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Hassan Warns Against GOP Return

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

West Lebanon — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan warned Tuesday that the policies of her Republican opponent Walt Havenstein would “blow a hole” in the state’s budget and also empower former Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien, who hopes to regain his post. During a meeting with Valley News reporters and editors, Hassan, a Democrat, said the choice for voters in …

Barnard Man Faces Sex Charge

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Barnard — Police last week charged a man with felony lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor following a weeklong investigation by Vermont State Police …

Attorneys Debate Evidence In Thetford Rifle Case

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chelsea — The prosecution and defense in the case of a Thetford man who allegedly fired rifle rounds into an occupied car debated Tuesday what …

Volunteer Information Session Set for November in Randolph

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Randolph — An information session about becoming a volunteer with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education will take place next month at the nonprofit’s Randolph Learning Center, 10 S. Main St. The organization offers free literacy instruction for adults and for young people who are no longer attending school. …

Business Notes: Oct. 19, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lebanon — IVG Hospitals, the Woburn, Mass.-based network of veterinary hospitals, has purchased Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services, the 24-hour emergency pet hospital at 63 Evans Drive in Lebanon. The hospital’s name will be changed to Small Animal Veterinary Emergency and Specialty to reflect the shift in the …

Thetford Board: Police Coverage Will Continue as Before

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Thetford — The town’s police force will use a borrowed vehicle and continue to provide residents with the same level of police coverage that was in effect before Friday’s suspicious fire, which destroyed the department’s entire fleet of …

Health Care Reform at Center of Vt. Gov. Race

Sunday, October 19, 2014

White River Junction — One high-profile website snafu. Some encouraging skirmishes against rising health care costs. And steady work on Vermont’s effort to create a single-payer health insurance plan that covers all residents — although with only vague …

Bishops: No Welcome for Gays

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vatican City — Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families. The …

Heating Help

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stan Teeter, middle, lifts a birch log onto a splitter run by fellow Norwich resident Betsy Maislen, left, as Jack Burnham, 14, of Norwich clears away the splits during a firewood bee in Norwich on Saturday. Volunteers, including …

Cop Cars Burn in Thetford

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Thetford — Following a suspicious overnight fire Friday that destroyed Thetford’s three police cruisers, a state fire investigator said he is “absolutely” interested in reviewing a 2012 case in which Norwich’s three-car fleet was destroyed by flames that …

Orange Senate District Race Offers Stark Policy Choices

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Randolph — A campaign battle is raging between state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Williamstown, and Republican Bob Frenier, of Chelsea, two colorful and aggressive personalities who sharply disagree on health care, education, and even the best way to reach …

Lebanon Details Lot Proposal

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lebanon — Downtown business owners reacted positively on Friday to a city plan to close off several parking spaces near the pedestrian mall because of structural problems with an old railroad tunnel that runs under the lot. Shawn …

Shumlin Calls for End of Strike

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Burlington — As South Burlington students and teachers spent a third day out of the classroom Thursday, Gov. Peter Shumlin’s patience with the walkout was thin. He said the strike harms all the wrong people. “When you see what’s going on in a community like South Burlington, the …