River Valley

Accountant says Byron finances 'not accurate'

BYRON — A representative from the accounting firm RHR Smith & Co. told residents Thursday night that since the town's last audit in 2014,...

A sweet difference for Rumford residents

KeyBank employees at Rumford, from left, Morghan Packard, Angie Guguay, Randy Therrien, Caroline Philbrick and summer intern Tucker Phelps prepare ice cream sundaes for...

RSU 10 budget passes, despite requests for cuts

RUMFORD — Despite efforts to reduce individual spending requests, RSU 10 voters approved a school budget that includes a districtwide tax increase of 3.43...

Portland’s homeless relocating to Rumford

RUMFORD — For about a year, homeless people from Portland have been assisted in relocating to Rumford, according to Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs. "Housing is not available...

Memorial Day events

The following Memorial Day observations are scheduled for the weekend: Saturday LEWISTON: Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Kennedy Park, move to Auburn...

River Valley Grill closing surprises employees

RUMFORD — Employees of the River Valley Grill restaurant on Route 2 were greeted Monday morning with a sign on the door that read:...

Dixfield-area school budget increases taxes

DIXFIELD — Voters of RSU 56 on Tuesday approved a $12.28 million budget for next year that will raise taxes in member towns because...

Chronic absenteeism a problem at RSU 10 schools

MEXICO — Regional School Unit 10 Superintendent Deborah Alden told directors Monday night that chronic absenteeism is rampant in the district. “Data submitted indicates Buckfield...

Bike rodeo in Rumford

Noah Jordan, 7, of Norway negotiates the bicycle safety course, with assistance from Grace Boothby of the Mexico Police Explorers, at Saturday's Mountain Valley...

Eight feet down, workers uncover original street

RUMFORD — Construction workers replacing sewer pipes and waterlines on The Island business district have uncovered remnants of a street believed to have been washed...

Meet The Candidates Night in Rumford

RUMFORD — EnvisionRumford will host Meet The Candidates Night on Wednesday in the Rumford Falls Auditorium. The public event is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m....

This week's agenda

Monday Casco: Open Space Commission, 6:30 p.m., Casco Community Center Casco: Zoning Board, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Paris: Oxford County Commission, 2 p.m., county building Peru: Selectmen,...

Selectmen, Bicentennial Committee reach agreement on payback

MEXICO — Selectmen voted unanimously this week to have the Bicentennial Committee return half of any leftover money from this year's celebration to the town,...

Mexico board hires police officer

Mexico Police Chief Roy Hodsdon, left, introduces Nick Young, right, to selectmen Tuesday evening. The board voted unanimously to hire Young as a reserve...

RSU 10 superintendent explains pros, cons of budget

BUCKFIELD — The 2018-19 proposed budget for Regional School Unit 10 is $1.25 million less than this fiscal year, but there are several other...

Massachusetts men charged with drug trafficking in Rumford

RUMFORD — Two Massachusetts men were taken into custody Tuesday and charged with drug trafficking, according to Police Chief Stacy Carter. Police identified the suspects as...

Mexico police log

• May 14, 4:39 p.m.: A 17-year-old male was injured when he stepped into the path of motorcyclist Mitchell Chase, 47, of Hanover on...

Byron given two options for Coos bridge

BYRON — A state official told selectmen Tuesday night that the state would rebuild the Byron Village Road bridge for continued use by traffic, or...

Second fire of unknown cause hits Andover

ANDOVER — A lean-to on the Akers Family Ski Trails was found burned to the ground Monday, owner Leon Akers said Tuesday. It is the...

Fire vs. forest in Mexico

Students in the fire science program at the Region 9 School of Applied Technology in Mexico engage in a game of tug of war...
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Police log

Auburn • Scott Dunn, 35, of 271 College Road, Greene, operating under the influence, 6:53 p.m. Friday at 133 Center St. • Tenaj Ormsby, 36, of...

Gardiner man killed in 3-vehicle crash on I-295 in Freeport

FREEPORT — A Gardiner man was killed in a three-vehicle accident Saturday morning on Interstate 295 in Freeport, Maine State Police said. Raymond Bisson, 50,...

