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Peavine Whitewater Race scheduled for Saturday
04-30-2024 4:58 PM

BETHEL — The third annual Peavine Whitewater Race is scheduled to take place on the White River from Stockbridge, Vt., to Bethel this Saturday.The 8-mile race is set to begin at noon at the Route 100 bridge near Ted Green Ford in Stockbridge and is...

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Retiring Windsor County state senator honored for three decades of service
05-17-2024 5:02 PM


MONTPELIER — At the end of the legislative session last week in the Vermont Statehouse, Dick McCormack listened, eyes closed, as a resolution commemorating both his retirement and “profound seriousness of purpose” was read into the record. Standing by...

Roadside assist in Bethel
04-24-2024 2:29 PM

Bethel officials under fire for their handling of firefighter’s comments
04-11-2024 7:31 PM


BETHEL — Supporters of the town’s former fire chief harshly rebuked town leaders this week over their handling of a firefighter whose colleagues want to oust him from the fire department.One vocal supporter pointed at and denounced town officials to...

East Bethel Community Church is reborn
04-05-2024 8:04 PM


EAST BETHEL — From their cars, parked in a neat row on the grass outside, worshipers walked through the front door of the village’s stately, 200-year-old brick church for a symbolic rebirth.Not only was it Easter Sunday, but some of the 30 or so...

Bethel fire chief steps down following firefighter’s controversial social media post
04-02-2024 8:01 PM


BETHEL — A groundswell of support has emerged for the town’s former longtime fire chief, who quit in protest last week after he was not allowed to remove a volunteer firefighter who made a controversial social media post.The firefighter said he was...

‘Peaceful’ passage along the White River
03-19-2024 3:23 PM

VSP: Trooper hit Bethel firetruck while traveling at ‘highway speeds’
03-11-2024 6:30 PM


The medical condition of a Vermont State Police trooper who sustained serious injuries when his police vehicle crashed into a firetruck on Interstate 89 in Royalton last week was unknown on Monday, but police have identified the officer as Cpl. Eric...

Bethel and Royalton voters elect school board members
03-06-2024 3:48 PM

ROYALTON — Peggy Ainsworth ran unopposed for a three-year term representing Royalton on the White River Valley Unified School District Board.Julie Hinman ran a successful write-in campaign for a three-year term representing Bethel on the Board.

Bethel votes to eliminate town lister position, switching to professional assessor
03-06-2024 3:02 PM

BETHEL — Voters at the floor portion of Town Meeting on Tuesday went to paper ballots to determine that the town would eliminate the office of the town lister and replace it with a professionally qualified assessor.The paper ballot vote was 80...

Voters in Royalton and Bethel easily approve school budget
03-05-2024 4:54 PM


BETHEL — It’s a rare annual meeting at which the controversial issues are raised in the “other business” portion just before adjournment.After passing a budget of nearly $14.4 million by a vote of 98-28 on Monday evening, voters from Bethel and...

Town Meeting preview: Bethel to consider replacing lister with professional assessor
02-25-2024 11:55 AM

Article of note: One article would eliminate the office of the town lister and replace it with a professionally qualified assessor.Contested races: Adam Stearns and Paul S. Vallee are vying for a two-year term on the Selectboard.Budgets and spending...

Annual meeting preview: No one files for Bethel seat on White River Valley Unified School District Board
02-25-2024 10:45 AM

Article of note: From the floor, voters will be asked whether to put part of an audited fund balance, not to exceed $998,000 into a capital improvements and maintenance of facilities fund.Contested races: Peggy Ainsworth is running unopposed for a...

Take a little off the top
01-25-2024 11:48 AM

Grange hall damaged by fire in East Bethel
01-20-2024 11:00 PM


Five fire departments responded to the scene of a fire at the Middle Branch Grange Hall in East Bethel on Saturday. The Grange had planned a potluck and meeting in the afternoon and one of two wood furnaces that were running to heat up the building...

Jim Kenyon: Charity and protest in Upper Valley tied to conflict a world away 
12-09-2023 11:38 PM


When Tom Harty, the pastor at United Church of Bethel, brought up an idea to parishioners on a recent Sunday morning, he wasn’t quite sure what the reaction might be.Harty, a former Vermont State Police trooper, recognized that any individual or group...

Can-do attitude
11-09-2023 7:50 AM

Downtown Bethel building changes hands
11-03-2023 5:29 PM


BETHEL — When Lindley Brainard and three other partners purchased Bethel’s Arnold Block building in 2018, they knew it was a “really strange business model,” said Brainard, who is also a member of the Bethel Selectboard. Their vision was to create a...

The end of the harvest in Bethel
11-01-2023 2:36 AM

During her lunch break while working at home, Bridget Dowret, of East Bethel, picks late-season raspberries on Tuesday. Dowret said since September she has been collecting a lot and freezing most of them. After a heavy frost over night, most of...

Bethel man faces involuntary manslaughter charge in overdose death
10-14-2023 8:21 AM


ROYALTON — A Bethel man faces criminal charges after allegedly failing to aid a South Royalton woman who overdosed at his residence or call emergency responders in a timely manner before she died early this year, police said.Jody White, 54, has been...

Bethel’s smooth operators
10-04-2023 9:03 AM

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