Newport

A hand holding up an I Voted sticker with an American flag.
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In 2014 — the last non-presidential election year — roughly 17 percent of Vermonters used the early voting system, according to the Vermont Secretary of State's Office. But this year, it's believed the number will double on a statewide basis and in some communities the rate will be considerably higher.

Newport on Lake Memphremagog
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The small Northeast Kingdom city of Newport has its economic hopes pegged to a long-neglected asset: Lake Memphremagog.

Provided by Sen. Patrick Leahy

One of Vermont's best-known entrepreneurs, Antonio Pomerleau, has died at the age of 100.

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This week, new form-based zoning regulations went into effect in Shelburne. It’s a concept the town has been studying for over five years, in an effort to fight sprawl on Route 7.

Police in Newport, Vt. briefly placed a state office building  on lockdown Friday morning after an unidentified caller made a threat to the Department for Children and Families, authorities said. By about 10:30 a.m. police called off the lockdown and deemed the area safe.

According to a Facebook post from the Newport Police Department, the caller made demands and threatened violence at the DCF office if the demands were not met.

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Three communities — Newport, Rutland and Barre — are facing big budget cuts for services aimed at helping at-risk youth. Federal funds for a grant program called Youth In Transition have been reduced, so the state is making some tough decisions about how to spend what remains of the grant.

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A keystone in the redevelopment plan for the city of Newport has toppled. Jay Peak Resort owner Bill Stenger was counting on buying a shopping center from real estate developer Tony Pomerleau, and converting it into a convention center and marina.

But after some starts and stops, the deal has finally fallen through.

Bill Stenger and Tony Pomerleau have had an on-again, off-again agreement to transfer ownership of this waterfront plaza. Strategically located on a causeway overlooking  Lake Memphremagog, Stenger says it would make a great convention center and marina.

Part of an ambitious revitalization plan for the Northeast Kingdom appears to have at least  temporarily de-railed.

The shopping center that houses a grocery store and pharmacy in downtown Newport was supposed to make way for a $100 million hotel and convention center proposed by Jay Peak Resort co-owner Bill Stenger. But the property owner, real estate developer Tony Pomerleau, has told a local newspaper that the deal has fallen through because he had not yet received money from Stenger, and that the “current tenants will stay.”

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Newport Police report they took two suspects into custody after an armed standoff. Newport Police Chief Seth DiSanto said at a press conference that a 36-year-old Newport resident called 911 early this morning to report there were "over 400 police officers outside his residence attempting to attack him."

Updated 4:17 p.m.: Orleans County State's Attorney Alan Franklin said 36-year-old Derick Niles was the suspect on the roof of his garage earlier today.