The former Vermont Marble Company facility in Proctor may have a new owner. The Preservation Trust of Vermont bought the building about 10 years ago and for the past six months, has been actively looking for a buyer. Zion Growers is an industrial hemp company in Vermont. They are in talks with the Preservation Trust of Vermont to buy the building. There is no deal yet, but both sides are very positive about the possibility of this purchase. Brandon McFarlane and Travis Samuels are cousins who own Zion Growers, an industrial hemp company that is taking off. They are tentatively closing on the E.T. & H.K. Ide building in St. Johnsbury next Monday and are launching their official website this week. Zion plans to work with local farmers, storing hemp bales in the Proctor facility and primarily process it for hurd, a wood chip-like substance and fiber. A total of 440 people registered with the state as hemp processors and/or growers. But there are only about six registered in Vermont for the type of hemp that Zion Growers makes.
- Fire investigators believe someone may be to blame for a fire that heavily damaged a Newport Center boathouse Wednesday morning.
- The trial for a truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists in northern New Hampshire in 2019 is now expected to start in July