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NEWPORT CITY — Vermont’s mask-wearing mandate went on trial Friday while some other states abandon the idea - in a city where the state’s worst prison outbreak of COVID-19 still rages.

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The state of biomass in New Hampshire and the North Country hasn’t been the best since the governor vetoed some bills a few years ago that would have boosted the industry and helped make it more competitive.

Sharon and Dennis Lee, of Lyndon Center, walk their miniature horses, Joey and Breezy — who are mother and son — on Wednesday afternoon on Depot Street in downtown Lyndonville.

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A Colebrook mother and father have pleaded guilty to lesser charges of endangering their infant daughter in exchange for a plea deal that lets them avoid prison on much stiffer felony charges for assault by strangulation that were dropped by prosecutors.

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As North Country residents older than 65 in Phase 1b receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, another group is next in line to soon get theirs - teachers and school staff.

Vermont State Police are asking for the public to help identify what happened to a local snowmobile club’s banner.

BARTON — The Orleans Central Supervisory Union board late Wednesday evening offered the position of superintendent to Penny Chamberlin and she accepted.

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BRADFORD — A Vermont State Trooper assigned to the St. Johnsbury Barracks was cited Wednesday on a criminal charge of domestic assault.

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No new cases were announced Wednesday in connection with the coronavirus outbreak at the Newport prison while local hospitals were on standby if more advanced medical treatment was necessary.

DERBY — Firefighters dealt with bitterly cold temperatures and high winds to try and save a Derby business early Tuesday morning.

NEWPORT CITY — Voters across northern Orleans County and in Brighton voted overwhelmingly to support school budgets for the North Country Union High School in Newport City and NCU Junior High School in Derby Center.

Voters across the region approved the Kingdom East School District budget Tuesday by a relatively comfortable margin.

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Vermont Department of Corrections officials reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 among the inmates and 8 new staff cases in the outbreak at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport.

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State officials announced Tuesday morning that eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine would expand dramatically starting next week, including the creation of a separate vaccination system for school teachers and staff.

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