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VTDigger has long featured In This State, a weekly column that celebrates Vermont culture and people.

YWP: Unjust

Rory Belle Carrara was in eighth grade at Christ the King School in Rutland this past school year.  Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Unjust” by Rory Belle Carrara, who was an eighth-grader at Christ the King School in Rutland.

Vermont journalist Norman Runnion dies at age 85

Boston Mayor John F. Collins, Mary Collins and President John F. Kennedy with unidentified group of people. City of Boston Archives/Creative Commons

The former editor of the Brattleboro Reformer and columnist for The Herald of Randolph covered the world for wire service desks in New York, London, Paris and Washington, D.C.

YWP: Wherever You Are

Ella Staats is a freshman at Burlington High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Wherever You Are” by Ella Staats, a freshman at Burlington High School.

YWP: All or Nothing

Katie Matthews

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “All or Nothing” by Katie Matthews, a senior at Colchester High School.

‘Drag Queens of Dummerston’ show holds a mirror to Vermont

A dressed up drag queen poses for photographer Edie Lovett (photo courtesy of the artist.)

The creator of a Vermont Folklife Center touring show on transformation reflects on how far the state has come — and still needs to go.

YWP: About My Shoes

Henry Lang is a sophomore at Hanover (N.H.) High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “About My Shoes” by Henry Lang, a sophomore at Hanover (N.H.) High School.

Longtime head of Vermont League of Cities & Towns to retire

Steve Jeffrey, the executive director of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns for 33 years, is retiring next month. He is seen here in front of the Vermont Statehouse, where he has been a regular presence during every legislative season since 1978, when he first joined the VLCT as its assistant director. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

After 33 years as its executive director, Steven Jeffrey is stepping down from his post at the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. “He is the League, and the League is Steve,” said a Vermont city mayor.

YWP: Little Blue Bird

Ada Case is an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Little Blue Bird” by Ada Case, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School.

McAllister sex assault charges spur St. Albans rally on violence

Norm McAllister

Following accusations that a state senator sexually assaulted three women, community members rallied to raise awareness about sexual violence.

Truancy seen through a new lens at youth justice summit

Lauren Keating, a guardian ad litem, lists reasons why a student may be truant at a conference Friday hosted by the Department of Children and Families. Photo by Amy Ash Nixon/VTDigger

Skipping school took on a new meaning as educators, guardians, and youth advocacy workers explored truancy as an early warning sign for helping reach out to young adults in trouble.

Vermonters mourn longtime TV anchor Marselis Parsons

Longtime WCAX news director Marselis Parsons died Tuesday at age 70. Courtesy photo

The long-time news director and anchor of the Channel 3 evening news died Wednesday of skin cancer at age 70.

YWP: Joey’s Biggest Mistake

YWP Ezra Marks Feat

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Joey’s Biggest Mistake” by Ezra Marks, a freshman at Middlebury Union High School.

YWP: Indiana Has Disappointed Me

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Indiana Has Disappointed Me” by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington.

Bill would protect private landowners who post warning signs about swimming holes

A group of swimmers gather on a cliff high above Journey’s End swimming hole, a spot that’s also popular for anglers. Photo by Tom Slayton

Lawmakers, safety advocates hope that safety signs will prevent drownings in Vermont’s popular swimming holes on private land. About 36 people have died in swimming holes since 1985, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

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