Jude's Place at Marcotte Park officially opens in Lewiston

Andrea Libby, second from left, celebrates the opening Wednesday of Jude's Place at Marcotte Park with her friend Jesse Buck following a ribbon-cutting ceremony...

Greene home leveled in fire

GREENE — Fire investigators say a faulty wood boiler pipe was the likely cause of a blaze that destroyed a house Tuesday morning on...

Bar argues Seth Carey should be disbarred

PORTLAND — A prosecutor for Maine’s bar argued Wednesday that an Auburn attorney whose license is suspended and who ran unsuccessfully for district attorney...

Winter is coming: 6 inches forecast for Thursday night

LEWISTON — It's not even Thanksgiving, but snow is on the way.  A snowstorm bringing at least six inches to most of the state is...

Teens charged with theft, assault of 83-year-old Lewiston shop owner

LEWISTON — A teenager was charged with assault and another teen with theft Wednesday in connection with an incident at Speaker's Variety that left...

Wardens blame hunters for getting stuck in New Gloucester bog

The Maine Warden Service on Tuesday blamed poor decision making and a lack of planning by a group of hunters for their getting stuck...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Anthony Stilkey, 74, of 87 Bartlett St., operating under the influence, at 6:23 p.m. Tuesday on Pierre Street. Androscoggin County • Matthew Leighton, 47, of...

Sabattus selectmen withhold payment for paving

SABATTUS —  The Board of Selectmen announced Tuesday evening that All States Asphalt has not been paid for recent paving because the company violated the...

Minot fire chief makes case for new engine

MINOT — Fire Chief James Allen provided a detailed report to the Board of Selectmen and the Budget Committee on Tuesday night, justifying the...

Connors Elementary School: A look inside

LEWISTON — The $45.8 million Robert V. Connors Elementary School is big — 100-plus rooms big — and scheduled to open in August 2019. Mark Donovan,...

The rain before the snow

Maria Baltazar takes cover from the rain Tuesday in downtown Lewiston. Snow is in the forecast for Friday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

SAD 52 board signs new contract with support staff

TURNER — After several months of negotiations, School Administrative District 52 directors approved a new support staff contract last week. Superintendent Kimberly Brandt said the...

More housing, upgrades could be coming to Lewiston's Tree Streets neighborhood

LEWISTON — City officials got their first look Tuesday at a proposal for a 35-unit Avesta Housing development on Pine and Blake streets downtown.  According...

Hot sandwiches and band-aids: Hard times at Speaker's Variety

There was a time when I was eating, on average, five hot ham and cheese sandwiches from Speaker's Variety every week. For one thing, the...

Maine GOP looking for answers; plans to survey members

AUGUSTA — In the wake of a crushing defeat in last week’s state elections, and a new revelation that Republican Bruce Poliquin has filed...

New Gloucester first responders rescue 3 hunters stuck in a bog

Three hunters got stuck in a bog in New Gloucester on Monday evening and were “cold and wet up to their hips” when they...

Police log

Charges Auburn • Gary Merrill, 40, of 28 Colby St., theft by deception, 7 p.m. Sunday on Spring Street. • Eric Braggdon, 39, of 170 Horton St.,...

'Remember and give thanks' to veterans

Betty Lebel of Sabattus talks Monday with her longtime friend Ray Masse, 81, of Lewiston, a U.S. Marine veteran, after the 15th annual Veterans...

Steeple repair is all in the family

Sixth-generation roofer Gabbie St. Hilaire, left, and her grandfather Dave St. Hilaire appear to be suspended from the steeple of the Court Street Baptist...

Reporter's notebook: New furniture styles for new school

LEWISTON — There's another type of ballot counting going on — in addition to the 2nd Congressional District contest between Bruce Poliquin and Jared Golden...
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Convicted 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,...

Rumford building makes list of Most Endangered Historic Places

The Clough & Pillsbury building at 109 Congress St. in Rumford is on Maine Preservation's list of Most Endangered Historic Places. It is owned...

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...

Ranked-choice count will continue Thursday as judge considers Bruce Poliquin’s request to shut it...

BANGOR — A federal judge said Wednesday morning he hopes to rule by Thursday whether to stop the vote count in Maine’s 2nd District...

Trump mulling a wide-ranging shake-up, including Kelly, Nielsen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing an administration-wide shake-up as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it...

Authorities investigating fatal fire in Oakland

OAKLAND — Authorities are investigating a fire Tuesday night on Sawtelle Road that claimed the life of a person in a camper, the fire...

Lyme disease cases start to tick down

Researchers say the cumulative effect of arid conditions during recent summers could be killing ticks, and possibly explain why there have been significantly fewer...

Former lawmaker convicted of bilking widows

A securities agent and former state legislator has been convicted of defrauding two widows out of more than $3 million in what authorities said...

LePage now says he’ll keep Maine residency, might run against Mills in four years

Republican Gov. Paul LePage said during a radio interview Tuesday morning he would consider running against Janet Mills, the Democratic governor-elect, in four years...

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,...

Augusta man killed in Windham crash

WINDHAM — An Augusta man died in a three-vehicle crash on Route 115 in Windham on Tuesday morning after a tow truck struck a...

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....

Classroom canine

Students from Marsha Wood’s fourth-grade class at Guy E. Rowe Elementary School in Norway on Tuesday pet Belle, a golden retriever who serves as...

Paris board places town manager on paid administrative leave

PARIS — The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to place Town Manager Vic Hodgkins on paid administrative leave for 10 days, effective...

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...

What the U.S. Constitution says and does not say about ranked-choice voting

Legal experts and constitutional scholars interviewed by the Portland Press Herald mostly agree a lawsuit filed Tuesday challenging Maine’s ranked-choice voting law is unlikely...

Bruce Poliquin goes to court Wednesday to stop ranked-choice vote count

AUGUSTA — Declaring himself the winner in Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race, U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a bid to stop state officials from counting the rest of the ballots and throw out the ranked-choice voting system that Mainers twice approved.