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Food Drive Teaches Students Life lessons

From the Washington Hancock County Community Agency:  Children at area schools are learning about more than math and reading this month. Many of them are learning lessons about life as their schools participate in the 4th Annual Hancock County Food Drive. Students are going into classrooms to talk about the importance of the food drive […]

Local News – March 17, 2015

Accused Killer – Court (Bangor) – A Man accused of killing his girlfriend and her two young children goes before a judge again this week after a grand jury indicted him on murder charges.  Keith Coleman’s arraignment is set for Friday.  State Police say Coleman strangled his girlfriend Christina Sargent, her 10-year old son and […]

Acadia National Park Updates 

Acadia National Park has released this update:  Maine has experienced record-breaking snowfall this year and we are still trying to find places to put all this snow as we try to clear roads,” said Acadia Superintendent Sheridan Steele. “Our advice to all travelers planning to visit Acadia this spring is that they come prepared to […]

Two Indicted on Unemployment Fraud in Hancock and Washington Counties

Two men from Hancock and Washington County have been indicted on charges they falsely obtained unemployment benefits. District 7 Attorney Matt Foster tells Star 97.7, 47 year old Keith Goodrich of Bar Harbor was indicted n February 5, 2015 by the Hancock County Grand Jury. Goodrich was charged with one count of Class B Theft by Deception […]

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Names Citizen of the Year 2015

From the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce:  The Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce has named Michelle Beal as its 2015 Citizen of the Year.  Michelle has worked for the City of Ellsworth for 20 years with the past eight years in the position of City Manager.  She started her career in the treasurer’s office in […]

Police release details on serious crash in Warren yesterday afternoon

From the Knox County Sheriff’s Office: The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded to a serious motor vehicle accident that occurred on Rt 1 in Warren near the Waldoboro town line at approx 5:20 yesterday afternoon resulting in Rt. 1 being shut down for reconstruction at the accident scene. The accident involved a 2001 Mack, tractor trailer truck […]

Local News – March 16, 2015

Thorndike Fire/Confrontation (Thorndike) – Firefighters in Waldo County faced more than the usual smoke and flames when they responded to a shed fire this weekend.  Responding firefighters had to restrain a man who threatened to kill them if they put out the fire.  The Bangor Daily News reports the man claimed he was trying to […]

OSHA issues hazard alert letter to Hope Elephants following death

From OSHA:  Maine elephant refuge instructed to follow industry safety standards Employer name:  Hope Elephants Inspection site:  49 Hatchet Rd., Hope, Maine 04847  Date of incident:  James Laurita, co-founder, curator and elephant manager of the Hope Elephant Refuge was found dead in the refuge’s compound on Sept. 9, 2014, with a crushed chest.  Investigation findings: […]

Update on Brunswick meth lab bust

From the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency: The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrest of a Brunswick man for manufacturing Methamphetamine. Arrested was: Aric J. Hall (34) of Brunswick for, Unlawful Trafficking in Methamphetamine, Class B. For the past month agents from the MDEA Western District Task Force assisted the Lisbon Police Department with an […]

Ellsworth’s Grasshopper shop closing

One of the iconic stores of Downtown Ellsworth for the past 33-years is closing.  Elizabeth McMillan tells Star 97-7 deciding to close the Grasshopper Shop was difficult. McMillan said winters were tough on business, and there just wasn’t enough business to generate funds to order summer inventory.  McMillan says on-line shopping also cut into their […]