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VERGENNES — Raymond William White, 34, of Vergennes was arraigned on Monday afternoon in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly shooting a man on Sunday morning at his First Street home in Vergennes, according to court paperwork.   The victim, a 42-year-old man, was in “critical, but stable condition” at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, according to Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.  The Independent is not identifying the victim or a third man involved because of an ongoing investigation and unsubstantiated...
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration is re-opening an aid program for small businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, Jan. 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining program changes to enhance its effectiveness and...
MIDDLEBURY — Second installment property tax bills are due next Friday, January 15. Postmarks are not accepted as timely payment. Deposit payments in the secure payment box located between the Ilsley Library and Town Offices next to the USPS box. This option is available 24/7. Alternatively, you can pay via credit card. The town uses a third-party administrator to process credit card payments, therefore there is a fee of 2–3% added to the transaction, which goes to the administrator.  Please choose the municipal fees option and include your parcel number in the description field. Third tax...
MONTPELIER — Leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives on Wednesday announced committee assignments for the 2021-22 Legislative session. Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, will serve the next biennium as chair of the House Transportation Committee, while Rep. Amy Sheldon, D-Middlebury, will continue to lead the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee. Lanpher, one of the county’s most veteran lawmakers, has served in the House since 2009. She’s spent most of her tenure on House Appropriations, but served on the Transportation Committee early in her legislative career....
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans, Sheriff Peter Newton, and High Bailiff (-elect) Dave Silberman released the following statement on January 7:   Yesterday, at the urging of President Donald J. Trump, a violent mob attempted to overthrow the United States Congress in order to prevent it from carrying out its Constitutional duty to certify the valid election of President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.   Yesterday’s events were the culmination of a months’-long effort by President Trump and his collaborators to override the will of...
As a bonus to our Jan. 7 story about Middlebury College professor Kemi Fuentes-George and his upcoming J-Term class on protest music, the Independent is pleased to present the following playlist, curated by Fuentes-George, which features some of the songs his students will analyze in class. "My goal is for people to understand the political context," Fuentes-George told the Independent. “With music it’s thinking about singing from a place of social upheaval and looking at it in terms of challenging authority in these countries. Why is this musician using this imagery or this instrument? Why...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE ASSOCIATE Professor of Political Science Kemi Fuentes-George will teach a course called “Protest Music in Comparative Perspective” for the upcoming J-Term. The course will look at how music is used to interpret, explain and respond to political, racial and other inequities around the world. Photo courtesy of Kemi Fuentes-George
MIDDLEBURY — On April 25, 2019, Ayman Mao, a Sudanese musician living in the United States, flew back to his native city of Khartoum to participate in a sit-in outside that African nation’s army headquarters. Two weeks before, amid massive protests, the country’s dictator, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, had been overthrown by the army, but protestors were wary of the military and they remained in the streets. According to some estimates more than a million people had gathered there. When Mao arrived in Khartoum he went directly to the sit-in, where he climbed a hastily constructed stage,...

A YARD SIGN in Middlebury this week urges voters in Ripton to vote in favor of leaving the Addison Central School District. Independent photo/Megan James
This story was corrected after it was originally posted to correct an error. We found out after the story went to press that the ACSD had updated its FAQ on the Ripton and Weybridge secession votes, and that the two towns would not absolutely loose their small schools grants from the state if they left the school district. Instead, they could seek continuation of their Small School grants if ultimately the state granted them permission to continue as independent school districts. MIDDLEBURY — Ripton and Weybridge residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Jan. 12, to decide whether they’d...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 12 will hold a virtual public hearing on a draft fiscal year 2022 municipal spending plan of $11,724,999. If endorsed by voters it would add 2.23 cents to the current municipal tax rate of 80.3 cents per $100 in property value. The 2.8% increase would continue the Middlebury selectboard’s recent track record of maintaining a stable municipal tax rate. “The past couple of years since the reappraisal, we’ve been pretty much flat with the tax rate,” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said. “We had projected slight increases, but due to growth...
BRISTOL — A second party in the Mount Abraham Unified School District has filed a formal request under Vermont’s public records law for data, documents and other information related to Superintendent Patrick Reen’s Dec. 7 proposal to consolidate the district’s elementary schools. Timothy Lueders-Dumont, Karen Lueders and James Dumont of Lincoln have asked for information Reen shared only with the MAUSD school board behind closed doors. “On Dec. 22 during an Executive Session of the MAUSD School Board, financial information that related to (Reen’s proposal) was apparently revealed to school...

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