Charlotte mulls affordable housing fund use

By MADELINE HUGHES After hearing suggestions to try to jumpstart affordable housing efforts using a town housing fund, the Charlotte Selectboard this week posed more questions to the volunteer group that is offering the ideas. At its meeting Monday night, the Selectboard heard suggestions from the group that offered possible changes to the current affordable… Read More »

Coin dealer denies felony lewd conduct charge

Coin dealer denies felony lewd conduct charge

By MIKE DONOGHUE A well-known Chittenden County coin and jewelry businessman, who faces criminal charges of failing to keep proper anti-theft records for precious metals received at his store, now faces an unrelated felony count of sexual abuse of an elderly woman. Stephen J. Edwards, 70, has pleaded not guilty in Vermont Superior Court to… Read More »

Citizens demand Vermont Gas pipeline investigation

By ELIZABETH GRIBKOFF VTDIGGER.ORG Opponents of a Vermont Gas pipeline want the Public Utility Commission to move forward on an independent investigation of the pipeline construction. The commission, at the behest of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and concerned citizens, ordered an expert review of the methods and practices used to construct the controversial… Read More »

Hinesburg man back in jail on new drug charges

By MIKE DONOGHUE A former Hinesburg resident, arrested multiple times due to his attraction to clandestine methamphetamine labs, is back behind bars on new federal charges. Jacob A. Berino, 25, now of South Burlington, completed a two-and-a-half-year federal prison sentence this month and was free for one week when he resumed using drugs, according to… Read More »

Supreme Court finds in favor of Laberge Shooting Range

By CHEA WATERS EVANS For now, the long-running legal battle between the Laberge Shooting Range on Lime Kiln Road in Charlotte and the Firing Range Neighborhood Group — a collective of anonymous neighbors who take issue with the range’s Act 250 status — has come to an end. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled 3-2 last… Read More »

Schools to beef up security: District gets $115k in grants, nears officer contract

By MADELINE HUGHES and CHEA WATERS EVANS The Champlain Valley School District is getting just over $115,000 from the state for safety updates to its six schools, state officials announced last week. Gov. Phil Scott’s office released a list of the recipients of School Safety Grants, part of $5 million appropriated by the state Legislature… Read More »

The Other Paper joins group: Stowe Reporter buys third Chittenden County paper

The Other Paper in South Burlington is joining the Stowe Reporter newspaper family. The purchase took effect today. That brings to six the number of micro-local weekly newspapers in the Stowe Reporter group. The others are the Shelburne News; The Citizen, which covers Charlotte and Hinesburg; the Waterbury Record; and the News & Citizen of… Read More »

Hannaford reps skip grocery project hearing

By MADELINE HUGHES Hannaford Brothers Co. began its quest to build a supermarket in Hinesburg in 2010. Eight years later, after a trip through the local permitting process that went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court, the Maine-based grocery chain is back before the town Development Review Board. But while the project was… Read More »