River Valley

Carthage to begin paying volunteer firefighters

Veteran First Selectman Steve Brown of Carthage, shown in 2016, received a $4,000 raise at the annual town meeting July 9. The increase brings...

Author and illustrator reach their goals and dreams

When Diane Taylor-Moore Hines decided to write her second children’s book, “Daniel Olaf Dragonfly,” ideas just popped into her head, she said. Hines, 68, is...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Jay: North Jay Water District, 6 p.m., Town Office Jay: Jay Village...

Rumford selectmen deny request for recount of all warrant articles

Chris Brennick, right, chairman of the Rumford Board of Selectmen, presents the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award to Brian and Diane Mitchell on...

Franklin County advised to develop strategy for broadband funding

WILTON — In hopes of increasing broadband internet connections in rural Maine, members of two organizations informed community leaders in Franklin County how to...

Rumford school gets grant for student health services

RUMFORD — Regional School Unit 10 has received a $200,000 grant to provide social, emotional and mental health services to students at Rumford Elementary...

Hosmer Field Complex getting $440K upgrade

The Hosmer Field Complex in Rumford will soon undergo a $440,000 upgrade, which will include replacement of the lights and the track at the...

This week's agenda

Monday Dixfield: Public hearing on proposed water rate increase, 5:30 p.m., Ludden Memorial Library Hebron: Selectmen, 7 p.m., Town Office Jay: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Livermore: Selectmen,...

Canton Historical Society's new building open

CANTON — The new base for the Canton Historical Society was officially opened Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a speech by state Sen. Lisa...

Dixfield public hearing on water rate increase

DIXFIELD — Selectmen on Monday will hold a public hearing on raising the water rate an estimated 6 to 7 percent. The hearing will begin at 5:30...

Rumford woman credits spirit-led healer with treating Lyme disease

RUMFORD — Lori McPherson of Rumford says she’s been sick for more than half her 51 years, “just crazy things, eyesight floaters, my joints,...

River Valley celebrates the Fourth

Youngsters join the baby carriage/wagon parade at the River Valley Fourth of July celebration Wednesday in Rumford. From left are 3-year-old twins Joshua and...

Canton Town Office closing for two weeks

CANTON — The Town Office will be closed for two weeks, starting Monday, because the interim administrative assistant, who is also the town clerk,...

Andover bookstore hopes to attract AT hikers at new site

ANDOVER — Ellis River Books has moved to 12 South Main St. in hopes of attracting Appalachian Trail hikers, among others, co-owner Denise Moriba...

Mexico crash injures New York couple

MEXICO — A couple from New York were injured in a collision at Main Street and Veterans Memorial Bridge on Monday afternoon, police officer...

Help sought for Rumford Fourth of July

Colby Lemay, left, of Rumford and Tucker Hamner of Mexico showed their patriotic bicycles at the River Valley Fourth of July celebration in 2017....

College student interning at Rumford Town Office

Victoria Forkus is an intern this summer at the Rumford Town Office. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times)RUMFORD — A Woodstock woman is interning in town government...

This week's agenda

Monday Bethel: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Center Livermore Falls: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Farmington: Franklin County...

Mexico man finds solace through donated piano

Retired school teacher John Watson plays on a piano donated to him from the First Baptist Church of Mexico. Mitzi Sequoia, who helped make...

Magalloway fire destroys home, no one hurt

MAGALLOWAY PLANTATION — A camp building was destroyed in a fire Thursday afternoon, but no one was hurt, Fire Chief James Kenney said Friday. The...
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Lewiston police: Beware of misinformation from unverified sources on social media

LEWISTON — In the wake of violence that has rocked Lewiston in recent weeks, police say the last things its citizens need are rumor...

Two boys escape fire at their grandmother's home

LISBON — A boy was treated at a hospital for smoke inhalation after he and his brother escaped a fire at 3 Marc Drive...

Las Vegas resort sues mass shooting victims at concert

The company that owns the Las Vegas hotel where a gunman opened fire last year has filed lawsuits against more than 1,000 people who...

