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Matthew Daigle is a court reporter at the Norway bureau of the Sun Journal and has worked for the company for more than six years. He covers the courts, Oxford County government, and the towns of Norway, Paris and Otisfield. He lives in Greene with his fiance, his two Siamese cats and his 13-year old chihuahua. In his spare time, he likes to read, watch movies and listen to podcasts about the television show “Survivor.” He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington and earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing.

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  • Published
    December 26, 2018

    Oxford County budget up 7.4 percent

    PARIS — Oxford County commissioners voted at their Dec. 18 meeting to enact a $7.5 million budget, an increase of 7.4 percent over the previous year. Interim County Administrator Tom Winsor said the total tax commitment for the 2019 budget is $7.5 million, an increase of $518,679 from the 2018 budget. The county’s capital reserve […]

  • Published
    December 25, 2018

    Paris board votes to send land access ordinance to AVCOG

    PARIS — The Board of Selectmen has voted 4-1 to send a proposed ordinance on accessing private property to the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments for review. Selectman John Andrews voted against the motion; Selectmen Rusty Brackett, Chris Summers, Scott Buffington and Gary Vaughn voted in favor. The vote on Thursday evening came two weeks […]

  • Published
    December 23, 2018

    FaceTime: Eric White — 'always, always, always' looking for antiques

    Eric White said that he has always had a fascination with antiques, vintage collectibles and reselling items, a hobby that has evolved over the years into Vintiques of Maine, a Main Street, Norway, business that sells an assortment of vintage wares, antiques and oddities, many of which are one of a kind. For White, as […]

  • Published
    December 20, 2018

    Paris board hires Dawn Waisanen as interim town manager

    PARIS — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Thursday evening to appoint Dawn Waisanen as interim town manager. Waisanen, who has served as bookkeeper for Paris since November 2017, will continue to work as the town’s bookkeeper while serving as interim town manager, Chairman Rusty Brackett said. The vote came after a 6 p.m. executive […]

  • Published
    December 19, 2018

    Constructing gingerbread houses at Norway library

    Chyla Lamp and her daughter, Elsie, build a gingerbread house Wednesday afternoon at the Norway Memorial Library. Every Wednesday, the library’s Children’s Department hosts after-school events for children. (Sun Journal photo by Matthew Daigle)

  • Published
    December 18, 2018

    Oxford County: Courthouse expansion could interfere with jury selection parking

    PARIS — Construction at the Oxford County Superior Courthouse could become a hindrance during jury selection days in January and March, according to Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne. Beauchesne raised the concern at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Oxford County Commissioners. The expansion is part of a $90 million package approved by the Maine Legislature to […]

  • Published
    December 18, 2018

    Sumner home damaged by chimney fire

    SUMNER — A chimney fire caused significant water damage Monday night to a house at 102 Wild Woods Drive, Fire Department Safety Officer Kelly Stewart said Tuesday. Homeowner Robert Runes used fire extinguishers to put out flames before firefighters arrived, “which might have bought some extra time,” Stewart said. Fire departments from nine towns responded to […]

  • Published
    December 14, 2018

    Hartford man charged with killing his girlfriend held without bail

    PARIS — A Hartford man charged with murder in the death of his longtime girlfriend was ordered held without bail following his initial appearance at Oxford County Superior Court on Friday morning. Rondon Athayde, 46, is charged with killing Ana Cordeiro, 41. The couple have two children, ages 3 and 4. A follow-up hearing, at […]

  • Published
    December 13, 2018

    Selling Christmas trees in Oxford

    Neuman Smedberg sits on the ground Thursday afternoon as he unties a Christmas tree for customers at Smedberg’s Crystal Spring Farm in Oxford. (Sun Journal photo by Matthew Daigle)

  • Published
    December 13, 2018

    Auditor says Norway doing well financially

    NORWAY — Town Manager Dennis Lajoie said Thursday afternoon Norway is in “good financial shape,” based on a visit from the town’s auditor. Lajoie said auditor Timothy Gill told the Board of Selectmen, “Compared to other towns your size, you’re doing very well.” Lajoie said the town has kept its property tax collection rates around […]

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