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 […]

Appeals Board to reconsider dock variance Friday

By Erin Place HARRISON—The owner of a marina in Harrison might be able to double the length of his docks on Long Lake if the planning and appeals boards give him the green light. Selectmen held a special meeting on Friday afternoon to discuss Jerry Knapp’s request to lengthen his docks at Gateway Marina at […]

Rabid skunk serves as a reminder to vaccinate pets

By Erin Place HARRISON—A recent case of rabies involving a skunk struck Harrison, prompting the town manager to remind residents to be vigilant when they and/or their animals are outdoors. Game Warden Tony Gray, who covers the South Paris District and is the one who dealt with the case, said that the first week in […]

Kristina Lowe will serve 18 months for manslaughter, but not yet

Kristina Lowe (middle) of Oxford cries during her sentencing hearing on Wednesday in Oxford Superior Court in South Paris as she sits next to her defense attorney James Howaniec (left).

By Erin Place PARIS—Kristina Lowe will spend 18 months in prison and will then be on probation for four years, Active Retired Justice Robert Clifford announced at her sentencing hearing in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday—but she will not step foot inside a jail cell until the appeals process is over. The actual sentence Lowe […]

Open house highlights higher education for everyone

Farmers used to show off their produce and bakers their pies in this building, but with the loss of farms and manufacturing in the area it has become the home to higher education in Western Maine.

By Ann Wood PARIS—Yellow buses carry kids to school, but a certain yellow building can carry teenagers and adults to college and beyond—right here in Western Maine. The Oxford Hills School District has moved its administrative offices into the building that the University of Maine System and the Central Maine Community College share, which has […]