The city of Barre has had the same mayor, Thom Lauzon, for more than a decade now. He's also one of the area's largest real estate developers.  

Some people have been questioning whether there's an inherent conflict of interest between his roles of businessman and civic leader.

Soon one of Vermont's oldest papers will no longer put out print editions daily. Leaders of the Rutland Herald and its sister paper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, announced Monday that starting next month, both publications will only be printing the paper four days a week.

Studio Place Arts

This month, Studio Place Arts in Barre will show three floors of works interpreting the concepts of 'Them, Us And You.' Artists from Vermont and around the globe responded to the call and their pieces on subjects like immigration, religious differences, racial tensions, gender issues and classism are on display beginning Tuesday, March 8.

Barre city, seen here, is one of six cities and towns the ACLU has asked to repeal anti-panhandling ordinances.
Steve Zind / VPR File

The Shumlin administration is planning to move Department for Children and Families workers from their location at Barre City Place to a nearby courthouse in what officials say is a direct response to the August shooting death of a DCF worker.

Jeb Wallace-Brodeur / Times Argus

A man identified as a former boyfriend of Barre Town murder suspect Jody Herring has been arrested after an armed standoff with police at Rickie’s Indian Restaurant and Shell station in South Barre Wednesday afternoon. 

Toby Talbot / AP

As Jody Herring sat shackled and silent in the Washington County Superior Court Monday afternoon, her lawyer entered a not guilty plea for her in response to the charge of the first-degree murder of Department for Children and Families Social Worker Lara Sobel.

Wilson Ring / AP

The state is reeling after four murders in central Vermont. Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel was shot and killed on Friday as she left the agency's office in Barre, allegedly by a woman in a case she was involved in where the suspect had lost custody of her nine-year-old daughter.

Steve Zind / VPR

Gov. Peter Shumlin joined VPR by phone on Monday to debrief the chain of events beginning on Friday afternoon that left four people dead in Central Vermont.

Barre city, seen here, is one of six cities and towns the ACLU has asked to repeal anti-panhandling ordinances.
Steve Zind / VPR File

An employee of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) was fatally shot outside a state office building in Barre on Friday, Gov. Peter Shumlin's office announced.

Charlotte Albright / VPR

Three communities — Newport, Rutland and Barre — are facing big budget cuts for services aimed at helping at-risk youth. Federal funds for a grant program called Youth In Transition have been reduced, so the state is making some tough decisions about how to spend what remains of the grant.