Bethel

SAD 44 considering regional service center

BETHEL — School Administrative District 44 directors voted unanimously Monday evening to approve submitting a preliminary application to the Maine Department of Education for the...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Special town meeting, 6 p.m., Crescent Park School, selectmen to meet immediately after Casco: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m.,...

Newry asked to take over church building

NEWRY — The remaining three board members of the little Newry Community Church, citing difficulty in paying bills, are asking the town to take...

SAD 44 funding formula will remain the same

BETHEL — Voters in School Administrative District 44 towns Tuesday rejected changing the formula for sharing costs, according to Superintendent David Murphy. The tally from...

Bethel voting 'steady

Bethel voters cast their ballots in the Crescent Park School gym on Tuesday morning. Town Clerk Christen Mason said turnout was "steady" through the morning. In...

Franklin and Oxford polling places

Franklin County Avon: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Community Room. Carrabassett Valley: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Office. Carthage: 8 a.m. to 8...

This week's agenda

Monday Livermore Falls: Water District informational meeting on proposed rate increases, 6 p.m., Town Office Mexico: Mexico Water District board of trustees, 4 p.m., Town Hall Peru:...

Nov. 7 referendum: Large crowd debates SAD 44 cost-sharing proposal

BETHEL — At a public hearing Thursday that drew about 150 SAD 44 voters, community leaders and residents lined up on both sides of...

Bethel to hold back-to-back public hearings

BETHEL — Back-to-back public hearings on a proposed change to the SAD 44 cost-sharing formula and amendments to Bethel's commercial wind ordinance will take...

‘It’s a mess’

Officials said Monday it will be several days before some roads are reopened and power is restored across the state because of a powerful...

Regional agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Telstar Regional High School, public hearings on SAD 44 cost-sharing formula, proposed changes to the municipal commercial wind ordinance and...

Three public hearings in Bethel on Monday

BETHEL — Three public hearings — one on the proposed SAD 44 cost-sharing formula change and two on Bethel town issues — will take...

Student mentoring program unveiled at 4-H camp

BRYANT POND — A new long-term youth mentoring program is available to Telstar Regional Middle/High School students at the University of Maine 4-H Camp...

Student shelter

Students from James Cobb's homeroom at Telstar Middle School in Bethel huddle under an umbrella during their visit to the University of Maine 4-H...

Fire departments battle woods fire near Grafton Notch

GRAFTON TOWNSHIP — Fire crews Tuesday morning will resume battling a large woods fire off North Road near Silver Stream and Success Pond, Newry...

Songo Pond foliage

This setting on Songo Pond in Bethel on Tuesday featured bright fall foliage and a seasonal breeze.

SAD 44's second attempt to keep Newry

BETHEL — A new cost-sharing formula proposal for School Administrative District 44 will be on the Nov. 7 ballot, marking a second attempt from...

Regional agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Zoning Board, 7 p.m., Community Center Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Community Center Farmington: Planning Board, 6 p.m., Town...

This week's agenda

Monday Buckfield: Board of Assessors, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center. Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library. Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office. Paris: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office. Peru:...

Landowner: New wind proposal 'unacceptable'

BETHEL — The local Ordinance Review Committee reached a tentative agreement last week on a proposal to lessen key restrictions in the town’s new commercial wind power ordinance. But...

Second man charged with torching bulldozer in Sandy River Plantation

FARMINGTON — A second man has been charged in connection with an arson Tuesday that destroyed a bulldozer in Sandy River Plantation near Rangeley. Fire...

MaineCare bars payments to Lewiston oral surgeon Jan Kippax

AUGUSTA — At a hearing where a Lewiston oral surgeon is fighting to keep his license in the face of allegations of incompetence and...

Firefighters battle house fire in Farmington

FARMINGTON —  Firefighters are battling a wind-driven fire Friday morning at 167 Morrison Hill Road. Homeowner Hollis Rackliffe told Farmington Fire Chief Terry Bell that...

Heat lamp used to warm pig possible cause of Winthrop fire

WINTHROP — A family of three is homeless after a two-story home with an attached garage was destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon at...

Man gets his dying wish: To be buried with cheesesteaks

A cheesesteaks from Pat's King of Steaks in Philadelphia.PLAINS, Pa. (AP) — A man who always joked that he didn't want to venture into...

