People plan to make Paris pretty

PARIS—Ideas started flowing Tuesday night during the first of two public meetings regarding the strategic plan for South Paris, after those gathered were informed it was a session to help move the town forward and not lodge complaints. The brainstorming session was led by Sandy Swett, a local business owner who was hired by the […]

Famed quartet’s concert mimics ‘The Sounds of Autumn’

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By Erin Place   PARIS—“The Sounds of Autumn” will fill the walls of the First Baptist Church of Paris—complete with notes mimicking birds and mosquitoes—on Sunday, Aug. 31, when the DaPonte String Quartet plays its second concert in the historic building. The concert with commence at 4 p.m. at the church, 500 Paris Hill Road, […]

Taking care of business

NORWAY BUSINESS STORY

Norway hopes to attract  more stores By Amanda Johnson   NORWAY—The most challenging time for small businesses in Norway are the spring and winter months when summer residents and vacationers have returned home, and the cold and slippery roads make it difficult for people to drive, John Williams, executive director of the Oxford Hills Chamber of […]

Sobriety checkpoint in Paris Friday night

Staff Report PARIS—The Paris Police Department, with assistance from the Oxford County Sheriff’s office, the Oxford Police Department, Norway Police Department, and the Maine State Police, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, on Route 26 in South Paris. The checkpoint will be in place until 3 a.m. Saturday, […]

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 […]

Judge upholds Lowe’s manslaughter conviction

By Erin Place PARIS—On Tuesday, Active Retired Justice Robert Clifford denied all three motions filed by defense attorneys for Kristina Lowe—the Oxford woman convicted of manslaughter for the deaths of two West Paris teens in a high-speed crash in 2012—that would have overturned the jury’s ruling. Clifford heard the motions argued by defense attorneys James […]

White-nose syndrome makes environmentalists batty

By Erin Place The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed adding six new species to the state’s Endangered and Threatened Species List, including three bats whose populations have declined at alarming rates due to the deadly white-nose syndrome. Proposed to be added to the endangered status are the little brown bat and […]

Ball game for Millet scores a home run

PLAY BALL—Local firemen (in red) played policemen last Sunday in a softball game that was held in memory of Norway Fire Captain David Millett.

By Amanda Johnson PARIS—”Play ball,” someone in the crowd shouts as the players take to the field. Oxford County firemen were pitted against Oxford County police officers in a softball game last Sunday that was held in memory of Norway Fire Captain David Millett, who died in May shortly after attending to a fire. Thinking […]

Mason works to toughen texting laws as Lowe awaits a decision

DAY IN COURT—(From left) Twenty-one-year-old Kristina Lowe of Oxford, sit with her defense attorneys, Chelsea Peters and James Howaniec, as they listen to the state's argument in Lowe's appeals case last week.

By Erin Place PARIS—While Gerrold Mason again awaits the fate of the Oxford woman—who a jury in May said was responsible for the death of his daughter and another passenger—to be handed down this time by a judge, he’s busy setting up educational opportunities highlighting the dangers and sometimes deadly results of texting and driving. […]