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]
  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 18

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 18

    ELLSWORTH — Police were called to the parking lot of the Primavera Restaurant & Inn on Jan. 10 after a concerned citizen noticed a dog in a parked car on a chilly day. The temperature at the time was just below freezing, according to police, who found the dog “fine and not in distress.” The

  • Federal waffling on pot creates state headaches

    Federal waffling on pot creates state headaches

    ELLSWORTH — In a move that has created angst for state and local officials, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded hands-off Obama-era guidance on prosecutors’ handling of marijuana cases. The move by the Attorney General comes as the state continues to craft legislation after voters approved a 2016 measure legalizing retail sales. At

  • Council approves street repairs, appoints interim finance director

    Council approves street repairs, appoints interim finance director

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted Monday to approve the next step in the funding process for repairs to several city streets via a $1.1-million bond anticipation note. The projects include paving on Bayside Road and reconstruction of the Water Street parking lot. The largest chunk of the funds, $700,000, will go to drainage reconstruction and

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 11

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Jan. 11

    ELLSWORTH — Heavy blowing snow and slippery conditions contributed to numerous vehicles off the roads this past week. Police responded to stranded motorists on the Bucksport Road and at Kingsland Crossing during Thursday’s snowstorm, which produced whiteout conditions. Temperatures below zero and in the single digits over the weekend meant icy roads had little chance

  • Pot-laced candies at EHS lead to charges

    Pot-laced candies at EHS lead to charges

    ELLSWORTH — A report of marijuana-laced Jolly Ranchers prompted an investigation and ultimately led to charges against three Ellsworth High School students and one former student, police said. Fifteen-year-old boys from Ellsworth and Waltham and a 14-year-old boy from Ellsworth, along with Adam Bradshaw, 19, of Ellsworth, were each charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule

  • Why doesn’t The Grand show new releases? We asked

    Why doesn’t The Grand show new releases? We asked

    ELLSWORTH — Nick Turner, executive director of The Grand, knows residents want to watch young Rey wield her light saber on the big screen during “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “I’d love that!” he exclaims. “Why doesn’t The Grand show first-run movies? It’s been a common question ever since I arrived, especially since the mall

  • Construction begun on new “workforce housing” project

    ELLSWORTH — Although the final papers won’t be signed until next month, construction has begun on the 50-unit “workforce housing” development on Washington Street behind Renys, where crews have been moving dirt and burning brush over the past two weeks. The project is a joint venture of Manx Development LLC and the Portland-based Developers Collaborative,

  • Holiday sales please retailers

    Holiday sales please retailers

    ELLSWORTH — Despite back-to-back storms over the holidays, area residents were not deterred from doing their shopping at local businesses. “I think that there’s so much momentum behind people trying to stay local it’s really been a situation where downtown is kind of winning,” said Cara Romano, executive director of Heart of Ellsworth. Although it’s