Former Bethel Police Chief Dale C. Bellman dies

Dale Bellman Sr.

BIDDEFORD—Dale C. Bellman, 68, of Biddeford, died on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Southern Maine Health Care. He was born in Akron, Ohio, on Aug. 17, 1946, to James Russell Bellman Sr. and Edith (Armour) Bellman.  He attended schools in Ohio before joining the Army in 1965. He moved to Maine in 1981. He joined the Army […]

Contentious referendum is a bear of an issue

A black bear with its foot caught in a trap.

By Erin Place To bait or not to bait bears, that is the first question on the ballot for Tuesday’s election. The bear hunting referendum has proven to be a contentious issue this election cycle, with coalitions on both sides of the debate raising millions of dollars for campaigns, spending some of that money on […]

Road fix proposal in the works in Otisfield

By Steve Moore OTISFIELD—Do Otisfield residents want to pay to put new tires and shock absorbers on their cars each year or make the hard financial decision to improve town roads? That was a question raised by Road Committee Chairman Quentin Henderson to Otisfield residents who attended an informational meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, to […]

Candidates for state Legislature take a stand

By Ann Wood PARIS—It was a quiet Great Debate at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, as nine candidates for state Legislature touted their points of view. The forum, sponsored by the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, drew only about 25 folks and a cable television camera, and the candidates’ prepared stances on casino expansion, health […]

Harrison Selectmen talk taxes tonight

HARRISON—Town Manager George “Bud” Finch said he’ll be looking for guidance from Harrison selectmen regarding the preparation of the fiscal 2016 budget at tonight’s meeting. The current mill rate is $10.95 per $1,000 of assessed value. This equates to a 25 cent, or 2.3 percent, increase over the previous tax rate, Finch said two weeks […]

The Lowe decision leaves questions unanswered

By Erin Place PARIS—Neither side of the Kristina Lowe manslaughter case—which left two West Paris teens dead two winters ago—feel that justice is being served. Lowe is the now 21-year-old Oxford woman who in May a jury found responsible for the deaths of 16-year-old Rebecca Mason and 19-year-old Logan Dam. The trio and a fourth […]

A couple Doughboys take over the Handy Store

David Haskell and Mike Smith, the new owners of the Handy Store in South Paris, stand in front of the business they plan to call Doughboys Variety and reopen to the public at 6 a.m. Friday.

By Erin Place PARIS—When Mike Smith rode his bike down the hill on Highland Avenue to the Handy Store on East Main Street in South Paris to buy penny candy as a kid, he had no idea that roughly four decades later he would purchase the place with his business partner, David Haskell. Smith, who […]

Nuns look to resurrect old farm in order to help women

The nuns at the Community of the Resurrection on Poplar Ridge Road in Otisfield want to build a new chapel and conference room off the back left side of their old farmhouse.

By Erin Place OTISFIELD—A mile down a dirt road, one side of woods gives way to a large open field with mountains as the backdrop and a looming white farmhouse with an almost equally as impressive attached barn. Inside the house, silent prayer requires four trips to the chapel daily. Outside in the former cattle […]

Voters will be asked to sell some West Paris trees

By Ann Wood WEST PARIS—Voters will be asked whether the town will be allowed to take bids from lumber companies to chop down some trees in the 130-acre town forest, the proceeds of which would be held in the wood lot revenue account which will be later appropriated at Annual Town Meeting. The Special Town […]