OWHA title for bantams

The Lakeside Chevrolet bantam girls hockey team went undefeated to win gold at the OWHA championship tournament.

OWHA champions include, back left, trainer Dani Murray, assistant coach Jeff Fuller, Ariel Luinstra, Alice Thorpe, Callie Martyn, Lily Freiburger, Rainor Kuz, Georgia Fields, Hailey Woods, Peyton McCormick and coach Don Martyn. Middle row, left, Alexis Whitworth-Bjerg, Jlia McGregor, Alayna Card, Chelsea Fuller, Madison McBride and trainer Heather Card. Front, Cassidy Murray-Collins, left, and Sophia Tomaini. (submitted photo)

Cute crew!

Alex White, 8, and sister Kasia, 6, visit with nine-week English Mastiff puppy Lavendar at Lions Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. (Barb McKay photo)

Ron Coristine resigns from council

By Barb McKay


Kincardine councillor Ron Coristine has resigned from council, effective immediately, one day after stepping into his new job as executive director of PREDC.


Coristine made the announcement in a statement prior to last Wednesday’s council meeting.



Sunday's warm temperature left people in shorts and t-shirts chipping away at snow and ice. Here, Andy Cline serves with some Spring in his step during a game of tennis in Kincardine. The courts had to be cleared of snow before this match. (Josh Howald photo)

Province allows small hospital designation for SBGHC

Announcement means more funding for four hospitals

By Barb McKay


Perseverance has paid off for the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, which will receive additional funding from the province this year.


SBGHC president and CEO Paul Rosebush told The Independent Thursday that the province has revisited the way it designates the hospitals under its funding formula. The network is made up of Kincardine, Walkerton, Durham and Chesley hospitals.


Smelly school

Kincardine firefighters were called to Huron Heights Public School just before 2 p.m. Monday to investigate a strange odour inside the building. The KFD and school maintenance staff hunted the source of the smell while students enjoyed some extra outdoor time. (Barb McKay photo)

Sunday morning murder in Hanover

By Josh Howald

One man is dead, while another is facing a first degree murder charge after a wild Sunday in the town of Hanover.

Hanover Police Services received a call for a disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning. At 5:51 a.m., officers responded to a call at 476 9th Street in Hanover. Upon arrival at the apartment, officers discovered the victim, a 51-year-old Hanover man, with obvious signs of head trauma. Police would not confirm or deny reports out of Hanover that said the man had been stabbed to death.

Police cordoned the area while the body was removed and evidence was gathered, with the help from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), West Region Crime Unit and the Forensic Identification Unit (FIU). The investigation was, and is, under the direction of Acting Detective Inspector Heidi Stewart of the CIB.

Kincardine won’t intervene with hydro disconnects

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council had decided that it won’t step in and make any demands of Westario related to billing policies and hydro disconnections.


The topic of hydro billing practices reared its head again during last Wednesday’s council meeting.

Kincardine’s representative on the Westario board of directors, Randy Hughes, was in the gallery but did not face the barrage of questions put to him during a meeting last month.


Can I get a puppy?

Sparky was busy making new friends at the 2nd annual Guns 'N Hoses charity hockey game at the Davidson Centre Saturday. Lucy Wreford, 3, and other spectators helped raise more than $4,000 for the food bank. On the ice, the firefighters bested the cops 7-4. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine senior staffers make Sunshine List

Five senior staff members with the Municipality of Kincardine are on Ontario’s so-called Sunshine List.


The Ontario Ministry of Finance’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure for 2013 was released March 31. In Kincardine, CAO Murray Clarke tops the list, earning a salary of $149,103.55 with taxable benefits totalling $1,214.32. Former public works director Gagan Sandhu earned $107,539.84 plus $3,773.47 in benefits.