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    September 5, 2019

    Courage to ask for help sometimes takes a community

    AREA — “I never thought that I would have to ask myself, ‘should I call the police?’,” and yet that’s what Nichole did, time after time, year after year. Eventually, the abuse became her normal. And she loved the guy. “… It doesn’t make for a simple answer,” she wrote in her victim’s statement. He […]

  • Published
    August 1, 2019

    Oxford charges four for meth

    OXFORD — Acting on a report from the Oxford Casino Hotel of suspicious activity, Oxford police Officer Brand Correia and Sgt. Zachary Bisson levied drug charges on four men July 24. A bag, left in the parking lot, first caught the attention of hotel security. Police arrived, were directed to a certain room and the […]

  • Published
    July 3, 2019

    When they’re coming at you with a knife …

    Editor’s Note: The Norway Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy offers the public an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and what it does from those who do it. It began in April and each week we will feature a class from the eight-week academy. Week 6 – Police Tactics and Use of Force – Officer Josh […]

  • Published
    June 6, 2019

    Paper welcomes Dee Menear to staff

    NORWAY — The Advertiser Democrat welcomes Dee Menear as its staff writer. “It is tough losing a seasoned top-notch reporter like Leslie Dixon,” said A.M. Sheehan, managing editor, western Maine weeklies. “However the gods were looking out for us and sent us a staff writer who is also an experienced reporter and excellent writer!” Menear […]

  • Published
    March 1, 2019

    Dear readers …

    It takes at least five people to bring every local story to these pages, an assignment editor who plans and tracks story assignments, a reporter to gather information and write each story, a copy editor to edit the story, a page designer to plan and build each page, and a managing editor to oversee all […]

  • Published
    February 19, 2019

    To our valued readers

    In two weeks we will be making changes to The Franklin Journal.  The content you now find in our Tuesday publication will be available in the Livermore Falls Advertiser on Wednesdays.  This means that as of March 2, the Tuesday edition of the Franklin Journal will cease publication. The Friday Franklin Journal will not change. We will always bring you the best […]

  • Published
    February 8, 2019

    Moriah Reusch wins Franklin County Spelling Bee

    FARMINGTON — Moriah Reusch, an eighth grade student at Mt. Blue Middle School (MBMS), was the champion speller at the Franklin County Spelling Bee held Feb. 5 at the Forum on the Mt. Blue Campus. Bee governor and MBMS principal James Black introduced the judges, the 14 partipating students from seven area schools and Bee Master […]

  • Published
    February 8, 2019

    Help wanted: RSU 9 facing hiring challenge

    FARMINGTON — “It is a little bit of a challenge filling support staff positions in our district schools,” said Tina Meserve, Regional School Unit 9 superintendent. “These are good paying positions with benefits. They do not require a college diploma.” There are more than a dozen ed tech positions open, as well as custodial and bus driver […]

  • Published
    February 8, 2019

    Voters to consider CMP support, Forster Mill funding

    A public hearing and special town meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5 so voters can consider accepting grant and loan funding for cleanup of the former Forster Manufacturing site. Voters will also weigh in on whether or not to continue supporting Central Maine Power’s transmission line.

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    February 7, 2019

    Chesterville board nixes school withdrawal article

    Moderator Mike Chase, left, of Farmington and Regional School Unit 9 Director Craig Stickney of Chesterville listen to questions Wednesday night at a Chesterville forum hosted by Stickney. (Franklin Journal photo by Dee Menear) CHESTERVILLE — The Board of Selectmen voted 4-1 Thursday evening not to put an article on the March 11 town meeting […]

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