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Keith Edwards covers the city of Augusta and towns of Manchester and Windsor, writing feature stories and covering breaking news, local people and events, and local politics. He has worked at the Kennebec Journal since 1995, having previously worked at the Camden Herald. He was born and raised in Winthrop and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in political science. He is married and has a dog and cat. A lifelong Mainer, he enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing, camping, and cooking out but spends most of his “off” time restoring and maintaining his 170, or so, year-old home in Richmond.

  • Published
    September 21, 2011

    Historic YMCA building to be demolished in Augusta

    Preservationists have fought for three years to preserve the building but the owner now says that it must be demolished.

  • Published
    September 17, 2011

    Augusta officials support a tax break for planned pipeline

    Kennebec Valley Gas has conditional PUC approval for the $70 million to $80 million project.

  • Published
    September 6, 2011

    Maine DOT crews depart to help Vermont

    Maine officials expect the cost of the relief effort will be reimbursed from federal emergency relief funds.

  • Published
    September 6, 2011

    Windsor Fair: Big or small,horses demonstrate their pull

    WINDSOR — The crowd eagerly awaiting the start of the Windsor Fair’s annual horse-pulling contest enjoyed a group chuckle Monday as the first “entrant” in the contest strode into the arena and headed for the competition sled, which waited at the opposite end of the arena, stacked high with 7,600 pounds of solid blocks.

    Expecting to see one of the teams of massive, muscled Belgian draft horses get strapped to the sled and pull it through the dirt, spectators instead watched as Buddy and BJ, two miniature horses, pulled their handlers, Ben and Nicole LaPointe of Greene, around the ring on a red three-wheeled cart that looked suspiciously like a converted riding lawnmower.

  • Published
    August 12, 2011

    School officials fear last-minute changes

    AUGUSTA — Parents of students attending three city elementary schools that have not met federal progress standards can send their children to the one elementary school that does.

  • Published
    July 4, 2011

    Augusta bomb shelter in way

    A Cold War-era bomb shelter built by a local veteran to withstand nuclear attack won’t survive a much more benign offensive: Augusta’s upcoming sewer line replacement.

  • Published
    June 12, 2011

    Police identify Augusta man found dead

    AUGUSTA — Police have identified the man found dead in an apartment before dawn Saturday as David Cox. Cox was 46 and lived at 12 Green St. with a male roommate. Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland says the state Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy this afternoon. “We hope to know more after […]

  • Published
    June 11, 2011

    Police investigate Augusta death

    AUGUSTA — State and local police are investigating the death of a 46-year-old Augusta man found dead in his Green Street apartment before dawn Saturday, Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said. The police would not release the man’s identity because his next of kin had not been notified as of this afternoon. McCausland said […]

  • Published
    May 31, 2011

    West Gardiner contractor agrees to pay fine in blast case

    Steve McGee says a subcontractor failed to properly notify neighbors prior to two blasts.

  • Published
    May 30, 2011

    Augusta contractor pays for 2 quarry blasts

    AUGUSTA — Contractor and quarry owner Steve McGee has signed a consent agreement with the city that acknowledges a subcontractor working for his firm failed to properly notify all neighbors prior to two blasts in his West River Road pit last year. He also agreed to pay $3,500 to the city, though the subcontractor, Gardiner-based […]