• After Hagel, more changes at Defense - 11/25/2014 08:59 PM EST
    (Holly Pelczynski — Bennington Banner)
    State Christmas tree cut in Arlington

    At the home of local accountant, volunteer, veteran and author Don Keelan
    11/25/2014 08:52 PM EST
    ARLINGTON >> Every year, the state selects a tree from somewhere in the state to serve as the state Christmas tree, gracing the front of the capitol building in Montpelier. This year, that tree was grown on the property of and donated by Don Keelan, of Arlington. The 32-foot balsam fir has been present, in view of Route 313, for almost a quarter of a century, after being planted in 1991. 
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    Alignment proposal puts MAU in D-2
    11/25/2014 01:06 AM EST - BENNINGTON >> A proposal on the table at the Vermont Interscholastic Football League's annual meeting would move Mount Anthony Union High School, one of the state's largest school districts, down to Division II next fall. Every two seasons, the VIFL meets to look at alignments for the next two seasons. Full Story

    SVC hosts gallery reception of 12 regional artists
    11/23/2014 04:17 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College hosted a reception at its Burgdorff Art Gallery in the Everett Mansion on Friday, with talks from several of the 12 featured artists exhibiting their work in the gallery. The exhibit will continue to be on display through Sunday, Dec. 7, reflecting on a diverse array of creative expressions influenced by the cultural scene in southern Vermont, eastern Full Story

    Bennington Banner, NENI, make Thanksgiving food donations
    11/21/2014 10:02 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> The Bennington Banner and New England Newspapers Inc. picked up several dozen frozen turkeys and boxes of food from Hannaford on Friday, and worked with the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless to distribute them to Bennington County families in need. The Vermont and Massachusetts newspaper conglomerate approaches its annual "Feed Your Mind, Feed a Family" project as an Full Story

    Townshend woman pleads not guilty in double homicide
    11/20/2014 10:37 PM EST - BRATTLEBORO >> As Robin O'Neill sat in a police cruiser moments after being detained on suspicion of a double murder, she recited prayers; requested red wine and cigarettes; and told herself, "you can go to prison for the rest of your life, 'cause you killed the (expletive)," according to court documents released Thursday. Full Story

    Fisher Elementary School in Arlington explores co-teaching
    11/19/2014 09:15 PM EST - ARLINGTON >> Three classrooms at Fisher Elementary School are experimenting with implementing an educational model in which a special educator spends an hour a day in the classroom, co-teaching with the regular teacher. Three regular education teachers, fifth grade teacher Jeremy Pratico, third grade teacher Charlie Cummings, and first grade teacher Meghan Knight, and three special Full Story

    Catamount Glass to bring retail operation to County Street in Bennington
    11/18/2014 09:14 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Catamount Glassware Inc., is in the process of an expansion and renovation of its County Street factory, that will bring a new retail operation to town this spring. Adam Volpi, vice president of operations at Catamount Glassware, 309 County St., said that the new retail store and 16-handle beer and soda taproom will be finished before March for a soft opening in mud season. Full Story

    Southshire Community School's community library already a hit
    11/17/2014 09:46 PM EST - NORTH BENNINGTON>> Installed less than a month ago, the Southshire Community School of North Bennington's mobile library has already received an excellent response from the community. "Since it was installed, the response has been tremendous," said Southshire teacher Jude Fitzgerald, who said the he and the students restock the library with books about two times a week. Full Story

    Bennington remembers the life of Town Clerk Tim Corcoran
    11/16/2014 11:16 AM EST - BENNINGTON >> Family, friends and many Vermont legislators gathered at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church on Saturday for a Mass in celebration of the life of Bennington's late town clerk, Tim Corcoran. Corcoran worked for the town for most of his life, most notably serving Bennington as town clerk for 20 years. Full Story

    Bennington gallery owner hopes to give boost to downtown, arts community
    11/14/2014 10:16 PM EST - BENNINGTON >> Meike Williams, a jewelry designer and Bennington native, recently renovated retail space in the first floor of the historic Putnam Hotel building, where she can now hear the chimes of the clock at the Four Corners and think of her father every day whilst at work. The clock is dedicated in honor of Williams' father, Michael Williams, who served as the director of the Full Story

    Man arrested; deputies say he aimed banana at them

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man is facing a felony menacing charge after two western Colorado sheriff's deputies say he pointed a banana at them and they thought it was a gun. Full Story
    Garcia Marquez family explains archive decision

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The family of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez says the late Colombian novelist's archive was offered only to the University of Texas, which will be the materials' repository. Full Story
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    Bette Midler to Ariana Grande: Clean up your act

    The veteran entertainer complains in an interview that young singers rely too much on selling sex instead of talent.