January 2013

Why not loppet?

The Kincardine cross-country ski club had more than 40 people turn out for Saturday's ski loppet to kick off the 2013 season. Conditions were ideal for the loppett, held at the Stoney Island Conservation Area about four-km north of Kincardine on the B-Line. (Josh Howald photo)

SBGHC merges senior positions to cut costs

 By Barb McKay


The South Bruce Grey Health Centre will consolidate several of its senior management positions in order to address a six-figure deficit this year.


SBGHC CEO Paul Rosebush told The Independent Thursday that the health centre is taking advantage of two upcoming retirements to make adjustments to senior staffing positions that will save more than $200,000 annually. The changes will be effective Feb. 1.


Dairy Queen opening in Kincardine

Franchise to push out Winning Booth

By Barb McKay


Friday was the day Isabel Stone considers the worst day of her life.


That morning she received the news from her landlords that she must vacate the commercial space she occupies at the south end of Queen Street to make room for a new Dairy Queen location.


“I’m just so hurt,” she said Friday afternoon, wiping tears from her eyes.


Ideal race conditions

The Grand Prix de Kincardine, held in Tiverton Saturday and Sunday, attracted hundreds of snowmobile enthusiasts to the area, including these three gentleman racing the "Run what you Brung" class on Sunday afternoon. The weather co-operated beautifully for two full days of racing. (Josh Howald photo)

Dump charges?

Somebody was getting a charge from breaking into the dump.

The South-Bruce OPP reported the theft of a dozen vehicle batteries last Saturday morning from the Municipal landfill in Armow. At 8:37 a.m. Jan. 19, police responded to the report on Sideroad 15 in Kincardine Twp. During the early morning hours of Jan. 19, police learned two batteries were stolen from the dump truck, as well as 10 vehicle batteries that had been left at the landfill. The value of the stolen batteries was estimated to be more than $500.

Police are requesting information from the public in the investigation. If you have information about this theft, call police at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or leave a web-tip at crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Downtown building project up for sale

By Barb McKay


A downtown residential and commercial building project is now up for grabs to prospective developers.


The project is still in the planning stages and has been developed thus far by realtors Lynn Clayton and Charlene Randle-Clayton. The plan is for a two-storey apartment building, with four one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units, and retail space on the ground floor. The development is located on three properties on Queen Street, across from Pierson Motors, which have been rezoned to allow for residential development.


At the top

Thesse Amish youths sledded, tumbled and slid down this hill in Tiverton last week. THey would be getting wet today, but cold weather will be returnign tonight. (Josh Howald photo)

Questions raised about how downtown info centre will be funded

By Barb McKay


A Kincardine councillor posed some hard questions about a proposed plan to open an information centre downtown.


Members of Team Kincardine, which developed the plan, say they aren’t intimidated by councillor Maureen Couture’s line of questioning during last Wednesday’s council meeting.


“The list is exhausting, but it’s in no way intimidating and I feel confident we can get those answers,” said BIA downtown development manager Rick Clarke.


Walking the walk...

Walk For Memories was held for the first time ever in Kincardine on the weekend, and was a resounding success. More than $10,000 for Alzheimer's research was raised by 42 walkers Saturday morning at Huron Heights Public School. Top fundrasiers were, from left, Bill Morrison, Sharon Pike and Evelyn Elliott. Joining them on the right is organizer Lisa Thurman. (Josh Howald photo)

Police pepper spray Kincardine man

Police used pepper spray to subdue a suspended driver in the swamp Thursday night.

The South-Bruce OPP responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle in the 2000 block of Concession 14, Greenock Twp just after 11 p.m. on Jan. 24. Officers located the silver Pontiac Sunfire, and found the driver had been drinking.

The driver, a 35-year-old man from Kincardine, refused to co-operate and fought with officers as he was arrested. He was charged with refusing to provide a breath sample, resisting a peace officer and driving while suspended. He is scheduled to appear in court March 4, 2013 to answer to the charges. There were no injuries to either the police or the accused.