River Valley

Fire destroys restored lake house in Rangeley Plantation

RANGELEY PLANTATION — A chimney fire is believed to be the cause of a blaze that destroyed a restored 1910 lake house at 1209...

Maine State Triathlon no longer in Bethel

BETHEL — The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce will no longer host the Maine State Triathlon "due to declining participation in the event and...

Rumford police log

• Feb. 9, 6:27 p.m.: Philip Toher, 62, of Rumford was arrested on a charge of criminal operating under the influence on Hancock Street...

Rumford board inks contract for water, sewer project

RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday evening to have Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs sign a $5 million contract with Sargent Corp. of Bangor...

Bicentennial Day ceremony held in Mexico

Selectman T.J. Williams signs a replica of the Mexico town charter with a quill pen during Tuesday's Bicentennial Day ceremony at Mountain Valley Middle...

Rumford sewer rate hike approved

RUMFORD — Selectmen voted 3-2 on Feb. 1 to increase the sewer rate by $12 per unit, to $176. Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs said she proposed...

Wood named Dixfield police sergeant

Ronald Wood was named police sergeant by the Dixfield Board of Selectmen Monday, marking the first time in two years the four-person department has...

This week's agenda

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

Mexico to hold Bicentennial Day Ceremony Tuesday

Mexico to hold Bicentennial Day Ceremony TuesdayMEXICO — Mexico turns 200 years old Tuesday — Feb. 13, 2018. Among other events, a celebration is being planned around...

Skiing and sleigh rides on last day of Winterfest

RUMFORD – The racers at the annual Never Ever World Cup at Black Mountain were hardly deterred Sunday by the freezing rain that pattered...

Sleds blessed, riders fed in Mexico

During the Blessing of the Sleds in Mexico on Saturday, many of those attending enjoyed a variety of foods cooked outside: "fair sausage," hot...

State police charge Mexico man with threatening sheriff

PARIS — A Mexico man who threatened to "put a bullet" in the Oxford County sheriff's head was being held on $1,000 cash bail...

Dog alerts occupants to Dixfield house fire

DIXFIELD — Two people and a dog escaped a burning home at 36 Old Staples Hill Road early Thursday, after the dog alerted the residents,...

Fire overnight on Old Staples Road in Dixfield

DIXFIELD — Crews remain on the scene of an overnight fire in Dixfield. Oxford County dispatch says the fire started around 12:30 a.m. on Old...

Rumford Point church steeple to be repaired

Trustee Harrison Burns and financial secretary Dottie Adams of the Rumford Point Congregational Church are leading a fundraising campaign to repair the leaky, 90-foot...

Fraud calls target elderly in Mexico

MEXICO — Over the past two weeks, fraudulent phone calls have been targeting Mexico seniors. In one case, it cost someone $2,000, with no chance...

Two arrested in Mexico stabbing

MEXICO — A Woolwich man remains in a Wiscasset jail, charged with stabbing a 41-year-old Mexico man at a home on Carlton Avenue last week,...

Paul LePage appoints James Theriault as Oxford County sheriff

RUMFORD — Gov. Paul LePage has appointed former Mexico police chief James Theriault of Rumford to serve the remainder of Wayne Gallant’s term as Oxford County...

This week's agenda

Monday Jay: Budget meeting, 6 p.m., Spruce Mountain Middle School Paris: Oxford County Commission, 3 p.m., county building Peru: Selectmen, 6 p.m., Town Office Tuesday Buckfield: Selectmen, 6:30 p.m.,...

Bishop Deeley skis with students at Rumford's Black Mountain

Bishop Robert Deeley, right, chats with John McElrath and his son, Connor, 8, just before getting off the lift at Black Mountain in Rumford...

Trump criticizes FBI for failure to probe tip on Florida shooter, says ‘too much...

President Donald Trump late Saturday night criticized the FBI for failing to act on a tip that might have prevented the recent massacre at...

Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep...

Platz hoping to redevelop Bates Mill 5, one half at a time

LEWISTON — When prospective tenants tour the Bates Mill Complex — and at least three companies have in the last month — Tom Platz...

Sworn affidavit: UMaine exec gave inside info to bidder

A Cape Elizabeth businessman’s statement and a new recording point to Jake Ward’s involvement in a lucrative energy contract. A top University of Maine official...

Face Time: Beckie Bowering to donate kidney

WILTON — Beckie Bowering likes helping people, so much so she is willing to donate a kidney to help someone who needs one. When Bowering,...

Wrong comics in today's paper

The comics in today's edition were intended for the Feb. 25 edition. The comics for Feb. 18 will appear in next week's Sun Journal....

