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Fourth person charged in opioid trafficking case

FARMINGTON — A Massachusetts man is the fourth person charged in an interstate fentanyl distribution operation that came to light after the arrest of...

Front Street reopens in Farmington

Front Street in Farmington reopened at the end of the day Wednesday following the replacement of a large culvert and new drainage system. The...

Water leak fixed in Farmington

An employee of E.L. Vining & Son of Farmington uncovers a leaking water main Thursday on Wilton Road in Farmington. Thomas Holt, superintendent of Farmington Water...

Correction

FARMINGTON — A story on Page B1 on Friday, Nov. 9  should have reported Bill Crandall saw a WCSH interview with Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap...

Carthage felon pleads not guilty to having gun, terrorizing in Farmington court

FARMINGTON — A Carthage man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to illegal possession of a handgun and terrorizing people with a dangerous weapon Aug. 17 in...

New Sharon man sentenced to five years in sexual abuse of girl

FARMINGTON — A New Sharon man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to sexually abusing a girl in December 2017. Benjamin E. Savage,...

New Sharon boy bags a four-point doe

A doe is not known for having antlers, but that is just what a 9-year-old New Sharon boy bagged Monday. His rare deer had...

Franklin County Arrest Log

• Jessica Nelson Tilley, 62, of Industry, operating under the influence, Nov. 9, $250 cash bail, Farmington Police Department. • Lewis E. Bachelder II, 41,...

Residents voice concerns to RSU 9 board

FARMINGTON — Several residents addressed Regional School Board 9 directors Tuesday about budgetary, bullying and procedural issues they felt required attention. Tiffany Estabrook of Chesterville noted...

Selectmen consider request from senior housing manager

STRONG — The Board of Selectmen decided Tuesday evening to talk with the management of Valley Brook Village senior housing about having an authorized...

Livermore board accepts property bid, hears from Rep. Morris

LIVERMORE — The Board of Selectpersons on Tuesday evening accepted a bid for a tax-acquired property and heard from newly elected House District 75 Rep....

Selectmen appoint RSU 9 board member, schedule town meeting

FARMINGTON — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night appointed Ryan Morgan to an interim seat on the Regional School Unit 9 board of...

Snow, freezing rain causes havoc on Franklin County roads

FARMINGTON — A mix of snow and freezing rain kept police, firefighters, dispatchers and other emergency responders, and plow and tow truck drivers busy Tuesday. Several...

Former Phillips man sentenced to 10 years in sexual abuse case

FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice sentenced a former Phillips man Tuesday to serve three years of a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing two...

Jay authorizes police chief to get quotes on new cruiser

JAY — Selectpersons authorized the police chief Monday to get at least three bids for a new cruiser. They also voted to allow him to use...

Franklin County arrest log

• Katrina Boulay, 24, of Jay, motor vehicle speeding 30-plus over speed limit, Nov. 1, $200 cash bail, Franklin County Sheriff's Office. • Jessie Lee Beasley,...

Alert issued for missing Rangeley man

RANGELEY — Connecticut State Police are asking for the public's help to find Robert Wetherbee, 76, of Rangeley and Connecticut, who left Maine on...

This week's agenda

Monday Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay: Board of Assessors and Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Paris: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town...

Farmington man led relief efforts during WWI

FARMINGTON — Volunteers from local and state historic preservation groups chose a special way to honor a local World War I veteran. Col. George McLellan...

Jay school artists share STEAM project with board members

LIVERMORE FALLS — Students in Regional School Unit 73 are showing their artistic sides. Specifically, the district's board of directors learned Thursday about an art program...
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Garage burning in Mexico

MEXICO — Crews from several towns battled a garage fire late Thursday night on Backkingdom Road. Mexico firefighters were joined by crews from Rumford, Dixfield...

ELHS: What the people want

AUBURN — In the chilly gymnasium Thursday night at Edward Little High School, local residents voted on what they would most like to see...

Oxford board appoints residents to facilities committee

OXFORD — Ten residents have been appointed to a facilities committee that will study the condition, adequacy and future of municipal buildings, including the...

Island construction project wrapping up for winter

Rumford's Island construction project is wrapping up for the winter.RUMFORD — With the arrival of wintry weather, work on the downtown infrastructure project will wind...

Iowa Powerball winner donates $500K to Maine’s Travis Mills Foundation

AUGUSTA — A Maine-based organization that runs a retreat for wounded veterans is receiving half a million dollars from the winner of a recent...

Norway police dog finishing tracking, search training

NORWAY — Officer John Lewis of the Norway Police Department told the Board of Selectmen on Thursday night his police dog, Bolo, is close...

Paris board terminates town manager's contract

PARIS — Selectmen voted 4-1 on Thursday evening to terminate Town Manager Vic Hodgkins' contract, which was due to expire in September 2021, Selectmen...

Dixfield schools' food drive to benefit four towns

DIXFIELD — Students and staff members at T.W. Kelly Dirigo Middle School have gathered 763 nonperishable items for their food drive that began in...

'Oh no, it's gonna snow'

Jim Leclerc, manager of Paris Farmers Union in Lewiston, moves pallets of wood pellets in preparation of Thursday night's snowstorm, making room for the...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Mainely awesome

Oprah Winfrey has fabulous taste, obviously — she's Oprah. So when her magazine came out with Oprah's Favorite Things 2018, we went ooh. Then ahh....

Auburn declares parking ban for Friday's snowstorm

Auburn has announced a parking ban during Friday's snowstorm. The parking restrictions begin at midnight Thursday and end at 6 p.m. Friday. Auburn's Business District Zone...

Lewiston's Golden wins Maine Congressional District 2 race

AUGUSTA — Democrat Jared Golden learned Thursday — nine days after Election Day — that he won Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, after a...

Judge denies request to halt count in Maine congressional race; results to be announced...

UPDATE:  Lewiston’s Jared Golden wins Maine Congressional District 2 racehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV6orOh_R5UAUGUSTA — A federal judge in Bangor said Thursday he won't stop the count in Maine's...

State police nab runaway pig on Interstate 95 in Palmyra

Maine State Police were called on Wednesday to assist with the capture of a large brown pig running loose along Interstate 95 in Palmyra. Cpl....

Raccoons drunk on crab apples cause false rabies scare in West Virginia

Rabid animals are, of course, no laughing matter. The rabies virus can infect the central nervous system, resulting in disease and death, according to...

Police log

Charges Auburn • Anthony McLean, 32, of 96 Second St., on a warrant charging a probation revocation, 4:57 p.m. Wednesday at the Androscoggin County Jail.

Community invited to open house

NORWAY — The community is invited to join the Advertiser Democrat, Sun Journal and the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce for an evening of fun,...

School resource officers hired for Buckfield, Sumner, Hiram schools

PARIS — Oxford County commissioners have hired two part-time school resource officers for Buckfield Junior-Senior High School and Hartford-Sumner Elementary School, and Sacopee Valley...

FBI searching for Maine man considered ‘armed and dangerous’

Authorities are looking for a suspected drug dealer who failed to show up at a sober house after he was released from jail last...

WMTS survives final bid to cut it from Androscoggin County budget

AUBURN — With funding for Western Maine Transportation Services still clearly on his personal chopping block, commissioner Isaiah Lary of Wales made a final...