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Franklin

Chesterville man charged with trafficking after crack cocaine found in pickup

JAY — A Chesterville man was released on bail Friday, two days after Franklin County Sheriff's deputies stopped a pickup truck on Route 133...

Farmington, Jay women injured in three-car collision in Jay

JAY — Two people were injured Friday morning when a car went through a stop sign at Bean's Corner, struck an SUV and forced...

Budget talks to begin in Jay

JAY — Selectpersons have scheduled a workshop for next week to discuss a draft of the $5.36 million municipal budget for 2019-20. The workshop is set for...

Strong selectmen hand out raises

STRONG — Selectmen agreed Tuesday night to give all part-time employees a $1-an-hour pay raise — regardless of their current salary — beginning Feb. 1. Selectmen...

Kingfield selectmen seek voter input on issues

KINGFIELD — Selectmen are asking voters to attend an informational meeting Thursday night to comment on banning plastic bags, creating a riverfront park and...

Livermore Falls property put up for bid

LIVERMORE FALLS — Selectmen voted Tuesday to put a property at 112 Leeds Road up for bid for a minimum of $15,000. The town foreclosed...

Wilton awarded grant, loan funding for continued Forster Mill cleanup

WILTON — The town has received a $150,000 grant and $150,000 loan through the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments for continued asbestos removal at and...

Jay approves new base pay scale for firefighters

JAY — Selectpersons voted unanimously Monday to approve a new base pay scale for firefighters for 2019 and 2020, Town Manager Shiloh LaFreniere said...

Commissioners agree to lease parking lot to town

FARMINGTON — Franklin County commissioners Tuesday approved entering into a lease with the town of Farmington so the town can use the Anson Street...

Manchester man seriously injured in Farmington collision

FARMINGTON — A Manchester man was seriously injured Tuesday afternoon when the Maine Department of Transportation van he was driving hit the back of...

Transition team begins work with Barclaycard employees

WILTON — Those affected by the loss of the town's largest employer will be offered help with resume preparation and workforce training workshops. Barclaycard US will...

Belgrade man accused of assaulting Wilton resident

WILTON — Police said a Belgrade man is accused of assaulting an acquaintance after he broke into the man's home late Friday. Wilton police arrested...

This week's agenda

Tuesday Farmington: Franklin County Commission, 9 a.m., county building Farmington: RSU 9 Operations Committee, 6 p.m., Chef's Table Farmington: RSU 9 Personnel and Finance Committee, 7 p.m.,...

Murder case of former Jay man in judge's hands

FARMINGTON — Lawyers in the murder trial of James "Ted" Sweeney presented closing arguments Monday before Justice William Stokes, who said he will announce a...

Nominations sought for Jay town, RSU 73 seats

JAY — Nomination papers for town and school officials are available at the Town Office and need be returned by Feb. 22. The annual town meeting...

Albert hired as acting RSU 73 superintendent

JAY — Regional School Unit 73 directors named Spruce Mountain Middle School Principal Scott Albert as acting superintendent Thursday night. The decision followed the acceptance of...

Carthage names new clerk/tax collector

CARTHAGE — The town has announced the resignation of longtime Clerk/Tax Collector Linda Berry. Tania Gage has been appointed to the positions. After serving the town...

Defense rests in Jay murder case, closing arguments to be heard Monday

FARMINGTON — Psychologists who evaluated the mental health of a former Jay man on trial for murder in the death of his former girlfriend reached...

Rhode Island man hurt in snowmobile crash near Rangeley

A Rhode Island snowmobiler was hurt Friday when the machine he was riding slid off a trail and struck a rock in northern Franklin...

LeRoy resigns as RSU 73 superintendent

JAY — The Regional School Unit 73 board unanimously accepted the resignation of Superintendent Todd LeRoy on Thursday evening, effective immediately. Directors were expected to appoint...
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Snowshoeing family-style in Lewiston

Liz Perry carries her daughter Natalie, 2, on a snowshoe adventure at Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary in Lewiston on Friday afternoon, as her husband, Stephen...

Angus King plans to open new office in Lewiston-Auburn area

Shortly after taking office for his second term, independent U.S. Sen. Angus King said Friday that he plans to open his fifth Maine office...

Police arrest Lewiston man, seize drugs and cash at Oxford hotel

OXFORD — After a two-week long investigation by the Oxford Police Department, Kamau Thompson, 45, of Lewiston was arrested Wednesday and charged with unlawful trafficking...

Dad, daughter serving side-by-side in Maine Legislature make history

AUGUSTA — More women are serving in Maine's Legislature than ever before, and this session will also see the state's first recorded instance of...

Taco Bell in Auburn among 4 Maine locations closed

AUBURN — A Taco Bell franchise at 458 Center St. is among four Maine that have abruptly closed.  The company's website no longer lists the...

One dead in Roxbury snowmobile crash

ROXBURY — One person was killed in a snowmobile crash on a trail near Roxbury Notch Road on Thursday night, according to the Maine...

Norway board hears presentation on proposed highway garage

NORWAY — The Board of Selectmen was given specifics Thursday night on a new town highway garage under consideration. The proposed garage would cost about...

Mexico voters OK streetlight contract with CMP

MEXICO — Residents voted 6-0 Tuesday night to enter into a 15-year contract with Central Maine Power to switch hundreds of streetlights to LED...

Wishing for summer

Jon Graham, on his lunch break from his job at L-A Harley-Davidson, stands beside the Androscoggin River on Switzerland Road in Lewiston on Thursday....

Salt wagon

Marguerite Bouvier, 93, throws road salt on patches of ice on her driveway in Auburn on Thursday. Bouvier said her wagon allows her to complete tasks that need to...

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million...

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million...

Police identify Buckfield man who died in Route 117 crash

BUCKFIELD — Police say a local man died in Wednesday night's collision on Route 117. At about 5 p.m., Alexander Pond, 24, of Buckfield drove...

Recalls of romaine, Goldfish are only the tip of the contamination iceberg

If it feels like you're reading about a new food recall practically everyday, it's not all in your head -- or stomach. A report released...

T-Mobile executives were Trump International Hotel guests while seeking merger approval

WASHINGTON — Last April, telecom giant T-Mobile announced a megadeal: a $26 billion merger with rival Sprint, which would more than double T-Mobile's value...

Maine financial institutions offer help to unpaid federal workers

Michael Hughes, a security manager at the Portland International Jetport, has worked without pay since the partial federal government shutdown began Dec. 22. Hughes and...

As Mills says no tax increase, Democrats propose costly new programs

AUGUSTA — Democrats in the Legislature are backing new initiatives in health care, education and other fields that will require significant amounts of money,...

Police log

Charges Lewiston • Shauna Mercier, 32, of 61 River St., warrant for unpaid restitution, 1:17 a.m. Wednesday on River Street.  • Jodi Anson, 35, of 67 Pine St., warrant,...

Poland selectmen to review ambulance service agreement

POLAND — Selectmen decided Tuesday to revisit the town's agreement to provide ambulance service to Mechanic Falls. Nearly $37,677 has been charged by Poland Fire...

Oxford County Courthouse expansion well underway

Workers with Ganneston Construction of Augusta continue to work on the expansion of the Oxford County Courthouse on Wednesday, setting concrete walls that will...
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