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Local News – March 17, 2020

CDC Numbers   (Augusta) – The numbers of Maine residents infected with Coronavirus continue to grow.  New numbers are expected out later this morning.  As of Monday there are 17-positive or presumed positive COVID-19 cases in Maine.  Of those, 13 are in Cumberland County, including a middle-school student in Cape Elizabeth.  The furthest north and […]

Local News – March 16, 2020

Gov-Coronavirus   (Augusta) – Maine is in a civil state of emergency by proclamation of Governor Janet Mills.  She addressed the state last evening. The Governor said 7 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Maine and the number is expected to grow.  Most schools have either closed today or will close at the end […]

Local News – March 13, 2020

ME’s 1st COVID Case (Augusta) Governor Janet Mills says Maine has its first known case of the Coronavirus.  Governor Mills recommends but did not mandate limiting large public events. Maine’s first presumptive positive Coronavirus case is a 50-year old woman who serves in the Navy Reserve.  The unnamed woman lives in Auburn and may have […]

Local News – March 12, 2020

Virus – Maine   (Orono) – No one in Maine has yet to test positive for the new coronavirus, but several colleges are not taking any chances.  The University of Maine system says campuses will close down on March 22nd, and spring semester courses will only be offered on-line.  Bowdoin College in Brunswick is taking […]

Local News – March 11, 2020

Berube Indicted (Machias) – Grand Jurors in Washington County have found enough evidence to proceed to trial against a man who allegedly set two fires, tied up a woman, stole her truck and led police on a chase that ended in Trenton.  The incidents happened last June when James Berube is accused of setting the […]

Local News – March 10, 2020

Waterville Shooting Arrest   (Waterville) – An 18-year old from Mercer remains in jail, charged with aggravated assault in connection with a drive-by shooting in Waterville last month in which a 7-year old girl suffered a gunshot wound.  The Kennebec Journal reports police charged Gavin Loabe with being in the car which drove through the […]

Local News – March 9, 2020

Snowmobile Fatals (Medford) – Two more snowmobilers have died in crashes in Maine during the weekend.  The Maine Warden Service reports to Star 97.7 that 42-year old Andrew Purdue of Bangor sped through an intersection Sunday on a snowmobile trail in Medford and crashed into trees.  In Northern Somerset County 38-year old Shawn Chamberlain missed […]

Local News – March 6, 2020

Emera Sale   (Augusta) – No sale for Emera Maine to another Canadian utility company, at least not for now.  Maine’s Public Utilities Commission has voted 2-to-1 against the proposed sale to Enmax which is based in Calgary.  The commissioners voting against the deal say Enmax will rely too much on debt financing to purchase […]

Local News – March 5, 2020

Stockton Springs School (Stockton Springs) – Voters in Stockton Springs will sell the community’s former elementary school building.  Voters overwhelmingly approved selling the mold infested building in balloting Tuesday.  The town got the school back from RSU 20 which closed the school several years ago.  All of Stockton’s children go to Searsport schools.  The building […]

Local News – March 4, 2020

Ballot Shortage   (Augusta) – A lot of Maine towns ran out of ballots for yesterday’s primary election.  Town clerks started calling the State Elections Division to request more ballots, and got permission to photocopy ballots.  Towns that use tabulating machines had to hand count the photocopied ballots instead of relying on machine counts alone.  […]