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Harold King Ballou, Jr.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Harold King Ballou, Jr., 64 died suddenly Friday, April 11, 2014, at his home with his wife by his side. He was born Aug. 4, 1949, in Randolph, Vt. the son of Harold K and Viola (Smith) Ballou. Harold grew up and attended school in South Royalton. He married his high school sweetheart Virginia (Ginny) Higgins on July 15, 1971 in Norwich, Vt. and lived in White River Jct., Vt. before moving to Thetford Center. Harold worked at P&C Cross Company for over 20 years and then at Ross Express, a job he really liked until medical problems stopped him from driving trucks. Harold loved to hunt, drive trucks — the …

Vt. State Senator Has Challenger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chelsea — A 67-year-old small businessman is launching a Republican challenge to longtime state Sen. Mark MacDonald, D-Orange. Chelsea resident Robert Frenier, who runs a company that buys used airport fire trucks and rebuilds them, said he is concerned that working Vermonters and senior citizens are being hurt by state-run healthcare programs and …

Letter: We Are a Plutocracy

Friday, April 11, 2014

To the Editor: The word “oligarchy” has appeared several times in the opinion pages. It’s a fair description of our government, but a better one comes to mind — “plutocracy,” which according to Webster’s dictionary is a “government by the wealthy” or a “controlling class of the wealthy.” Why do we keep trying to impose democracy on other countries when we ourselves do …

Thetford Voters Approve Town Spending

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thetford — Voters sailed through Thetford’s Town Meeting agenda on Saturday, unanimously passing all articles with surprising ease and little debate, but they still have another couple of days before they decide on the school budget as well …

Thetford Outscores Williamstown for First Title

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Defense wins championships. A good defense beats a good offense. The Thetford Academy and Williamstown High girls basketball teams offered a simple, concise response to those two basketball canards on Saturday night: Piffle. In a …

Preaching to the Choir: Thetford Choral School Helps Singers Find Their Voice

Saturday, March 1, 2014

For a few minutes, the singers sang in a three-note language. There were 12 of them, and they moved about a room in the First Congregational Church of Thetford, communicating in the key of D. They made a …

Thetford Reaches Final; Oxbow Nearly Pulls Off Upset

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Barre, Vt. — Only one Upper Valley team will be playing for the VPA Division III girls basketball title game Saturday. Top-ranked Thetford took care of No. 4 Enosburg Falls, 62-49, while No. 3 Oxbow fell to unbeaten, …

Letter: Addiction Is Not a Choice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To the Editor: While Thomas Wansleben suggests that addicts ought to make better choices, addiction science suggests that is not always possible (“Addicts Must Take Responsibility,” Forum, Feb. 21). Addiction as a reflection of moral character and choice takes us back to an earlier time. Science now shows …

Susan B. Fetter

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thetford Center, Vt. — Susan B. Fetter, 74, died of pancreatic cancer Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at her home in Rice’s Mills. Susan was born in Fullerton, Calif., May 4, 1939, the youngest child of Donovan and Elizabeth Brunskill. After attending Fullerton High School, she earned a Bachelor’s …

Hartford, Woodstock Advance

Sunday, February 23, 2014

White River Junction — Senior John Borchert’s power-play goal with 2, minutes, 51 seconds remaining lifted the No. 6 Hartford High boys hockey team over No. 11 Harwood, 3-2, in the first round of the VPA Division II tournament Saturday at Wendell Barwood Arena. With the Highlanders’ Thomas …

Oxbow Is Barre-Bound: Olympians Oust Richford

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bradford, Vt. — Almost immediately after the girls basketball game Saturday at Oxbow High, a small table was placed under one basket and the Olympians faithful began lining up in celebration. For sale were tickets to Thursday’s Vermont …

Thetford Faces Contested Races

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thetford’s annual Town and School Meetings will take place Saturday, March 1, starting at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium of Thetford Elementary School. On Tuesday, March 4, voters will choose town and school officers and decide on the …

Panthers Use Balance In First-Round Rout

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thetford — During its 72-46 win over Stowe in the first round of the VPA Division III playoffs on Tuesday night, the Thetford Academy girls basketball team showed again that it’s the most balanced team in the Upper …