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New OVUU district towns to face first school budget votes

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in the eight towns in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union school district will see three school budgets on their upcoming town meeting warnings, but it is likely that the vote on only one of those budgets will count.

That’s because those voters last month approved the new Otter Valley Unified Union School District under the Act 46 school consolidation law, but the towns warned school budgets under both the old system and the new one since that vote could still be petitioned for reconsideration.

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Man jailed again, this time on stalking charge

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



SALISBURY — A man charged with threatening employees with a gun at a Leicester scrap yard two weeks ago was arrested on Feb. 4 after violating an unrelated “no stalking” order in Salisbury.

Vermont State Police arrested Kadia Barenbaum, 56, of East Middlebury after responding to a trespassing complaint on Shard Villa Road in Salisbury just before noon this past Thursday.

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Bullets strike Leicester church

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



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LEICESTER — Parishioners arrived at the Church of the Nazarene on Route 7 in Leicester for Sunday morning services on Jan. 24 to find four bullets holes in the church sanctuary.

The bullets appear to have been fired into the church from outside on the south side of the building.

One of the bullets was lying on the floor of the church and has been turned over to Vermont State Police, who have considered a possible link to an incident at Brandon Scrap Metal four days earlier.

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Brandon State Rep. Steve Carr cited for DUI

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BERLIN — State Rep. Steve Carr, D-Brandon, was cited for suspicion of driving under the influence last week in the town of Berlin after being stopped by local police.

According to a press release issued by the Berlin Police Department, Carr, 66, was pulled over on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 11 p.m. after committing “multiple traffic infractions” while driving along Route 62 in Berlin.

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New Otter Valley district gets new board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in all eight Rutland Northeast towns on Tuesday not only approved the proposed school governance unification plans, they also voted for candidates to create one, 13-member Otter Valley Unified Union School Board and a four-member Barstow District Board to oversee the new school districts.

While the number of board representatives a town receives is based on population, there are also four “at-large” board seats weighted equally to the town seats.

Residents in every town voted on each of the board seats.

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Scoping it out

Posted on January 6, 2016 |
By Lee Kahrs



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OTTER VALLEY POINT guard Courtney Bushey sets up to pass during the Otters’ 38-28 win over Burr and Burton Monday night.

Photo by Lee Kahrs/Brandon Reporter

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RNeSU and union avert a strike

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — A tentative agreement has been reached between the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and the paraeducators and bus drivers union, ending the threat of a planned strike on Nov. 16.

The agreement came Monday night after the Rutland Northeast Negotiations Committee and attorney Steve Stitzel met with the Rutland Northeast Paraeducators and Bus Drivers Association Negotiating Committee and their attorney, Sean Leach, at Otter Valley Union High School.

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Seniors get up to speed on new technology

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — Technology is inextricably woven into today’s culture. The modern cellphone is a computer unto itself. There are desktops, laptops, notebooks, iPads, even computer watches. Automatic teller machines, grocery store registers, gas pumps — even our cars are computerized. Social media has become a catchphrase for how many people stay in touch via computer, be it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or basic email.

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Clippings: Court decision grants true equality

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



Vermonters are generally known for keeping to themselves, not getting into their neighbors’ business and respecting each other’s privacy. Gay Vermonters are no exception.

For the past eight years, I have kept my personal life and opinions separate from my job as the editor of The Reporter. I am a pretty private person, and I maintain a clear line separating my journalistic life and my home life, as all good journalists should. A reporter’s worst nightmare is to become the subject of the news they report.

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Otter Valley students reject bully-friendly app

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School just said “no” to bullying.

A controversial smartphone application used by students to bully others that was taken down in Rutland High School last December appeared at OV last week and met the same fate.

OV Principal Jim Avery said on Saturday that the presence of the After School app was brought to his attention on Monday, June 1, when two students met him that morning and told him about it. By Thursday, the entire school had mobilized against the app, its users and their bullying tactics.

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