Oxford Hills

West Paris couple charged in home burglary

PARIS – A West Paris couple accused in connection with a break-in at a pastor's home while he was conducting a church service Sunday...

Paris man arrested after leading police on 100 mph chase

NORWAY — Bail was set at $5,000 cash Monday for a Paris man charged with leading police on a chase through Albany Township and...

Oxford County arrest log

Charges: • Joseph M. Alexander, 23, of Harrison, failure to appear, 9:17 a.m. Jan. 19 in Waterford, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office. • Paul H. Bressette, 42,...

This week's agenda

Monday 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: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Waterford: Selectmen, 6:30...

Norway tree warden pitches plan to protect ash trees

NORWAY — Tree Warden Tish Carr presented a comprehensive plan to the Board of Selectmen on Thursday evening on how to address a disease...

Oxford County arrest log

• Katelyn Marie Lake, 22, of Albany, New Hampshire, violating conditions of release, 12:25 a.m. Jan. 17 in Fryeburg, Fryeburg Police Department. • Derek R....

Oxford County sheriff warns of phone scam

OXFORD — Oxford County residents need to be aware of a phone scam in which an unidentified person is calling and threatening to arrest them...

Cost-sharing issue on SAD 44 agenda for Feb. 12, not Jan. 22

BETHEL — School Administrative District 44 directors will take up the issue of a possible third referendum vote on a change to the local...

Norway board wants school budget explanation

Norway Selectmen Mike Twitchell, left, and Bruce Cook listen to Town Manager Dennis Lajoie at Thursday nuight's board meeting at the Town Office. (Matthew...

Oxford voters pass pot moratorium

OXFORD — Voters at a special town meeting Thursday night approved a 180-day moratorium on retail marijuana businesses and social clubs. The vote was...

Leaders working to bring internet to rural Maine

WOODSTOCK — An effort to get more than 20,000 homes in rural Maine connected to high-speed internet service will take hard work and dedication,...

Minot couple buys Evergreen Valley Ski Resort

STONEHAM – The former Evergreen Valley Ski Resort has been sold. Harold Brooks of Hebron confirmed Monday that the 260-acre property was sold to his...

Newry looks to School Board on formula

NEWRY — Town officials said Tuesday they plan to attend the School Administrative District 44 board meeting Monday to hear its decision on re-establishing...

Norway tree warden to discuss ash tree plan

NORWAY — The town's tree warden is scheduled to present a comprehensive plan on how to handle a disease threatening Norway's ash trees during...

Oxford County Sheriff's Office seeks to fill full-time position

PARIS — Chief Deputy Hart Daley told the Oxford County Commissioners during their meeting Tuesday that two full-time police officers have expressed interest in...

Sending messages on racial equality

Demonstrators hold up signs Tuesday afternoon promoting racial equality, on Main Street in front of the First Universalist Church of Norway. Some members of...

Camp owners ask commissioners for help with bridge

PARIS — The owner of a seasonal home in northern Oxford County reminded county commissioners Tuesday that he and others want to know whether...

Warm on ice

Jason Kozemchak of Berwick ice fishes Tuesday on Pennesseewassee Lake in Norway. "We had the whole lake to ourselves," Kozemchak said. He and buddy Mike...

Bids out next week for Paris courthouse construction

PARIS — Bids for the $14 million Oxford County courthouse expansion and renovation will go out next week, according to county Administrator Scott Cole. The...

This week's agenda

Monday Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center Farmington: Franklin County Commission, 9 a.m.,...

Immigrant legislation sparks passionate response in Lewiston

LEWISTON — The City Council tabled a vote Tuesday to support a legislative bill that would fund an immigrant resource office in Lewiston, disappointing...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Michael DeJesus, 47, of 18 Belgrade Ave., Auburn, domestic violence assault, 6:30 p.m. Monday at 31 River St.  • Paul Roe, 30, of Ellsworth,...

Ice, rain cause outages, flooding

Thousands of Mainers were without power Tuesday night as ice-laden limbs and lines snapped in a storm that also flooded roads and slicked highways. The...

Hockey players win trip to NHL All-Star Game

Four 10-year-old hockey players from Lewiston and Auburn will fly on Thursday to Tampa Bay for the National Hockey League All-Star Weekend.  Maine Gladiators Tier...

Agencies seek funding from Farmington

 Walton Mill Pond Dam in Farmington (File Photo)FARMINGTON —  Representatives from half a dozen social service agencies asked selectmen Tuesday evening to restore funding...

