January 2017

Bruce County to host 2017 Canadian Plowing Championship

By Barb McKay

Bruce County is gearing up to host the Canadian Plowing Championship for the first time.

The 2017 national event will be held on a property on County Road 19 in the Municipality of Brockton from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2. The Canadian Plowing Championship (CPC)will be held in conjunction with the annual Bruce County Plowing Match, to take place on the same property on Friday, Sept. 1.

International Silver Stick Champs!

By Josh Howald

The Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks are International Silver Stick champions.

The International Silver Stick midget B champions, back row from left: Lyle Brock, Jarrett Johns, Jake Fair, Chase Meurs, Jacob Bishop, Dayn Freiburger, Chris Coady, Brennan Long, Kyle Hunter, Jim Coady, Cory Hamilton, Connor Gibson and Skylar Rutledge. Front row, left, Brad Pickett, Will Graham, Rhys Vollmer, Jamie Brock, Riley Cherrett, Tanner Reid, Ryan Thede and Matt Harrison. Missing from the photo is Blake Alton. (submitted photo)


Three-game weekend on tap for Bulldogs

'Dogs now share third place with Barons

By Josh Howald

The way this weekend plays out will have a huge impact on how the Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs finish in the Provincial Junior Hockey League standings.

Bryce McFadden chases Brendan Welsh of the Walkerton Hawks on the forecheck Friday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Major win for Hutchison

Major Curling League wraps up season

For the eighth time, Al Hutchison and his RAM Promotional rink are Major Curling champions.

Hutchison successfully defended the Brokerlink Grey-Bruce league title on Sunday in Hanover with three straight victories.

The rink capped off the season with a 6-2 win over Paisley's Steve Gregg at the Hanover Curling Club.

Wolves at home twice this weekend

After a rare weekend off, the Ripley Wolves will play at home twice this weekend in WOAA Senior AA hockey action.

The Wolves will host the Elora Rocks Saturday night. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, the Mapleton-Minto 81's will be in the village for a 3 p.m. game with the Wolves.

Ripley heads into weekend action with an 8-6-1 record and 17 points, good for eighth place in the WOAA North Division standings.

“Fake News” and the Labour Movement

There is a possibility that “fake news” may have been a consideration in the recent American election outcome and with its proliferation in many facets of life, “fake news” is currently the subject of talk shows, pundits, etc. There is clear evidence that for some, fake news may pass for factual news but despite appearances it has no semblance to fact-based journalism or source verified news.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


John Duncan Campbell, of R.R. #1, Tiverton, passed away at the London Victoria Hospital on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in his 75th year.


Beloved father of Irene (David) Collins of R.R. #3, Ripley; Jane (John) Schiestel of R.R. #3, Mildmay; Gordon (Jennifer) Campbell of Bright; Catherine (Tim) Evans of Kincardine; and Vivian (Chris) Kennedy of Teeswater.


Loved grandfather of Colton, Cierra, Cheyenne, Jasmin, Keisha, Grayson, Duncan, Beckett, Tatum, Halle and Max.


Dear brother of Agnes (George) MacKinnon of Goderich, Christina Moulton of Kincardine, Ruth (Richard) Siegel of Inverhuron and brothers-in-law Burton Eskrick of R. R. #1, Tiverton, Jim Shaw of Markdale and Jack Kidd of Tiverton.


Has your vehicle ever slid into the ditch?

55% (21 votes)
45% (17 votes)
Total votes: 38

Bantams fall in final

Liam Colhoun of the Kincardine Timber Mart bantams is drilled by Twin Centre's Dylan Burton as Kyle Kramer keeps an eye on the puck. Burton was called for interference and Colhoun scored on the ensuing power play. Unfortunately, it was Kincardine's only goal in the bantam B Silver Stick final on Friday. Twin Centre took this championship game by a final score of 5-1. For the full story on the 30th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament, don't miss this week's sports section. (Josh Howald photo)

Natural gas could be available in Kincardine by mid-2018

EPCOR, municipalities hoping for decision in late spring

By Barb McKay

The next three months will be crucial to the success of the Southern Bruce natural gas project.

Representatives from EPCOR, along with lawyer Mark Rodger who isrepresenting the three participating municipalities on the project, were in Kincardine on Dec. 20 to meet with municipal council and talk about the next steps in the project. The delegation met with councils in Huron-Kinloss and Arran-Elderslie the same day. The municipalities, collectively, have a franchise agreement with EPCOR to distribute natural gas to the region.

“We’ve come such a long way since we started this process two years ago, but the first 90 days of 2017 will be critical,” Rodger said.