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  • Sheriff’s Office to  hire another deputy

    Sheriff’s Office to hire another deputy

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has gotten a green light to hire an additional deputy in the wake of a Maine State Police announcement that the agency would reduce its participation in a local call-sharing agreement. The Hancock County Budget Advisory Committee at its Oct. 9 meeting voted unanimously to add $52,000 to

  • OUI test suppressed

    OUI test suppressed

    ELLSWORTH — A judge has ruled a blood test taken from the defendant in an Eastbrook manslaughter case inadmissible as evidence because police did not obtain a warrant to draw the suspect’s blood nor have her express consent to the test. Maine Superior Court Justice Bruce C. Mallonee on Friday issued his ruling on Bangor

  • Lamoine to vote on proposed solar farm

    Lamoine to vote on proposed solar farm

    LAMOINE — Solar energy projects have been springing up across Maine over the past year, and Lamoine may be next. The town will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday night for residents to vote on whether to allow the Board of Selectmen to enter into an agreement with the California-based SunPower Corp. to

  • Newcomers win  in Bucksport  Council race

    Newcomers win in Bucksport Council race

    BUCKSPORT — Residents Tuesday voted a slate of newcomers to the Town Council. With nearly 27 percent of registered voters turning out, former longtime town clerk Kathy Downes took the most votes of any candidate — 793 — for a three-year seat on the council. Joining Downes on the board filling another three-year seat is

  • Smooth sailing for state ballot questions

    Smooth sailing for state ballot questions

    ELLSWORTH — Voters in Ellsworth and Fletchers Landing were in line with the rest of Hancock County and the state on Nov. 5, voting 69 percent in favor of a $105-million transportation bond. The same percentage cast votes in favor of amending the state constitution to allow persons with disabilities to sign petitions in an

  • Three elected to City Council

    Three elected to City Council

    ELLSWORTH — The results are in: there will be two new faces and one familiar one at next month’s City Council meeting. Incumbent Marc Blanchette, pharmacist Robert Miller and physician’s assistant Michelle Kaplan all won election Tuesday, beating brewer Edward Kamin III and cement worker Gene Lyons. Out of the 3,140 votes cast for council

  • Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    Lobstermen unhappy with DMR’s alternative whale protection proposal

    ELLSWORTH — Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher met with a group of roughly 75 lobstermen and lobster industry representatives at The Grand Monday evening to discuss proposed measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. Keliher was on hand to explain a plan that the state will file with the National Marine Fisheries

  • City considering allowing boats at marina year-round

    City considering allowing boats at marina year-round

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors are considering opening Ellsworth’s marina for year-round use, but not until they see a lot more information. That was the word after a council meeting on Oct. 21 in which interim Harbormaster Chad Brackett came to councilors with a proposal from the Harbor Commission to extend the boating season past Oct.

  • High winds knock out power to thousands

    High winds knock out power to thousands

    ELLSWORTH — High winds snarled through Maine Thursday night, downing trees and power lines and leaving more than 115,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. As of 10:45 a.m., Emera Maine was reporting 50,643 of its customers were without power statewide. Central Maine Power (CMP) was reporting 68,494 customers without power statewide as