River Valley

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dixfield manager sorting out unpaid tax bills

Dixfield Town Manager Dustin M. Starbuck. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times)DIXFIELD — Three months into his new job as town manager, Dustin M. Starbuck is trying to...

Church holds 16th annual Thanksgiving Giveaway

The 16th annual Thanksgiving Giveaway by Praise Assembly of God Church on Congress Street in Rumford will take place Saturday. The deadline for signing...

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...

Veterans honored at Peru school assembly

Veteran Scotty Kilbreth of Canton attends the Veterans Day breakfast and assembly at Dirigo Elementary School in Peru on Friday morning. (Marianne Hutchinson/Rumford Falls...

Vietnam veteran receives Quilt of Valor from longtime friend

Vietnam War veteran Hugh Daley of Dixfield enjoys the comfort of the quilt that his friend Kris Ramos presented to him in late October....

Clock tower replica first artwork in downtown Rumford

Roger White, left, owner of White's Yardworks in Rumford, and employee Chris DeSalle on Wednesday stand behind the replica clock tower they created in...

Nine arrested in Rumford-Mexico drug sweep

RUMFORD — Nine people were arrested in Rumford and Mexico on Monday evening in a drug sweep that netted cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and $20,000...

Dixfield company begins annual toy drive

Dixfield Discount Fuel employees Katie Houghton, left, and Missy McDonald pose with gifts donated to date for the annual toy drive, to be presented...

WWII-style dance party, Veterans Day events in Canton

Doug Culver, left, shows Josh Williams how to put on a parachute in Andover, Massachusetts, recently. Culver will present a Veterans Day talk Sunday at...

Polling places

Andover: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Hall Avon: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Community Room Bethel: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Crescent Park School Bridgton: 8...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Planning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Building Farmington: Franklin...

National Red Ribbon Week: Mexico middle school students send anti-drug message

The door of Lisa Belanger's seventh-grade classroom at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico is decorated as book shelves for National Red Ribbon Week....

When and where to vote on Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polling places in some cities and towns open as early as 6 a.m. All polling places will close...

Bliss Thru Shopping: Rumford and What Not

It's been a while since Shopping Siren has been shopping in Rumford. Like, way back then, Congress Street was in one solid piece. And there...

Six-year-old crowned Miss Mexico 2018

MEXICO — Mya Lennon, 6, has been named Miss Mexico 2018 for her participation in the town's bicentennial events this year. She was presented with a...

Canton board OKs money to fix turnarounds

CANTON — Selectmen voted Thursday night to spend up to $2,500 to build up road turnarounds used by town vehicles and school buses. Selectman Rob...
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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...

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...

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...

'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....

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...

Auburn declares parking ban for Friday's snowstorm

Auburn has announced a parking ban during Friday's snowstorm. The parking restrictions began 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...

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...

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...

LRTC expanding to Auburn

LEWISTON — The Lewiston Regional Technical Center will expand programming to a new Edward Little High School in Auburn, if voters approve the construction...

What do people want in the new Edward Little?

AUBURN — The School Department will hold a community forum Thursday evening to ask residents what they'd like in a new Edward Little High School. The...

Owner of cow shot in Embden, alleged shooter deny charges

SKOWHEGAN — The owner of a cow fatally shot in Embden and the alleged shooter have denied charges against them, and the cases will...

Auburn school named National Unified Champion

Fairview Elementary School students celebrate during the announcement that their school is the only elementary school in Maine to receive the National Unified Champion...