Kents Hill graduates told to be honest, get a dog

READFIELD — In a quiet moment after his Kents Hill School graduation Saturday morning, Robert Coakley reflected on what he might tell incoming students...

Hemp-infused products ease pain

BRUNSWICK — In a small kitchen on the grounds of Scatter Good Farm on East Coxon Road, three entrepreneurs have created a product line with...

Lewiston students restore Civil War cannon

LEWISTON — Seeing a couple of old Civil War cannons and their rotted carriages in a shed at the Togus VA hospital a few...

'Celebrate us': Hebron Academy graduates 69

HEBRON — Hebron Academy Salutatorian Rachel Brouwer, speaking at commencement Saturday, urged the Class of 2018 to “celebrate us” and to “take every new...

Mothers of fallen service members honored in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A new star in Veterans Memorial Park is dedicated to the sacrifice and service of Maine’s Gold Star Mothers, and in honor...

Who pays almost $100,000 for 125-year-old blue jeans?

PORTLAND — A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come...

Gardiner man killed in three-vehicle accident on I-295 in Freeport

A Gardiner man was killed in a three-vehicle accident Saturday morning on Interstate 295 in Freeport, Maine State Police said. Raymond Bisson, 50, died after...

Legislature returns Wednesday to negotiate key bills

Lawmakers in charge of funding state government will return to the State House on Wednesday to tackle dozens of critical bills left in limbo...

Edwards cotton mill seen as fabric of Augusta

AUGUSTA — Plans to restore and repurpose the only remaining building of the massive riverfront Edwards mill complex may rely on attracting a private...

'Get ready to change the world:' St. Dom's graduates ready for the future

Saint Dominic Academy seniors Callie Samson, left, gives her cousin Madison Samson a hug as the two try to calm their nerves prior to...

Police log

Lewiston • Donald Nieves, 48, address not listed, on a charge of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, 10:34 p.m. Thursday at 209 Park St. Auburn •...

Grandparents Day in Farmington a hit

First-grader Brayden Simmins of New Vineyard reads to his "Mimi," Shari Newcomb, of Livermore Falls during Grandparents Day on Friday at W. G. Mallett...

Livermore Falls History Night celebrates the past

Maine Paper and Heritage Museum President Sherry Judd, second from right, gives a tour of the museum during Livermore Falls History Night on Friday....

Lewiston, Auburn host Art Walk LA

Walton Elementary School second-grader Ella Jewett points to the self-portrait she drew (not seen) that was hanging in one of the downtown Lewiston storefront...

Lewiston's Tree Street Youth Center recognizes seniors

Graduate Shukri Abdirahman, left, is congratulated by Adriana Ortiz-Burnham following a graduation ceremony at Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston on Friday. Thirty-four high...

Girls learn about male-dominated trades in Auburn

Audrey Bauer, a freshman at Oak Hill High School in Wales, sprays water while wearing the turnout gear of Auburn firefighter Sita West during...

Wilton police investigating burglaries

WILTON — Police are investigating several burglaries that occurred between Wednesday night and Thursday morning along Village View and High streets, Police Chief Heidi...

Judge sets bail for suspected drug dealer from Wilton

FARMINGTON — A Franklin County justice Friday set bail for a Wilton man charged with drug possession at $50,000 cash or $100,000 worth of...

New Gloucester farm stand owner says Confederate flag good for business

NEW GLOUCESTER — The owner of a New Gloucester farm stand who flies a Confederate flag in honor of family who live in the South...

Denise Clavette leaving Auburn Hall for Saco development post

AUBURN — After less than a year with the city, Assistant City Manager Denise Clavette announced this week she is leaving for a job...

Harvey Weinstein arrested on rape, criminal sex act charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was arrested Friday on rape, criminal sex act and other charges from encounters with two women, police said...

Big bets, hired muscle and money laundering revealed in Portland bookie case

Dozens of recorded phone calls to Stephen Mardigan in which he takes bets from gamblers, discusses how they can pay their debts and confers...

Health insurance providers sign up for 2019

Both of Maine’s providers of Affordable Care Act individual health insurance say they plan to offer coverage again in 2019. Following Anthem’s exit from the...