• How safe are our schools?

    How safe are our schools?

    ELLSWORTH — Amidst the now all-too-familiar vigils and media analysis in the wake of the shooting in Parkland, Fla., many in the area are asking the question: Are our schools safe? School officials and law enforcement say they’re doing everything possible to make sure that’s the case. But Police Chief Glenn Moshier and School Superintendent

  • Student notes

    Maine Maritime Academy recently announced its dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester. Students named to the dean’s list have earned a grade point average of 3.3 or above on a 4.0 scale. The following students from Hancock County were named to the list: Spencer Baron, Mariaville; Tyler Brenton, Penobscot; Maximilian Bueche, Southwest Harbor; Dylan

  • Siblings finish first and second in county spelling bee

    Siblings finish first and second in county spelling bee

    HANCOCK — Members of the Aponte family have pretty much reigned most years at the Hancock County Spelling Bee. Even so, Advaith Nair was feeling confident. “Vulnerable,” “plausible,” “teriyaki,” “omnipotent” — he’d spelled all of these words correctly. He was in the 10th round of the Hancock County Spelling Bee, and for four rounds, he’d

  • Discussion to focus on future of Penobscot school

    PENOBSCOT — A public discussion will be held at the Penobscot Community School on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. (snow date Feb. 8) to look at findings of a recently completed school sustainment study. The town’s School Sustainment Team will summarize its report on options to increase enrollment, reduce school costs and respond to

  • Ellsworth students expelled for pot-laced candies

    Ellsworth students expelled for pot-laced candies

    ELLSWORTH — Three students accused of bringing marijuana-laced candies to school on the morning of Jan. 2 have been expelled “indefinitely,” Ellsworth School Superintendent Dan Higgins confirmed on Friday. The students, two from Ellsworth and one from Waltham, were charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule Z drugs after another student came forward and alerted School

  • RSU 24 vision for high school shared in report

    RSU 24 vision for high school shared in report

    SULLIVAN — If the community has its say, the new high school in Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) is an opportunity to reshape the education of students in that district. Community members from RSU 24 have weighed in with their hopes and advice for school board officials over the past few months. Education consultant