Medical office building planned for former mill property

COMING ATTRACTIONS—A new Stephens Memorial Hospital Medical Office building will be built on property it owns on Main Street in Norway, behind Cafe Nomad.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY— Barbara Allen, head of community relations at Stephens Memorial Hospital (SMH), confirmed Tuesday that the hospital will construct a new medical office building on land that it owns behind Cafe Nomad on Pikes Hill in Norway—at the site of the former Cummings Mill. This could put a halt to Otisfield resident […]

Jobs on the line if recycling goes single-stream

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A HEAVY DUTY—Norway/Paris Transfer Station worker Brett Leighton uses a forklift to pick up heavy compacted pieces of paper and stack them on to a 20-foot pile.

By Amanda Johnson NORWAY/PARIS—If Norway and Paris chooses to jump on the single-stream recycling bandwagon, three employees that separate the recycling will lose their jobs. A single-stream recycling program introduced by Oxford County Regional Recycling will be starting at the beginning of 2015. Norway has not made any decision yet as to whether or not […]

Sheriff’s deputies want contract, wage increase


By Erin Place PARIS—Gray skies were the backdrop Tuesday morning as Oxford County Sheriff’s deputies picketed in front of the superior courthouse in South Paris, bringing to light stalled contract negotiations with county commissioners and other points of contention they have with the sheriff’s office. Around 8:30 a.m. at 26 Western Ave., eight deputies were […]

Shaners’ auction in Paris draws hundreds

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PARIS — Just two months after closing doors which had stood open to the public for three decades, hundreds turned up to an auction at Shaner’s Restaurant on Tuesday. The April 1 auction featured over 500 items, from plates, pots, and pans, to full range grills, mid-century cash registers, industrial meat grinders, signs and mementos […]

Hampton Inn groundwork begins across from casino

Site work on a four-story, 90-room hotel with an attached 5,000-square-foot restaurant across from the Oxford Casino along Route 26 in Oxford began Tuesday. The project has been pushed back by delays in town's sewer project as developers want to tap the hotel into the pipeline.

By: Christopher Crosby OXFORD — Earthwork on the site of a 90-room Hampton Inn hotel with an attached restaurant across Route 26 from the Oxford Casino began last week, as developers hope to time the project to coincide with the the town’s sewer system coming online later this fall. Hotel construction on the farmland previously […]

Sen. Susan Collins’ speech at the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce

SENATOR COLLINS SPEECH TO OXFORD HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Collins outlines 7-Point Plan for Maine Jobs               SOUTH PARIS, Maine – The following is the text of Senator Susan Collins’ address to the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce as prepared for delivery.   “I’d like to offer my personal congratulations to the businesses and individuals you honor tonight.  Oxford Federal […]

Shaner’s to make way for Family Dollar

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   Owner serves three decades of food, memories By: Christopher Crosby PARIS— Last week, Jack Shaner, owner of South Paris landmark Shaner’s Family Restaurant, confirmed what had been widely rumored about since October: the property and building had been sold to Family Dollar. The decision has been complicated for Shaner. Though a choice “any businessman […]

Owners worry local Norway landmark, restaurant, could close


By Christopher Crosby NORWAY—The Norway Trolley House has a unique history among stops in Western Maine. The passenger rail once slowly plodded from Norway’s and Paris’ residential neighborhoods, electric lines powering its passage, as it brought workers to the booming manufacturing jobs around town. With the rise of automobiles and only a small population to draw […]