State eyes Newbury for detention center

NEWBURY—Vermont officials want to replace the shuttered Woodside juvenile detention center with a privately run facility in Newbury. The Vermont Agency of Human Services is poised to enter into a contract with the Becket Family of Services for a six-bed, secure residential treatment program for youth involved in the state criminal justice system. AHS and […]

Solar array dealt blow

BRADFORD—The future looks dim for a proposed solar array on the Lower Plain. A hearing officer has recommended that the Vermont Public Utilities Commission deny the application of Bradford Solar, LLC for a 500-kilowatt, ground-mounted system on the Lower Plain. The decision is a victory for local opponents to the project, who have argued the […]

HPD outlines staff time

NORTH HAVERHILL—Thefts, motor vehicle offenses, assaults, domestic violence, and sex crimes were the five types of crimes most reported to the Haverhill Police Department from 2017-2019. The data comes from a staffing and resource analysis presented to the selectboard last week. The study was undertaken earlier this year after a pair of officer departures left […]

Schools cope with staff shortages

BRADFORD—Like many school districts around the region, Oxbow Unified Union School District faces staffing challenges during the COVID-19 era. But with an increase in the number of absences taken by regular teachers and staff combined with a reduced pool of substitutes to draw from, it’s likely the problems will only get worse as flu and […]

Photo of the Week

This familiar scene in Waits River could look different later this year as the bridge in the foreground undergoes repair work with metal guardrails set to replace the deteriorating wooden ones.