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Man allegedly kept body of woman in shed
News Briefs
March 22, 2017

Man allegedly kept body of woman in shed

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

POULTNEY — Police say as they searched for several days for a missing Fair Haven woman, Wayne Oddo knew where she was and never said a word. Oddo, 53, has not been charged in the death of Alexandra Rooker, 26,…

New Mayor Allaire takes reins in Rutland
Local News
March 22, 2017

New Mayor Allaire takes reins in Rutland

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND — Moments after his swearing-in as mayor, a steady stream of well-wishers walked past David Allaire’s new City Hall office on their way to a refreshment table. Allaire, 61, a 19-year member of the Board of Aldermen, said Wednesday…

Local News
March 22, 2017

Coppinger to leave downtown Rutland post

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

RUTLAND — Michael Coppinger is stepping down next month from his post as chief marketer for the city. Coppinger, the executive director of the Downtown Rutland Partnership for the past 10 years, said he formally submitted his resignation Tuesday, March…

Local News
March 22, 2017

Sanders sees “revolution” in energy

The U.S. senator toured Rutland’s Stafford Hill solar farm Friday By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders stood outside a field filled with solar panels in Rutland and told 17-year-old Cameron Wilk that he was looking out at a revolution. “When you’re my…

Local News
March 22, 2017

New property tax formula would shield lower-spending districts

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

A House Education Committee has approved a bill that revamps the statewide property tax formula for education. The formula is based on a per pupil calculation. School districts that spend above a threshold would pay a higher tax rate; those…

Four Upper Valley towns vote against NewVistas development
Local News
March 15, 2017

Four Upper Valley towns vote against NewVistas development

By Erin Mansfield, VTDigger

Four towns in the Upper Valley of Vermont are opposing a Utah man’s plan to build a giant development that could eventually hold 1 million people right in their backyards. Residents voted Tuesday, March 8, by Australian ballot in Royalton (123 to…

Local News
March 15, 2017

Voters fail to pass just 18 of 209 school budgets

By Tiffany Danit Pache, VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott asked voters to reject increases in school spending on Town Meeting Day, but only 18 out of 209 budgets failed — fewer than half the number that were struck down in 2014 when calls for tax relief…

Local News
March 15, 2017

Most merger votes yield consolidated districts

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

Out of the 10 school district mergers put to voters on Town Meeting Day, three were completely successful, including a large all-school choice district in the Northeast Kingdom, while four unification votes failed. Three others will create modified unified unions,…

Local News
March 8, 2017

Welch: Trump effect boosts Town Hall turnout

By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION– U.S. Rep. Peter Welch attributed the largest crowd he’s ever had at a town hall meeting to someone who wasn’t even there: President Donald Trump. “This is bigger because of the times,” Welch said Friday evening, March…

Op - Ed
February 22, 2017

Vermont has what businesses really need

By Jon Margolis, VTDigger

“It is almost impossible to start a small business now,” said the president of the United States the other day, and he knew why. It was, he said, “because of regulation.” As has been noted elsewhere, Donald Trump and fact do…