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  • Flu hitting area hard this winter

    Flu hitting area hard this winter

    ELLSWORTH — With apologies to Nyquil, the sniffling, sneezing, aching, coughing, stuffy-head, fever season is here. Illnesses, including influenza but other viruses as well, are spreading around Hancock County, particularly in area schools. Surry Elementary School students and teachers were stricken with a fever and cough earlier this month. “On Tuesday, January 14, we started

  • Man who shot father  to serve 10 years

    Man who shot father to serve 10 years

    ELLSWORTH — A Richmond man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for aggravated assault in the shooting of his father last spring at the family’s camp in Township 28. A sentencing hearing was held Jan. 22 in Hancock County Superior Court. Christopher Laliberte’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Toothaker of Ellsworth, said he has

  • Overdose deaths on the rise statewide

    Overdose deaths on the rise statewide

    ELLSWORTH — The number of overdose deaths in Maine in 2019 was on track to exceed 2018, according to data released last week by the state. In Hancock County, five deaths between January and September were attributed to drug overdoses, half the number compared to 2018, according to the numbers. Statewide in that time frame,

  • Fire damages city home

    Fire damages city home

    ELLSWORTH — Several area fire departments, including Ellsworth, responded to a fire on Lincoln Street around 11 a.m. Saturday after a passer-by noticed flames coming out of a single-family house and called emergency responders, Ellsworth Fire Department Chief Richard Tupper said. “We had a fairly quick response because it’s fairly close,” Tupper said. “They were

  • Former Blue Hill doctor surrenders his license

    BLUE HILL — A former Blue Hill physician who was convicted of a drug offense in Maryland has permanently surrendered his Maine medical license, according to a press release from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine. Brandt Rice had started a fee-for-service family practice, Coastal Family Medicine, in 2009 next to the Blue Hill

  • Recycling options vary throughout Hancock County

    Recycling options vary throughout Hancock County

    ELLSWORTH — Is my town still recycling? Where is it going? If I put this milk jug in the recycling bin, will it really get recycled? In recent years, the answers to those questions have become less clear. New technologies have come online and communities are attempting to respond to fluctuating markets. So what’s the

  • Affidavit inconsistency cited in review of former teacher’s sex assault case

    Affidavit inconsistency cited in review of former teacher’s sex assault case

    ELLSWORTH — A defense attorney cited an inconsistency in a detective’s arrest warrant affidavit as grounds for dismissal of charges against a former Tremont Consolidated School teacher who was convicted of gross sexual assault of a student. Attorney David Weyrens of the Portland firm Hallett Whipple Weyrens submitted final arguments in Hancock County Superior Court

  • Lyme disease cases hit all-time high

    Lyme disease cases hit all-time high

    ELLSWORTH — The number of cases of Lyme disease reported to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reached a record high in 2019. Hancock County has experienced a more than fivefold increase in the number of cases reported compared to a decade earlier, according to data released by the center last week.