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]
  • Local man charged with “school shooting threat”

    Local man charged with “school shooting threat”

    ELLSWORTH — Michael Allen, 19, of Ellsworth was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making threats in an online gaming forum relating to a “possible school shooting threat,” the Ellsworth Police Department wrote in a press release. The department was alerted Wednesday to the threat by Special Agent Raymond Goergen, who works in the FBI’s Bangor office.

  • What tax reform will mean for you

    What tax reform will mean for you

    ELLSWORTH — Did you notice a few extra dollars in your paycheck this month? So did Marden’s. The recently adopted Republican tax cuts may mean more money in your wallet. Maine’s own bargain bazaar is hoping you’ll pass along your good fortune and buy something. Employees of Walmart and Camden National Bank got a lot

  • How safe are our schools?

    How safe are our schools?

    ELLSWORTH — Amidst the now all-too-familiar vigils and media analysis in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., many in the area are asking the question: Are our schools safe? School officials and law enforcement say they’re doing everything possible to make sure that’s the case. But Police Chief Glenn Moshier and School Superintendent

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day proposal advanced

    Indigenous Peoples’ Day proposal advanced

    ELLSWORTH — Spencer Patterson King presented the Ellsworth City Council with a draft resolution to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day at the council’s monthly meeting on Feb. 12. The council took no action on the measure, which was presented during the “Citizens’ Comments” portion of the meeting. “Doing so, I think,

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 22

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Feb. 22

    ELLSWORTH — Police responded to several suspicious incidents this week. A local resident called about “yelling coming from a home” on Feb. 12. Responding officers found that “there were no issues,” but that “the TV was turned up too loud.” A resident called the department to report “suspicious activity” on Feb. 13. Officers investigated and

  • City’s rental market booms

    City’s rental market booms

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth real estate developers are betting that the city’s rental market will continue to boom, despite projections that population growth will be nearly flat. Over the past two years, the Planning Board has issued permits for 145 units in the city — 43 more than were issued between 2008 and 2016. But with

  • 86 This! restaurant launches supper club

    86 This! restaurant launches supper club

    ELLSWORTH — Seven years after opening its first location in downtown Ellsworth 86 This! is mixing it up. Starting on Sunday, Feb. 25, the casual restaurant will begin offering a more formal option — a prix-fixe, four-course supper club. Called Supper Sessions, the club will be held every five to six weeks. Diners will be

  • Woodlawn files appeal in attempt to move forward with expansion plans

    Woodlawn files appeal in attempt to move forward with expansion plans

    ELLSWORTH — Woodlawn has filed paperwork with the Ellsworth Board of Appeals to reverse a decision of the Historic Preservation Commission on Jan. 25 that effectively blocked a planned $8-million project. The organization has cited three reasons for the appeal, chief among them that Woodlawn is not required to obtain the commission’s approval because the