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Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

Exploring Governor Paul LePage’s Waterville legacy

In an American political climate where outspoken politicians continue to generate headlines on a national level, Maine Governor Paul LePage has often garnered widespread media attention. Although his name recognition now extends beyond Maine’s borders, LePage got his start much closer to home and laid the foundation for a lasting legacy in Waterville by serving on city council for two […]

Bark worse than bite: a crazy year at the Waterville area animal shelter

Bark worse than bite: a crazy year at the Waterville area animal shelter

Echo recently reported on the escape of two condemned dogs from the Waterville Humane Society on 100 Webb Road. Danielle Jones’ pit bulls were ordered to be housed at the Waterville shelter following an event in August of last year in which the dogs escaped from their yard, attacked and seriously injured Winslow resident Sharron Carey, and killed Carey’s Boston […]

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Man steals odd array of gifts from downtown Christmas festival

Man steals odd array of gifts from downtown Christmas festival

During the last two weekends of November, the Sukeforth Family kicked off the holiday season with the third annual Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees in downtown Waterville. The Sukeforth family has thrown annual holiday fundraisers since 2008. From 2008-2014, they hosted a pig roast and auction at their family camp in Bingham. However, in 2015, they decided to shift the […]

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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 […]

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Empty store fronts persist at 173 Main Street in Waterville

Empty store fronts persist at 173 Main Street in Waterville

Nestled on the corner of Main Street and Appleton, the former Hains building sits starkly barren in downtown Waterville. Purchased by the college in 2015, the College website boasts that the property “is being renovated as a mixed-use commercial building with office space and ground-floor retail.” Rumors of a Starbucks, Renys, or even a Trader Joe’s moving into that retail […]

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Municipal election results: incumbents prevail

Municipal election results: incumbents prevail

Republican Mayor Nick Isgro was re-elected to another three-year term Tuesday Nov. 7, defeating challengers Erik Thomas, a Democrat and former city councilor, and newcomer John Levesque, an independent candidate. Isgro received 1,737 votes to Thomas’ 1,496 and Levesque’s 258. Elections were also held for several Board of Education positions and three City Councilors. In a statement to the Morning […]

by Claire Borecki· · 0 comments · 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 […]

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Waterville deals with late October storm’s aftermath

Waterville deals with late October storm’s aftermath

When strong winds and driving rain caused widespread power outages and  damage throughout Maine on Sunday night, the Waterville and Colby community united to cope with the damages left in the storm’s wake. Waterville Public Works Director Mark Turner helped coordinate the town’s response to the storm in conjunction with power companies, police, and fire departments. “I thought it was […]

by Hannah Southwick· · 0 comments · Local
Show me ME: Meridians in Fairfield

Show me ME: Meridians in Fairfield

While some Colby students are content to force-feed themselves watered down Natty Lights, others are more concerned with the taste, quality, and character of the fermented beverages they choose to consume. For the more ‘refined’ students, Meridians: Wine, Beer, Food in nearby Fairfield, offers a wide array of locally sourced beers, wines, and spirits designed to please the palate of […]

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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 […]

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