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Maine emergency officials discuss Lac-Megantic response
Tim Hardy was asleep in his camp at 3:30 a.m. on July 6 when he got the call from a customs official at the country's border with Quebec: A major train derailment and explosion had happened in Lac-Megantic, 30 miles over the border.
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Franklin County leaders adopt Maine High Peaks logo as regional brand
Future visitors to Saddleback Mountain or Flagstaff Lake won't say they are planning vacations to the specific sites, they'll be going to the Maine High Peaks and its attractions.
7 hrs ago
Emergency officials reflect on lessons learned from Lac-Megantic
Emergency responders from Maine and Canada gathered in Augusta Wednesday to discuss the response to last summer's deadly train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec.
14 hrs ago
Franklin inmates once again going to Somerset jail
But Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols said the situation still does not alleviate problems created by the jail consolidation law that reduced the Franklin County jail to a 72-hour holding facility.
Mon Apr 21, 2014
Drugs, guns and cash seized in Franklin County bust
An Avon man was arrested on felony drug charges Friday following a drug bust by the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.
Nonprofits see municipal funding cut as Franklin County towns face declining revenues
In Strong, United Methodist Economic Ministry, which runs a local food pantry, was granted $1,500 while six other groups were voted down for $2,850 in funding.
Wed Apr 16, 2014
Six indicted on sex crime charges in Franklin County
A grand jury indictment does not mean the defendants were found guilty, but that the jury found there was enough evidence to proceed to trial on the charges.
Franklin County sheriff gets nod for budget, but not for civil deputy
Franklin County commissioners recommended a $1.5 million sheriff's department budget Tuesday, up $2,000 from the year before.
Tue Apr 15, 2014
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Two Kingfield men charged with providing alcohol to teenagers
A pair of Franklin County men are facing charges after two teenagers got into a traffic accident last week after the men provided them with alcohol, police said.
Preventing another rail disaster
In the early morning hours of Saturday, July 6, 2013, a freight train carrying more than 1 million gallons of crude oil was sent hurtling toward Lac-Megantic, a small, picturesque Canadian village located only 30 miles from the Maine border.
Wed Apr 09, 2014
Child in New Sharon reports two adults' overdoses
A child at a New Sharon home potentially saved two adults' lives Tuesday after a presumed heroin overdose by calling a relative who then dialed 911, according to the Maine State Police.
Rangeley fire chief tells U.S. senators more rail hazard training needed
Fire Chief Tim Pellerin said the rail industry did not help first responders trying to extinguish the oil-fueled blaze in Lac-Megantic.
Police seek help identifying suspect in Saddleback theft
The Franklin County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a woman suspected of stealing a backpack with an iPhone, clothing and ski boots.
Fri Apr 04, 2014
Franklin County woman gets 4-plus years for Rangeley pharmacy robbery
A Franklin County woman has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison for robbing a Kingfield pharmacy of prescription medication last year.
Thu Apr 03, 2014
Police: Man stole wrenches from Mardens, ran from officers
A Skowhegan man was arrested Wednesday after shoplifting at Marden's Surplus and Salvage and leading the police on an hour-long chase near Kennedy Memorial Drive.
Tue Apr 01, 2014
Franklin County defense attorneys stop taking sexual assault cases to protest wage
Lawyers, including Walter Hanstein, say a $5 hike in the hourly fee still doesn't cover the cost of defending serious charges.
Mon Mar 31, 2014
Cable blackout could effect Bee Line customers in Franklin, Somerset areas
Cable customers in Franklin and Somerset counties could lose access to certain television channels if the local provider, Bee Line Cable, cannot reach an agreement with programming company Viacom.
Sun Mar 30, 2014
Franklin, Somerset counties get weather warning
The National Weather Service in Gray has issued a weather warning for northern Franklin and central Somerset Counties, to remain in effect through 8 a.m. Monday.
Sat Mar 29, 2014
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Lawyers boycott state-appointed sex assault cases, citing low pay
Two defense lawyers in Franklin County have announced they no longer will take on state-appointed sexual assault cases, in a protest against the state's compensation rate for public defenders.
Wed Mar 26, 2014
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Skowhegan Savings Bank elects directors, corporators
Skowhegan Savings Bank held its 144th annual meeting on March 19, at Margaret Chase Smith Library, with 82 people in attendance.