Towns eye possible path out of district merger quandary

Royalton, Bethel and Rochester voters have been unable to agree on a consolidation plan through several votes. Now officials say a clause in their proposal offers new options.

Royalton voters approve merger

The ‘yes’ vote sets the stage for mergers in seven school districts in the White River region.

Act 46 revisions have some looking to step off current path

Rochester is already well along in the process of finding a merger partner, but some residents wonder if new options written into the law let them back up and go a different way.

With second merger vote looming, Royalton asks, ‘What if?’

Residents met this week to hear about their options, which also hinge on what happens in a revote in Rochester that’s scheduled after theirs.

Vermont Law School receives $17 million federal loan

It will help the school restructure debt and shift its emphasis more toward online courses. The loan was approved in January but not announced publicly.

Royalton residents successfully petition for merger revote

Last month’s no vote not only affected Royalton and its merger partners, but also prevented other towns from realizing their merger plans.

After defeat, Royalton residents seek new merger vote

One of the residents said she was convinced a revote was needed when community members began telling her they voted against the plan without understanding all the facts.

Four Upper Valley towns vote against NewVistas development

Voters in Royalton, Sharon, Strafford and Tunbridge all passed a resolution saying they oppose David R. Hall’s plans for a massive development in the area. He says he’s undeterred.

ECFiber Expands Its Real Broadband Service Again

News Release — ECFiber Feb. 7, 2017 Contact: Irv Thomae, Governing Board Chairman Office: (802) 763-2262 [email protected]  Royalton VT – The East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (“ECFiber”) is continuing its steady growth, bringing service to parts of Royalton (downtown and Dairy Hill Rd/Ducker Rd) Strafford (Kendall Rd/Jordan Rd/Old City Falls Rd,) Pittsfield (Rte. 100 […]

Upper Valley educators, boards unsure how to comply with Scott’s school budget request

With the budget process well underway for a Town Meeting Day vote in most towns, many say the new governor had spoken up too late to make the sweeping changes he’s seeking.

Group works to put anti-NewVista article on town meeting warrants

The Alliance for Vermont Communities was formed to oppose the plan of a Utah man who wants to establish a carbon-neutral, self-sustaining city on 5,000 acres in central Vermont.

Utah developer cancels meeting with Royalton officials

Citing the potential for opposition protesters, David Hall has backed out of a presentation on Oct. 4 to the Royalton Planning Commission about his plan to build a sustainable, high-density settlement for thousands of people near the birthplace of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith.

FairPoint expands high-speed internet service in Barnard, Pomfret and Royalton

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has expanded broadband to 170 homes and businesses in Barnard, Pomfret and Royalton.

FairPoint expands coverage in 10 Vermont towns

FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), a leading provider of advanced communications in northern New England, has expanded broadband to 890 homes and businesses in 10 Vermont towns.