Month: February 2016

Meet the 2016 Georgia School Board candidates

Each year, the Milton Independent poses questions to candidates seeking elected office to better inform voters. This year, three candidates emerged for Georgia School Board positions, all unopposed incumbents, including Kate Barnes (1-year term), Ben Chiappinelli (3-year) and Meghan Sweeney (1-year). We asked the candidates the following: 1. Georgia voters will consider a ballot item to eliminate the cap on the capital improvement reserve fund, which currently cannot grow past 5 percent of a year’s budget. What projects will this fund, and how will you balance your power to spend that money with your accountability to voters and their...

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Candidates contend at forum

Half of the office-seekers in Milton’s Town Meeting elections participated in last week’s candidate forums, talking budgets and how to improve their town and school. This is the fourth year the Milton Independent and Lake Champlain Access Television have teamed to produce the forums, held Monday, Feb. 15 at Milton High School. The 45-minute selectboard forum featured incumbents Ken Nolan and John Cushing, seeking a three- and one-year seat, respectively, and challenger John Palasik, a retired Milton police sergeant seeking one of two one-year terms. Challenger Chris Taylor (one-year) couldn’t make it, and Brenda Steady (three-year) declined attendance since...

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Indy, newspaper group again win regional awards

The Milton Independent and fellow Champlain Valley News Group publications were honored with a combined total of 57 editorial and advertising awards this year, including a top reporting prize for Indy editor/reporter Courtney Lamdin. The New England Newspaper and Press Association presented the Independent with three regional awards at its annual convention in Boston last weekend. This year’s competition drew 3,100 entries across New England to be judged by a panel of industry experts. Lamdin’s coverage of the Milton High School football hazing case earned first place in education reporting among small weekly newspapers. Judges praised Lamdin’s “excellent ongoing...

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Jackets edge Lakers on Senior Night

MILTON — On Senior Night at Milton, Selena Patterson and Dallas Brodhead combined for 17 points from the foul line and 27 overall as the Yellowjackets knocked off Division I Colchester, 39-35, on February 18. Milton’s 10-10 record was good enough for the sixth seed in the Division II state tournament. The Yellowjackets were scheduled to open the playoffs Tuesday night at home against No. 11 Randolph (10-10). The winner would move on to a quarterfinal on Friday night. The senior duo was a force inside on the offensive end, drawing 23 free-throw chances while scoring seven times from...

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Mill River knocks boys out, 71-59

NORTH CLARENDON — Five 3-pointers and 28 total points by Mike Morgan was too much for Milton to overcome as No. 7 seed Mill River advanced in the Division II boys basketball playoffs with a 71-59 victory on February 17. Ryan Brown scored 25 points for the Yellowjackets, including 18 in the second half as 10th-seed Milton tried to extend its season. Logan Bean added a dozen points and Joe Beaupre had 11 for Milton, which finishes its season at 9-12. The Minutemen (12-9) also had three players reach double figures, as Austin McMurray (17 points) and Dylan Shelvey...

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