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]
  • Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    Grindle, Phillips elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — There will be one new and one returning councilor on the Ellsworth City Council in the coming weeks. Heather Grindle and John Phillips were elected to the council with 37 percent and 24 percent of the vote, respectively in Tuesday’s election. Grindle received 2,044 votes while Phillips had 1,336. Phillips narrowly beat candidate

  • Mills is Maine’s first female governor

    Mills is Maine’s first female governor

    ELLSWORTH — Maine voters chose Democrat Janet Mills to be the state’s first female governor on Tuesday. With 74 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, Mills had captured 50 percent of the vote statewide. Republican candidate Shawn Moody trailed Mills by six percentage points. He conceded the race early Wednesday. Hancock County voters

  • Ambulances will be housed in Fire Department within next few weeks

    Ambulances will be housed in Fire Department within next few weeks

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a contract to house two ambulances owned by Northern Light Medical Transport at City Hall over the winter, possibly within the next few weeks. Councilors Dawn Hudson, Dale Hamilton, John Moore, Steve Beathem and Marc Blanchette approved the proposal. Councilors Bob Crosthwaite and Gary Fortier

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 1

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Nov. 1

    ELLSWORTH — Officers responded to citizens struggling with thoughts of suicide and reports of domestic incidents this week. A man at local adult care facility attempted to harm himself on Oct. 27, according to a police report. Officers responded to a call from an employee of the facility and the man was taken to Northern

  • Forum focuses on Hancock County’s health

    Forum focuses on Hancock County’s health

    ELLSWORTH — Residents of Hancock County are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer (but less likely to die of it), more likely to be uninsured and more than twice as likely to contract Lyme disease as the average Maine resident, according to data discussed at a forum at the Moore Community Center on Tuesday

  • Councilor reclaimed his health and seeks to help others

    Councilor reclaimed his health and seeks to help others

    ELLSWORTH — When it comes to describing his plant-based lifestyle, Marc Blanchette tends to speak in sound bites. “If it was grown on a plant, have at it. If it was made in a manufacturing plant, don’t eat it.” “You can’t out-exercise a bad diet.” “If it has a mother or a face, don’t eat

  • First National moving from High Street

    First National moving from High Street

    ELLSWORTH — First National Bank will be moving from its High Street location to a new branch being built on the Beechland Road, according to First National President and CEO Tony McKim. “We’re hoping to take occupancy in April or May of 2019,” McKim said. The High Street branch will close (the bank is leasing