Oxford Hills

Rumford women arrested after apartment search

RUMFORD — Police said two local women were arrested early Thursday morning after one attempted to hide the other in a dryer to prevent her arrest. Heather Buotte, 28, and Kathryn Todd, 23, both of Washington Street, were arrested following...

The Bethel Inn Resort to experiment with 15-inch golf hole cups

BETHEL — Golfers hoping course owners will enlarge hole cups to improve their scores will get their wish this month at The Bethel Inn Resort. Late Thursday afternoon, the resort announced that it will conduct a two-day experiment, replacing its traditional 4¼-inch diamete...

Abutters object to Norway board's approval of wedding barn

NORWAY — The Planning Board voted 4-1 Thursday evening to approve a plan by Granite Ridge Estate to use a rural lodge and new luxury barn at 65 Delano Drive for wedding parties and other events. The vote will allow Portland-based business owner Anthony Fratianne to host up to 200 peo...

McLaughlin Foundation mulls options for abutting property

PARIS — The McLaughlin Foundation is seeking public input on how to utilize a neighboring property it acquired last fall.  Executive Director Barbara Durr said Thursday that the nonprofit organization has received two grants in recent months totaling about $18,000 that will inte...

Family time on the water

Matt Sherbinski of Otisfield fishes for bass with his children, Payton, left, 12, Cameron, 8, and Katarina, 3, on Norway Lake on Thursday. The Sherbinskis caught both largemouth and smallmouth bass with rods built by Matt Sherbinski.

Maine State Triathlon coming to Bethel on Aug. 10

BETHEL — More than 200 athletes will compete in the 23rd annual Maine State Triathlon, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Bethel Inn Resort's Lakehouse on Songo Pond in Albany Township, race director Julia Reuter said Wednesday. Those participating in the triathlon will begin...

No decision on motion to overturn Lowe's manslaughter convictions

PARIS — Defense lawyers argued Thursday that an Oxford woman's manslaughter convictions should be overturned because her father should not have been allowed to testify at her trial. Active-Retired Judge Robert Clifford did not issue an immediate ruling on the motion from defense atto...

EPA to get $5.7 million for South Paris sludge lagoon cleanup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a $5.7 million settlement with the owners of a former tannery in South Paris that began leaching toxins into the Little Androscoggin River in 2000. On Wednesday, Nebraska-based ConAgra Grocery Products Company, LLC agreed to reimburse th...

Waterford family hopes gun noise issue will be resolved

WATERFORD — A Waterford family whose appeal of a denial for property tax relief was denied last week say they respect the decision of the Oxford County administrator not to have an immediate rehearing and hope the issue will be resolved soon without further appeals. Virginia C. Howe ...

Vacation time may delay Paris study

PARIS — A comprehensive study of the downtown may be delayed a month because community members are on vacation.  Town Manager Amy Bernard told selectmen Monday that the deadline may be pushed into September to allow every party with a vested interest in the study to give input.