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Fran Gonzalez has lived in Waldo County since 2006 and has been part of the Journal news team since January 2018. Most of his career he worked as a graphic designer, but he has always enjoyed telling stories through images. When not reporting or taking pictures, he can be found spending time with his family at camp, playing guitar, or zipping around on his 39-year-old Japanese motorcycle. He can be reached at fgonzalez@villagesoup.com.

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  • Published
    September 21, 2021

    Country musician puts success down to playing what people want to hear

    Don Nickerson has had a storied life, recording music and playing in dance halls since his 20s. Recently he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame for his contributions to country music in the state.

  • Published
    September 18, 2021

    Waldo County sheriff’s blotter

    The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office reported one insurance violation and the following recent activity.

  • Published
    September 18, 2021

    Belfast police blotter

    The Belfast Police Department reported two insurance violations, two inspection violations, one registration violation and the following recent activity.

  • Published
    September 16, 2021

    RSU 20 schools to start pool testing

    The Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors voted unanimously to implement pool testing in district schools. The process involves batch-testing in classrooms, which allows for more people to be tested quickly using fewer testing resources.

  • Published
    September 15, 2021

    Seven new COVID-19 deaths, one from Waldo County

    Dr. Nirav Shah director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a Sept. 15 media briefing that of all the people vaccinated, 2,258 have experienced “breakthrough” cases. This translates to 99.75% of all fully vaccinated people have not experienced breakthrough cases.

  • Published
    September 14, 2021
    Searsmont Town Office

    Task force to discuss future of Searsmont broadband

    Residents will have an opportunity to learn what a town committee charged wtih finding ways to expand broadband service in the town has done so far, and to ask questions, at an upcoming public meeting.

  • Published
    September 13, 2021

    48 people in quarantine at Mount View High; outbreak declared at Morse

    Numbers of cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in RSU 3, along with the number in quarantine.

  • Published
    September 13, 2021

    Two arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

    Police found a trove of drugs, drug paraphernalia, cash and a pistol following a traffic stop in Belfast. Two suspects were arrested and taken to Waldo County Jail.

  • Published
    September 13, 2021

    Twentieth anniversary 9/11 events honor lives lost

    Events in Unity and Belfast commemorated those who were killed and those who gave their lives helping others Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Published
    September 10, 2021

    WCAP purchases 78-acre lot on Route 3 to expand operations

    President and CEO Donna Kelley envisions a campus with room for a call center, classrooms, office and business space, as well as a fleet of vehicles. It could also include housing for some of the people WCAP serves.

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