Baker cracks Ontario Winter Games roster

Goaltender, 14, to play in Showcase event

By Josh Howald

Morgan Baker is one of Ontario’s elite goaltending prospects.

The 14-year-old from Kincardine will get a chance to face the province’s top talents on a larger stage than the Howick Arena. Baker will play for one of eight teams at the Ontario Winter Games  in Collingwood in March.

Kincardine's Morgan Baker last Wednesday at the Davidson Centre. (Josh Howald photo)


Silver smiles

Novices off to St. Clair Shores

Kincardine Home Hardware novice rep goalie Ryan Wheeler is all smiles as he leaves his goal at the end of the Kincardine Regional Silver Stick novice B final. For more, see the sports or this week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)

Transition of Kincardine schools to begin this September

By Barb McKay


Beginning in September, grades 2 and 3 English track students at Elgin Market Public School will be attending Kincardine Township-Tiverton Public School.


Johnny Wilson dead at 82

Four-time Stanley Cup champ was born in Kincardine

By Josh Howald

Kincardine-born Johnny Wilson, an NHL legend, died last week following a long battle with lung disease.

Johnny Wilson's father worked with the CNR, and his time in Kincardine was brief.


Council turns down employee agreement

By Barb McKay

Kincardine council has turned down a municipal staff wage agreement, citing unfairness in wage increases between senior management and lower level staff.

At its Dec. 19 meeting, council defeated the third reading of a bylaw to enter into a tripartite agreement with municipal employees which would have given both senior managers and staff members 3.5 per cent wage increases in 2012 and three per cent increases in 2013. The previous agreement expired Jan. 1.

Councillor Ron Coristine pointed out allocating wage increases by percentage based on salary is unfair to those on the lower end of the wage grid.

Happy 103 Ivy!

Trillium Court resident Ivy Clark displays a homemade birthday greeting from family last week. She celebrates 103 years tomorrow (Thursday) - despite what the card says. After all, it is the thought that counts. (Barb McKay photo)

Huron-Kinloss to consider seeking high-level nuclear waste facility

By Barb McKay


Huron-Kinloss council plans to invite representatives from the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) to come to Ripley to educate it about the process for choosing a site for a high-level nuclear waste storage site.


Not a drive-in theatre

A 27-year-old man was charged with a tire safety violation after his vehicle crashed into the Aztec theatre in Kincardine.

Just before 1 p.m. Dec. 23, the South-Bruce OPP received a report of a single vehicle crash at the intersection of Durham and Queen Streets. Upon arrival, officers found a blue Dodge had been driving west on Durham when the vehicle left the roadway, striking a hydro pole and the theatre.

Nobody was injured in the crash, which was blamed on faulty tires.

In other police news, a 17-year-old was charged with underage drinking when an officer on patrol stopped a pick-up truck along Huron Street in Ripley. The passenger was found with open alcohol, and was subsequently charged. A quantity of alcohol was also seized.

Grand Prix de Kincardine cancelled this weekend

To run in Tiverton on Jan. 21 and 22

The annual Grand Prix de Kincardine snowmobile race has been cancelled this weekend due to a lack of snow.


Organizer Rob Noakes announced in an email to The Independent last week that the popular snowmobile race, the first of the 2012 season, will not run at Family Funland on Jan. 7 and 8.


“The 14-day forecast has no real appreciable snow events in it, but even worse, it has above freezing temperatures and rain in the forecast, along with bits of snow,” he said in the email.


Reindeer ready

Stacy Gibson, left, Connor Rossen and Madison Forster of Ripley's Junior Kindergarten Day B class adjust their antlers as they get ready for showtime at the Ripley School's Christmas Concert Thursday. (Josh Howald photo)