From left: St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor and Rep. Peter Welch discuss the city's effort to combat drug crime during a visit to the Community Justice Center on Catherine Street Monday.

ST. ALBANS: Drug battle paying off

ST. ALBANS CITY — The national media has been discussing the drug problem in Vermont since January when Gov. Peter Shumlin drew attention to the issue in his state of the state address. Meanwhile, St. Albans has been open about … Read more

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What started as a chimney fire quickly spread throughout a home on Pike Drive in St. Albans Town, where Town firefighters responded Sunday morning.

Blaze destroys home in Town

ST. ALBANS TOWN — A St. Albans home was destroyed by fire Sunday morning. Town firefighters were called to 7 Pike Dr. at around 8:30 a.m. after the owner, Sharon Marchessault, reported a chimney fire, according to St. Albans Town … Read more

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A Swanton firefighter responds to an explosion in a garage, seen rear, Friday morning. The garage door was blown onto a snowbank, at right.

Propane explosion injures Swanton man

SWANTON — The Swanton Village Fire Dept. was called to an explosion in a private Church Street garage Friday morning just after 10. Warren Caswell was working alone in his garage when the explosion occurred, said Vermont State Police. Caswell … Read more

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BFA senior Juliana Bortz describes the workings of a robot designed by a group of students for the U.S. First competition at the University of Vermont on March 1.

EDUCATION: Engineering a future

ST. ALBANS — For the first time, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans (BFA) sent a student-designed and built robot to a U.S. First competition at the University of Vermont. Although they didn’t win, they were invited by another team to … Read more

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BFA sophomore Vinny Pigeon signs a pledge to be more respectful of those having disabilities.

A way with words

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ST. ALBANS — How do you acknowledge if someone is different without excluding, discriminating against or disrespecting them for those differences? It’s a challenge that has been taken up by students, organizations and legislators statewide. On Wednesday, Bellows Free Academy … Read more

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MVU budget fails by wide margin

ST. ALBANS — Voters rejected the proposed budget for Missisquoi Valley Union High School while approving the budget for Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. The budget for MVU, serving most students from Swanton, Highgate, and Franklin, was rejected 979-497. … Read more

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Gemma Boucher casts her ballot as Town Lister Peter St. German looks on Tuesday in Highgate.

ST. ALBANS TOWN: Challengers oust 2 selectmen

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ST. ALBANS TOWN — In the highly anticipated selectboard races, new faces emerged as the top runners in Tuesday votes. In addition, all ballot items passed, including the article for a local option tax and the school budget. For the … Read more

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St. Albans Town residents Butch Lovelette, 49, right, and Bill Counos, 60, left, take their vote at Collin Perley Sports Complex on Tuesday morning.

Meeting Day 2014 under way

ST. ALBANS — Voters in Franklin County go to the polls today to determine some unusual races and to decide some issues of important local consequence. In St. Albans City and Enosburgh, municipal boards’ incumbents are being challenged by their … Read more

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FAIRFIELD: Good & bad news

FAIRFIELD — The good news for Fairfield residents is that the proposed budget for Fairfield Center School is up only 0.62 percent to $5.49 million, the smallest percentage increase in the county. The bad news is that the state’s school … Read more

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