Vermont’s governor returns to stock car racing
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has returned to stock car racing at a local track after taking much of last year off.
The Republican Scott chose not to race at Thunder Road in...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Barre officials have approved a nearly six-figure repair to the city's indoor ice arena.
A component in the BOR arena's refrigeration system that makes ice is...
Vermont man sentenced in girlfriend killing
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man who killed his girlfriend in 2017 and dumped her body down a roadside embankment was sentenced Wednesday to more than 17 years in prison.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education has launched an online tool to help track public school performance, with the goal of getting more information to schools and...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont County Store CEO Jim Hall says consumers are going to pay for tariffs on China goods and that it's going to hurt companies' profits.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A large, colorful mural made up of 47 panels celebrating local and state landmarks and industry has been installed in a Vermont community.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Admission to Vermont state parks and historic sites will be free this weekend.
State Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Wendy Knight says the so-called Vermont Days...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Dollar General is paying Vermont $1.75 million to settle claims that it overcharged customers at its various stores in the state by advertising one price on the shelf and...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The former boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont nearly two years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in a plea...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is recognizing two members of its road crew for helping to reunite a woman with a bag containing cash and uncashed checks she apparently left on the top of her car...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and a number of charitable organizations to develop a grant program to tackle problems facing small...
Barre deli owner competes on Food Network
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Stefano Coppola, the black-bearded chef-owner of Morse Block Deli & Taps, broke seven months of silence after a "soggy bagel" sunk his chances of winning up to $20,000 in his...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in the drug overdose death of a woman in 2018.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The trial for a man charged with committing the first murder in the Vermont capital in nearly a century will likely take place early this fall.
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Libraries says it is changing the name of a children's book award that honors a prominent author and activist accused of once being connected to a...
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The former boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont nearly two years ago is scheduled to go on trial this summer.
Vermont man placed on probation for hate crime
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to committing a hate crime against a transgender resident.
Study: traffic circles would improve Montpelier traffic
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A traffic study of Vermont's capital city is suggesting that more traffic circles could improve vehicle flow and make the area safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
World Trade Center granite monoliths are in place
NEW YORK (AP) — A 600-ton crane has delivered six granite monoliths to the World Trade Center — stone sculptures honoring those who were sickened or died from toxins while cleaning up the site of...
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Senate members are hearing testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate any mention of slavery in the state constitution.
Group prepares to unveil large mural
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Morgan horse-meets-mausoleum mural is coming soon to Summer Street, and the colorful collage that screams both "Barre" and "Vermont" is already getting rave reviews even though...
Report calls for more recovery housing in Vermont
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials say there is a need for more recovery housing in the state.
A recently released report commissioned by Downstreet Housing and Community Development found...
Officials consider revising vacant building ordinance
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Barre, Vermont, city councilors are considering revisions to a decade-old ordinance on vacant and blighted buildings that officials say hasn't worked.
Trial in capital killing case set to begin in late summer
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont prosecutors say a murder case against a man charged with shooting another man to death in Montpelier is heading toward a late summer trial date.
Vermont Transportation Agency to move to Barre after fire
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont's top administrative official says about 300 employees of the state Agency of Transportation are going to be moving from Montpelier to Barre.
Administration Secretary Susanne Young said Thursday the state had signed a lease of DEW Construction for Barre City Place on North Main Street in Barre.
Young says the move will save the state an estimated $5.9 million over the 15 years of the lease.
New commuter bus service proposed for Barre and Burlington
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain Transit is launching a new bus service for commuters between Burlington and Barre with help from the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
The Times Argus reports the proposed Barre LINK Express would travel between the two cities twice a day on weekdays with stops in Richmond and Waterbury.
Vermont Creamery to expand Barre facility
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Creamery officials say the company is planning to expand its facility in the town of Barre.
Creamery spokeswoman Kara Young tells The Times Argus the first phase of the expansion project will begin this spring.
Community internet service provider plans 2019 rollout
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A new Vermont internet service provider says it plans to have customers by the end of the year.
Flood mitigation project breaks up ice jam in river
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont city say a flood mitigation project helped break up a potential ice jam that could have clogged up a flood-prone river.
Barre City Manager Steve Mackenzie says the grant-funded flood mitigation project on Gunners Brook prevented several large chunks of ice from clogging up a narrow city channel and potentially causing some flooding.
Local officials don’t plan warming shelters for cold snap
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Local officials in Vermont say an intense cold snap is expected to follow the weekend snowstorm, but they don't expect a need to open warming shelters at this time.
Barre city officials eye bond to help upgrade utilities
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — City councilors in Barre, Vermont, say they are eyeing a bond issue to help finance expensive upgrades for public works.
Tribute to 9/11 workers takes shape in granite country
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A tribute to thousands of rescue and recovery workers who labored in the ruins of the World Trade Center is taking shape in Vermont, where workers are chipping at and chiseling slabs of granite that will be installed this spring at the national Sept. 11 memorial.
