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.

 


Spring?

This goose looks less then impressed as it climbs out of the water and onto the ice Monday afternoon at Kincardine harbour. However, the geese are pleased that a bit of water is now accessible - it had been covered in ice up until last week. More ice will be disappearing this week, perhaps, with warmer temperatures expected mid-week. (Josh Howald photo)


Ron Coristine new PREDC executive director

By Barb McKay

The Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation has hired a familiar face as its new executive director.

 

PREDC president Jim Prenger announced Thursday that Ron Coristine will fill the role, left vacant by the passing of Gerry Taylor. Coristine, a long-time consultant, is a Kincardine councillor and the council representative on PREDC’s board of directors.

 


Chamber finalizing lease agreement for Team Kincardine, tourism offices

By Barb McKay

The municipality will have a copy of the head lease agreement shortly, according to realtor Linda Bowers.

In a telephone interview with The Independent Monday, Bowers said she had just returned from holidays and was in the process of obtaining a second signature on the agreement between the Kincardine and District Chamber of Commerce and Iron Gate, the landlord for 777B Queen Street. She expects that Chamber executive director Jackie Pawlikowski will be the one to sign the agreement.

 


Police chase in Lucknow

A 24-year-old Hanover man is facing several charges after trying to dodge police in Lucknow on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

At 12:44 a.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer patrolling Highway 9, Greenock Twp., noticed a grey Ford Taurus moving at a high rate of speed. The vehicles' speed was displayed on radar at 137km/hr in a posted 70km/hr zone. The driver was signalled to stop the vehicle, but decided to continue driving, at that speed, towards Lucknow.

The vehicle made some quack turns in the village of Lucknow, and police found the car, stopped, with the engine running, behind the Mac's Milk store. The driver, however, was no longer in the vehicle. Investigating officers were able to identify the man that had been driving the suspect vehicle, though police did not detail how, or where, they caught up to him.


Super spay-ghetti

The annual Spay-ghetti dinner at the Kincardine Legion Saturday night raised more than $7,000 for Cozy Cat Shelter, run by Helga Szekely. The SPCA pulled sponsorship of the event unexpectedly on Thursday evening, but volunteers from Goderich and Kincardine pulled things together to feed a sell-out crowd. From left, Dawse Ford, Bailey Pierson, Breigha Pierson and Caiden Ford enjoy the grub, prior to home made desserts donated by Dianne and Perry Laidy of Ripley. (Kincardine Independent)