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Local vets ride bikes, help others

SWANTON — Local veterans have combined a love of riding motorcycles with a desire to help other veterans. Since 2008, veterans in Franklin, Chittenden and Grand Isle have been members of Chapter 26-2 of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CMVA), … Read more

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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 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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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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Freeing Hal

ST. ALBANS — At 43 years of age, Hal Porter was sitting around waiting to die. “And it wasn’t coming quick enough.” He hadn’t spoken with his mother in four years. Nor his four kids. He barely left his apartment, … Read more

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This photo of Carol Ann Jones in performance was taken by Brain Newton. It is used courtesy of Ms. Jones.

Music between milkings

GEORGIA — Country singer-songwriter Carol Ann Jones likes music that evokes emotion. She writes Americana, rockabilly music for this reason: It’s “music that gets you going, gets your blood pumping.” Music is all about engaging your audience, Jones said. Once … Read more

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Driver in fatality pleads guilty

ST. ALBANS — A Swanton woman responsible for a fatal crash killing two Alburgh seniors in Sept. 2015 pled guilty in court Wednesday morning. Maria Carlson, 36, pled guilty to two felony charges of grossly negligent operation resulting in a … Read more

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Director of Administration Ned Connell speaks with the St. Albans Town Selectboard during their Tuesday night meeting.

Municipal plan, stormwater permits on town agenda

ST. ALBANS — St. Albans Town Director of Administration Ned Connell provided a quarterly update to the town selectboard Monday night, briefly outlining his top five duties, including the town plan and stormwater management ordinance. The board also continued their … Read more

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