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MSAD 58 budget passes

In the MSAD 58 towns Avon, Kingfield, Phillips and Strong, the majority of the voters cast ballots in favor of a $9.74 million budget for K-12 education. That budget represents an increase of $329,578 in expenditures over the current fiscal year, or 3.5 percent. It is projected to result in $291,000 in additional local assessment, […]

Update: Route 4 reopened

[Update 6:12 p.m.] – Per the Franklin County Regional Communications Center, Route 4 has been reopened. PHILLIPS – Route 4 is closed this afternoon, after heavy rain caused a washout. According to the Franklin County Regional Communications Center, Route 4 has been closed on Blake Hill, near the intersection with Pinkham Hill Road. Water is […]

New joint project announced for artists, photographers

RANGELEY – The Artists Trail is a new project of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Friends of the Arts which designates 15 specific scenic sites to introduce the unique and rugged beauty of the Rangeley Lakes Region to artists of all genres. The Trail is also supported by a grant from the […]

MSAD 58 board sends $9.76 million budget to the voters

PHILLIPS  – The Maine School Administrative District 58 school board unanimously approved sending a $9.76 million budget to district voters Thursday evening, with a district-wide meeting scheduled for May 28. The $9,758,214 budget for fiscal year 2019-20 includes $17,620 for adult education. The K-12 budget, at $9.74 million, would represent an increase of $329,578 in […]

Phillips officials discuss flood safety

PHILLIPS – Local officials are asking residents to keep an eye on the Sandy River and associated streams this spring, as a heavier-than-typical snowpack has led to concerns about potential flooding. Regional Emergency Management Agency personnel met with town officials recently to discuss the issue, which remains a potential issue, rather than an active one. […]

New Vineyard man sentenced to 13 years on drug, firearm charges

BANGOR – A New Vineyard man that fatally shot an intruder two-and-a-half years ago at a Rangeley residence was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison on drug and firearm charges in U.S. District Court yesterday. Jordan Richard, 26 of New Vineyard, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, a Class C felony, and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a Class A felony. Those guilty pleas were entered in June 2018, relating to a shooting incident that occurred in July 2016 in Rangeley on Main Street. According to a court document detailing the U.S.

Snodeo 2019: It takes loose screws

RANGELEY – Snowmobiles outnumbered cars this weekend with thousands of spectators, racers, jumpers and their families filling downtown Rangeley. The annual Snodeo weekend celebrated 36 years on Saturday, highlighting all things snowmobile with races, stunts, perfectly groomed trails, local sales and more. Organized by the Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club and the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce, […]

Snodeo bringing all things snowmobile to Rangeley later this month

RANGELEY – The region’s premier snowmobiling event kicks off later this month, with races and exhibitions scheduled for Jan. 24 through Jan. 26. Events on Thursday, Jan

Boston Post Cane awarded to former Phillips Town Manager

PHILLIPS – The Boston Post Cane has a new owner this week, after the former town manager and 96-year-old resident received the walking stick Friday afternoon. Laura Toothaker, 96, received Phillips’ Boston Post Cane in recognition for being the town’s oldest resident. Several hundred of the walking stick-styled canes were given to towns across New […]

Phillips man sentenced to 10 years for unlawful sexual contact

FARMINGTON – A Phillips man received a partially-suspended, 10-year prison sentence Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court, having previously pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual contact with two juveniles. Michael Harriman, 28 of Phillips, pleaded to two counts of unlawful sexual contact, both Class B felonies, on May 7. That arranged plea included a jointly-recommended […]

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