Entries by Eric W. Austin

How local officials are making our schools safe again

by Eric W. Austin “Nothing’s foolproof,” Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills told me at the beginning of our meeting on the issue of school safety. “The best laid plans are not going to prevent this from happening.” What is ‘this’? Take your pick. Terrorists and school shooters. Bomb threats and bullying. Our students and teachers […]

Opiates in Central Maine: The Problem of Pain

by Eric W. Austin Her name? It’s not important. She lives right here in China and could easily be your next-door neighbor or relative. You’ve probably passed her going into the post office or exchanged neighborly smiles down at Hannaford. Maybe she goes to your church. In her early 60s, with long, graying hair pulled […]

A look at the top stories in The Town Line in 2017

by Eric W Austin We’ve published a lot of stories over the past year, but which ones stood out from the crowd? More than 20,000 people visited townline.org in 2017, with pages on the site viewed more than 70,000 times. One of the advantages of a website over a traditional newspaper is the ability to […]