Change is good; welcome to the new Banner

10/27/2014 05:37 PM EDT
Hopefully you've noticed, now that you're on Page 4, that things are looking a little different around here. Okay, a LOT different. The Banner launched a complete redesign today and we are really excited to reveal this new-and-improved version of your paper. The new look is clean, colorful and modern; the emphasis on dynamic local reporting is the same. 
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Some good news on the Ebola front
10/26/2014 10:25 PM EDT - Americans who are worried about the risk of an Ebola outbreak in this country can take heart from two recent successes. In Texas, 43 people who were being monitored because they had had direct or indirect contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital, were found clear of the Ebola virus on Oct. Full Story

ROSES & THORNS: Roses to Bright Pink Super Saturday, promoting breast cancer awareness
10/25/2014 09:06 AM EDT - ROSES to Bright Pink Super Saturday, an event that provides free mammograms and breast exams for uninsured or underinsured women who qualify. Slated for Oct. 25, the event is being held by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Obstetrics and Gynecology department and Women's View Midwifery at SVMC. Full Story

Prepare for Ebola but don’t freak out
10/23/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Don’t panic. Those words, from Douglas Adams’ "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy," contain good advice. Sci-fi visionary Arthur C. Clarke once said those words contain the best advice that can be given to humanity. "The greatest danger," Mr. Clarke wrote in "The Songs of Distant Earth," "is panic. Full Story

More after-school programs needed
10/22/2014 09:46 PM EDT - With so many families today needing two incomes just to make ends meet, quality after-school programs play an important role in the lives of children, families and communities. "After school is a critical time for young people -- it is when they are least likely to be supervised and most likely to become involved in dangerous behaviors, such as drugs, alcohol, and crime," EducationBug. Full Story

Cable and TV cord-cutters, rejoice
10/21/2014 10:26 PM EDT - Television viewers got a little more flexibility last week when HBO and CBS announced they would offer their own subscription streaming services. For too long, viewers have been held hostage by cable and satellite TV providers who refused to offer a la carte packages. To receive the coveted ESPN or HBO, viewers have had to buy packages with dozens of other cable channels they Full Story

Remarkably generous when disasters strike
10/20/2014 10:10 PM EDT - Americans are a remarkably generous people when it comes to natural disasters. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, private citizens gave an estimated $1.4 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. An estimated $2 billion poured in to help those displaced by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. But when it comes to man-made disasters, the giving drops considerably. Full Story

Take back our democracy
10/19/2014 10:43 PM EDT - There’s been a lot of talk lately about Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders making a run for president in 2016. Sanders himself has expressed both an interest in and misgivings about such a prospect and the political logistics involved. He’s motivated to help solve some of America’s most daunting problems -- not the least of which is the overburdened, Full Story

ROSES & THORNS: Roses to UCS community forums on autism
10/18/2014 11:01 AM EDT - ROSES to the series of community forums on autism held recently by United Counseling Services of Bennington County. The forums were geared to assist the agency's mental health professionals to develop autism programming that is sensitive to the needs of are children and families. "The more awareness about autism, the better off and more accepting the community is going to be," said Dave Full Story

Sugary-beverage tax not such a sweet idea
10/16/2014 09:21 PM EDT - Put down those Gummi Bears, spit out that soda and forget about the Ben & Jerry’s -- the feds don’t like you eating that kind of stuff. We’ve all heard debate about whether the government should serve as a "nanny state," dictating what types of behaviors should be subject to punitive action by the government. Full Story

Hall of fame for mustaches? Why not?

ST. LOUIS (AP) — There are halls of fame for everything from baseball to rock 'n' roll, so why shouldn't those with a hairy upper lip get their just rewards? Full Story
Jorge Garcia makes the most of 'Hawaii Five-O'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Since playing the lucky-unlucky lottery winner Hurley on "Lost," Jorge Garcia's career has moved along nicely from "Alcatraz" to "Hawaii Five-O" and upcoming big-screen movies. Full Story