The Vermont Air National Guard recently dedicated each of its 23 F-16Cs to towns with the highest number of airmen. Above, Georgia town officials pose with the "Spirit of Georgia" aircraft and 12 Guardsmen in the unit. Back row, left to right: John Rowley, Technical Sgt. Dan DiPietro, Senior Airman Alexander Byrne, Master Sgt. Tammi Lemay, Master Sgt. Joseph Rounds, Master Sgt. Gertrude Lowry, Master Sgt. Scott Randal, Mike McCarthy. Front row, left to right: Chief Master Sgt. Randy Epply, Senior Master Sgt. Chris Poulin, Master Sgt. Chris Lawrence, Senior Master Sgt. Dennis Mercier, Senio Master Sgt. Reginald Lowry, Master Sgt. Donald Dubie. (Photo courtesy of VTANG)

Aiming high

The town of Georgia can now count among its namesakes a Vermont Air National Guard fighter jet. Aircraft 365 was named the “Spirit of Georgia” by the 158th Fighter Wing, which recently dedicated each of its 23 F-16Cs to Vermont …  Read more

LEFT: Georgia's new Dollar General store, located on Route 7, opened for business earlier this month. (Photo by Abby Ledoux)

Open for business

The much buzzed-about Dollar General on Georgia’s Route 7 opened for business on Sunday, Sept. 14, much to some locals’ chagrin. Last Saturday, the store held its grand opening. Dollar General spokeswoman Crystal Ghassemi said the retailer foregoes traditional ribbon …  Read more

Travis Sweeney

Georgia man at large

A Georgia man is wanted by Vermont State Police for escape, failure to appear in court and grand larceny. Police say 29-year-old Travis W. Sweeney escaped on foot after state police, U.S. Marshals and a U.S. Border Patrol K9 unit …  Read more

Georgia's lakefront, including off Bingham Shore Road, bloomed with toxic algae on Wednesday, Aug. 20. (Photo by Emerson Lynn)

Muddy waters

On a Monday visit to Georgia Beach, the sun shimmered upon Lake Champlain. A boat eased off the dock, and waves lapped softly on the shore. You might never know there were toxins in these waters as recently as last …  Read more

Two "no smoking" signs were installed at Georgia Beach two weeks ago. (Photo by Abby Ledoux)

Beach bans

Visitors to Georgia Beach may have noticed new regulatory signs there this week. Last Monday, the selectboard unanimously adopted two ordinances officially banning smoking and dogs at the beach. Town Administrator Mike McCarthy drafted the rules, which will become effective …  Read more

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