Stephen Betts

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Rockland OKs budget with no tax increase from city spending

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 8:13 p.m.
The Rockland City Council made swift work Wednesday evening in giving unanimous approval to a 2015-2016 municipal budget that would not require any additional property taxes. The budget, however, cuts several positions, including ones that would end the city-run Recreation Department. Councilor Larry Pritchett said councilors want …

Police believe rock that killed motorist on Route 17 fell from trunk of car

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 6:31 p.m.
HOPE | Police believe that a 6-8-inch diameter rock that went through a windshield, killing the driver in an accident on June 9, fell off the trunk of another car. The suspect car was impounded last week after police reviewed video recorded by surveillance cameras at businesses along Route …
Heavy rains turned the dirt in the parking area at the Camden Snow Bowl into mud, with silt flowing into adjacent Hosmer Pond in Camden.

Neighbor says erosion from Camden ski area threatens pond

By Stephen Betts on June 24, 2015, at 12:52 p.m.
The volunteer monitor for Hosmer Pond said more than a year after concerns first were voiced to the town and state that erosion from construction at the Camden Snow Bowl continues to dump silt into the popular body of water. “The pond is suffering,” Leigh Schneller Sligh, …

Rockland-area school board seeks input from community leaders

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 5:55 p.m.
The Rockland-area school superintendent has invited municipal leaders from the five district communities to attend a meeting next week as the school system attempts for a second time to get a budget adopted for 2015-2016. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, and will …

Midcoast-area school district drops incentive pay for teachers

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 12:41 p.m.
UNION | An experiment tying teacher pay, in part, to student performance has been dropped by a midcoast-area school district. The Regional School Unit 40 board approved a three-year labor contract at its Thursday evening meeting that covers about 200 teachers and drops the performance incentives from the previous …
Harold Wilson

Veteran educator Harold Wilson remembered as caring first about students

By Stephen Betts on June 23, 2015, at 11:36 a.m.
ST. GEORGE | Harold Wilson was a highly educated man who grew up on fishing boats and knew how to work hard with his hands. Those qualities and experiences allowed him to relate to students, said Medomak Valley Principal Andrew Cavanaugh. Wilson died Monday, a little more than four …
The driver of the Chevy Tahoe that is off the road suffered an apparent broken ankle after a two-car crash Monday afternoon on the Rockland section of Route 90.

Rockland crash injures two

By Stephen Betts on June 22, 2015, at 8:36 p.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital Monday afternoon in a head-on crash. A 2013 Chevy Malibu was heading west on Route 90 at about 4:45 p.m. when driver Judith Harrington, 42, of Warren attempted to make a left turn into the parking lot of Prince’s Furniture, …

Former employee accused of stealing from The Home Depot in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on June 22, 2015, at 5:08 p.m.
A Searsmont man has been accused of scamming his former employer out of nearly $20,000 in merchandise. Kenneth Cox, 45, was charged with felony theft, according to court papers filed last week in Knox County Unified Court. Rockland police Detective Joel Neal said Cox had worked at …
This waterfront property in Owls Head, that was valued by the town at nearly $500,000, was sold by the state for $205,000 while its owner was in a psychiatric hospital.

State claims immunity in lawsuit over sale of oceanfront house, killing of cat

By Stephen Betts on June 22, 2015, at 11:22 a.m.
ROCKLAND | The state is asserting that it has immunity from claims that it sold the house of a Rockland man in its care for substantially less than its value, euthanized his cat and improperly sold off many of his personal belongings. The motion for summary judgment in the …

Rockland council to consider union, YMCA deals

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 4:50 p.m.
The Rockland City Council has scheduled a series of closed-door meetings for next week to discuss a variety of matters including the pending negotiations with the YMCA about operating the city’s recreation programs. The council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Three …

Warren man accused of assaulting child

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 12:07 p.m.
A 40-year-old Warren man is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon after being accused of assaulting an 8-year-old boy. David L. Trask was arrested Wednesday night and charged with domestic violence assault by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to the Knox …

State seeks bids to operate rail line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 10:59 a.m.
The state is seeking proposals from companies to operate the railroad line that runs from Brunswick to Rockland. The proposals are to include bids on possible year-round passenger service from Rockland to Brunswick to connect to the Amtrak trains. For the past two years, the state has …
Evan Coleman of Rockland Energy Center speaks at a City Council meeting in Rockland in this May 2015 file photo.

Natural gas plant developer studying multiple Rockland sites

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 10:34 a.m.
The company that has proposed building a natural gas-fired power plant where City Hall is located is taking a detailed look at other possible locations in the community. Rockland Energy Center Inc. has proposed building a $200 million, 76-megawatt combined cycle cogeneration plant that would generate electricity …
Regional School Unit 13 Board Chairman Steve Roberts, left, and Superintendent John McDonald listen Thursday night to debate on the 2015-2016 budget.

Rockland area school system sets budget schedule

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 10:18 a.m.
The Rockland area school district has set its schedule for trying for the second time to get a 2015-2016 budget approved by voters. Residents in the five communities of Regional School Unit 13 rejected the proposed $25.9 million budget by a vote of 793 to 524 at …
Rockland Harbormaster Ed Glaser

Rockland harbor master back at work after forced leave

By Stephen Betts on June 19, 2015, at 9:06 a.m.
Harbor Master Ed Glaser was back at work Friday morning after being placed on paid leave Monday. Glaser declined comment, other than to say he had met with City Manager James Chaousis on Thursday and was back at work Friday. The city manager declined to discuss why …

Solar power project to cut electric bill at Camden high school

By Stephen Betts on June 18, 2015, at 3:26 p.m.
ROCKPORT | The Five-Town Community School District Board approved Wednesday night a solar power project for the high school that will continue to reduce the electrical costs for the complex. Facilities Director Keith Rose said the goal of students is for Camden Hills Regional High School to become self …

Merger of Pen Bay and Waldo County healthcare boards to require state OK

By Stephen Betts on June 18, 2015, at 2:21 p.m.
A proposal by representatives of Pen Bay Healthcare and Waldo County Healthcare to form a new parent company to oversee hospitals and related organizations in Knox and Waldo counties must go through a formal certificate of need process. The two organizations announced a month ago their plan to merge the …

Rockland Golf Club reviewing housing development plan

By Stephen Betts on June 18, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.
The Rockland Golf Club is reviewing a past proposal that would have created 20 homes on a parcel of land it owns on the edge of the 18-hole course. John Spear, a member of the Rockland Golf Club board of directors, met last week with the city’s …
Ed Glaser

Two city workers placed on leave in Rockland

By Stephen Betts on June 17, 2015, at 8:02 p.m.
The city’s longtime harbor master has been put on paid leave while a transfer station worker who has been with the city since 1963 also has been put on leave by the city manager. Harbor Master Ed Glaser said he was placed on leave on Monday by …
Camden police say this man named Jon who went missing Monday has been found safe.

Camden police say NY man found safe

By Stephen Betts on June 17, 2015, at 5:52 p.m.
Local police say a New York man who went missing Monday has been found safe. Police did not release any additional details. The adult male, whom police only identified as Jon, left abruptly from a local hotel at 10 a.m. Monday. His family was concerned about his …
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