Bethel

SAD 44 school rankings announced to board

WOODSTOCK — A website that ranks schools based on student test scores has listed Telstar Regional High School next to last in the state,...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Paris: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m.,...

Regional agenda

Monday Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center Farmington: Franklin County Commission, 9 a.m., Town Office Livermore Falls: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Mexico:...

Santas shred the slopes for a good cause

NEWRY — The bells were jingling and the ho-ho-ho's were jolly at the 18th annual Santa Sunday at Sunday River this weekend. The event...

Long Mountain: A work of art and engineering

ALBANY — “Rocks, roots and stumps and more rocks, roots and stumps,” said Bruce Barrett when asked to identify some of the challenges he...

Sheriff Wayne Gallant solicited sex from employees, union official says

Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant solicited sex from at least two of his employees, according to an agent for the union that represents 23...

Sarah Renee Lane shoots her first buck

Sarah Renee Lane of Albany Township got her very first buck on Wednesday while hunting in Albany Township.  The eight-point buck's dressed weight was...

This week's agenda

Monday Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Casco: Zoning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., touring 33 Nash St. Jay: Special...

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...

Public safety dispatcher from Auburn arrested for child porn

AUBURN — A Maine Department of Public Safety dispatcher has been arrested and charged with possessing child pornography. Members of the State Police Computer Crimes...

Maine processors who make pot products facing state crackdown

Tree Tap Extracts in Jay produces marijuana-infused maple sugar candies for patients, some of whom prefer to ingest the drug without having to smoke...

Ample tax cuts for business, wealthy in new GOP tax accord

WASHINGTON (AP) — Generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans would be delivered in a sweeping overhaul of the tax laws, under...

Investigators seek answers in death of 4-year-old Wiscasset girl

The death of a 4-year-old girl in Wiscasset is under investigation by Maine State Police detectives. Kendall Chick, who turned 4 years old on Nov....

Lawmakers begin looking for ways to fund Maine’s share of Medicaid expansion

AUGUSTA — Surpluses expected in the next two-year budget cycle could provide a starting point for funding the state’s share of Medicaid expansion, but...

Video: Fire destroys Rangeley home

RANGELEY — A three-alarm fire destroyed a home in Rangeley early Thursday morning. Homeowners Robert and Carol Hunt and a couple dogs escaped the fire...

Auburn man found guilty in federal court of having gun

PORTLAND — An Auburn man was convicted Wednesday in federal court on a gun charge after a domestic violence conviction. Willie Richard Minor, 58, was...

Dog bites Lewiston toddler and mother

LEWISTON — A toddler and his mother were treated for dog bites that occurred in their home, police said. The woman had been watching the...

Edward Little High School choirs perform at Gendron Franco Center

The combined Edward Little High School concert, chamber and treble choirs perform "Ocho Kandelikas" ("Eight Little Candles") during their December concert at the Gendron...

'Hope for the Holidays' toy store

Jessica Gould, a volunteer at Hope House on College Street in Lewiston, right, hands a present to Danielle Daneau, of Lewiston during Wednesday morning's...

Auburn assistant principal convicted on OUI charge

AUBURN — The assistant principal at the city's middle school was convicted Wednesday of operating under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene...

Otisfield residents hear single-sort recycling presentation

OTISFIELD — A representative from Portland nonprofit ecomaine gave a presentation to townspeople Wednesday evening on how the company works and how it will...

Lewiston drift race could be headed out of town

LEWISTON — A drift-racing event originally planned for May of this year has been postponed again, and its new organizers say they may have...

40,000 Mainers sign up for ACA plans

As the Friday deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance approaches, thousands of Mainers are enrolling in individual health plans even as the law...

Oxford County arrest log

• April M. McDonald, 49, of Norway, disorderly conduct, 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Woodstock, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. • Mark C. Male, 49, of...

Lewiston woman's death the subject of 'Crime Watch Daily'

LEWISTON — It's been more than six years since the body of Samantha Turner-Folsom was found inside a closet at an Oxford Street apartment. Police...

Wilton Recreation gift goes into trust fund

Kineowatha Park in Wilton (Facebook photo)WILTON — Selectpersons recently voted to place a $360,000 donation to the town's Recreation Department in a trust fund...

Auburn jewelry store plays Santa for 11-year-old's sick mom

AUBURN — Kaden James' mom Michelle has had a terrible year: 16 surgeries and an amputated left leg as doctors try to fight off...

Middle school elective block promotes community to students

From left, Brianna Farrar, Morgan Cobbett and Taylor Aspinall stand with Michele Wood, a social studies and writing teacher at Oxford Hills Middle School...

RSU 9 staff: Elementary-level alternative education needed

FARMINGTON — Elementary school staff in Regional School Unit 9 have been bitten, punched, pushed, kicked and spit on, to name just a few...

Justice official defends Robert Mueller, sees no cause for firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, facing congressional questions about anti-Donald Trump text messages exchanged between two FBI officials assigned to the...

House, Senate leaders reach deal on tax package

WASHINGTON (AP) — House and Senate GOP leaders forged an agreement Wednesday on a sweeping overhaul of the nation's tax laws, paving the way...

North Carolina man killed in snowmobile rollover near Rockwood

ROCKWOOD — Maine Game Wardens say a North Carolina man has become the first snowmobile fatality of the season. Wardens say the body of 55-year-old...

Pickup truck 'coming really fast' hits pedestrian in Lewiston

Emergency personnel tend to a woman who was struck by a pickup with a plow, right, at the corner of Spruce and Lisbon streets...

Burglary suspect tries to enter home of burly jail guard

A corrections officer restrained a Standish man who entered his home in what appeared to be drug-induced state of delirium Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Anthony...

Labor shortage forces Maine to pay private Ohio firm to fill snowplow jobs

The state is paying private contractors to drive plow trucks and work on road crews in an effort to overcome a chronic shortage of...

Rock Hall 2018 class includes Bon Jovi, Moody Blues, Nina Simone

NEW YORK (AP) — Iconic singer Nina Simone and New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi lead the 2018 class of Rock and Roll Hall of...

Paul LePage says he wants to reverse solar rule delay

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine's Republican governor says he wants to reverse regulators' move to delay a gradual ramp down in compensation for new solar...

Legislative committee tries crafting a compromise recreational marijuana bill

State lawmakers are launching a new effort to overhaul Maine’s recreational pot law in January, hoping to find a political compromise to avoid another...

Rumford winter parking ban in effect

The town of Rumford winter parking ban is in effect until April 15. Vehicles cannot be left parked on the street for more than two...