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 schools tighten security

    Ellsworth schools tighten security

    ELLSWORTH — The last weeks of August are often a scramble to squeeze in one last beach day between gathering clothes and supplies. But for many, the excitement that accompanies the back-to-school shuffle has in recent years been tinged with anxiety for parents who can’t help but wonder: how safe are my kids at school?

  • County Ambulance to close August 31

    County Ambulance to close August 31

    ELLSWORTH — County Ambulance will shut down on Aug. 31 after 45 years serving Ellsworth and surrounding towns. “It’s been a long run, a good run,” said John Partridge, the company’s owner, who notified the city of his intentions on Monday and the state on Tuesday. “It’s time for me to move on. There’s no

  • City awards paving contract to Winterport company

    City awards paving contract to Winterport company

    ELLSWORTH — At a meeting of the City Council on Monday evening, councilors voted to award a bid for the city’s paving services to Winterport-based Wellman Paving Inc., a change from past years, when the city has gone with Lane Construction Corp. Wellman’s bid came in the lowest out of the four, at $310,314, which

  • Demolition plan for old fire house

    Demolition plan for old fire house

    ELLSWORTH — The former Ticonic 4 Engine House, also known as the community building at Ellsworth Falls, may be torn down in the coming months. This is according to city Code Enforcement Officer Dwight Tilton and emails sent by Rick Harnum, senior vice president of Webber Group, which owns the property. Webber has not yet

  • Author dives into the world of seaweed in new book

    Author dives into the world of seaweed in new book

    SURRY — Susan Hand Shetterly speaks the way that she writes: in spare, lyrical prose. Her voice is soft until a question or an idea excites her, when her timbre deepens and the edges of her words sharpen. Right now Shetterly is speaking excitedly about seaweed. Her most recent book, “Seaweed Chronicles: A World at

  • Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 23

    Ellsworth Police Log Week of Aug. 23

    ELLSWORTH — A man struck the side of another car with a hammer in a road rage incident on Aug. 19, according to a police report of the incident. Police said a New Jersey resident reported that a gray jeep with Massachusetts license plates “passed them aggressively and brake checked them repeatedly” coming into Ellsworth

  • City’s economic development director to retire

    City’s economic development director to retire

    ELLSWORTH — Micki Sumpter will retire from her position as economic development director beginning in October, according to a memo this week from City Manager David Cole. Sumpter will stay with the city on a part-time, temporary basis through June 2019 to assist with the transition, Cole wrote in the memo. Sumpter stepped into the

  • Community Closet eases the burden of back-to-school shopping

    Community Closet eases the burden of back-to-school shopping

    ELLSWORTH — Residents of Hancock County and beyond packed the parking lot of Eastward Plaza on Aug. 16 for back-to-school shopping. But this wasn’t any back-to-school event: most of the items were free, or available for a $1 donation. Many of the clothes items were new with tags still on, and children could choose backpacks,

  • Federal government announces reduction in Canadian newsprint tariffs

    ELLSWORTH — The U.S. Commerce Department announced last week that it would lower tariffs on Canadian newsprint imposed in January. But some industry representatives worry that the decision may be too late to help newspapers struggling with the increased costs. Many of those papers have already cut back pages and laid off employees. The department