Power line project offers prospect of better internet in rural Maine

FARMINGTON — A little-noticed possible benefit of the proposed $950 million hydropower transmission line between the Canadian border and Lewiston is the opportunity it...

Tourists trapped in Portugal elevator call Lisbon police — in Maine

LISBON (AP) — Two tourists who became trapped in an elevator accidentally called the wrong Lisbon police department for help. Dispatcher Cathy Roy told WCSH-TV Tuesday she...

Trump says defending Montenegro, where LePage just visited, could lead to WWIII

https://youtu.be/wqVg8byadj0 President Trump, who rattled U.S. allies at a NATO meeting last week, voiced concern in a television interview broadcast Tuesday night that sending troops...

Auburn man held without bail in fatal stabbing of Lewiston woman

AUBURN — Albert Flick, the Auburn man accused of fatally stabbing Kimberly Dobbie on Sunday in Lewiston, did not enter a plea when he made his...

More than 200 CMP customers join class-action lawsuit claiming they were overbilled

More than 200 Central Maine Power Co. customers who believe they have been overcharged on their electricity bills have joined a class-action lawsuit against...

A day after back-tracking, Donald Trump defends summit performance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking to Twitter early Wednesday, President Donald Trump defended anew his much-criticized performance at the Helsinki summit, promising "big results" from...

Court taking up LePage administration's Medicaid policy today

AUGUSTA — Maine’s highest court will hear arguments Wednesday over the LePage administration’s refusal to begin offering Medicaid coverage to tens of thousands of...

Replica of Vietnam Wall ceremony to feature Norway vet's song

Friends and classmates had died in the war. Some had even committed suicide. At the depth of his depression in the 1970s, Al Pelletier thought...

Police log

Auburn • Gilberto Cazola, 25, of 7 Chestnut St., operating without a license and attaching false plates, 1:34 p.m. Tuesday at 142 Pleasant St.  Lewiston • Andrew Proctor, 28,...

Sabattus tax rate to remain unchanged

SABATTUS — The Board of Selectmen voted Tuesday night to keep the tax rate at $17.75. Town Manager Anthony Ward said officials could go down...

Old Webster mill’s swan song: Sabattus selectmen award bid to knock it down

https://youtu.be/A_KTNyGwPJc SABATTUS — A month ago, another section of the first floor fell into the basement at the former Webster Rubber Co., splintering boards and...

Franklin County commissioners OK memo on courthouse renovations

FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding on renovating the Superior Court building. The renovation is scheduled to start this week...

Farmington to install cameras downtown

FARMINGTON — The town is moving ahead with plans to install downtown security cameras that would cover major municipal parking lots, intersections and downtown...

Wall That Heals arrives in Maine

CHELSEA — Amy and Sheldon Tozer drove from their home in Winthrop to the Chelsea Town Hall on a rainy Tuesday to join dozens...

UMF Fitness Center director dies

FARMINGTON — Jim Toner, the director of the University of Maine at Farmington’s Fitness and Recreation Center and a former director of both parks...

Rumford woman injured when car strikes truck in Wilton

WILTON — A Rumford woman received minor injuries Tuesday when the car she was driving struck a pickup truck on Route 2 East, police...

Phillips man accused of drunken driving after crash

SANDY RIVER PLANTATION — Police said a Phillips man was arrested on a drunken-driving charge after he crashed his car, drove away and was...
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Chief: Change in gun law has ‘unintended consequence’

LEWISTON — The city's police chief said Monday a change in state law three years ago allowing concealed gun carry without a permit has...

Police: Victim never reported stalking

LEWISTON — If being stalked, one should report it to the police and keep details of how, when and where the stalking has occurred, police...

Golden calls Poliquin "astonishingly weak" on Russia

LEWISTON — Democratic U.S. House candidate Jared Golden said Tuesday that  Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin displayed “astonishingly weak” leadership in his comments about what...

Franklin County arrest log

• Scott Edward Towers, 28, transient, unlawful trafficking schedule drugs, July 12, personal recognizance bail, Farmington Police Department. • Reginald David Haines, 48, Farmington, possession hypodermic...

Donald Trump says he misspoke on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to "clarify" his public...