Stephen Betts

Rockland Bureau

Nancy Winslow shows a photo of the bench that was at the Lura Libby School in Thomaston but went missing shortly after school closed in June. The bench was designed and crafted in memory of her husband Richard Winslow who died last year.

Disappearance of school bench dedicated to late custodian confounds community

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 20, 2016, at 3:08 p.m.
A handcrafted cherry wood bench dedicated in honor of a longtime school custodian and bus driver has gone missing from the Lura Libby School.
A 31-foot lobster boat owned by Todd Nickles was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Battery blamed for fire that destroyed Owls Head lobster boat

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 18, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.
A fire that destroyed a lobster boat Sunday morning has been ruled accidental.
A footbridge will be erected within the next few weeks over the outlet of Lindsey Brook in downtown Rockland, connecting the southern section of the Rockland Harbor Trail with the northern section. Stephen Betts|BDN

Donation to bridge gap in Rockland’s Harbor Trail

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
The largest donation the city has received will help bridge a gap in the Rockland Harbor Trail.
A 31-foot lobster boat owned by Todd Nickles was destroyed by fire Saturday night.

Fire destroys Owls Head lobster boat

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 17, 2016, at 4:35 p.m.
Nickles said he does not believe it was intentionally set.
Retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Paul Dilger addresses a gathering Thursday for the renaming of Tillson Avenue in Rockland on behalf of the Coast Guard and the late Ken Black who was known as "Mr. Lighthouse."

Rockland honors Coast Guard, ‘Mr.Lighthouse’ with new street name

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 14, 2016, at 4:03 p.m.
Rockland renamed one of its streets after both the Coast Guard and one of its former members known as “Mr. Lighthouse.”
The Mid-Coast School of Technology can be seen in Rockland in this February 2016 file photo.

Technical school proposal casts shadow on midcoast bond issues

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 13, 2016, at 6 p.m.
“One of the concerns is always what is the appetite of taxpayers to take on more taxes.”
Cameraman Glen Mordeci (foreground) and assistant cameraman Sam Bradley film exterior shots at the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland, Feb. 26, 2016. The Trade Winds will be featured in an upcoming segment of the Travel Channel show "Hotel Impossible."

Rockland reluctant to renew license for inn that appeared on ‘Hotel Impossible’

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 13, 2016, at 4 p.m.
“I have a problem giving you an extension. You have embarrassed Rockland nationally, and I am not inclined to do anything extra for you,” one councilor said.
Beverly and David Worthington, who have established an annual gift of scholarships for any Oceanside High School graduate who maintains strong grades, can be seen recently in Rockland.

Benefactors seek to expand Knox County scholarship program

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 12, 2016, at 5 p.m.
A seasonal South Thomaston couple is expanding their efforts to encourage students in Knox County to further their education after high school.

Grandmother admits to buying liquor that nearly killed two teenagers

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:39 a.m.
The girls — one 14 years old at the time and the other 13 — were treated for acute alcohol poisoning.

Rockland councilors wrestle over lawmaking process, agree to change

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 07, 2016, at 12:14 p.m.
Rockland is in desperate need of more affordable housing, but Councilor Valli Geiger said her efforts to get local legislation passed to encourage residential development have been thwarted thus far.
George Hamilton of Portland Glass removes framing for a window on Aug. 11 at Oceanside High School in Rockland. The 54-year-old school is undergoing significant repairs this fall and next year.

Divided Rockland-area board postpones decision on school renovations

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 06, 2016, at 8:55 p.m.
The Rockland-area school board is divided on the extent of additions to its high school and middle school and ended up Thursday night postponing action until next month.

Creation of public transport system stalls in Knox County

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 06, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
There remain significant hurdles to the creation of a public transportation system in Knox County despite the need for the service.
Owls Head maintained that it has an easement along this paved area parallel to the shore, which can be seen in Owls Head in October 2014. The U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition by the New York couple, which claimed the paved area was their driveway, to have the high court hear their appeal of a Maine supreme court decision issued in December 2015.

US Supreme Court refuses to hear case over access to Owls Head beach

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 05, 2016, at 2:37 p.m.
A five-year legal battle by a New York couple who tried to block public access over their property to Rockland Harbor has ended.

Experts offer safety tips in wake of Rockland kidnapping

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 05, 2016, at 6:26 a.m.
Public safety officials are offering advice and self-defense classes after last week’s random kidnapping of a Rockland woman.
Tony Hooper (right) speaks with Celia Crie Knight of Knight Marine Service of Rockland as his lobster boat Liberty is hauled in for repairs on Monday afternoon in Rockland. Liberty has been intentionally sunk three times in the past six weeks off Port Clyde.

Reward offered to solve lobster boat sinking case

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 7:44 p.m.
Maine’s Operation Game Thief is offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the repeated sinking of a lobster boat in Port Clyde.
Rockland firefighters fought a blaze that destroyed a house at 29 James St.

Homeowner charged in fire that damaged Rockland house

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:59 a.m.
A Rockland woman has been charged with setting a fire that heavily damaged her home last month.

Rockland city council debate set for Oct. 19

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
Dennis Dechaine, who is serving a life sentence in Maine State Prison for the 1988 murder of Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin, appears in Cumberland County Superior Court on November 7, 2013.

Federal appeals court rejects Dechaine appeal

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 04, 2016, at 11:02 a.m.
Convicted child killer Dennis Dechaine lost another appeal Monday in his efforts for a new trial.

Driver in police chase claims motorcycle reached 170 mph

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:56 p.m.
A Waldoboro man made his initial court appearance Monday on charges that he led police on a high-speed chase last month in which he claims his motorcycle reached 170 miles per hour.

Panel calls for $7 million in Rockland-area school additions

By Stephen Betts on Oct. 03, 2016, at 3:38 p.m.
The Rockland-area school board is being urged to approve a scaled back, $7 million option for renovating its high school and middle school.