Huron-Bruce re-elects Lisa Thompson amid Liberal majority

By Barb McKay


Huron-Bruce voters have remained true blue by re-electing PC candidate Lisa Thompson to Provincial Parliament, while the balance shifted overall to give the Liberals a majority government.



Lisa Thompson



Fair young ladies

Lorie Ogilvie, left, and Tawny Robinson have thrown their names in the ring to become the 2014 Ambassador of the Kincardine Fall Fair. The ladies were help promoting the fair, and the ambassador competition specifically last week. There is still time to enter, for more details visit the Fall Fair Ambassador Competition page on Facebook. Maddie McFadden will also take part in the competition, but was away last week when the photo was taken. (Josh Howald photo)

More downtown break-ins in Kincardine

Walkerton also hit by thieves

Police are investigating two overnight break-ins in the downtown core of Kincardine.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Friday, June 13 and 9 a.m., June 14, entry was forcibly gained to the Clothes Hamper in the 700 block of Queen Street in Kincardine, through the main door. A quantity of cash and coin were taken.

A second break-in during the same time frame was reported at Baxter's Row, in the 700 block of Queen Street, Kincardine, where entry was forcibly gained through the back door. Once inside, a quantity of cash and coins were taken.

There is no estimate on the cost of repairs to either business at this time. And Kincardine isn't the only centre dealing with rash of recent break-ins. In Walkerton, police are  investigating three daylight break and enters that were reported last Wednesday, June 11.

In the swing..

Anne Elliott and Les Cook of Blyth showed off some impressive moves at the Lighthouse Swing Band dance at the Kincardine Pavilion Sunday afternoon. The next dance will be July 10. (Barb McKay photo)

Wilson wins teaching award

The accolades keep rolling in for the staff of Kincardine District Secondary School.

Carrie Wilson was selected by Queen's University to receive a 2014 Baillie Award for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. The award, established by Chancellor Mr. Charles Baillie, enables graduating students at Queen's to honour high school educators who made a positive and formative influence setting them on a course of higher learning.

Wilson was nominated by Romana Neferu, a KDSS graduate who is graduating from Queen's with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Chemistry. Neferu will be starting studies in the Doctor of Medicine program at Western University (Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry) in September.

Wilson attended Neferu's convocation on June 5, where she was surprised to receive the award in person at Queen's.

Quilted raffle

Fall Fair volunteers Margaret Visser, left, and Bessie Farrell, with the quilt the Kincardine Agricultural Society will raffle at the Kincardine Fall Fair. One lucky winner will get to keep the locally made, hand stitched quilt. Tickets are $3 each, or two for $5 and are available from Ag Society members and at Gordon Pharmasave, Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)

Hockeyville money for Knights

Zehr's Kincardine wins outstanding leadership award

By Josh Howald

Kincardine wasn't completely shut out of the Kraft Hockeyville 2014 awards.

Zehrs Kincardine won $2,500 from Kraft for providing outstanding leadership in Kincardine's bid to become Kraft Hockeyville 2014. Zehrs was recognized for their community and store dedication to the project. Kraft permitted the Kincardine store to distribute the money to any organization they decided.

Helping hands

Sam Vinandy, 2, of Kincardine enjoyed some lovely weekend weather on the Lions Park playground equipment at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine Sunday afternoon. She had some steadying hands from a cousin and a friend in this photo. (Josh Howald photo)

KDSS will close Bervie Campus

Staffing issues force campus closure

By Josh Howald

Students seeking alternative learning will now have one less alternative.

The end of the 2013/14 school year will also be the end of operations at the Bervie Campus of Kincardine District Secondary School. Principal Randall DeKraker confirmed the Bervie site would be closed on Monday morning in a telephone interview with The Independent.

"It was a very, very difficult decision," said DeKraker. "It's tough. I know it has been a very successful program over the years, and it has helped a lot of kids with different learning skills graduate."

Food bank usage rising, according to United Way study

By Barb McKay


Hunger is on the rise in Kincardine, according to a recent study by the United Way of Bruce and Grey.


The United Way hosted a food bank summit last Thursday at the Grey Bruce Health Unit with regional agencies, including the Salvation Army, and food banks to address the growing issue of hunger and poverty in the region. According to a study compiled by the United Way, the 2013 Hunger Report, food bank visits were up by 47 per cent overall across the coverage area from 2011 to 2013, from 9,215 to 13,518. Not only that, the number of food banks in the area grew from 14 to 20.