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Bristol Rep. Sharp: Public schools disadvantaged by school choice

Vermont Watchdog Report

The Vermont Board of Education last month passed a resolution saying school districts merging under the Act 46 consolidation law must choose between operating a public school or giving students school choice at the same grade levels.

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Rutland County alpaca rancher wins Big E honors

Wright Choice Alpacas was founded to breed and raise quality alpacas. To back up that claim, farm owner Deb Wright returned home to Vermont last week with a fistfull of choice awards at the annual New England Big E fair in Springfield, Mass.

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The Good Samartans next door

Panton family say thanks to A.C. Benefit Pull

Karen Spear, 58, and her son Dakota, 19, have both struggled with a variety of life-threatening health issues in recent years.

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The week in sports

College athletics around the region

The week in sports...

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Milne challenges Leahy to get money out of politics

“What’s wrong with this picture?” asked Scott Milne, 2014 candidate for governor of Vermont.

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Shumlin announces staffing change

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) has announced the appointment of Josh Hanford as deputy commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).

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State Police dog receives bullet, stab protective vest

Vermont State Police K9 Maximus has received a ballistic vest thanks to non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Judith Douglass of Vermont and is embroidered with the motto: “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.”.

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From the Editor: Jornada del Muerto

In the weeks leading up to the first atomic bomb test, on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico’s southern desert—called the Jornada del Muerto, the “Journey of Death”, by the Spanish conquistadores—70 scientists of the U.S. Army’s Manhattan Project effort to build the first nuclear weapon signed a solemn petition to head off use of the weapon in Japan at the end of World War II.

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Sled dog team gets in shape for winter snow runs

Vermont sled dog adventurer and geologist Rob Farley and his family take their Siberian husky team for a practice dash along Texas Hill Road in Hinesburg Oct. 4.

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Injured Amtrak passengers taken to hospital after Vermont derailment

An Amtrak passenger train, carrying 98 passengers, has derailed in Northfield, Vt. Hjonis Hanson, a spokesman for Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt., reported that four people were injured.

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Auditions for Washington irving's "...Sleepy Hollow" in Rutland

Rutland Youth Theatre presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 17, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m.

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Woman killed in Route 7 collision

According to the Middlebury Police Department, a Brndon woman died in a multi-truck accident on U.S. Route 7, near Middlebury Beef Supply, on Oct. 3.

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Rutland prisoner arrested in jail

The Vermont State Police responded to the Marble Valley Regional Correctional Facility in Rutland and arrested 46-year-old inmate Whalen D. Goucher of Rutland City for disorderly Conduct.

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Local towns among top lake sewage polluters

According to an Oct. 1 news release by the environmental group Lake Champlain International (LCI), more than 3 million gallons of sewage and dirty storm water have flowed into Lake Champlain between Sept. 27 and Sept. 30.