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School bus driver Carl Lupton, 57, of Bethel, Vt., pleaded innocent on April 1, 2014, to misdemeanor charges of drunk driving - second offense - and cruelty to children at the courthouse in downtown White River Junction. (Eric Francis photograph)

Bus Driver Had Previous DUI

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

White River Junction — The Butler’s Bus Service driver who has been charged with operating a bus full of schoolchildren while having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit had a prior DUI conviction in 2006, and Butler’s knew about it when he was hired. Carl H. Lupton, 57, of Bethel, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Windsor Superior …

Finally a Thaw, Now the Floods

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — Four or five inches of water entered Neil White’s fourth-grade classroom through its ground level windows early Sunday morning. As he sorted through the wreckage amidst blowing fans on Monday, he tried to be optimistic. “No student work was ruined,” he said. On the other hand, White was struggling with …

John Alan Lique

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sharon, Vt. — John Alan Lique, 57, died Friday morning, March 28, 2014, at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born Jan. 28, 1957, in Hanover, N.H. the son of William W. and Cecelian V. (Carron) Lique. John grew up in Norwich, Vt. and graduated from Hanover High School. He worked for a time at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in …

Letter: Obama’s Bad Decisions

Saturday, January 11, 2014

To the Editor: In his letter “Ignore Republican Propaganda,” (Dec. 31), Robert Pollard demonstrated misinformation and emotion-based partisanship. Contrary to his accusations, not everyone who opposes Obamacare marches to the beat of the drums of conservative talking heads. Many oppose it because our government rarely does anything efficiently …

Letter: Obama’s Bad Decisions

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Obama’s Many Bad Decisions To the Editor: In his letter “Ignore Republican Propaganda” (Dec. 31), Robert Pollard demonstrated misinformation and emotion-based partisanship. Contrary to his accusations, not everyone who opposes Obamacare marches to the beat of conservative talking heads. Many oppose it because our government rarely does anything …

Fire Destroys Strafford Home

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Strafford home was destroyed by a fire Wednesday evening. Property owners Dot and Bill Burden said the blaze started on their two-story home's deck. The couple was not injured. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, …

Frozen Fun Under the Lights: Residents Enjoy Night Skating in Sharon

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sharon — As the sun went down and the lights came on, Willow Clifford skated around an outdoor ice rink, speeding around the edges, using a walker for support. For Willow, 6, the appeal of lacing up skates …

Post Offices Likely to Cut Hours

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Thetford — In a continuing effort to cut costs, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed scaling back weekday counter service hours at 15 Upper Valley post offices, mostly in Vermont. That’s on top of 17 other post office …

Letter: Criminalization Isn’t the Answer

Sunday, December 29, 2013

To the Editor: Reading Ben Barber’s op-ed piece (“We’ll Pay a High Price for Legalizing Pot,” Dec. 20) reminded me once again of the hilarity of listening to educated people saying incredibly stupid things. Having smoked pot for almost 40 years — although not at all in the …

Letter: A Big Loss and a Big Gain

Friday, December 27, 2013

To the Editor: The Vermont Legislature will face complex and vexing issues when it convenes in early January. Among the new faces seeking solutions, Kathy Hoyt will join me in representing Sharon, Strafford, Thetford and Norwich. As many who have followed her career know, she is likely the …

Peter David Hottenstein

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sharon, Vt. — Peter David Hottenstein, 80, died on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, at the Mertens House in Woodstock, Vt. Peter was born on June 24, 1933 in Springfield, Pa., the son of Edward Schroyer and Marie Louise (Cox) Hottenstein. Peter graduated from Springfield (Pa.) High School in …

Woodstock Girls End Long Slide

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Westminster, Vt. — A victory has been a long time coming for the Woodstock High girls basketball team, but this one seemed worth the wait. The Wasps nursed a big early lead on Monday night to beat host …

Letter: Hats Off to Road Crews

Monday, December 23, 2013

To the Editor: As we move into the holidays and winter, it would be apropos to recognize some folks who all too often are taken for granted — our state and town highway department workers. These folks are out in the worst possible weather, wrestling tons of moving …