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November referendum: casino struck down, Medicaid expanded

November referendum: casino struck down, Medicaid expanded

On Tuesday Nov. 7, Maine citizens were faced with a referendum. Questions 1 and  2 elicited strong  emotions from voters, and ultimately engaged the community in series of polarizing questions. Voters resoundingly sttruck down the proposal for a casino in York county, which drew criticism from corners of nearly all state paties. Question 2, on the other hand, was just […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Pitbulls ordered to be euthanized escape Animal Shelter

Pitbulls ordered to be euthanized escape Animal Shelter

Two pitbulls ordered to be euthanized by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court escaped from the Waterville Area Humane Society Tuesday, Oct. 31. The pit bulls, Bentley and Kole, were condemned by an Augusta judge after escaping their fenced in backyard and attacking Winslow resident Sharron Carney near her house last year. The dogs seriously injured Carney and killed her 10 […]

by Ali Naseer· · 4 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
LePage’s struggle with Maine judicial nominations goes viral

LePage’s struggle with Maine judicial nominations goes viral

Last Monday, Governor Paul LePage reinstated his previously withdrawn judicial nominations hours before confirmation voting in the Senate. Seemingly bizarre, this move appears to have been the latest strike in his ongoing battle with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. In fact, letters exchanged in 2016 between the governor’s administration and the judiciary might explain the fiery conflict between these two […]

by Ali Naseer· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Photo of Waterville roofers standing during national anthem goes viral

Old Town resident Michelle Cossar was about to watch her nephew’s football team play at Waterville High School when she snapped the photo that has since caused a firestorm. Before the game, the Star Spangled Banner played, as it had played many times before. But this time, a team of Oakland based roofers working nearby—Dwayne Harrison, Danny Thyng, and James […]

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Maine Supreme Court hears landmark medical marijuana case

In an interview with WCSH6, Gaeton Bourgoin, a former employee of Twin Rivers paper mill who became addicted to opioids after sustaining a back injury in 1989, claims to find relief in the use of medical marijuana. Now, the highest court in Maine will be deciding on whether or not his cannabis medication should be covered by his worker’s compensation […]

by Sarah Warner· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
2 Arrested for $45,000 worth of Drugs found in Waterville Commons

2 Arrested for $45,000 worth of Drugs found in Waterville Commons

Nestled in central Maine, Waterville may appear to be isolated from intense national issues. Yet a major drug bust last week proved that the city is acutely impacted by the widespread opioid epidemic facing the nation. On the afternoon of Sept. 27, Waterville police seized $45,000 worth of drugs and arrested two people at Waterville Commons after a joint investigation […]

by Hannah Southwick· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Mother of missing Waterville toddler receives death certificate

Dressed in a green polka dot nightgown, 20 month old Ayla Reynolds snuggled drowsily into bed at her paternal grandmother’s Waterville home on a cold December night. Her adventurous nature had caused a fall while with her father three weeks’ prior, resulting in the soft splint she wore on her left arm. Knowing of her niece’s rambunctious personality, aunt Elisha DiPietro cracked the door open to make sure Ayla had indeed gone to sleep nearly two hours after her 8:00 p.m. bed time. The toddler’s favorite doll peeped out under the covers; except for her breathing, everything was still. According to Ayla’s father, who was staying with his daughter in his mother’s Waterville home that night, this was all that happened in the late hours of December 16th, 2011. But that doesn’t explain why nearly a cup full of the young girl’s blood was recovered on his bedroom floor.

by Louisa Goldman· · 3 comments · Editor Pick Local, Featured, Local
Colby staff move to new downtown offices

Colby staff move to new downtown offices

As of August 17, some Colby staff have moved downtown into the Hains building, marking the first official transition of College staff off-campus.

by Claire Borecki· · 0 comments · Editor Pick Local, Local
Downtown planning group turns focus toward summer

Downtown planning group turns focus toward summer

As students on Mayflower Hill prepare for final exams and solidify plans for summer, the team in charge of the College’s downtown revitalization is also looking ahead. Much progress is slated to be made on the College-owned downtown properties in the coming months, and the advancements will likely be visible to students come September. In an interview with the Echo, […]

Green Spot owners discuss evolution of cherished business

Green Spot owners discuss evolution of cherished business

For Tanya and Brenda Athanus what started out as a plan to spend one more college summer on the Belgrade Lakes transformed into a business that has now been around for 41 years. The Athanus sisters co-own The Green Spot, located at 818 Kennedy Memorial Drive in Oakland. The yellow and green building with a lobster on the side is […]