Heather Deslauiers of St. Albans holds up her hopefully winning Powerball ticket she purchased from the Jolley Store on South Main Street in St. Albans. When asked what she would do with the money, she said, “I’d give it to family and friends, then invest. In what, I’m not sure.”

Everyone’s playing Powerball

ST. ALBANS — If the 1 in 292 million odds didn’t dissuade them from opening their wallets then there’s proof that hope springs eternal in Franklin County where Powerball fever continues to pump up the potential winnings. Powerball officials say … Read more

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MVU again tackles football

SWANTON — Missisquoi Valley Union will go forward with its plan to move the football team to varsity in the fall of 2016 after two years as a club sport. The MVU board voted 5-2 at a Dec. 17 meeting … Read more

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Pearl Gilbert, right, expresses concern about taxes and urges the Act 46 Study Committee to place the possibility of school district merger before voters at a meeting on Saturday at the FCSU office. To her right are St. Albans City Council member Chad Spooner and city resident Gillian Ireland. In the foreground is St. Albans Town school board chair Paul Bourbeau.

ACT 46: Vote gives merger new life

ST. ALBANS — Voters in Fairfield, St. Albans City and St. Albans Town will decide a proposed merger of their school districts on Town Meeting Day after all. On Saturday, the Franklin Central Supervisory Union (FCSU) Act 46 Study Committee … Read more

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Brian and Tammy Rowell, of Highgate, went to in Burlington to see Donald Trump on Thursday as much out of curiosity as anything else.

Locals take in Trump

BURLINGTON — Thoussands of people of all ages and ethnicities crowded Main Street Thursday evening some in anticipation of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rally scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Flynn Theater, others in protest, many sporting signs announcing loyalty … Read more

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McALLISTER SUSPENSION: New norm 1 senator

MONTPELIER — For the first time in Vermont history, the Vermont Senate has suspended one of its members, Sen. Norm McAllister, R-Franklin County. Area lawmakers on Wednesday reacted to that reality as McAllister’s refusal to resign also denies the county … Read more

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BFA school board chair Nilda Gonnella-French speaks at a November FCSU meeting at St. Albans City School in this Messenger file photo.

FCSU: School merger vote dead

ST. ALBANS — Voters in St. Albans City, St. Albans Town and Fairfield will not vote on a merger of their four school districts, The public votes, although they held the potential for a savings of $4.6 million in education … Read more

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Kate and Josh Larose pose with a wine rack for sale at Just the Place last week, with all the proceeds going to Jonas Kambire’s college education funds, who stands in the middle.

A promise kept

ST. ALBANS – More than 13 years ago, Kate Larose flew over the Atlantic Ocean to spend the next two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a tiny village in Burkina Faso, a West African country. She was 20 … Read more

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