Moore targets female accusers as critics decry intimidation

Ever defiant, Republican Roy Moore's campaign lashed out at the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, declaring "let the battle begin."BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) —...

Coyotes surviving in East, including Maine woods, by becoming more 'wolflike'

In this 2008 photo provided by Josh Harrison, a coyote stands in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. Coyotes have lived in the East...

Shawn Moody recruits Paul LePage's daughter and former advisers

Body shop entrepreneur Shawn Moody, a former independent who joined the Republican Party in October, has assembled a team of former members of Gov. Paul...

Matthew Dunlap goes to court to force Trump voter fraud panel to keep him...

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap is upping the ante in his effort to compel President Trump’s voter fraud commission to provide him with...

Walking on orange alert in Auburn

Kathleen Henning, Pam Rousseau and Blue walk near the Maine Army National Guard Armory in Auburn on Thursday afternoon. "We are recent converts to...

Great Falls Forum focuses on addiction recovery

LEWISTON — Providing “a sense of community” is the fundamental goal of addiction counselors at Grace Street Services, according to two representatives of the...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Stick a fork in it

We'll be perfectly honest: Bag Lady and Shopping Siren have never cooked squirrel. Never had the urge to until ... well, no, we can't say...

Gunman robs Lewiston gas station

LEWISTON — A masked man with a gun robbed a Lisbon Street gas station Thursday night, prompting a search involving several police officers and...

Select board closes accounts and makes ‘safe investments’

CANTON — Selectmen decided to close some of their stagnant town bank accounts and updated some of their investments at their Wednesday meeting, Town...

RSU 58 board reverses decision on forming service center

SALEM TOWNSHIP — The Regional School Unit 58 board of directors reversed its decision and agreed to join a regional service center Thursday night. Superintendent...

Norway board accepts $6,200 bid for 2002 plow truck

From left, Selectmen Bruce Cook, Thomas Curtis and Town Manager Dennis Lajoie review two bids submitted for a 2002 Mack plow truck at Thursday...

Rumford police K-9 proposal gets the go-ahead

Rumford Police Chief Stacy Carter tells the Board of Selectmen on Thursday his department needs a police dog to deal with an area-wide drug...

Career and College Fair held in Jay

The Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program held a Career and College Fair on Thursday. Local entertainer Michael Cooper was there...

What you need to know: Oxford selectmen

Oxford Board of Selectmen Nov. 16, 2017 Oxford Town Office Sewer project What happened: Brent Bridges, PE, senior vice president of Woodard & Curran, told selectmen that approximately...

Texas man who killed former Farmington residents sentenced to die

BRYAN, Texas — William Hudson has been sentenced to die for the slayings of six people — including two from Farmington and a 6-year-old...

Day care owner defends business after theft of handgun, standoff

LEWISTON — The Laase Avenue home from which a handgun was stolen earlier in the week, leading to a seven-hour police standoff, is located...

Lewiston man pleads to misdemeanor four years after fatal crash

AUBURN — A Lewiston man who was driving with a suspended license when he was involved in a fatal head-on crash in 2013 on...

Portland police say body of man found in brush was hit by a vehicle

A Portland man who had been missing for more than two months died from blunt force trauma consistent with being struck by a large...

High-speed chase ends; suspect flees on foot, leaves 2-year-old in car

A Biddeford man was arrested early Thursday morning after leading police on a high-speed chase on the Maine Turnpike that ended in a crash...

Study: Maine ballot questions too confusing even for college graduates

A nationwide study on the complexity of the wording of ballot questions found that it takes a post-graduate education just to comprehend the title...

House OKs GOP tax bill in Trump win; Senate fate less clear

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans rammed a near $1.5 trillion package overhauling corporate and personal taxes through the House on Thursday, edging President Donald Trump...

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial ends in hung jury

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was...

Donald Trump urges House GOP to OK tax bill; Senate fate less clear

President Donald Trump arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Trump arrived at the Capitol for a pep rally with House...

Radio anchor says Al Franken forcibly kissed her amid USO tour

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during...

Storm to hit Maine with rain, strong winds and snow in some areas

Our next storm system will bring rain, strong winds and some snow to Maine on Thursday. A solid 1 to 2 inches of rain is...