The Maine CDC reports that, after several days with new case counts of COVID-19 below 100, the numbers have risen again to 162. One more person, diagnosed with the virus, has died.

A Mercer man is sentenced to 8 years in prison for a drive-by shooting at a Waterville apartment house that injured a 7-year-old girl. 19-year-old Gavin Loabe pleaded guilty last month to felony assault and then apologized to young Emily and her family in court. Loabe told authorities that he mistakenly thought someone else lived at the address.

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A scary accident in Medway recently serves as a reminder to slow down and pay attention in construction zones. A driver fell asleep behind the wheel and hit several of the big barrels and then one of the construction trucks. He had to be pulled from his vehicle by a worker before it burst into flames. Drivers need to adhere to speed limits and traffic diversions, even on the weekends when no workers are on the scene.

The Maine Principal’s Association announced yesterday that all interscholastic sports can return, after taking a year off due to the pandemic. The Maine CDC has put the ball in the Maine Principal Association’s Court, saying they are lifting all guidelines and restrictions. Health officials will work with schools to develop safe, effective plans so the kids can start playing again.

Maine’s Bicentennial parade, that was canceled last year due to the pandemic, will be held August 21st in downtown Lewiston and Auburn. The State of Maine Bicentennial Commission says the state deserves to celebrate, even though it will be 201 when the parade actually takes place.

A Memorial Day sale this week at Brewer High School will feature seedlings, pre-potted plants, , hanging plants, and more, with the proceeds to benefit the school’s outdoor education program. Students have also built some raised beds and picnic tables that will be for sale and they’ll have a car wash, weather permitting. The sale will run from noon to 5 on Friday and from 8 to 2 on Saturday at the school.

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