Vekos would bring defense attorney experience to county prosecutor’s job

Lawyer Eva Vekos would like to see more diversion for minor crimes but stronger prosecution for serious offense if she is elected as Addison County State’s Attorney.

County’s Democratic legislators call on sheriff to resign

Lawmakers say legal cloud over Sheriff Newton is too dark and he must resign.

State police arrest Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton

The sheriff is charged with sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and domestic assault; high bailiff calls for Newton to resign.

New Haven man doubles Homeward Bound fundraiser with big check

WVTK’s Ca$h for Paws fundraiser got a surprise call that netted a big donations for animal aid.

Four in running for state’s attorney

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Democratic Committee has forwarded three names to Gov. Phil Scott to consider as he prepares to appoint a new state’s attorney to replace Dennis Wygmans, who held that job until May 7. As the Addison Independent went to pre … (read more)

$5 million in sustainable ag funds available

VERMONT — Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, known as SARE, is accepting preproposals to distribute $5 million in funding across its three largest grant programs: Research and Education, Research for Novel Approaches, and Profession … (read more)

Clean your boat! Stop invasive species

GRAND ISLE — After a long winter, many anglers and boaters look forward to starting their recreation season on Lake Champlain as early as possible. Unfortunately, aquatic invasive plants and animals, like curly leaf pond weed and zebra mussels, do not tak … (read more)

United Way survey finds youth weighing impact of substance use

Find out what local high schoolers and middle schoolers have to say about drinking and drugs.

Putting in the miles pays off for young swimmers

After the pandemic closed their local pool, a dozen Addison County kids swam competitively in South Burlington.

Restaurants’ struggle to find qualified help intensifies

MIDDLEBURY — An ongoing labor shortage is forcing an increasing number of area food-service businesses to either reduce their operating hours, transition to takeout only, or temporarily replace some of their in-house hours with a food truck option requiri … (read more)

$10M in repairs planned for nine mobile home parks to improve affordable housing

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) will soon launch a $2 million effort to install a communal septic system at Middlebury’s Lindale Mobile Home Park in Middlebury.And that’s just a start.The nonprofit ACCT is preparing to make $10 mill … (read more)

Celebrate Henry Sheldon’s 200th birthday this Sunday

MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to join in the festivities at the Sheldon Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of museum founder Henry Sheldon on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Henry’s Birthday Bash will be fun for all ages and will take plac … (read more)

Vermont State Police Log: Man cited for alleged Rt. 22A road rage

ADDISON COUNTY — A road rage incident that began in Addison County last Saturday evening ended with Vermont State Police taking a Colchester man into custody in Rutland County.On Aug. 7 at around 7 p.m. troopers were notified of a road rage incident that … (read more)

Addison County sheriff defends his handling of body cam incident

MIDDLEBURY — At a press conference Wednesday morning called by Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton to provide his own “spin” on events relating to an “unprofessional conduct” complaint against him filed by the Brandon selectboard, and a separate complaint … (read more)

The latest COVID-19 numbers (June 14)

ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Monday, June 14, is reporting Addison County has again registered zero new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, and only one during the past two weeks. The county has recorded a total o … (read more)


The Addison Independent will be closed on Monday, July 4th. The newspaper will be published on Thursday, as usual.