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The shocking news from Las Vegas hit southwestern Vermont hard, after the community learned that a local woman was one of the 59 people killed at a country music concert Sunday.

Sandy Casey's family goes back generations in Dorset and Manchester. People in the area were reeling Tuesday as they came to grips with the fact that one of their own was taken away in the carnage that unfolded in Las Vegas.

The editorial staffs at a number of small-town newspapers in Vermont and Massachusetts are getting smaller still.

New England Newspapers Inc., has laid off 10 editorial employees at papers it owns including the Brattleboro Reformer, the Bennington Banner and the Manchester Journal.  The layoffs leave skeleton crews at the three Vermont newspapers.

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From emergency dispatch services to school districts the term "consolidation" has entered the Vermont conversation extensively this past year. Now, two communities in Southern Vermont are looking at consolidating police, fire and rescue services.

Manchester Confronts A Hotel Building Boom

May 21, 2015
Andrew McKeever / Manchester Journal

Back in the 1980s and '90s, Manchester became known as a retail outlet hub, with national brand name stores opening up and attracting crowds of shoppers and tourists. 

Now a new boom is underway in the scenic Bennington County town of 4,000 residents — but this one is driven by lodging, not retail.

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Voters at Manchester’s town meeting have approved spending almost $200,000 to help run a new library that’s set to open later this year.

Manchester held the municipal portion of its town meeting on Saturday. The library’s funding request was one of the most hotly debated items on the ballot.

The multimillion dollar building project is financed through private donations. Library trustees said the town appropriation -- a $44,000 increase over the previous three years -- would keep the library open six days a week instead of five and increase staff hours.