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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 …

Stagecoach Riders Wait, Worry Over Shakeup

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Randolph — After riding Stagecoach Transportation Services’ 89er shuttle bus between Randolph and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center almost every workday for seven years, Kevin McGinty can’t imagine returning to his car for the commute — especially with winter on …

Letter: The Changing American Family

Saturday, December 21, 2013

To the Editor: Thank you for your Dec. 7 editorial, “Domestic Arrangements.” This kind of informational article contributes so much to the better understanding about this important and most relevant topic, and thus to a more informed conversation by our citizens. That there is no “typical American family” …

Upper Valley Towns to Study Growth With Help of State Aid

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Norwich — A handful of Upper Valley towns in the Green Mountain State will split about $44,000 in state-funded planning grants to study growth and development next year. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the grant recipients, which include Norwich, Newbury, Royalton, Sharon and West Fairlee. Statewide, 42 communities will …

A Life: Vic McGee, 1935-2013; ‘He Found Wonder in All Aspects of Life’

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sharon — Vic McGee never quit learning. In fact, his life was governed by a motto he picked up while studying in England: “Let your mind wander over all things in heaven and on earth, unhindered by knowledge …

Terry A. Romano

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Bern, N.C. — Terry A. Romano, 65, of New Bern, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Carolina East Medical Center. He was born July 13, 1948 in Hanover, N.H., the son of Patsy A. and Betty Jean (Densmore) Romano. He graduated from Lebanon High School …

Lawrence S. Wagoner, Sr.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lebanon, N.H. — Lawrence S. Wagoner, Sr., 80, of Lebanon, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, with his family by his side. Larry was born in Hanover on Dec. 10, 1932, to the late Glenn and Mabel (Kimball) Wagoner. He grew up in …

Letter: What Our Founders Had in Mind

Saturday, November 9, 2013

To the Editor: The erroneous claim that America is “an experiment in democracy” appeared a few weeks ago in a Forum letter. Such a claim demonstrates what has become a typical lack of understanding that plagues many otherwise intelligent Americans. Our Founders did not intend to create a …

Growing Green Energy: Solar Energy Plant in Sharon Expands 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sharon — Expansion work on the 2.2 megawatt solar energy plant easily visible alongside Interstate 89 is expected to wrap up by the end of the week, according to an official with the entity that owns the site. …

Halloween at Sharon Elementary School

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In the first photograph, Pano Rodis and his son Ben, 10, hang out at the Sharon Community Halloween Party at Sharon Elementary School on Saturday. In the second photograph, Rylee Ridicioni, 8, talks to Kaelyn Blodgett, 5, about …

Back on Her Feet: Woman Injured in Sharon Deck Collapse Makes Long Recovery

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lebanon — Karen Crane had expected to spend her spring, summer and fall working at a campground with her husband in the Upper Valley. Instead, the 67-year-old Idaho resident has watched the leaves change from her room at …