Bennington man free on strict conditions after allegedly threatening another with a gun

Allegedly pointed a gun at a person outside local tavern
05/24/2016 11:35 AM EDT
BENNINGTON >> A Bennington man was released from court Monday on strict conditions after being accused of pointing a gun at another man's face outside a local bar. John Petteys, 22, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court Criminal Division Bennington Unit to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 
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Arlington select board chooses bid for water system work
05/24/2016 06:41 AM EDT - ARLINGTON — The Select Board is moving forward with improvements to the system formerly owned by the Arlington Water Company, which the town purchased for $1.65 million last year. The voters approved in March of 2015 a $4 million bond to cover the cost of acquiring the company and required infrastructure improvements. Full Story

REGIONAL NEWS
Republicans hit Vermont governor on alleged job shifts

MONTPELIER, VT. >> Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican candidate for governor, is charging that Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's administration is improperly transferring exempt employees to protected, classified status Scott, joined by Republican legislative leaders, wrote to administration officials that attempting to reclassify positions in order convert the current governor's Full Story
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As Zika spreads, Florida town a study in bug-borne illness

RIO, FLA. >> A summer flu seemed to be sweeping through Rachel Heid's riverfront neighborhood. Pale and shaky, she left work with a fever. Neighbors had the same symptoms, and a contractor at her home felt so sick he went to the hospital. Heid thought the neighborhood children were passing a bug around their circle. Full Story
RELIGION
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The 'untouchables' of Yemen caught in crossfire of war

SANAA, YEMEN >> They are Yemen's untouchables. They call themselves the "Muhammasheen," or "the Marginalized," a dark-skinned ethnic group that for centuries has been consigned to the bottom of Yemen's social scale, faced with discrimination and racism, shunned by others. They live in shantytowns on the outskirts of cities, are often refused schooling and work menial jobs like shoe-shining Full Story

 
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News from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

05/24/2016 05:30 PM EDT
Bird-lovers urged to support habitat conservation The month of May is a time birders look forward to all year as one of the best times to get out and see or hear birds. This spring, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking Vermonters to show their support for bird conservation by purchasing a Vermont Habitat Stamp. 
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Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off Vermont's Hiking Season
05/24/2016 05:05 PM EDT - The holiday weekend is traditionally the start of the hiking season in Vermont. Hiking is one of the state's top summer tourism draws and the Green Mountain Club (GMC) estimates 200,000 people visit The Long Trail each year. The official Long Trail stewards, the 106-year-old Green Mountain Club is the premier Vermont hiking organization with numerous hiking guides and maps available to Vermonters Full Story

Vermont historic sites open for 2016 season
05/24/2016 05:05 PM EDT - MONTPELIER >> When President Calvin and First Lady Grace Coolidge were preparing to leave the White House in 1929, the press noted the great volume of gifts that required packing. There were scores of personal and humble presents, such as mittens, walking sticks, and coverlets that American citizens had made for the president and first lady. Full Story

Nominations open for Southwestern Vermont Health Care 2016 Vision Awards
05/24/2016 04:18 PM EDT - BENNINGTON >> Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) seeks nominations for the 2016 SVHC Vision Awards. These awards recognize one physician and one community member whose ideas and hard work improve health in Southwestern Vermont and the surrounding area. The Vision Awards were first presented in September 2010. Full Story

Announcement
05/23/2016 05:10 PM EDT - Manchester Check-out a pass: Take a "daycation" courtesy of the Manchester Community Library. Check out a pass to; American Precision Museum (Windsor) www.americanprecision.org. Admits up to two adults and children under 18 years of age, free of charge; Bennington Museum (Bennington) www.benningtonmuseum. Full Story

Today's Calendar
05/23/2016 05:10 PM EDT - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, May 24 BENNINGTON Overeaters Anonymous meeting: Overeaters Anonymous meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at the Bennington Free Library, 101 Silver St. Full Story

Today's Calendar
05/22/2016 10:08 PM EDT - Please submit calendar items to news@benningtonbanner.com at least seven days in advance of the event. We accept listings from non-profits and for events with free admission. Today, May 23 BENNINGTON Blood drive: American Red Cross blood drive at Bennington American Legion Post #13, 225 Northside Drive from 1 p. Full Story

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Are car keys a thing of the past?

The furor over General Motors' deadly ignition switch has the potential to doom the car key, a technology drivers have been using for 65 years. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Famous bidders lining up to buy Clippers

Billionaires, entertainers and athletes alike announced their intentions to pursue the Los Angeles Clippers with varying degrees of seriousness Wednesday, proving the longtime losers will be quite a prize if the NBA is able to wrest control of the team away from Donald Sterling after his lifetime ban for racist remarks. Full Story
(Chris Pizzello)
Louis CK is back and grumpier than ever

Louie, who (like Louis) is a New York comic and a divorced father of two daughters, knows struggle and angst and cloudy wonderment. He views life through eyes with a stricken look, dwelling in a state of comfortable dread. Full Story