Break-in at Knotty Pine

The South-Bruce OPP received a report of a break-in at the Knotty Pine restaurant in Kincardine.

Police say that the Broadway Street restaurant was broken into sometime between 8:30 p.m. on July 20 and 10:45 a.m. July 21. The business was forcibly entered through the back door, and a quantity of cash taken.

In other police news, a weed trimmer estimated to be worth more than $500 was stolen from the back of a truck parked in Chesley. The orange and white Stihl trimmer was taken from the back of a Chevy Silverado in the 100 block of 5th Ave. overnight July 16.

Anybody with information that could assist police is asked 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

That's entertainment!

The Bluewater Summer Playhouse held Week 1 of the annual drama camp program last week. Children from the ages of 6 to 12 learned performance skills, including improvisation. The students created their own production about aliens who come to Earth. From left are Kenzie Ford, Kennedy Farrell, Georgia Tanner and John Graham. (Barb McKay photo)

Orangey set for this weekend

Still time to get in on the action!

By Josh Howald

Final preparations are being made for the second annual Orangey ball hockey tournament in Formosa.

Be there when the ball drops on the second annual Orangey on Friday. Above, Paul Hauck of the Honey Nut Chelios and Andy Cline of the Host Team take the opening faceoff in last year's final.

The 4-on-4 tournament, proudly sponsored by The Kincardine Independent and backsideFIVE, will kick off Friday evening and continue through Saturday night.

Schmidt representing at Royale Cup

Finishes third at Ontario Amateur Championships

By Josh Howald

A stormy finish may have ruined Taylor Schmidt’s chances at a provincial championship. But it did nothing to hurt her shot at a national title.

Schmidt is representing Team Ontario this week at the Royale Cup Canadian Women’s Amateur Golf Championships at Club de Golf Beloeil in Quebec. She was named to Team Ontario last week after a third place finish at the Investors Group Ontario Women’s Amateur Championships.

“I battled all week, despite a not-so-good third round,” said Schmidt Monday morning. “I still did a lot of really good things and I’m looking forward to representing Team Ontario this week.”

Tri your best

Molly McNulty, of Kincardine, checks out the competition as she begins the 1.2-km cycling portion of the Kincardine Women's Triathlon on Saturday morning. For the full story on the Triathlon - which ended up a duathlon - get the story, as well as a full page of colour photos, in this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Crime rates down in Kincardine, but domestic violence still on the rise

By Barb McKay


While the number of criminal offences in Kincardine is lower so far this year compared to last year, domestic violence occurrences continue to rise.


South Bruce OPP detachment commander Insp. Scott Smith told The Independent Monday that he is pleased that crime overall seems to be on a downward trend currently, but police remain concerned about more violent criminal activity.


“The thing that continually disturbs me is the increase in domestic violence,” Smith said.



The Kincardine Yacht Club hosted the Ontario Sailing Association’s BOOM (Best ever Ontario Optimist Mobile) sailing school last week. Front, from left, are Brayden Secord, Christian Dunkley, Thales Hunter, Carson Fletcher, Daniella McKitterick, Emmerson Priboj, James Hutchins, Brendan Arciszewski, and Martin Mendez Hennink. Back, from left, are Carter Arseneau, Paiten Priboj, Daniel Rouleau, Madison Kelly, Cassie Wilson, instructor Emily Durward, Eric Hackney and instructor Alanna Ticknor. (Barb McKay photo)

Changes coming to community grants program

By Barb McKay


Kincardine is making changes to its community grants program to increase accountability, but also the budget.


Municipal clerk Donna MacDougall introduced recommended revisions to the program during last Wednesday’s council meeting. MacDougall suggested that council take some time to consider the changes and include their own ideas. She added that past community grant applicants should be notified of the changes ahead of the 2014 grant process to allow them to prepare.


Theives caught in the act

Two local men are facing numerous charges after being caught in the middle of a break, enter and theft.

On Sunday, July 14, the South-Bruce OPP recieved a report of a break-and-enter in progress at a residence in the 1600 block of the North Line in Kincardine Twp. Officers arrived on the scene, and located two males still on the property.

The home had been forcibly entered through the front door. A quantity of copper piping had been cut away from the home and placed in a pile on the floor.

A 38-year-old Kincardine man has been charged with break and enter, theft under $5,000 and mischief under $5,000. A second man, 43, also from Kincardine, was charged with break and enter, two counts of theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, posession of break-in tools and possession of a controlled substance. Both men were held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for July 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Locks of love

Sadie Pollock prepares to lose her locks last Wednesday at the Hair Connection in Kincardine. Pollock decided to have her hair - which she had been growing for close to four years - donated to "Locks of Love", which makes wigs for cancer patients. (Josh Howald photo)