River Valley

RSU 10 receives mental health grant, votes to hired kindergarten teacher

RUMFORD — Regional School Unit 10 Superintendent Deb Alden told directors Monday night that the district is receiving federal money to deal with mental...

Rumford police dog could be on duty this year

Rumford officer Brad Gallant and his canine partner, Niko, pose with their new cruiser. The two are in training to become a team in...

This week's agenda

Monday 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, 6:30 p.m., Town Office Peru: Selectmen, 6...

50 enjoy first day of fall navigating Androscoggin

Ed Viger, left, of Rumford and Leonard Bromberg of Farmington are among 50 people kayaking or canoeing Saturday on the Androscoggin River during the...

Scouts camp in Rumford

Scouts Gavin Eosco, left, and Dean Carmichael of Bath enjoy the fall day outside the tents Saturday on Hosmer Field in Rumford.Brandon Albanesi, left,...

Rumford downtown construction could go to 2019

Construction equipment fills Congress Street in Rumford on Thursday. Town Manager Linda-Jean Briggs said Thursday that the goal is, at a minimum, for crews...

Former lobsterman tells students about life onboard boat

Dirigo Elementary School fourth-trader Holly Ellis giggles while Doug Barber of Mexico helps her put on gear worn by a stern man on a...

Rumford Public Library's display of banned books will stay

RUMFORD — A display of banned books, the source of much Facebook debate in recent days, will remain at the Rumford Public Library, according the the...

Rumford hotel project moves forward

Workers on Monday began the final cleanup at 50 Prospect Ave. in Rumford, the site of a Best Western Plus Hotel. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls...

Rumford police log

• Sept. 12, 7:16 a.m.: James O'Brien, 68, of Salem Township was arrested on Hancock Street and charged with trespassing at Mountain Valley High...

Rumford man killed in motorcycle crash

RUMFORD — Police are investigating a motorcycle crash Thursday evening that claimed the life of a local man. The lone rider was identified as Paul Pelletier,...

Canton tax rate drops fourth year in a row

CANTON — For the fourth consecutive year, the property tax rate has dropped because of revenue from the $50 million Canton Mountain wind power...

Rumford to purchase two new vehicles

RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen has voted to buy two vehicles from O'Connor GMC of Augusta. One is a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe for $36,300 for...

Rumford board appoints committee for community fund

RUMFORD — The Board of Selectmen has appointed Brad Adley, John Madigan and Jeff Sterling to create a policy for administering the Poland Spring Rumford...

Rumford man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud; theft of public money

PORTLAND — A Rumford man pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to Social Security fraud and theft of public money, according to U.S. Attorney...

Dixfield police log

• Aug. 15, 5:18 p.m.: Police responded to a report of a burglary on Marble Lane. • Aug. 15, 10:06 p.m.: Police took a late report...

Mexico grandmother turns sorrow to joy by refurbishing dolls

MEXICO — When Susan Olsen’s granddaughter asked her for an American Girl doll the Christmas after Olsen's husband died, she told the child she...

Superintendent: Resource officer at Buckfield High School a possibility

RUMFORD — Superintendent Deb Alden said Monday she is meeting with a representative of the Oxford County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday because he might...

McLain Memorial Bridge dedication postponed

A plaque for the Pfc. Buddy W. McLain Memorial Bridge between Peru and Mexico is shown on the Maine Department of Transportation website. A dedication ceremony...

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:...
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Buxton logger says new rules will sink his business

A Buxton man may be among the first loggers in Maine to feel the sting of a state law that imposes tough new rules...

Police Log

Charges Lewiston • Manuel Rodrick, 40, of 73 School St., operating after suspension, 5:07 a.m., Tuesday on Main Street. Auburn • Tania Howell, 60, of 25 Drayton Ave.,...

Driver hospitalized after low-speed police chase

LEWISTON — A 29-year-old man who led police on a low-speed chase on Lisbon Street on Tuesday morning was taken to a hospital at...

