Oxford Hills

Community gardeners prepare beds

PARIS — Oxford County community gardeners gathered Saturday on Park Street to prepare raised beds for the growing season. Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities, a volunteer-based nonprofit,...

Mary Dempsey new leader of Norway cancer center

Mary Dempsey is the new executive director of the Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine in Norway. She previously worked for the Dempsey Center,...

Oxford selectmen: What you need to know

Oxford Board of Selectmen April 19, 2018 Oxford Town Office What happened: Chris Bachman of RHR Smith & Company, certified public accountants, discussed the annual audit. What it...

Colleges team up with Sunday River on new culinary program

AUBURN — Southern Maine Community College and Central Maine Community College are teaming up with Sunday River Resort in Newry on a new culinary...

Harrison Community Cleanup is Saturday

HARRISON — Volunteers will gather for the fourth annual Community Cleanup Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Fire Station. Organizers say there...

Bethel woman touts yoga's benefits

BETHEL — Sara Johnson enrolled in her first yoga class while in college, and it was love at first pose. “The connection it gave me...

Rumford woman injured in Peru crash

PERU — A Rumford woman suffered serious injuries Monday afternoon when her minivan collided with a parked dump truck on Route 108, about two miles...

Bethel board to decide on level of police coverage

BETHEL — Selectmen must decide whether to recommend paying for three or four Oxford County Sheriff's deputies to patrol the town in the coming fiscal...

Bethel Budget Committee proposes higher budget

BETHEL — The Budget Committee has increased Town Manager Christine Landes' recommended 2018-19 municipal budget by $50,000. If approved by voters in June, the $4.21...

Industry woman charged with drug trafficking has bail revoked

PARIS — An Industry woman charged with aggravated drug trafficking twice in two months last year had her bail revoked Friday in Oxford County...

Oxford County commissioners accept bids for nine vehicles

PARIS — Oxford County commissioners have approved bids for nine new vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, county Administrator Scott Cole said. Sheriff James Theriault and...

RV burns in Otisfield

Firefighters spray a burning recreational vehicle at property on Irwins Way off South Tamworth Road in Otisfield on Thursday afternoon. Attempts to reach Otisfield...

ColorTheSky! is 'about excitement'

NORWAY — The first ColorTheSky! kite-flying outing last weekend was a success, event creator Terry Robinson said. Several people with various skill levels joined Robinson...

Cat-ching up on reading

Sisters Thistle and Swift Sanford-LaForme, left, and Everett Gray, right, read to cats Wednesday afternoon at Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills in South...

Oxford County commissioners vote to hire senior adviser to sheriff

PARIS — Oxford County commissioners have hired a retired Maine State Police trooper to serve as senior adviser to the sheriff.  County Administrator Scott Cole...

Norway selectmen approve music and arts festival permit

NORWAY — Selectmen have approved a permit for the Norway Music & Arts Festival, planned for Saturday, July 14. The event has operated in the...

What You Need to Know: Paris Board of Selectmen

Paris Board of Selectmen, Special Town Meeting April 9, 2018 Paris Town Office Disciplinary letter What happened: After an executive session, selectmen voted to sign a disciplinary...

Oxford County arrest log

• Kristopher C. Berube, 20, of Norway, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, 5:45 p.m. April 4 in Oxford, Oxford Police Department. • Carrie Anne Reid,...

Norway nomination papers due April 19

NORWAY — Town Clerk Shirley Boyce said nomination papers for one selectman and three school directors are due by Thursday, April 19. Selectman Russel Newcomb’s...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Dixfield: Selectmen, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay:...


West Falmouth man dies in house fire

FALMOUTH — A man died in a fire that caused heavy damage to a house and destroyed an attached garage late Saturday afternoon in...

Police log

Auburn • Derek Bennett, 35, of 38 Pine St., Mechanic Falls, on a warrant, 10:16 p.m. Friday at 46 Winter St.  • Stephon Adams, 23, of...

