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]
  • Home prices continue to rise; housing stock is low

    Home prices continue to rise; housing stock is low

    ELLSWORTH —The housing market is tight and getting tighter, according to recently released numbers from the Maine Association of Realtors. There are fewer homes on the market compared to the same time last year, and this is leading to flat sales and high prices, both in Hancock County and around the state. “Realtors from all

  • Tammy Mote to return as deputy city manager

    Tammy Mote to return as deputy city manager

    ELLSWORTH — Tammy Mote will return to City Hall as deputy city manager, City Manager David Cole announced at a City Council meeting on Monday evening. Mote left her post as Ellsworth’s finance director and deputy city manager in February to take a job with First National Bank. Mote will receive a salary of $85,000

  • City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    City Council OKs $21-million for city schools

    ELLSWORTH — The City Council on Monday unanimously approved the Ellsworth School Department’s $21.37-million budget for the 2018-19 school year. The overall budget, including adult education, is up 3.43 percent over this year’s, or $708,099. Taxpayers in Ellsworth will be asked for 2.45 percent more than in 2017, or $272,711, to fund the local share

  • New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    New principal at Ellsworth K-8 school announced

    ELLSWORTH — Cheers went up at a meeting of the Ellsworth School Board on Tuesday evening after Superintendent Dan Higgins announced Erica Gabbianelli as the new principal of the Ellsworth Middle School. Gabbianelli will succeed Jim Newett, who is retiring in June after serving in the position for 29 years. Gabbianelli “impressed the interview committee

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 24

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of May 24

    ELLSWORTH —  “No threats were made towards the school” in a text message “shooting threat” between several students at Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School, Police Chief Glenn Moshier said. Four students from the school told police that another student had “threatened to shoot them” via text, according to a report of the incident made on May 18.

  • Children removed from home due to alleged abuse of boy

    Children removed from home due to alleged abuse of boy

    ELLSWORTH — Three children have been removed from a residence on State Street following allegations of abuse. Ellsworth police visited the home after receiving a referral from the District Attorney’s Office alleging physical abuse of the oldest child, a 12-year-old boy. According to a May 18 police report, the boy’s mother had “thrown things and

  • Ellsworth chosen as “Opportunity Zone”

    Ellsworth chosen as “Opportunity Zone”

    ELLSWORTH — Ellsworth was the only municipality in Hancock County selected as one of Maine’s 32 Opportunity Zones by Governor Paul LePage, according to an announcement made Monday by the Governor’s office. The federal Opportunity Zone program targets capital gains, which are profits from the sale of stock or other assets. There’s a lot of