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Early Childhood Literacy Discussed At Augusta Conference

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 days ago

More than 300 librarians and educators were in Augusta today discussing ways to promote reading and literature aimed at kids.

The annual reading roundup conference was at the Augusta Civic Center.

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State Police Look To Crack Down On Distracted Drivers

Rob Poindexter

Updated 5 days ago

April is distracted driving awareness month in maine and state police will be out in force trying to catch offenders.

In 2012, lawmakers stiffened penalties for distracted drivers in Maine with fines ranging from $250-$500 for those caught in the act. State police have increased patrols aimed and curbing the potentially deadly trend of driving while distracted.

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Microchips for Pets Available at Mid-Coast Business

Morgan Sturdivant

Updated 5 days ago

The Loyal Biscuit  has been providing pet owners with products for years now.

For the second year they want to make sure they have everything they need when it comes to finding your pet if they somehow get lost.

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Hearse Driver Falls Asleep, Rolls Over Vehicle on I95

Updated 5 days ago

Police say a hearse driver fell asleep, causing a crash on Interstate 95 in Pittsfield this afternoon.

The vehicle overturned and northbound traffic was delayed while crews cleared the scene.

The driver, Michael Kelley, is from Salsbury Cove and was taken to Sabasticook Hospital in Pittsfield.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Ambulance at FMH

Catherine Pegram

Updated 5 days ago

An ambulance at Franklin Memorial Hospital is raising awareness about domestic violence.

It’s been repainted with purple ribbons and slogans such as “There are no excuses, period”.

Officials say they believe this is the first domestic violence awareness ambulance in the country.

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New Phone App to Help Explore Baxter State Park

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 5 days ago

A new phone app will help you explore Baxter State Park.

The company Chimani has announced its release which will be a resource for those visiting the park.

The app features more than 270 points of interest throughout the park, a GPS enabled hiking map, trail descriptions, photographs, and sunrise and sunset data.

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Former Knox County Jail Guard Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 5 days ago

A former Knox County jail guard is accused of sexually abusing three inmates.

61-year-old Richard S. Wellington was indicted this week on 19 counts of sexual assault, against three inmates, over a period of 9 months.

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Machias Committee Looking For Used Bikes For New, Free Program

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 6 days ago

Have any good, used bikes?

The Machias Healthy Main Street Wellness Committee is looking for some to be used in a new bike program.

The organization will place the bikes in the downtown area which can be used by anyone free of charge.

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Bangor Police Give Burglary Prevention Tips after Series of Break-Ins

Erica Stapleton

Updated 5 days ago

Bangor Police say there were a series of home and vehicle break-ins this week in Bangor’s East side.

The persons involved were on foot, hitting several homes in the Poplar Street area.

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Knox Man Sentenced for Hit and Run Involving Belfast Councilor

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 6 days ago

A Knox man will spend 3 years behind bars for a hit and run accident involving a Belfast City Councilor.

Police say Steven Lucas, 60, was driving the car that hit Eric Sanders last year, who was riding his bicycle on Main Street.

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Maine Medicaid Rules Reduce Narcotic Prescriptions

Updated 6 days ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine is leading the nation in efforts to stem the flow of narcotics, using unique Medicaid guidelines that cut back on prescriptions and cover alternative treatments instead.

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House OKs Contentious Highway Signs Bill

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine House of Representatives has given the first nod to a bill that would remove or relocate dozens of informational signs along the state’s interstate highways.

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Home Burns in Chester, Woman Unaccounted For

Updated 6 days ago

Firefighters from several towns are at a fire in Chester.

The call came after 10 this morning.

Police say a Loop Road resident left for a short time to get his newspaper…when he returned, the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

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Police: New Sharon Child Reports Apparent ODs

Updated 6 days ago

NEW SHARON, Maine (AP) — Police say a child who alerted a relative may have saved the lives of two adults in a New Sharon home who had apparently overdosed on intravenous drugs.

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High Court-re-hears Beach Access Dispute

Updated 6 days ago

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s highest court for the second time has heard arguments from lawyers in a beach access dispute that could have statewide implications.

The Supreme Judicial Court in February ruled in favor of landowners whose properties front Goose Rocks Beach in Kennebunkport. The ruling said the public does not have the right to use the beach and private property owners control its use to the low-water mark.

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Maine To Use A Hovercraft For Rescues

Updated 6 days ago

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine agencies that conduct search and rescue missions say they are prepared to use a hovercraft on coastal and inland waterways during ice out this spring.

A Department of Marine Resources spokesman says members of the state’s Marine Patrol and Warden Service have trained for two years to use the hovercraft in areas that can be difficult to reach by boat.

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Food Mobile Came to Brewer Wednesday Morning

Updated 6 days ago

People lined up Wednesday morning in Brewer at a food mobile.

Good Shepherd Food Bank and the Brewer area food pantry teamed up to help people get through early spring after a tough winter.

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Resource Night Designed to Bolster Business in Sebasticook Valley

Terry Stackhouse

Updated 6 days ago

Sebasticook Valley business leaders gathered in Pittsfield for a night of networking.

Locals were invited to check out a variety of booths and displays inside Warsaw Middle School.

A series of presentations were also offered.

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Local Celebrity Game Show Coming to Ellsworth

John Krinjak

Updated 6 days ago

The Grand in Ellsworth will be home to a first-ever live game show this weekend — it’s a fundraiser for the theatre called “So You Think You Know Ellsworth?”

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Some Maine High Schools Considered “Most Challenging” in Country

Caitlin Burchill

Updated 6 days ago

Some local schools have received top marks for their students’ smarts.

Six Maine high schools were named to Washington Post‘s list of “America’s Most Challenging Schools.”

2,039 schools were ranked.

John Bapst in Bangor makes the elite list.

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