Rutland

Town Meeting Day voters in Rutland will weigh in on a proposed $2.5 million swimming pool. The new facility will replace a 50-meter outdoor pool that has served the city for more than 40 years. 

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Rutland Town was one of the first communities in Vermont to establish local standards for siting large-scale solar arrays. And now simmering debate over solar power in the community is spreading into local elections.

Google Street View is going indoors in Rutland. Working with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Google photographers are taking 360 degree interior pictures of Rutland businesses that have signed on and paid for the service.

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When rain mixed with snowmelt last week in Rutland, the resulting flows overloaded the city's storm water and sewer system. More than 100,000 gallons of untreated storm water and sewage poured into local creeks. State and local officials are trying to stop overflows like this, but there are few simple solutions.

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Voters in Rutland will be asked whether or not they want the city to continue adding fluoride to municipal water. Dentists and state experts tout decades of improved oral health, but opponents believe possible negative effects are being brushed aside.

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Rutland Regional Medical Center is undertaking a $6 million expansion of its emergency room to meet growing demand and the changing needs of patients.

State police say they expect to wrap up a criminal investigation of Mill River Union School principal Andy Pomeroy in the next day or two. No arrests have been made no details have been made public on what the investigation concerns.

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The State Board of Education approved four more Act 46 consolidation plans. While lawmakers were hammering out an agreement on the Act 46 spending cap in the Statehouse, the State Board of Education met just up the hill to consider the consolidation agreements.

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Castleton University’s footprint in Rutland has been growing in recent years, with multiple art galleries and a downtown Rutland campus that houses entrepreneurial programs and a polling center.

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State officials say more heroin is coming into Vermont than ever, and the ripple effects are disturbing. 

A little over three years ago, Rutland began a multi-pronged, community-wide effort to fight opiate addiction, reduce drug-related crime and reclaim hard hit neighborhoods. But what progress, if any, has Rutland made?

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By the time Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a spotlight on Vermont’s heroin problem in his 2014 State of the State address, Rutland had been actively battling the issue for more than a year, opening a methadone clinic and launching an innovative multi-pronged, community-based approach called Project Vision.

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Albert J. Marro has been a fixture at press conferences and sporting events in Rutland for nearly half a century. At the end of this month the longtime Rutland Herald photographer is retiring.

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A civil lawsuit against Rutland City brought by former Rutland City police officer Andrew Todd has been settled for $975,000.

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The mild winter is creating hardship for many who rely on the income from snow and skiing-related jobs.  

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The State Board of Education approved three consolidation plans at its monthly meeting, held in North Clarendon Tuesday.

A Rutland foster family who won a lawsuit against their homeowners insurance company had the decision overturned by the Vermont Supreme Court

An empty classroom of desks, one with a pencil and composition book sitting on it.
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The State Board of Education will consider consolidation plans from three school districts at its December meeting.

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The number of children taken into state custody has jumped by 40 percent over the past two years. The increase has overwhelmed the child-welfare system, and the Shumlin administration is now calling for substantial new investments in state and county personnel.

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Castleton University has been steadily expanding its art footprint in downtown Rutland. To shine a light on all the new art, the college will begin new guided art walks in downtown Rutland on Saturday afternoons starting Nov. 28.

Courtesy of the Housing Trust of Rutland County

With Vermont’s population aging, there’s a growing need for affordable senior housing. A nonprofit in Rutland is trying to address that by reusing existing community buildings.

Rutland’s historic Watkins School was built in 1897 and oozes charm with arched windows and a stately red brick façade.

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