Read more

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McAllister jury selection

McAllister makes plea deal

ST. ALBANS CITY — Former Franklin County Senator Norm McAllister changed his plea the night before his trial was scheduled to begin. He accepted a plea agreement reducing his felony sexual assault charge to a misdemeanor lewd and lascivious conduct … Read more

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Norm McAllister in court.

Prosecution, defense gear up for McAllister trial

ST. ALBANS CITY — State prosecutors and former Franklin County Senator Norm McAllister’s defense attorneys met in the Franklin County Superior Court Monday morning to resolve any extenuating issues prior to the trial. There were none. But Deputy State’s Attorney … Read more

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Inspection change could force out small auto shops

Inspection change could force out small auto shops

BAKERSFIELD — Ross Allen owns Allen’s Auto Service in Bakersfield, and is its only employee. He sits in the small front office of his business, a space smaller even than your average bedroom, with automotive fluids, tools and basic necessities … Read more

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