(Derek Carson)
Forum explores creating a beer and spirits destination

07/23/2014 10:01 PM EDT
BENNINGTON -- The Town of Bennington hosted its first "Beer and Spirits Forum" at Colgate Park on Wednesday evening, with guest speakers representing brewers, hop farmers, and government entities. Organized by Peter Odierna, executive director of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, and Michael Harrington, Bennington's economic and community development director, the forum 
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Local Navy veteran faces prison time for drone protest
07/23/2014 09:55 PM EDT - SHAFTSBURY -- An 80-year-old local Navy veteran is facing a potential year in prison if convicted of charges stemming from his involvement in an anti-drone protest at a New York Air Force base in April. Andrew Schoerke, of Shaftsbury, is a retired U.S. Navy captain and a member of Veterans for Peace Will Miller Green Mountain Chapter. Full Story

Vermont sees revenue forecast downgrade

MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont's revenues are not growing as fast as expected, and Gov. Peter Shumlin says he's asking state agency chiefs to recommend a round of budget cuts. Full Story
Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Full Story
Police: Priests attacked at Phoenix church, 1 dies

PHOENIX -- A badly injured priest managed to administer last rites to his dying fellow clergyman who was fatally shot in a nighttime attack at their Roman Catholic church in downtown Phoenix as police rushed to the scene after the man also called 911. Authorities had no suspects or solid leads as of Thursday afternoon. Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Thursday

07/24/2014 09:44 AM EDT
Thusday, July 24 Open mic night at UU Fellowship BENNINGTON -- An open mic night featuring local musicians will be held from 6 to 9 p. m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School St. Coffee, baked goods and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Summer Sonatina piano camp concerts BENNINGTON -- Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp will hold 
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Morning Briefing -- Wednesday, July 23
07/22/2014 10:15 PM EDT - Thrift shop JOHNSONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Thrift Shop at Christ United Methodist Church just south off Route 67 is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Most clothing items are priced at $1 per bag. Community yoga BENNINGTON -- Enjoy a gentle yoga class free of charge, led by Laurae Coburn, Ph. Full Story

Business News in Brief
07/21/2014 10:24 PM EDT - Reed appointed managing broker MANCHESTER -- Andrew Reed was recently appointed as managing broker at Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity names community relations associate MANCHESTER -- In an effort to increase its scope of service in the southern part of Bennington County, the Bennington Area Habitat Full Story

Grace Christian students clean up War of 1812 marker as part of Serv-a-Thon
07/21/2014 10:11 PM EDT - WHITE CREEK, N.Y. -- Students from Grace Christian School in Bennington visited a War of 1812 memorial in White Creek, New York, on Friday, May 23. The marker is near the Jermain Methodist Church. The memorial on the stone reads, "This stone was erected on this spot by the citizens of White Creek, NY on receiving news of McDonough's victory at Plattsburgh on Lake Champlain on Full Story

Morning Briefing -- Tuesday
07/21/2014 10:17 PM EDT - Tuesday, July 22 Bingo Tuesdays at Bennington Moose BENNINGTON -- Bingo is held Tuesdays at the Bennington Moose Lodge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Storytime at Cheney Library HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Cheney Library will have storytime for preschoolers and their caregivers at 10 a. Full Story

School News in Brief
07/21/2014 10:16 PM EDT - Miss Hall's School Head's list, Honor Roll PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Miss Hall's School has announced the Head's list and Honor Roll for the semester that ended May 29. For Head's list recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum GPA of 92, with no single grade below B-plus. Full Story

’Adventures of a Social Worker in Nepal’ at Mark Skinner Library
07/21/2014 10:10 PM EDT - MANCHESTER -- Join Rebecca Day on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Mark Skinner Library, when she will discuss her nine months in rural Nepal working with the students of Kopila Valley School and Children’s home. Day created the first counseling program in the entire region of approximately 350,000 people. Full Story

(Adam Berry)
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