Northeast Kingdom

A Northeast Kingdom helmet manufacturer expects to add up to 100 new jobs, thanks to a contract with the U.S. Army.

Many small towns in New England are eager to welcome refugees from the war in Syria, but that doesn’t seem likely under President Donald Trump’s shifting immigration policy.

St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont has found a way around that -- they’re offering scholarships to refugees already living in the U.S.

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The new owners of the Hardwick Gazette plan to continue the paper's focus on local events, and take their cues from their readers.

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The State Board of Education is proposing some controversial new rules, which some private school advocates say threaten the very existence of some of these schools. And one of the big issues of contention is special education.

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Among the dozens of independent schools in Vermont that accept public students through the state's school choice system, none are more specialized than the winter academies. The oldest of these institutions is Burke Mountain Academy.

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When a group of parents in the Northeast Kingdom perceived a lack of commitment to musical education in their public school, they decided to do something about it. So they started a band. 

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VTDigger, the non-profit news organization based in Montpelier, has dropped its legal campaign to force state officials to disclose records about how the state managed its oversight of the federal EB-5 foreign investment program.

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A nearly 500-foot tall proposed wind turbine is causing contention in the small town of Holland in the Northeast Kingdom. But this is just the latest in a series of controversial renewable energy projects causing a stir in the rural area, pitting pastoral beauty against innovative environmental causes.

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Thanksgiving in the Hardwick area is a little sweeter, thanks to a community collaboration called Pies for the People. It's an annual tradition that puts dozens of pies on plates in one corner of the Northeast Kingdom.

The Green Mountain Care Board is touring the state explaining to Vermonters the proposed all-payer model of health care.

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When the Northeast Kingdom EB-5 projects came to a halt in light of fraud allegations last spring, Newport was left with an eyesore in the heart of its downtown – where a hotel was supposed to go. But some local artists are changing that eyesore into an attraction.

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Once called the unofficial poet-laureate of the Northeast Kingdom, poet Leland Kinsey has died at the age of 66. 

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Bill Stenger, one of two partners in an alleged fraud of foreign investors in Northeast Kingdom development projects, has settled with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission, according to court documents.

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Earlier this year, the board of directors of Quimby Country decided to close the 122-year-old Northeast Kingdom destination. Now, a newly-elected board says the place that bills itself as “Vermont’s oldest sporting camp” will reopen in 2017.  

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A nearly 200-year-old schoolhouse has been moved back to its original site in the Orleans County town of Brownington. The historical move on Monday was powered by a team of oxen — in honor of the many buildings in New England that were moved by the sturdy animals.

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State officials are scrambling to secure legal residency for the foreign investors caught up in one of the biggest alleged frauds in Vermont history. But they say federal immigration authorities aren’t cooperating. 

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There’s a big construction project underway in the Northeast Kingdom town of Greensboro, at the corner of Hardwick Street and Center Road. The building is just taking shape, but it already seems somehow uniquely Greensboro. It’s a large barn-like structure, with what looks like an oversized drum sprouting out of the center.  

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Want to buy a newspaper? The Hardwick Gazette could be yours for the low price of $175 and a winning 400-word essay. 

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Around 400 people were at Burke Mountain this Memorial Day Weekend celebrating the planned fall opening of the Burke Hotel and Conference Center.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy says recent federal fraud charges have shaken his confidence in what was once praised as the most successful EB-5 project in Vermont.

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