The new area with a path flanked by stone monoliths will also honor those sickened or who died from exposure to toxins after the towers fell.
Vermont interstate ledge removal will close exit for 6 weeks
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Agency of Transportation officials are spreading the early word about a summer ledge-removal project that will close the Interstate 89 northbound off ramp at exit 6 in Barre.
The Times Argus reports construction is expected to begin around June 1 and state officials are trying to prepare people who use the exit and the communities that will be affected by the six-week closure.
City councilors ratify new contract with unionized police
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Officials in Barre, Vermont, have ratified a new contract with the city police department's unionized members.
Plan to overturn forced school district merger fails
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — An attempt to overturn a Vermont school district merger that officials say is happening one way or the other has failed.
Trooper accused of stalking wife pleads not guilty
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont state police trooper accused of stalking and harassing his estranged wife has pleaded not guilty.
Forty-nine-year-old Raymond LeBlanc, a sergeant and patrol commander assigned to the Middlesex barracks, was in court Thursday in Barre.
Court documents say LeBlanc verbally abused his wife through texts and used GPS information to show up where she was.
Barre to hold meeting ahead of final school merger vote
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Voters in the Vermont town of Barre are going to be going to the polls for the fourth time on a proposal to merge voluntarily the school district with the city of the same name.
The merger of the two-town, three-school Barre Supervisory Union was approved overwhelmingly in the city, but it was rejected last month overwhelmingly in the town.
Former custodian pleads not guilty to making school threat
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A former school custodian accused of writing a threat on a bathroom mirror has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Vermont.
WCAX-TV reports that 51-year-old Richard Peck appeared in a Barre courtroom on Friday after being released from a hospital for mental health treatment.
Gas station in Vermont capital demolished for new building
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A gas station in downtown Montpelier has been demolished as part of a plan to construct a new three-story building on State Street, not far from the Vermont Statehouse.
The former gas station that was next door to the Pavilion office building was demolished on Sunday.
Vermont State Police sergeant suspended over stalking charge
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont State Police sergeant has been suspended from duty while he faces a misdemeanor stalking charge.
Police say 49-year-old Raymond LeBlanc, of Barre, was taken into custody Friday night and later released on a citation. He's due in court Jan. 3.
LeBlanc is a sergeant and patrol commander with the state police barracks in Middlesex.
Teens charged after attempted sex assault at school
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Police have charged two teens in connection to an attempted sexual assault at a Vermont high school.
Both 17-year-old Ethan Burachowski and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Grace Pierce, entered not guilty pleas during their arraignment Thursday.
Authorities say Burachowski assaulted a fellow 17-year-old student at Spaulding High School in November while Pierce recorded video.
Sanders’ office holds free holiday meal for seniors in Barre
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a free holiday meal for seniors in Barre.
The event is happening at noon Monday at the Canadian Club.
The independent senator says the meal is a chance for seniors in central Vermont to come together, enjoy some food and hear some holiday music performed by local students.
Police: Woman harassed paralyzed woman through Facebook
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say a woman who's on probation for assaulting a group of people is accused of a hate crime for harassing a paralyzed woman.
Trial date set for man accused in girlfriend’s death
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A judge has set a trial date for the former boyfriend of a woman who was found dead on a roadside embankment in Vermont.
The Times Argus reports Judge Mary Morrissey said Monday Randal Gebo's trial will start in mid-June. His attorney says it will last at least a week.
Human bone found by Vermont hunter identified as missing man
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Authorities have identified the human remains found by a hunter in Williamstown.
The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Saturday that dental records show the remains are that of 29-year-old Michael Webber.
Webber was reported missing to the Barre City Police Department after he was last seen March 16.
Barre councilors to seek solutions to run-down buildings
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two city councilors in the city of Barre are hoping to find a solution to a long-running problem of what can be done about vacant, abandoned and blighted buildings in the community.
Officials say an ordinance to address the issue that has been on the books for nine years hasn't worked.
Shelters, warming centers open as thousands without power
WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Warming centers and shelters are open in a number of Vermont communities for residents who are still without power following a storm that dumped heavy, wet snow across the state.
Police K-9 dies unexpectedly
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town police department is mourning the loss of a K-9 that died unexpectedly.
The Times Argus reports the 6-year-old German Shepherd named Huey that served for the Barre Town Police Department suffered a back injury Nov. 13 and had to be put down.
State board votes to merge districts despite opposition
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Board of Education has voted to make the Arlington and Sandgate school districts join the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.
Arlington and Sandgate now make up one of Vermont's smallest supervisory unions.
The SUs had opposed the plan and sought a six-month delay to study the idea.
Police continue to investigate double homicide in Woodbury
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Police are continuing to investigate the homicides of two people found dead in burnt buildings.
Firefighters were called to Woodbury last week and found two people dead after separate fires at adjoining homes.
An autopsy determined 48-year-old David Thompson was shot to death. A second victim was found in the adjacent home, identified as 29-year-old Carol Fradette, whose cause of death was of blunt impact and a gunshot wound.