Derby Walmart Groundbreaking Recalls Littleton Legacy

walmartDERBY-- A giant is coming to town.

Since the initial announcement was made in 2005 that the multinational retail corporation Walmart had been eyeing a location in Derby, supporters and detractors from across the Northeast Kingdom have risen from the woodwork to make their voices heard. On October 20, after a decade of discussion, debate and a number of twists and turns, the corporation broke ground for their new location in a ceremony that included such speakers as Governor Peter Shumlin.

 

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Tackling Hunger

hungerbowlNEWPORT- The third annual HungerBowl took place in Newport as a way to benefit the Northeast Kingdom Community Action. Over the weekend, Flag football teams came from all over Vermont to play in Garden Park. In order to play in this tournament, each team had to pay a $100 entry and was asked to donate at least two canned items. The two canned items would go to NEKCA food shelf where it would help those who need assistance.

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The Battle of Land Use

contirefugethumbnailThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is in the process of figuring out how to manage the Silvio O. Conte Natural Fish and Wildlife Refuge for the next fifteen years. The refuge is contained in the entire Connecticut River Watershed. They recently released a draft plan to discuss possible management alternatives that are beneficial to land, habitats, and people. Part of that plan, though, could restrict the access people have to land right here in the Northeast Kingdom. 

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Ahead of the Big Game

rivalry gameWritten by NewsINK Contributer, Dylan Clark

AROUND THE NEK - This Saturday, October 17th, 2015 marks the 111th Edition of “The Game”. The annual football game between St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute, which will be played at Lyndon Institute this year, coming off of a tough 46­0 loss to the Hilltoppers in last years contest.

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Ghost Hunting in Vermont

kaitlyn beatVERMONT- Something goes bump in the night...who are you going to call? The Paranormal Investigators of New England. Formed in 2004, this non-profit organization based out of Essex Junction; does investigations throughout New England for free, with the members paying monthly dues so their clients don’t have to.

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Newark School Gas Leak Update

NewarkNEWARK – 70 Students were evacuated from the Newark School Wednesday morning after a propane leak was discovered.  Students were in the gym for lunch when the principal received a call from the school secretary, who noticed the suspicious odor.

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More Options for Electric Vehicles

Charging StationNORTHEAST KINGDOM – Electric vehicle drivers in Vermont currently have access to 80 public charging stations across the state, but only four of those are here in the Northeast Kingdom.

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Fall Foliage Season

PeachamFallFoliageNortheast Kingdom- The annual Peacham Fall Foliage Festival kicked off today, an event that has occurred almost every year since the 1950's, and offers event-goers an array of festive activities.

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Fiddler Patrick Ross Begins Town Hall Tour

Patrick Ross's fingers dance along the nylon strings of his fiddle.

His bow-hand sways as though he is conducting some unseen orchestra, but only the smooth, slow whine of his fiddle echoes across the empty Alexander Twilight Theatre.

 

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Volkswagen Recall in Vermont

volkswagen thumbnailLyndon- A scandal involving the car company Volkswagen broke out last week when the company admitted to cheating the emissions tests for their cars. This scandal hits close to home as almost 3 thousand cars, registered in Vermont, may be affected.

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Biodiesel Company Expands

Bio DieselHAVERHILL – A two million dollar expansion will be taking place in Haverhill at a eco-friendly energy production plant.

 

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Heat Pump Technology

barnet thumbnailBARNET- Residents gathered at the Barnet Public Library last night to discuss the technology of heat pumps with the cold weather fast approaching. Having heat pumps could be very beneficial to New Englanders in the winter. Although they were relatively unpopular in northern states because of their inability to function at temperatures below 32 degrees.

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Dairy Protection Program Extends Deadline

Cow PicNORTHEAST KINGDOM - Local dairy farmers now have more time to sign up for a program that covers losses when milk prices drop and feed costs increase. The deadline to register for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy has been extended to November 20th.

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Harvey's Lake Clean-Up Underway

HARVEY LAKE ThumbnailBarnet - Harvey's lake is undergoing it's first major cleanup in over 40 years, and it's not going to be cheap. This project is going to cost $116,000 because it is the most expensive method of removing sediment from the front of the lake's dam.

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Local Democrats Aim High

demsfinalSt. Johnsbury - While the presidential candidates have been zig-zagging across the country for months, local political parties are just starting to get their gears turning. The St. Johnsbury Democratic Committee held it's bi-annual reorganizational meeting at the St. Johnsbury Welcome Center last night.

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Mother's Day

mothers dayLYNDONVILLE - Mother’s Day is usually a special day for most mothers to spend with their children. This Sunday, a few residents in Lyndon are a little busy getting ready for the big day.

 

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Ticked Off

tick season doneVERMONT - With warmer weather returning, ticks will also be returning from their natural habitats. As ticks start to return, so does the threat of Lyme Disease which can be transmitted to both people and animals through deer ticks.

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Brush Fire Safety

Bush on fire dammitVERMONT- With spring finally being sprung and the temperatures rising, the dangers of a brush fire are increased. The added wind and seasonal drying out of trees and grass makes up for a recipe for disaster.

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Certified Naturally Grown Farms

certified thumbnailAROUND THE NEK - Certified Naturally Grown Farms provide consumers with products that were grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or GMO seeds.

 

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Statewide Program Ensures Safety

schoolVERMONT- Over 70 schools in Vermont are participating in the Safe Routes to School program, a state-wide program who's main goal is to ensure child safety when it comes to walking or biking to school.

 

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Trendy Dieting

gluten free thumbVERMONT- The gluten-free marketplace has been on the up-and-up over the last few years. From Weight-watchers, to Atkins, to even low-carb diets... it seems as if nothing has hit society quite like the gluten-free trend. The new fad has nearly no medical reasoning behind it, but the diet is beginning to shape the way restaurants and grocery stores stock up.

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NEK Sports Wrap

SportsWrapVERMONT- This has been, and continues to be, a great week for sports. The sun is shining, and the local high school teams are getting their game on. Here is a wrap of yesterday's sports, and what's coming up today.

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85-year Feud Curses Town of Victory

Victory ThumbVICTORY- It has been said that it all started with the shooting of two wayward pigs- the fued that has lingered in the small Northeast Kingdom town of Victory since the 1930's.  Now, things have gotten so out of hand, the town needs law enforcement present at every public gathering.

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Sweet Drinks Bring Sour Controversy

beverage taxVERMONT- The bill to implement a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages is back in the state house for the fourth time. However, this time, the bill seems to be going further than it has before.

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April Showers bring May Paving

pavingST. JOHNSBURY- Spring is finally here and so are the road projects that are creating headaches for some drivers and business owners. 

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What's Coming Up At 5:30

What's Coming Up Tonight at 5:30

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross held a bloodrive at Lyndon State College. Find out more tonight.

 

Square Dancing

Learn about a local group that comes together weekly to square dance.

 

Danville Farmer's Market

See what's been growing in Danville tonight at 5:30.