SVC sues insurance companies over Beckwith funds

Seeks declaratory judgement from court over funds from theft
04/17/2015 10:05 PM EDT
BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College has filed a civil suit against two insurance companies, arguing that they companies do not have a claim to any of the funds recovered from James Beckwith until SVC recovers all of its losses. Beckwith, who served as chief operating officer and chief financial officer, as well acting president for a period of time from 2012-2013, while then-president 
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Fire destroys house, barns
04/17/2015 10:03 PM EDT - NORTH HOOSICK >> Flames were reported around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night on Route 67 near the Bennington Battlefield, on a property with a farm house and three barns. Firefighters believe it started in one of the barns and then spread to the house. A fire chief present sais the house was empty, and no serious injuries have been reported. Full Story

Interactive | Cookies Vs. Beer: Calorie comparisons
04/17/2015 01:48 PM EDT -

April is the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)'s Alcohol Awareness Month. Check out our two graphics above to see the calorie levels of alcoholic beverages compared to fast-food items like Oreos and Domino's Pizza. The numbers might surprise you!

Here are some interesting facts we found:

Having just 2 beers is equivalent to eating 5.2 cups of butter popcorn, or 2 slices of Domino's cheese pizza. Full Story

The Force Has Awakened Star Wars Quiz
04/17/2015 01:43 PM EDT -

The Force is strong in this quiz.  Full Story

Update: Four seriously injured in North Adams crash tied to drag race
04/17/2015 05:09 PM EDT - NORTH ADAMS, MASS. >> Four people suffered serious injuries late Thursday in a dramatic three-vehicle crash on Curran Memorial Highway that police say was caused by a drag race. Hassen Delia, 26, of Brooklyn Street, North Adams, was allegedly participating in the race and driving a red 2007 Infinity in the northbound lane when the accident occurred, according to North Adams Police. Full Story

Shaftsbury road foreman no longer employed by town
04/16/2015 09:40 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY >> Terry Stacy is no longer the road foreman in Shaftsbury, although the select board was unable to give any further information about the circumstances of his departure. "Terry Stacy's employment with the Town of Shaftsbury ended on Friday, April 10," said select board chair Tim Scoggins in a written statement, "In accordance with a severance agreement we are expecting him to Full Story

Community groups host summit on health care
04/17/2015 11:28 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A number of community organizations joined together to host a summit on health care in Bennington on Wednesday. The event, which ran from 6 until about 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, covered some of the differences between the proposed Green Mountain Care health system, and the Affordable Care Act, and where the state should go after Gov. Full Story

Embezzlement charge against former Bennington Rural Fire Department chief dropped by state
04/16/2015 09:37 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> The state has dropped an embezzlement charge against the former Bennington Rural Fire Department chief — one that was refiled in July after first being dismissed by a judge. On April 8, the Bennington County State's Attorney's Office dismissed one felony count of embezzlement in an official capacity against Joseph T. Full Story

Accounts differ on who cancelled MapleMania and who supported replacement car show
04/16/2015 04:28 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> There are conflicting stories about who caused the cancellation of the upcoming MapleMania event as well as some apparent confusion as to who was supporting a replacement version of the Bennington Car Show. "It is with a heavy heart that we bring you the worst news imaginable about MapleMania: Due to the Better Bennington Corporation withdrawing its support for our event we Full Story

Man accused of leaving dogs, ferrets, without food for days
04/16/2015 10:44 AM EDT - BENNINGTON >> A Pownal man is accused of leaving four dogs and three ferrets without food or water, and in filthy conditions, inside a mobile home for several days. Gilbert E. Squiers, 35, pleaded not guilty March 30 in Vermont Superior Court to seven misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. He was released under the condition he not possess animals. Full Story

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Highway abuzz with millions of bees after big truck tips

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — A tractor-trailer carrying millions of honeybees overturned on a highway north of Seattle early Friday, scattering hives and sending white-suited beekeepers scrambling to save as many insects as they could. Full Story