Articles by: Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]
  • LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    LUPC’s proposed change of one-mile rule resisted

    ELLSWORTH — Hancock County Commissioners heard passionate testimony from area residents on Monday evening, largely arguing against rule changes being proposed by the state Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) that would change where subdivisions and commercial developments could be located in Maine’s unorganized territories. “This is a major and monumental change, and not for the

  • Ellsworth Adult Ed graduates have big plans for the future

    Ellsworth Adult Ed graduates have big plans for the future

    ELLSWORTH — From music therapy to the Coast Guard to business and beyond, graduates of the Ellsworth Adult Education program have big plans for the future. “My 30 years experience in adult education hasn’t affected how impressed I am with each of you,” Director Ann Sargent told graduates on June 13. “Each person on this

  • Ellsworth residents presented with Acadia transportation plan

    Ellsworth residents presented with Acadia transportation plan

    ELLSWORTH — Residents weighed in on proposed plans to manage visitation and traffic in Acadia National Park at an informal meeting with park officials on Tuesday morning. Park Superintendent Kevin Schneider and Management Assistant John Kelly presented four alternatives of the draft transportation plan, mainly focusing on the park’s preferred alternative. The plans include reservations

  • City councilors OK $12.9M budget

    City councilors OK $12.9M budget

    ELLSWORTH — After several weeks of public workshops and negotiations, city councilors unanimously approved the city budget with little fanfare at a meeting on Monday evening. The final budget is up 1.78 percent over last year, with a tentative mill rate of 18.29, meaning a taxpayer in Ellsworth will be asked to pay $18.29 for

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 21

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 21

    ELLSWORTH — A local man was arrested on June 16 after he allegedly assaulted a woman at a downtown bar around 11 p.m. Police said 48-year-old Ellsworth resident Thomas Cole was “extremely intoxicated” and had been removed from the bar but had returned and began assaulting a woman. “Her boyfriend took exception to that,” said

  • Taste of Ellsworth returns June 30

    Taste of Ellsworth returns June 30

    ELLSWORTH — For the second year in a row, residents and visitors will have a chance to gather for a community picnic with a view of City Hall as part of the annual Taste of Ellsworth event. On Saturday, June 30, the Franklin Street extension (between Elizabeth’s on one side and the J&B Atlantic building

  • Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    Local broadcaster Michael Hale signs off

    ELLSWORTH – A lot has changed in the 43 years that Michael Hale, morning show host on Star 97.7, has been in broadcasting. The technology is different, of course – disc jockeys no longer spin turntables or pop in CDs, and the news no longer comes from an Associated Press Teletype machine. Another thing that’s

  • Ellsworth Sears to close in July

    Ellsworth Sears to close in July

    ELLSWORTH -The Sears Hometown Store will shut its doors at the end of July after over two decades in business, according to Manager Karen Higgins. “This was a shock to us,” said Higgins, who has been with the company just over eight years. Higgins said the store’s three employees all have jobs lined up, and

  • Maine to offer third gender option on driver’s licenses

    Maine to offer third gender option on driver’s licenses

    ELLSWORTH — Maine residents who identify as neither male nor female will soon be able to choose a non-binary gender option when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card, according to a press release issued by the Maine Secretary of State’s Office on Monday. Before the change goes into effect in 2019, the

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 14

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of June 14

    ELLSWORTH — Officers received a report of a girl “breaking an egg over the head” of another student at a local coffee shop on June 5, according to a report of the incident. The manager of the shop asked that the girl be asked not to return to the store. Lone child reported Police received