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  • Toddler’s death remains a mystery one year later

    Toddler’s death remains a mystery one year later

    BUCKSPORT — The death of 2-year-old Kloe Hawksley, which investigators have ruled a homicide, remains unsolved. Today is the one-year anniversary of Kloe’s passing. She died at her Central Street home Oct. 18, 2017, according to investigators. No one has been charged. The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit ruled Kloe’s death a homicide last

  • Lobster exports decline sharply as tariffs kick in

    Lobster exports decline sharply as tariffs kick in

    ELLSWORTH — Some say trade wars are easy to win, but every war has its casualties. According to trade figures just published by NOAA Fisheries, the lobster industry may be one of them. In June, the United States exported to China nearly 1.6 million pounds of live lobster worth $11.7 million. In July, live lobster

  • Councilors approve plan to house ambulances at City Hall

    Councilors approve plan to house ambulances at City Hall

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors voted 6-1 Monday to move forward with plans to provide space for two ambulances and four staff members from Northern Light Medical Transport (formerly Capital Ambulance). The vehicles and crew will be housed at the Ellsworth Fire Department this winter. Councilor Bob Crosthwaite opposed the plan without commenting. He has previously

  • EHS students to head to Galápagos Islands

    EHS students to head to Galápagos Islands

    ELLSWORTH — If all goes as planned, Ellsworth High School students will have the chance to follow in Charles Darwin’s footsteps. At a meeting on Oct. 9, the Ellsworth School Board approved an 11-day trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands in June 2020. “It’s a very unique opportunity,” Ellsworth High School Spanish teacher Carolyn

  • Prescription drug take-back events scheduled Oct. 27

    Prescription drug take-back events scheduled Oct. 27

    ELLSWORTH — In observance of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 27, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office will host a drug take-back event in collaboration with Ellsworth Police Department, the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Acadia. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce,

  • This could mean a tough winter ahead for low-income residents

    This could mean a tough winter ahead for low-income residents

    ELLSWORTH — As the leaves turn and the air gets chilly, Maine residents ponder how much it will cost to heat their homes. With heating costs rising, the answer seems to be a lot more than last winter. According to the Governor’s Energy Office, prices for heating oil, kerosene and propane are all up significantly.

  • City Council candidates campaign on taxes, public safety

    City Council candidates campaign on taxes, public safety

    ELLSWORTH — Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Ellsworth City Council this year, seeking to replace councilors Steve Beathem and Robert Crosthwaite, neither of whom is seeking re-election. Three of the four candidates have never held elected office, while one, John Phillips, is deeply familiar with the council, having served as a

  • Franklin girl wins Scouting Medal of Honor

    Franklin girl wins Scouting Medal of Honor

    SULLIVAN — A year ago, 11 year old Julyanna Damon of Franklin did something quite remarkable. “Oct. 7 of last year, Julyanna’s mother, Amanda, was having a seizure. Julyanna reacted quickly and called for friends to come, then called 911,” said Althea Christiansen, Julyanna’s Girl Scout troop leader. “Her mom was eventually airlifted down to

  • Engine shortage slows pace of boatbuilding

    Engine shortage slows pace of boatbuilding

    LAMOINE — Seated behind the desk in his office, boatbuilder Stewart Workman seemed pretty relaxed for a businessman with a big problem that seems to be growing worse. Workman owns SW Boatworks, the builder of some of the most popular boats used in the Maine lobster fleet. The company’s boats, drawn by two iconic Downeast