Fishing festival hopes to hook children

NORWAY — It’s early Saturday afternoon and Ciara Rice is dropping her fishing line into Little Pennesseewassee Stream. Her mom thought the fishing festival was today, she says, but was a week off. It hardly matters—she and her father Randy are doing a little fishing anyhow. Almost as quickly as her line drops below the […]

School officials: Second round of laptops a success

OXFORD — Five years after a stuttering attempt to integrate computer technology in classrooms, district officials say the latest round of laptop purchases for students is a success. Addressing SAD 17 School Board Directors on Monday night, Oxford Hills High School Principal Ted Moccia, middle school principal Troy Eastman and technical school director Shawn Lambert […]

First Norway Fishing Festival reels in fishermen of all ages

NORWAY — Water Street will be closed from morning to early afternoon May 31 for the Norway Family Fishing Festival. Norway Recreation Dept. Director Debra Partridge brought the request for closing the road for that time to the selectboard last Thursday, May 15. This event used to be in Bethel. This year, it will happen […]

Memorializing their own: Local vets think about service & honor

Ken West and a picture of him that was taken the first day he arrived overseas for Operation Desert Storm.

Ken West and a picture of him that was taken the first day he arrived overseas for Operation Desert Storm. SOUTH PARIS — It’s impossible to miss Gil Turner’s house. That’s not because of its unusual color, a light green, or because it has a pool in its fenced-in backyard. Rather, it’s distinguished by a […]

Jury finds Kristina Lowe guilty of manslaughter


PARIS — A lawyer for Kristina Lowe said Thursday he would appeal her guilty verdicts on two counts of manslaughter in the high-speed crash that killed Rebecca Mason, 16, and Logan Dam, 19, both of West Paris, in 2012. The seven-woman, five-man jury also found Lowe guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, but […]

A peek into the week – May 15, 2014

A morning riddle:Empires covet it, but may rue the expense; It allows growth,  but is not growing; People inherit it, but cannot take it with them. In Maine, it changes moods four times. Okay, Bilbo and Gollum may take offense to our nerve  – the answer is an obviously painful ‘land’ – but while our […]

West Paris man accused of shooting neighbor’s dog

WEST PARIS — A local man is charged with cruelty to animals for fatally shooting his neighbor’s dog that came onto his property, town Animal Control Officer Ozzy Hart said. Steve McCann, 45, of 31 Smith St. was given a summons to appear in a Paris court on June 12, Hart said. If convicted, McCann […]

$3.81 million budget goes to Oxford voters

OXFORD — Selectmen last week signed the town warrant scheduling the annual town meeting to see if voters will approve a $3.81 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15. On paper voters are being asked to raise $531,013 – 16 percent – more than last year, though town Manager Michael Chammings said the increases are being […]