Officials with Planned Parenthood of Vermont said Thursday the efforts in Vermont to protect reproductive rights, including abortion, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned or weakened, show those in the state are “controlling their own destiny,” according to Lucy Leriche, vice president of publi…

Peter Welch quickly answered the question of who might replace Patrick Leahy in the U.S. Senate, announcing his candidacy a week after Vermont’s senior senator made public his retirement last month.

The following is a sampling of calls to Barre City police in recent days.

In a commentary published Tuesday, Dr. Harry Chen, former commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health and chair of the Vermont COVID Vaccine Implementation Advisory Board, called for a mask mandate to be imposed for people indoors in public places.

BERLIN — Police say the body of Thomas Morse, of East Montpelier, was found in a wooded area off Paine Turnpike North on Wednesday. Morse’s death is not considered suspicious.

BARRE — Business owners and residents in the Granite City made it clear they do not want a mask mandate and the City Council obliged.

Just about all of Vermont now qualifies for a federal broadband funding program where it didn’t previously. Communications union districts, state and local governments, limited liability companies and cooperative organizations will be able to apply, among others.

With food prices rising, organizations who help those in need are getting by for now, but some are worried about what the future holds should costs continue going up.

The following is a sampling of calls to Montpelier police in recent days.

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A Rutland man is being held in jail after being arrested Nov. 24 with about half a kilogram of cocaine that had an estimated street value of about $75,000, according to police.

Health care leaders in Vermont say they are preparing to respond to omicron, the latest identified variant of the COVID-19 virus, although it hadn’t been identified in the state as of Monday afternoon.

A Vermont Supreme Court ruling on an Act 250 appeal would affect how the law is applied in towns that don’t have zoning regulations. Some towns are concerned; others are looking for a re-argument.

KILLINGTON — The World Cup is back this weekend, though Killington Ski Resort isn’t expecting as many people to attend this year because of the pandemic.

BARRE — When it comes to the search for Barre’s next police chief the semi-final four have been selected and will be interviewed in an effort to narrow the field further next month.

BARRE TOWN — After privately pondering the separation of church and state — or the lack thereof in the case of what was once St. Sylvester Catholic Church — the Select Board has agreed an easement is in order to facilitate the future sale of a historic property that just changed hands.

Those frequenting indoor public spaces in Rutland Town will have to wear a mask when they enter, per an ordinance passed Wednesday morning by the town Board of Health.

The Legislature has authorized towns to enact their own mask mandates, but in Rutland County it’s hard to find any that plan to.

EAST MONTPELIER — Earlier this month the Washington Central Unified Union School District made the final $155,000 payment on the voter-approved bond that financed a major upgrade to the U-32 Middle and High School campus 20 years ago.

BARRE — Members of the Barre Unified School Board have positioned themselves near the front of what is expected to be a crowded class when it comes to searching for a new superintendent.

BARRE — Trustees of Downstreet Housing & Community Development have lured a familiar name in Vermont’s affordable housing world out of retirement to temporarily fill the void created by the abrupt departure of their recently hired chief executive officer.

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About a week after, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., announced he will not run for a ninth term in the U.S. Senate, Congressman Peter Welch said he would run for the seat.

BARRE — Plans to transform the Central Vermont Career Center into a stand-alone school district have cleared another key hurdle and proponents are now preparing for a mid-December date with the state Board of Education.

BARRE — Convicted kidnapper Harley Breer Jr. is accused of extorting someone he allegedly assaulted.

MONTPELIER — City councilors are suddenly thinking beyond Barre Street when it comes to indoor recreational facilities, which may mean the one that was built as an armory in 1932, deeded to the city in 1970 and badly in need of an upgrade will be re-purposed.

BARRE TOWN — Local officials have decided no logging will take place in the town forest this winter after residents complained about the logging that took place there last winter.

MONTPELIER — It hasn’t functioned for many years, but the huge neon sign atop a 2-story brick building in the heart of downtown Montpelier says “RESTAURANT” and Tom Greene will tell you it won’t be wrong — or broken — for much longer.

With new COVID case numbers continuing to be high in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott encouraged all Vermonters to get vaccination booster shots and called a special session of the Legislature for Monday for “the sole purpose of passing legislation narrowly tailored to grant municipalities the autho…

BARRE — A proposal to funnel $17,000 in pandemic-related federal funding to Aldrich Public Library for a “welcome and warming center” that opened earlier this month generated some heat as the public portion of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was nearing an end.

BARRE — A Massachusetts man has admitted to selling and possessing cocaine in Central Vermont.

BARRE — Trustees of Downstreet Housing and Community Development are moving swiftly to fill an administrative vacancy created by last week’s abrupt departure of former chief executive officer Karen Hatcher.

MONTPELIER — The state’s top health official says “the pandemic is not over.”

BERLIN — Plans to reopen Fisher Road to two-way traffic by the end of the month have gone by the boards and a “mistake” has threatened to push the price of the culvert replacement project over its voter-approved $1.4 million limit.