Director’s cut

Leise Peddie, left, and Liz Small enjoy a laugh at the myFM International Film Festival Friday evening. They were among the opening night crowd at the second annual KIFF. (Eric Howald photo)

Foodland to close downtown location

March closure will leave 40 without jobs

By Barb McKay


A longtime downtown Kincardine grocery store is closing its doors.


A spokesperson from Sobeys Ontario confirmed the news in a telephone interview with The Independent Friday - the Kincardine store will close in March 2012.


“Sadly, I can confirm that the Kincardine Foodland is closing, due to a number of business reasons,” said Sarah Stover of Sobeys Ontario. “These decisions are not made lightly. It was a decision that was made after careful consideration.”


Garbage disposal could cost you

Bag tag gag?

By Barb McKay


Beginning next year, Kincardine residents could pay more to get rid of their garbage.


Public works manager Jim O’Rourke presented Kincardine council with a plan for a user pay system for solid waste management to help recover costs and build up reserves for major waste management projects and purchases in the next few years.


The plan would be to do away with free bag tags in 2012 and gradually increase the price of bag tags to $3.50 each by 2018 – a 75 per cent increase from the current rate of $2.


Impaired driver hits house

A Tiverton man has been charged with impaired driving after he drove into a house last Thursday.


South Bruce OPP received a call at about 11:30 p.m. of an accident at the corner of Concession 2 in Bruce Township and Side road J1.


When police arrived, they noticed a silver Volkswagen had left the road and crashed into a house at the north-east corner of the intersection.


Young Lions come to Kincardine hungry

York University working for success

By Josh Howald

The York Lions may just snap up home ice advantage at the CIS Hockey Great Lakes Challenge.

“The players are excited,” said head coach Dan Church, who was also named head coach of Canada’s national team for the 2011 IIHF 8 Nations Tournament and the 2011 4 Nations Cup.

 “Just for us to play some quality opponents at this point is nice. It’s good for the team to get away for the weekend, and (Kincardine native) Syd Brown is a very close friend of many of the girls. Many of them were up visiting Kincardine in the summer and I think everyone is looking forward (to the tournament).”

Volleyball team takes early tourney

Knights upset OFSAA champs in semi-finals

By Josh Howald

The five time champs were no match for Kincardine’s six.

Boys volleyball season opened with a bang for the Kincardine District Secondary School Knights. KDSS was in Stratford Saturday for the St. Michael’s Warriors Invitational Tournament, and returned with the championship from the early bird tournament.

Kincardine defeated the five-time provincial champions en route to a clean sweep of the Stratford event. The Knights have been practicing for less than a week, but have eight returning players including Team Ontario’s Jacob Siekierski.

“We weren’t’ sure what to expect,” said Easton Battler. “We knew there would be some good teams there, but we didn’t know where we were at.”

Independent changes hands

Eric Howald, publisher of The Kincardine Independent, has announced the sale of the award-winning weekly to London Publishing Corp effective immediately.


London Publishing, with headquarters in Beeton, Ontario, has 12 community newspapers. Beeton is 95 kilometres north of Toronto.


The company has no changes in store for the operation of The Independent. Howald and his staff will continue to operate the newspaper out of 840 Queen St., Kincardine.


Power struggle

Molly King, 9, battles with her Brown Swiss Calf Energy Saturday at the Kincardine Fall Fair. The Kitchener duo were competing in the Open Dairy Class. For more Fall Fair photos, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Nothing fishy here

But derby committee forced to investigate $14,000 catch

By Josh Howald

Nothing fishy actually happened.

But the 2011 Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby committee was forced to investigate this year’s grand prize winner after an accusatory e-mail, the Independent learned last week.

“Basically what happened, was some guy sent us an E-mail 10 minutes after the derby closed,” said Rick Dwinnell, a member of the committee and the Lake Huron Fishing Club. “It claimed that he had heard grumbling about our winner using a fish caught in ineligible waters and it had happened a few years back in Owen Sound.”

Police seek suspect in break-ins

South-Bruce OPP is on the lookout for at least one person following two break and enters on Kingsway Street in Kincardine.


According to a police report, one break-in occurred around 4 a.m. on Aug. 31. The homeowner heard the intruder come in through a back door and yelled, and the suspect ran off. Officers searched the area, with help from the OPP West Region Canine Unit, but were unable to find the intruder.