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Turning Point employee Brandy Cheney speaks candidly about growing up with an alcohol addiction and becoming free from the addiction while talking to sixth-graders during their health class at Hartland Elementary school in Hartland, Vt., on Jan. 8, 2015. 
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Valley Parents: After Getting Sober, Brandy Cheney Counsels Young People

Friday, February 5, 2016

Springfield, Vt. — The turning point for Brandy Cheney came on a summer night in 2014, when she hopped into her car to pick up a relative, even though she was intoxicated. The Bellows Falls police pulled her over and charged her with DUI. Cheney, now 24, had grown up in a family where addiction was common. She had joined the Army after graduating from high school and managed to stay clean for a while. But when she broke her back during a training exercise and was prescribed Oxycontin, her life quickly spiralled downward. And then there was the DUI, which she describes as a …

Early Flows, Weather Woes: Warmer Temperatures Give Jump-Start to Maple Season

Friday, February 5, 2016

West Hartford — Kris Lyman knows the annual drill of tapping, boiling and selling maple syrup. Brought into the family business in 2008, he’s aware that maple producers should begin tapping trees around the second week in January, wait for the sap to flow in February or March, and be finished around the …

Vt. House To Vote on Act 46 Caps

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

White River Junction — Eight months ago, lawmakers told school districts across Vermont to rein in their spending, but now, members of the House are considering whether to back down — at least partially. In an effort to amend Act 46, a sweeping education reform law that supporters hoped would provide property tax relief to Vermonters and spur school consolidations as enrollment drops, …

Not Guilty Plea Entered In Drug Overdose Case

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Chelsea — A 21-year-old Barnard woman has pleaded not guilty to accusations she sold the heroin and fentanyl mixture that caused a 19-year-old Bethel man to overdose in April. Taylor Benjamin was arraigned Tuesday in Windsor Superior Court on a charge of dispensing heroin, one of four heroin-related …

Jonathan David “Davey” Wolfe

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Jonathan David “Davey” Wolfe died peacefully at his home in Tunbridge on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. He was born Oct. 3, 1970, in Hanover, N.H., the eldest son of David L. and Jean Neale Wolfe. As a child, Jonathan suffered childhood leukemia from the time …

Labrie’s Attorneys Say Penalty ‘Absurd’

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Concord — Owen Labrie’s attorneys said a literal reading of the lone felony he was convicted of leads to an “absurd result” in his case, including an unconstitutionally severe punishment of lifetime sex offender registration, in a motion filed Friday. The St. Paul’s School graduate who stood trial …

Eugene I. “Gene” Brown

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Eugene I. “Gene” Brown, 70, died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at his home in Tunbridge after a period of failing health. He was born Sept. 16, 1945, in Rutland, Vt. the son of Ira and Geraldine (Fox) Brown. He attended school in the Rutland …

Eugene I. “Gene” Brown

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Eugene I. “Gene” Brown, 70, died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, at his home in Tunbridge after a period of failing health. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. …

Jonathan David Wolfe

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Jonathan David Wolfe, 45 died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. at his home in Tunbridge after a valiant battle with cancer. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. If people would like to help, a memorial gift may be made to …

Fred J. Carty

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Tunbridge, Vt. — Fred J. Carty, 82 died Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, at his home in Tunbridge. Arrangements are pending at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea, Vt. …

Valley Schools Weigh Merger

Sunday, October 4, 2015

South Royalton — The impulses to hang on to what’s old, and yet to reap the benefits of what’s new, are in competition as residents and school officials in the White River Valley discuss how best to respond to the upcoming merger of their supervisory unions under Act …

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Royalton-Area Schools To Hold Merger Meeting South Royalton — The soon-to-be-formed White River Valley Supervisory Union will hold a public forum this weekend to tackle the biggest question facing educators: How to move forward in a way that best serves the students of the 10 constituent towns? The …

Birth Announcements: Sept. 27, 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center SLAYTON — A daughter, Roxanna Eden Haynes Slayton, born on July 19, 2015, to Rachel Eleanor Haynes Coombs and Jeffrey Scott Slayton, of Norwich. WHITTEN — A son, Ethan William Whitten, born on Aug. 10, 2015, to Renata Louise Whitten and Craig William Whitten, of …