Smartphones and kids … a good mix?

With more teens feeling hopeless and suicidal, Maine schools, kids and parents struggle to deal with a technology that's changed a generation. As principal of...

Quick-moving snowstorm could leave up to 7 inches in Maine

Some coastal towns and cities could wake up to half a foot of snow on Sunday after a quick-moving storm grazes parts of Maine...

'Good ice, good conditions' for Wilton fishing derby

WILTON — More than 300 people participated in the 4th annual Michael A. Rowe Memorial Fishing Derby on Saturday, with some hauling in big togue. The...

Police log

Lewiston • Heather Storer, 42, transient, disorderly conduct, 1:23 a.m. Saturday at 196 Bates St. • Walter Bressette, 33, of 140 Blake St., aggravated assault, 4:34...

LRTC's Green Ladle wins invitational

LEWISTON — The culinary team from The Green Ladle restaurant at the Lewiston Regional Technical Center took first place at the 2018 Maine ProStart...

Hannah Comfort named Maine's Distinguished Young Woman

Hannah Comfort of Winslow reacts after being named 2018's Distinguished Young Woman of Maine during Saturday's competition at Community Little Theatre in Auburn. (Russ...

Annual Children's Festival "gets kids out" in Farmington

FARMINGTON — The 35th annual Children's Festival on Saturday went "fabulously," Franklin County Children's Task Force office manager Milissa Cousins said. Held inside Mt. Blue High School,...

Jay family festival has Winter Olympics feel

JAY — It sounded like the Winter Olympics on Saturday as sledders came down a man-made mountain of snow during the Spruce Mountain Sled-in...

Smithfield snowmobiler killed in crash

SMITHFIELD — A local man was killed Saturday afternoon in a snowmobile accident in the Somerset County town of Smithfield. A Maine Warden Service news...

'Wheels Up' campaign hopes to take Brunswick Naval Museum to new heights

BRUNSWICK — In the midst of Brunswick Landing, where a business campus and airport have turned the former U.S. Navy base into a bustling...

New Gloucester facility marks turning point for Day One

NEW GLOUCESTER — A South Portland-based nonprofit that provides substance abuse treatment and prevention services to Maine youth plans to open a new residential...

Pollard gets help from the Dalai Lama for his U.S. Senate bid

After declaring his intention to run for a U.S. Senate seat shortly after sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, Democrat Benjamin Pollard...

‘Heavy hitters:’ GOP celebrates Lincoln in Lewiston

LEWISTON — When Gov. Paul LePage took the stage at The Dolard & Priscilla Gendron Franco Center on Friday night, he didn't spend a...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Abdulkadir Mohamud, 33, of 82 Maple St., on charges of disorderly conduct and failure to provide correct name and date of birth, 7:15...

SAD 52 directors get school budget overview

LEEDS — Superintendent Kimberly Brandt presented a proposed 2018-19 budget of $27.46 million to School Administrative District 52 directors Thursday evening. It's a $1.32 million...

Wilton church begins bicentennial celebration

WILTON — The Wilton Congregational Church, UCC, began a yearlong celebration of its bicentennial on Friday night with a dinner prepared by members of...

Dog rescued from under vehicle

Lewiston Police Officer James Avery uses a snare to secure a pit bull-Boxer mix trapped under a vehicle on Main Street in Lewiston near...

Norway, Oxford Republican Caucus on Saturday

SOUTH PARIS — The Norway and Oxford Republican caucuses will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the South Paris Fire Hall,...

Time to make the doughnuts, family-style

Gordon Curtis, right, mixes the dry ingredients for some of the 1,200 doughnuts his family was making at his Lisbon Falls home Friday morning...

GOP leader Jason Savage says controversial website is his, but denies ties to party

AUGUSTA — The executive director of the Maine Republican Party, Jason Savage, admitted to a state ethics panel that he is the owner and...

Oxford selectmen get a close up view of Police Department

OXFORD — The Board of Selectmen got a close-up view of the Police Department on Thursday night from Chief Jon Tibbetts, who demonstrated some...

Cause of Hartford farm fire unknown

HARTFORD — The State Fire Marshal’s Office said the cause of a fire that destroyed the farmhouse and barn of town historian Lorraine Parsons...

Sen. King tours Farmington center

U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, tours the Woodlands Senior Living Memory Care Center in Farmington on Friday to see the 36-bed facility and the...

Norway's star-spangled ice shack

A snowmobiler passes a patriotic ice shack on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway on Friday morning. (Andree Kehn/Sun Journal)