Last week the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce took our yearly “victory lap,” as we celebrated at our annual meeting. We met at the Capitol Plaza for dinner, connected with our membership and had a fantastic presentation on workforce readiness.

PLAINFIELD — The state has responded to Plainfield's letter seeking a “robust” fix for the problem intersection at Route 2 and Main Street.

MONTPELIER — Despite facing single-digit temperatures, hundreds of people turned out to support women, people of color and other groups while also protesting President Donald Trump.

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BURLINGTON — The line of people affected by the partial government shutdown may be growing longer by the day, but nearly 13,000 Vermonters who are enrolled in a program that provides federally funded food benefits and health services aren’t in it yet.

BARRE — Facing a forecast that calls for significant snowfall and subzero temperatures over the next few days city officials are highlighting opportunities for people seeking shelter from the cold.

MONTPELIER — Thomas Greene likes the chaos of life, and its unexpected adventure. He lets it surround him, infiltrate him as he works. The writer can be found in public spots, tapping away at the keyboard, weaving stories we can’t put down.

CALAIS — School directors on Thursday narrowly refused to warn a Town Meeting Day vote on a budget for Calais Elementary School, but tentatively agreed to ask voters to revisit whether such budgets should continue to be decided by Australian ballot.

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Members of the Rutland County chapter of the NAACP have concerns about the response from Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan to what he called the “vicious racial harassment” of former state Rep. Kiah Morris.

MONTPELIER — A tri-partisan coalition of lawmakers is asking for time and money, though they only spoke about the need for the former during a Thursday afternoon news conference that set the stage for a legislative debate over what to do about Act 46.

BARRE — A Granite City man already facing other charges is now accused of breaking into a pop-up shop at the Berlin Mall.

BARRE — City councilors have pulled the plug on the possibility of asking voters to approve funding to install surveillance cameras along a half-mile stretch of North Main Street.

BARRE — Already battling a budget-related tax increase that exceeds their collective comfort level, city councilors were told Tuesday night to brace for a bond issue that, if approved, could require a spike in local water and sewer rates.

MONTPELIER – A hearing to consider an Act 250 review of a hotel and garage project in the Capital City will proceed today as scheduled.

BARRE — The Granite City has had a street crimes unit for a little over two months and the police chief said he is already seeing positive results.

MONTPELIER — The latest legislative attempt to raise Vermont’s smoking age from 18 to 21 has been put in writing, introduced and advocates are hoping it will finally cross the finish line.

MONTPELIER — A hearing to consider an Act 250 review of a hotel and garage project Wednesday has been postponed.

BARRE — The City Council’s tolerance for tax increases has started to soften, because the chances of hitting the 2-percent target it set at the outset of budget deliberations late last year suddenly seems remote.

BENNINGTON — After discussing the reasons he believed he couldn’t prosecute racial harassment of a former member of the Vermont House of Representatives, Vermont Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced on Monday he was creating a statewide “Bias Incident Reporting System.”

BENNINGTON — At an emotional press conference on Monday, Vermont Attorney General T. J. Donovan said the state would not be bringing criminal charges against those accused of directing hate speech and threatening former state representative Kiah Morris.

The following is a sampling of calls provided to The Times Argus by Montpelier police in recent days.

BARRE — There was no meaningful progress, but plenty took place during a contentious hearing Monday for convicted kidnapper and domestic abuser Harley Breer Jr.

BERLIN — Voters will be asked in March to approve the Planning Commission’s comprehensive re-write of zoning and subdivision regulations that have been on the books for decades.

EAST MONTPELIER — Unless a judge orders otherwise, voters in the Washington Central Unified Union School District will hold their recently postponed organizational meeting on Feb. 19.

For thousands of years, industrial hemp has been farmed and used as a fibrous substitute for everything from bricks to blouses, but has suffered due to association with its close cousin, marijuana.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who represents Vermont, has posted an online page to collect stories from Vermonters who have been affected by the partial government shutdown.

The Legislature’s largest freshman class in recent memory has brought with it numerous changes in committee leadership.