Silver Stick opens Saturday

By Josh Howald


Much like Christmas itself, the Silver Stick can create lasting memories of fun, teamwork and success.


The 28th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick tournament kicks off this Saturday, Dec. 27, with more than 50 hockey teams competing at the novice, peewee and bantam age divisions.


"I think it's the best sporting event Kincardine has," said Rev. Ray Luinstra, the convenor for this year's tournament. "I encourage everybody to come out and watch the tournament. Plenty of fun, plenty of great hockey, it is something I have always enjoyed."


Rockin' Christmas

Grade 1 students weren't shy to show off their best dance moves during the KTTPS Christmas Concert last Tuesday. From left, Connor Beaty, Brody Roppel, Cole Taylor and William Doran. (Barb McKay photo)

Council to consider repealing shoreline water pipeline bylaw

Drawing from reserves to pay off debt would impact water rates

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council will reconsider its decision to make payments for the shoreline water pipeline mandatory.


Kincardine faced with funding cuts, inadequate savings for 2015 budget

By Barb McKay


Kincardine is facing serious financial challenges in 2015 and will likely require another substantial residential tax increase.


Municipal treasurer Roxana Baumann did not mince words when she presented the preliminary 2015 budget to council during a special meeting last Monday. Kincardine expects significant funding reductions next year and is not saving nearly what it should be for things like future infrastructure replacement and roadwork.


“The 2015 budget will likely be one of the more difficult for council to deliberate on,” Baumann said.


Christmas Knights

From left, Kincardine District Secondary School Christmas Knights Sarah Joliff, Isabel Tuck, Michelle Hack and Lana Splettsoesser were among the 120 students and volunteers who collected toys and non-perishable food items for the Kincardine Christmas Hamper program. This year, the Christmas Hamper committee hoped to fill 175 hampers. (Barb McKay photo)

Weapons hit the streets

A whole arsenal of firearms is now in the hands of criminals after a break, enter and theft from a Concession 12 East, Carrick Twp. home.

The robbery was reported to police at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, and occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The home was entered and numerous firearms were taken. The list of stolen guns includes two Remington 12-gauge shotguns, a Browning bolt action .308, a Winchester Tikka T3.270, a Cooey bolt action .22 and a Traditions Pursuit black powder gun. The value of the stolen firearms is estimated to be more than $4,000.

The South-Bruce OPP requests anyone with information that might help to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Decision on free bag tags to be made in the new year

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will hold off on distributing free bag tags to residents this month, but has not yet decided if it will forgo the allocation.


Council agreed during its first budget meeting last Monday to a moratorium on free bag tags while renovations continue at the municipal administration centre. It will make a decision during future 2015 budget deliberations whether or not to continue the distribution of 26 free bag tags.


Merry Christmas!

St. Anthony's School held the annual Christmas Concert Friday afternoon at the school, which included a performance by Mrs. MacIntosh's JK/SK class. Back row, from left, Jared Huang, Henry Radford, Cooper Waite, Matthew McKeag, Mason Ruthven, Lucas Gracie, Michael Berry and Keelan Jacques. Front row, left, Ella Morris-Rice, Stormy Gervais, Jenna Ostrowski, Kannesha Cherry, Lilly Mogk, Kianna Robinson, Cassandra Weber and Avery Quon. (Josh Howald photo)

Drunk causes chaos in Walkerton

A Teeswater man is facing more than a dozen charges after wreaking havoc in Walkerton Thursday night.

Just after 11 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Optra on Bruce County Road 2 in Brant Twp. The driver refused to pull over, despite the fully marked police cruiser emergency lighting to do so. Officers called off a pursuit as the vehicle entered Walkerton, hoping officers on the other side of town would pick up the suspect vehicle.

However, as the vehicle entered downtown Walkerton, a bright flash appeared before the town was plunged into total darkness. The red Chevrolet had collided with a utility pole near the intersection of Durham Street and Peter Street.

Slew of charges for Kincardine man

A 23-year-old Kincardine man is facing numerous charges after a nearly month-long investigation.

The South-Bruce OPP entered into a fraud investigation involving the unauthorized use of a debit card on Nov. 17. The investigation culminated on Dec. 11 with the arrest of a local man.

While processing the man, officers found a prohibited knife in his possession. The man has been charged with nine counts of fraud under $5,000, four counts of breach of probation and unauthorized possession of a weapon. He was held in custody pending the results of a show cause hearing scheduled for Dec. 11, 2014.