Josie Spears

Sexual assault charges filed against Spears

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HIGHGATE — A Highgate paraeducator charged with sending sexually explicit messages to a 10-year-old boy now faces additional charges for alleged sexually assaulting the same child. Josie Spears, 33, is now charged with aggravated sexual assault on a victim less … Read more

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Cecile Laroche

43 years of maple

HIGHGATE — For more than half of her life, Cecile Laroche has volunteered at the Vermont Maple Festival. Cecile, 81, of Highgate will retire this year with 43 years worth of experiences under her belt, from compiling together a cookbook of … Read more

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Wind opponents seek deadline extensions

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SWANTON — Community members are fighting for maximum participation in the Public Service Board’s review of Swanton Wind, as that review process becomes potentially more complex and certainly longer. The board issued its ruling on who can participate under which … Read more

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Sun comes up on Annie

ST. ALBANS CITY — St. Albans City School is staging Annie this weekend. Friday night’s performance is at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s at 2 p.m.   Photos courtesy of Mitch Craib. For more photos, see Friday’s Messenger or subscribe to … Read more

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Fairfax examining Act 46 options

FAIRFAX — In the wake of last year’s failed merger talks with Georgia and Fletcher, the Fairfax school board has created its own study committee to examine the school district’s options under Act 46. The committee, chaired by Scott Mitchell, … Read more

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Ethan Gratton

Georgia shooter out on bail

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ST. ALBANS — The man allegedly responsible for an early January shooting in Georgia has been released on bail. Ethan Gratton, 27, faces one charge of second-degree murder and another of attempted second-degree murder for the Jan. 4 shooting, which … Read more

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Fire on Bank Street in St. Albans City

ST. ALBANS CITY — An apartment building at 55 Bank Street in St. Albans City caught fire this morning,. The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters from the city and town. It’s believed a woman in the building ignited a … Read more

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Jay Hartman

Changing, growing with Missisquoi

SWANTON — Teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal; Jay Hartman has served many roles at Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU). Named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association this week, Hartman sat down with the Messenger to discuss … Read more

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Swanton draws an Ace

SWANTON — Hometown boy Gordon Winters and his wife Debbie have purchased a site in downtown Swanton for the construction of a new Ace hardware store. Swanton Lumber, the store founded by Gordon’s grandfather, will remain open. “Swanton Lumber is … Read more

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