Cemetery sold, LED lights still of interest in Paris

PARIS — The sale of Fairview Cemetery has been completed. “There is one minor step still with the registry of deeds that our lawyers are taking...

Maine Democrats file ethics complaint against state GOP alleging ties to "fake news"

AUGUSTA — In an ethics complaint filed Tuesday, the Maine Democratic Party accused its Republican rivals of working hand-in-hand to spread bogus claims through...

Kingfield selectmen discuss firefighting equipment, road construction costs

KINGFIELD — New Fire Chief Fred Nichols told selectmen Monday night he plans to apply for federal matching funds to buy a new pumper. He also...

Farmington man faces drug trafficking charge

FARMINGTON — Police arrested a second man Sunday on a charge of aggravated trafficking of drugs in downtown Farmington. Jonathan Toothaker, 22, was arrested Jan....

Nomination papers available in Jay

JAY — Nomination papers for three-year terms for two selectpersons, Regional School Unit 73 directors and water district trustees are available at the Town...

Jay begins municipal budget review

JAY — Selectpersons on Monday approved a preliminary proposed spending plan of $6.25 million for 2018-19. The amount includes changes proposed by the board and...

Coast Guard prepares for ice-breaking on Kennebec

Two ice-breaking tugs were on the Kennebec River on Tuesday ahead of a larger vessel later this week, a U.S. Coast Guard official said. The...

Marijuana sales bill faces challenges

A bill that would extend the adult-use marijuana sales moratorium until the end of the legislative session is not sitting well with House Republicans...

State gets OK for regional center; could help Auburn medical tourism project

The state is moving forward with development of a regional center to connect foreign investors to projects in Maine, such as a proposed $40...

Errands in the rain

Miranda Brown navigates the Bates Street sidewalk Tuesday morning with her children Emonie, 3, and Eliyanna, 5, while running errands in Lewiston during the...

Dental board weighs bringing more charges against Kippax

AUGUSTA — Lewiston oral surgeon Jan Kippax is not off the hook yet. Though the Maine Board of Dental Practice determined last month that the...

Hoops and dance can help brains and bodies

NORWAY — In Nettie Gentempo’s Nevaeh Dance Studio at 290 Main Street,  styles of dance and performance have a home that hold a benefit for those...

Determination helps Mat Allen succeed

NORWAY — Firefighter Mat Allen recently graduated the Basic Firefighting School held at the Paris Fire Department, which he described as “the state minimum to...

Avesta closes on Fox School

PARIS — The sale of the Mildred M. Fox School located at 10 Market Place, to Avesta Housing, was finalized on Dec. 28.  The town...

Jeff Sessions interviewed by Robert Mueller's team in Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed for hours last week in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, the Justice Department confirmed...

Maine supreme court says state must provide food stamps to eligible asylum seekers

Maine’s top court has ruled that the Maine Department of Health and Human Services was wrong to deny food stamp benefits to asylum seekers...

Carrabassett Valley house fire ruled accidental

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A fire that destroyed a home on Fox Hollow Road last week originated near a wood stove in the living room,...

Former lawmaker seeks State House seat

WATERFORD — Retired state finance commissioner Sawin Millett is seeking the House District 71 seat. Millett, 80, is a Republican who has served for more...

Jackman selectmen fire town manager Kawczynski, who made racist remarks

JACKMAN — Town Manager Tom Kawczynski was fired Tuesday morning in a unanimous vote by selectmen that followed an uproar after his racist views...

One dead, nine injured in Kentucky school shooting; suspect held

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Someone with a gun opened fire inside a rural Kentucky high school Tuesday morning, killing one person and injuring nine...

Donald Trump applies tariffs to solar panels, washing machines

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S....

Early morning crash on Maine Turnpike in Lewiston closes southbound traffic for an hour

LEWISTON — Southbound traffic on the Maine Turnpike was closed for an hour early Tuesday morning following a crash near the Lewiston interchange at...

Mogul skier Troy Murphy of Bethel named to U.S. Olympic team

Troy Murphy got the call Monday night – he’s going to the Winter Olympics. Murphy, a 25-year-old native of Bethel, will be part of the...

Alaska hit by 7.9 earthquake; tsunami warning canceled

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of...

Susan Collins and Angus King help broker Senate agreement for ending government shutdown

Maine’s two U.S. senators were once again at the center of negotiations to end a federal government shutdown. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and...