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Counties Ranked on Wellness

Saturday, March 28, 2015

West Lebanon — Upper Valley public health officials say an annual ranking of the health status of each county in the United States will help guide them as they create action plans to address the challenges area communities face. The 2015 County Health Rankings released Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is one of several reports utilized by public health officials to evaluate existing health systems and plot steps for the future. “I think these are good because they tell us where we need to work,” said Dr. Robert Greene, chief population health management officer at …

Former Woodstock Cop Charged With Violating Release

Friday, March 27, 2015

Woodstock — A former Woodstock police officer charged with assaulting his wife pleaded not guilty to two counts of violating a condition of his release that a judge imposed last month. Mark McComas, 45, of Quechee, was arraigned on Thursday in Washington Superior Court in Barre, Vt. Prosecutors allege he had contact with his wife and children between March 17 and March 20. …

Lawmakers: Prison Closing No ‘Done Deal’

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Windsor — Two top Windsor County Democrats in the Vermont Legislature say a proposal to close Southeast State Correctional Facility in Windsor is not a “done deal.” Instead, lawmakers will weigh the pros and cons of closing the facility in the coming weeks, as well as all other possible options to patch a budget gap totaling $113 million. “The decision to close the …

Local Roundup: Unearned Runs Help Dartmouth Softball Split With Terps

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Staff Reports College Park, Md. — A pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning broke a 5-5 tie and propelled the Dartmouth College softball team to an 8-5 win over Maryland on Wednesday and a split of their nonleague doubleheader. The Terrapins (20-13) dominated …

Budget Plans Left as Is in Hartford

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hartford — Both the School Board and the Selectboard are expected this weekend to defend the budgets that voters rejected during voting earlier this month, with most officials arguing that an additional examination of the spending plans has confirmed there’s no fat to be trimmed. Voters will convene …

State Officials Seek Comments on Proposed Hartford Solar Array

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hartford — A public comment period has opened for citizens to provide feedback about a proposed 750-kilowatt solar array to be placed on the town’s capped and closed landfill area on Route 5. Earlier this month, the Waste …

Rita D. Batchelor

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

White River Jct., Vt. — Rita D. Batchelor, 66, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday morning March 24, 2015. She was born April 9, 1948 in Lebanon, NH a daughter of Alfred and Lois (Tenney) Grace. Rita spent her youth in Canaan, N.H. graduating from Mascoma High School. …

Judge Raises Suspect’s Bail in Shooting: Police Say Woman Violated Curfew Condition of Release

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

White River Junction — The woman charged in connection with a 2011 Bethel shooting pleaded not guilty on Monday to violating a condition of release that a judge imposed over a year ago. Authorities allege Emily Perkins, who …

Salting Into Spring

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After putting down sand, Jerry Lyman sprinkles salt on a walkway at his Hartford home on Monday. He and his wife have lived in the house since 1975. They raised their family and had horses on the property …

At the Hospitals: March 22, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Gets Spot On ‘Great Places to Work’ List Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been named one of 150 “Great Places to Work in Healthcare” by the industry journal Becker’s Hospital Review. It was selected based on its benefits …

The Best Of the Rest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Valley News’ three staff photographers and intern logged many miles over the first two weeks of March covering town and school meetings across the Upper Valley. Here are a few favorites that were not part of the …

Herbert Sumner Smith

Friday, March 20, 2015

Venice, Fla. — Herbert S. Smith, 91 passed away Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, in the Manor Care skilled nursing facility. Bert, as his close friends knew him, was born in White River, Jct., Vt. on Jan. 18, 1924, the middle son of William C. Smith and Leona Sumner. …

Judge to Decide on Letter in Perkins Case; Decision Will Affect Trial

Thursday, March 19, 2015

White River Junction — A judge is set to rule on whether a letter that could exonerate a South Royalton woman accused in a Bethel shooting should be allowed as evidence at her trial. In the letter, Emily …