Rite of spring: Kayakers race over icy falls

LETTER E TOWNSHIP — Adults, children and dogs trudged up and down the narrow paths at Smalls Falls on Saturday to watch whitewater athletes...

Batter up! Volunteers prepare Auburn fields for season

Haylee Farr-Howard, 7, of Auburn, who plays in the junior softball league, pitched in with 3o other baseball and softball players, coaches, parents and...

Boy, 8, raises money for MS in honor of uncle

The 2018 Walk MS begins at Edward Little High School in Auburn on Saturday morning. Walk MS is a fundraiser dedicated to ending multiple sclerosis....

Barbara Bush praised as 'first lady of the greatest generation'

HOUSTON (AP) — Barbara Bush was the "first lady of the greatest generation." Historian Jon Meacham bestowed the title on Barbara Bush while speaking to...

March unemployment rate could be Maine’s lowest since 1957

The preliminary unemployment rate for March is the lowest since 1976, when current record-keeping began. Glenn Mills, chief economist with the Maine Department of Labor,...

Nikki Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House

NEW YORK (AP) — The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight...

License plate approved for Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

AUGUSTA (AP) — Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill creating a specialty license plate for The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital. The governor...

Brakey challenges more signatures on Max Linn's nomination papers for U.S. Senate

AUGUSTA — A judge ordered Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Friday to reopen his investigation in the case of Republican U.S. Senate...

Consumers told to toss romaine lettuce over E. coli fears

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. health officials on Friday told consumers to throw away any store-bought romaine lettuce they have in their kitchens and warned...

Legislature criticized for not addressing opioid crisis

Drug addiction specialists and advocates for treatment programs are criticizing the Legislature for, once again, failing to take any major steps to address Maine’s opioid...

Judge says Deering High student may compete in national poetry recital contest

A Maine high school student from Zambia who is seeking asylum in the United States has won the legal right to compete in a...

Earth Day cleanup in Rumford

Employees of Oxford County Mental Health Services, members of the Beacon House Peer Recovery Center and community members spent about two hours Friday picking...

Police: Cash, cocaine, paraphernalia found at Wilton man's home

FARMINGTON — A Wilton man arrested on a drug charge Wednesday was released from jail Friday on $5,000 bail. Dennis Ayala, 55, was arrested on...

Oxford medical marijuana battle nearing end?

OXFORD — A long, expensive and complicated legal battle to resolve the disputed awarding of the third and final medical marijuana permit in Oxford...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Rasaun Hampton, 42, of 20 Howe St., on a warrant charging failure to pay a fine, 1:54 a.m. Friday at College and Bartlett...

Auburn mayor retraces WWII history in France

AUBURN — Last week, Mayor Jason Levesque was in France holding an unexploded hand grenade. He also walked past old foxholes, patches of field where...

L-A head shops celebrate 4/20

Devin Urquhart of Lewiston, whose alias is "Blunt Man" dances in front of Legal Peaces, a head shop on Lisbon Street in Lewiston on...

For local vet, lynx is 'just another day at the office'

Auburn veterinarian Stephen Kinney holds a lynx brought in by staff at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. The 4-year-old cat had a bowel...

March unemployment rate could be lowest since 1957

The preliminary unemployment rate for March is the lowest since 1976, when current record-keeping began. Glenn Mills, chief economist with the Maine Department of Labor,...

Mayhew says Mills and Hayes should quit their state jobs before running for governor

LEWISTON — Republican gubernatorial candidate Mary Mayhew said Friday that Attorney General Janet Mills and State Treasurer Terry Hayes shouldn’t be pocketing government paychecks...

Remember when President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush visited Lewiston in 1991?

Their visit included stops at Farwell Elementary School, where they read to a group of kindergartners, and Lewiston High School.

Last day of school vacation in Lewiston

Lexus Keene, 10, pulls her friend, Brianna Pelletier, 10, with her 7-week-old Boston Terrier, Bosco, on First Street in Lewiston on Friday afternoon. The...

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign and Wikileaks over election meddling

The Democratic National Committee filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization alleging a far-reaching conspiracy...