Mid-Maine

 
Fail Better Farm owner Clayton Carter said recently that the yield of several vegetables was significantly lower due to the drought in Maine.

Weather Service: Current rain won’t cure Maine drought conditions

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell speaks at forum sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches about civil discourse in politics on Thursday in Waterville. More than 100 clergy members from around the state attended.

George Mitchell calls on clergy to model civil discourse in divisive election season

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 20, 2016, at 5:28 p.m.
Former Sen. George Mitchell on Thursday reminded about 100 people at a session on civil discourse that “politics has always been rough and tumble in our country.”

Winthrop man accused of burning down his own home for second time

By Tony Reaves on Oct. 20, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
A local man was charged with burning down his own home early Thursday morning.
Luc Tieman

Autopsy: Fairfield woman wrapped in blanket, buried with note, perfume, chips

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 18, 2016, at 5:09 p.m.
An apologetic note, a bottle of perfume and a bag of potato chips were found under the body of Valerie Tieman.
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The State House shines through the the fog on June 16, 2015.

LePage promised transparency, but multimillion-dollar contract awards remain in the shadows

By Danielle McLean on Oct. 18, 2016, at 6:04 a.m.
It is nearly impossible for Maine residents to know how much state money is being spent on contracted services, which private businesses and nonprofit organizations receive large state contracts, and why those vendors won the work — even though a new state law requires information about competitive contracts to be made public online.
Jordan Agger, 20, was injured Monday morning when her car overturned five times off West River Road in Sidney, police said.

Woman’s car rolls 5 times in Sidney crash

BDN staff reports on Oct. 17, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
A local woman was injured Monday morning when her car overturned five times off West River Road in Sidney, police said.

Multivehicle crash injures 8 in Thorndike

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 16, 2016, at 12:51 p.m.
Eight ambulances and two Lifeflight helicopters were dispatched to Route 220 in Thorndike.

Seat belts save the lives of 2 teens in West Gardiner rollover

By Christopher Burns on Oct. 16, 2016, at 8:17 a.m.
Two minors got an important reminder about why they need to buckle up before hitting the road after seatbelts saved their lives in rollover this weekend.
On Nov. 8, voters in the 2nd Congressional District could be motivated to turnout at a higher rate because of a controversial ballot question that would expand background checks to include all private gun sales and transfers. That could be a deciding factor in whether the 2nd District goes red.

In fight over 2nd District, opposition to Question 3 could boost Republicans

By Christopher Cousins on Oct. 16, 2016, at 7:36 a.m.
Numerous voters in the district say defeating Question 3 will motivate how they approach other contests on the November ballot.
Jacob Vanedestine

Palmyra man arrested on sex charges after alleged assault on 11-year-old girl

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 14, 2016, at 2:42 p.m.
Vanadestine is being held at Somerset County Jail.

Skowhegan educator honored by state officials

By Nick McCrea on Oct. 13, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.
The Maine Department of Education has named a Skowhegan middle school teacher the state’s top educator of 2017.

Two brothers arrested for starting car fire that nearly spread to apartment building

BDN staff reports on Oct. 12, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
Two brothers from Waterville were arrested Tuesday and charged with arson for starting a car fire that nearly spread to a three-unit apartment building.
Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency sort through evidence seized Tuesday at a suspected methamphetamine lab on Route 1A in Fort Fairfield.

MDEA uncovers alleged meth labs in Fort Fairfield, Troy

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 11, 2016, at 6:11 p.m.
The Maine Warden Service on Sunday recovered the body of a man from Madison who died in an apparent ATV crash in Skowhegan.

Madison man found dead after apparent ATV crash in Skowhegan

By Dawn Gagnon on Oct. 09, 2016, at 5:10 p.m.
A 56-year-old man was found dead after an apparent all-terrain vehicle crash, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Bangor Daily News delivery delayed due to press problem

Bangor Daily News on Oct. 08, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
A press problem has delayed delivery of the BDN in Greater Bangor and mid-Maine on Saturday morning, Oct. 8.

Maine finance overseer objects to ‘giveaway’ tax break for wind farm

By Darren Fishell on Oct. 03, 2016, at 4:43 p.m.
David Heidrich urged the Franklin County commissioners to reject the proposal for revising the property tax break.
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The end of the state’s 27 Healthy Maine Partnerships comes as the Maine Department of Health and Human Services changes the way it handles substance use, tobacco and chronic disease prevention, but with little public explanation of the changes it’s making.

Maine dissolves 27 local public health groups with little explanation

By Adanya Lustig, Matthew Stone and Rosie Hughes on Sept. 30, 2016, at 4 p.m.
The LePage administration is undoing a structure created after years of statewide discussion and planning.

Pumpkin Land, site of fatal hayride crash, won’t reopen after all

By Scott Taylor on Sept. 30, 2016, at 1:09 p.m.
“After much discussion with family and staff this week, we have determined that it is best NOT to reopen the fall venue this year.”
One Life Project - Youth Voice.

These are some of the best ways to prevent drug use

on Sept. 30, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
Does your local school know about them?
Joan Smyrski

Maine substance abuse official accused of drunken driving

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Sept. 29, 2016, at 5:19 p.m.
The associate director for treatment and recovery with the Maine Office of Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services has been charged with operating under the influence.