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 is state Clerk of the Year

    Grindle is state Clerk of the Year

    ELLSWORTH — Heidi Grindle, Ellsworth’s city clerk since 2005, has been named Clerk of the Year by the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association. “I had no idea that I had been nominated,” said Grindle, who received the prize at the association’s annual meeting this week. “I didn’t even know where to begin or what

  • No injuries in Bucksport Road crash

    No injuries in Bucksport Road crash

    ELLSWORTH — No one was injured in an early afternoon crash on the Bucksport Road on Thursday, said Ellsworth Police Cpl. Shawn Merchant. Merchant said the crash had initially been reported as a head-on collision and that he was glad it hadn’t been worse. The collision occurred around 1:30 p.m. when a truck with the

  • City school enrollment is up

    City school enrollment is up

    ELLSWORTH — Enrollment in the Ellsworth School District is up by 79 students this year, according to reports made to the School Board on Sept. 11. Total enrollment for the district is at 1,374 students, compared to 1,295 in October last year, according to a report to the board from Superintendent Dan Higgins. “Ellsworth is

  • Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    Hancock County rep’s flyer stirs controversy

    ELLSWORTH — A flyer distributed by a group run by state Rep. Larry Lockman (R-Amherst) created controversy when it arrived in the mailboxes of residents in several districts across the state last week, according to a report in the Portland Press Herald. The mailer, from the Maine First Project, accuses Rep. Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham) of

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 13

    ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth man was arrested after allegedly punching and kicking his girlfriend during an argument on Sept. 7, according to a report of the incident. The woman reported the abuse to police two days later, at which point officers observed that she had “a wound on her right eye in the process of

  • Walmart planning $1.43M project

    Walmart planning $1.43M project

    ELLSWORTH — Walmart is slated for an estimated $1.43 million worth of alterations, according to permits issued by the city’s Code Enforcement Office. The store is one of six locations, including Augusta, Brewer, Brunswick, Sanford and Scarborough, that will undergo renovations this year, according to a statement from the company. The company plans to add

  • City has several options for ambulance service

    City has several options for ambulance service

    ELLSWORTH — As the city of Ellsworth wrestles with how to provide emergency medical services to its citizens, there are several options to consider. The city’s model for the last few decades — a private ambulance company serving a region — is actually one of the rarest in the state, according to data from the

  • Home prices are up in city

    Home prices are up in city

    ELLSWORTH — The median sales price of a single-family home in Ellsworth has risen over $20,000 since 2016, according to data provided to The Ellsworth American by the Maine Association of Realtors. The median price of a home in Bar Harbor, by contrast, has fallen nearly $40,000 since 2016 (although, at $320,000, it is still

  • Airbnb revenues and rentals up in Hancock County

    Airbnb revenues and rentals up in Hancock County

    ELLSWORTH — Bar Harbor and Ellsworth were among the top five most popular destinations for visitors using the home-sharing site Airbnb this summer, according to data released by the company this week. Revenue for hosts was higher in both municipalities than the statewide average between May 25 and Sept. 3. A typical Bar Harbor host

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 6

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Sept. 6

    ELLSWORTH — Thefts kept officers busy in the past week. A business reported a theft on Sunday. Officer Steve Mahon is investigating. On Sunday, police arrested Jonathan Garland, 45, of Ellsworth on one count each of burglary and theft. The charges stem from a July incident. On Aug. 28, officers issued a summons to a