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Oak Hill offers kids creative opportunities

08/20/2014 09:59 PM EDT
POWNAL -- The Oak Hill Children's Center of Pownal's new and improved summer program for elementary school-aged children wrapped up this week, after giving the children a chance to create and maintain their own space all summer long. The Oak Hill Children's Center opened in 1972, and has been providing day-care services for infants through pre-kindergarten and after-school 
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SVHC Web portals will allow patients to access records online
08/20/2014 09:54 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Southwestern Vermont Health Care has taken a major step in toward greater accessibility with the introduction of two new Web portals that will allow patients to access their medical records from their computers, smartphones, and tablets. The portals, which can be accessed at svhealthcare. Full Story

Cambridge Central School prepares for new school year
08/20/2014 09:56 PM EDT - CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School Board of Education went over administrative reports, student test results, and assessments and made some last-minute staff changes in preparation for the new school year at its regular meeting Tuesday. The official first day of school is a full, regular day of classes on Thursday, Sept. Full Story

Four vie for Dem. nomination in House District 2-2
08/20/2014 09:55 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Four people are vying for the Democratic party nomination for state representative in House District 2-2, but only two will make it to the general election. In the running are: Brandy J. Reynolds, Kiah Morris, Jim Carroll, and Joann Erenhouse. Each sat for an interview with the Banner about their candidacy and what they hope to bring to the legislature. Full Story

Sunderland man pleads not guilty to selling heroin
08/20/2014 09:50 PM EDT - BENNINGTON -- Police have accused two brothers of selling drugs based on information obtained from an informant. Dennis Winchell Jr., 27, of Sunderland, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of heroin sale, and a misdemeanor count of heroin possession. He was released on conditions. Full Story

Lower-profile candidates getting their message out
08/20/2014 11:43 AM EDT - MANCHESTER -- With the primary election a little less than two weeks away, the lesser-known candidates for governor are trying to get their message to the people. Emily Peyton and Steve Berry are running against Scott Milne for the Republican nomination. Democrat H. Brooke Paige is challenging incumbent Gov. Full Story

Bennington woman accused of sexual assault
08/20/2014 10:53 AM EDT - BENNINGTON -- A former Bennington School Inc. employee, who also worked at a Department of Corrections facility, is accused of having sex with a student at the school and lying to police about her contact with children at her other job. Alexandra Fusco, 25, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Vermont Superior Court to repeated aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of Full Story

Shaftsbury talks snowmobiles
08/20/2014 02:42 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY -- The Shaftsbury Select Board debated on Monday night how to make the town more accessible to snowmobilers, after a request from the Shaftsbury Snow Pilots. About a month ago, the Snow Pilots reached out to Select Board Chairman Tim Scoggins asking to be allowed to be given legal permission to ride on the unplowed shoulders of roads, so as to access the system of VAST (Vermont Full Story

Police News in Brief
08/19/2014 10:07 PM EDT - Dump truck crashes ARLINGTON -- The driver of a dump truck that went off the road and tipped onto its side Friday afternoon has been ticketed by State Police. Police said a 1996 Mack dump truck driven by Andrew Fraser, 25, was heading north on Route 7A at around 1 p.m. when it went off the side of the road. Full Story

Washington County Sheriff announces new mobile app
08/19/2014 10:07 PM EDT - WASHINGTON COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Washington County Sheriff’s Department announced the launch of the new "Have A Plan" mobile application on Friday that includes features to help prevent impaired driving. The application was developed by the Special Traffic Operations Program for DWI New York campaign and Staples Marketing through a grant from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Full Story

Ex-judge must say she's sorry, just not in cuffs

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice convicted of corruption was spared on Thursday the further embarrassment of having to write her court-ordered apologies to every judge in the state on photos of herself in handcuffs. Full Story
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Dominican Republic bans Miley Cyrus concert

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic government commission that oversees public performances is banning a Sept. Full Story