Two injured in Lewiston collision

Lewiston police officer Todd MacWhinnie, background, looks into a vehicle that collided with another at Webster Street and Webber Avenue in Lewiston on Tuesday...

Patrick Dempsey to be on 'Good Morning America' Wednesday

LEWISTON — Patrick Dempsey, the actor, producer and race car driver whose namesake Dempsey Challenge is less than three days away, will appear on...

Winning artists to receive Passamaquoddy baskets

The dozen a dozen winners of the inaugural Maine Arts Awards will take home a handcrafted ash basket made by one of state’s most...

Employee purchases spark debate among Strong selectmen

STRONG — Selectmen on Tuesday evening had a heated debate on the potential liabilities of allowing employees to make personal purchases through town accounts...

RSU 9 committee identifies finance, contract issues

FARMINGTON — The chairman of the Regional School Unit 9 Personnel and Finance Committee told the board Tuesday night there is an estimated $230,000 in...

Captain in deadly boat-sinking pleads guilty

A Maine fishing boat captain whose craft capsized in a storm after an evening of drinking and drug use pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges...

Paving will limit use of Bernard Lown Peace Bridge on Wednesday

Cedar Street in Lewiston and Broad Street in Auburn — at the approaches to the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge — will be closed for...

Lewiston School Committee OKs money for homeless program after state nixes funding

LEWISTON — Lewiston High School educational technician Megan Dumais' position helping homeless students was on the chopping block until Monday night. For the first time in...

Forest products group calls for new investment

Maine’s forest products industry needs to react quicker to changing markets and find investments for new products, a group studying the sector said in...

Polls: Ranked-choice voting likely to decide Maine 2nd District outcome

If recent polls are on target, ranked-choice voting will likely decide the outcome of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District race. Several polls in the past two...

Street closed for UMF family weekend

FARMINGTON — South Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in support of the University of Maine at Farmington Friends...

Rescuers head up to reach injured hiker in northern Franklin County

REDINGTON TOWNSHIP — Rescuers were sent to help an injured 24-year-old woman on the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Two game wardens were assisting firefighters...

Judge appoints lawyers for Kingfield woman, Rumford man in drunken-driving cases

FARMINGTON — A District Court judge Tuesday appointed attorneys to represent a Kingfield woman and a Rumford man in separate fatal drunken-driving cases. Judge Nancy...

Deadheading marigolds in Farmington

Marion Hutchinson of Wilton, a member of the Mt. Blue Area Garden Club, deadheads marigolds Tuesday at the World War I Memorial Arch at...

Death of man in Oxford Casino hotel ruled suicide

OXFORD — Police ruled the death of a 20-year-old Bethel man found in a hotel room at the Oxford Casino on Sunday a suicide,...

Lewiston man sentenced to 60 days in prison for criminal conspiracy

PARIS — A Lewiston man was sentenced Tuesday morning at Oxford County Superior Court to five years in prison for criminal conspiracy to commit...

Donald Trump says second Kavanaugh accuser ‘has nothing’ and she admits she was drunk

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account...

Bill Cosby sentenced 3 to 10 years for sexual assault

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — His Hollywood career and good-guy image in ruins, Bill Cosby was led off to prison in handcuffs Tuesday at age...

Detroit’s Comerica Park worker arrested after video shows spitting on pizza

An employee at a Major League Baseball stadium was fired and arrested this weekend after a video appeared to show him spitting on a...

Portland police search for suspect in Congress Square stabbing

A Portland woman is recovering after being stabbed Sunday night, Police said. Officers were called to Congress Square Park shortly before 10 p.m., and found...

Colby College makes SAT, ACT optional for applicants

WATERVILLE — Officials at Colby College announced Monday that applicants will no longer be required to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of...

In TV interview, Kavanaugh denies sexually assaulting anyone

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh says he won't let "false accusations drive me out of this process" as he, President Donald Trump and top...