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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 …

Phoenix Rises In 2OT

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Sharon — Soccer calls it a finish for a reason. Without a ball snapping the back of the net, offense becomes the sundae without the cherry, the homemade bookshelf absent shellac, the little black dress lacking the diamond earrings. Not that the finish need by that tasty, polished …

Rte. 132 Work Forces New Detour in Sharon

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sharon — Motorists traveling on Route 132 from Strafford to access Interstate 89 in Sharon face an eight-mile detour while part of the road is closed for construction, according to Sharon Selectboard members. Meanwhile, another closed portion of …

Letter: The Way of Poor Losers

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

To the Editor: After reading Jim Newcomb’s Oct. 12 Forum letter (“Blaming the Wrong Side”), I need to ask one simple question: Seriously? After getting the Affordable Care Act voted into law and then having it declared constitutional by the Supreme Court, the Republicans are demanding that the …

Letter: Experience the Beauty of Ballet

Monday, October 14, 2013

To the Editor: The Upper Valley is blessed with a plethora and a full continuum of arts activities and opportunities — community as well as professional theater, choral offerings that rival those of any city, orchestral and band ensembles par excellence, and even a talented opera company. Lesser …

Gloria R. Denny

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sharon, Vt. — Gloria R. Denny, 78, of Sharon, Vt., died Thursday evening, Oct. 10, 2013, at Hanover Terrace in Hanover, N.H. She was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Bethel, Vt., the daughter of Vincente and Eva (Fumagali) Cruz. She was raised in Bethel, and moved to Champagne, …

Lessons Learned From Draw

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sharon — If the Sharon Academy boys soccer team learned nothing else from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against South Royalton, it’s never to underestimate a neighborhood rival. Despite a 40-10 advantage in shots and dominating possession, the Phoenix (6-1-3) …

Victor E. McGee

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Sharon, N.H. — Victor E. McGee, 77, died at home Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. A Service of Thanksgiving for his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the Sharon Congregational Church. A complete obituary will appear later this week in the Valley News. …

Effort Is Underway to ‘Button Up’ Vermont

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Strafford — At the town recycling center on Saturday, Energy Committee Chairwoman Dori Wolfe set out apple cider and a box of doughnuts to entice recyclers to learn more about weatherizing their homes, but most of those who …

Letter: A Small but Significant Step

Sunday, October 6, 2013

To the Editor: Allan Tanenbaum’s letter proposes that a majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act (“Stand Against Obamacare,” Sept. 25). But most Americans opposed a woman’s right to vote. Most Americans opposed integration, gay rights, same-sex marriage and on and on. The Affordable Care Act may …

Shumlin Appoints Kathy Hoyt To Fill Seat Vacated by Cheney

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Norwich — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Wednesday appointed Kathy Hoyt, a veteran Democrat with high-level Statehouse experience, to fill a vacant House seat representing Norwich, Thetford, Sharon and Strafford. “Kathy will hit the ground running,” Shumlin said in a statement. “She will bring a clear understanding of budgeting, …