Man arrested in break-and-enters

A 38-year-old man has been charged in connection to several break-and-enters in Kincardine.

Numerous homes and businesses, many in the downtown core, have been victimized in the past two months. Last Tuesday afternoon, South-Bruce OPP officers made an arrest stemming from that investigation, which was being assisted by the South-Bruce OPP Crime Unit.

A 38-year-old Lucknow man has been charged with three counts of break and enter, as well as one count of breach of probation. He was held in custody pending the results of a show cause hearing that was scheduled for July 9 at 2 p.m.

The South-Bruce OPP continues to investigate the break-ins, and request anyone with information that could be of use to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you might be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Provincial funding earmarked for rural natural gas projects

By Barb McKay

 

The race is on to complete a natural gas business case now that the province has announced significant funding for infrastructure.

 

Councillor Guy Anderson told Kincardine council during its meeting last Wednesday that he had learned that Premier Kathleen Wynne had announced that the Ontario government has earmarked $135 billion for infrastructure over the next decade. Anderson said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal had further revealed that a large portion of the money would go to extending natural gas service to rural areas.


Mock disaster puts emergency personnel to the test

By Barb McKay

 

Smoke spewed from the cockpit of a small aircraft as it came to rest in the field beside Kincardine airport’s main runway.

 

 

Shelbi-Lynne McLelland of Kincardine is carried to safety by South-Bruce OPP Cst. Kevin Martin, left, and deputy fire chief Mike Moore during the MedLINCS mock disaster last Wednesday. (Barb McKay photo)

 


Concerns continue over Armow Wind agreement

Deputy mayor says agreement has many positives

By Barb McKay

 

A Kincardine resident says the municipality has essentially gagged itself by agreeing to the terms in a development agreement with SP Armow Wind.

 

Karen Breitbach told Kincardine council last Wednesday that it disrespected the residents who live within the Armow Wind Project area by not informing them about the contents of the agreement prior to signing it.

 


Cops still seek witnesses in crash

The South-Bruce OPP is still trying to track down the driver involved in a June 26 crash that seriously injured a local man.

Arnie Clifford, who was cycling on Concession 12, Huron Twp. just before 9 p.m. on June 26, continues to recover in hospital while police appealed to the public hoping to find witnesses to the crash.

Police were called to the crash scene at 8:57 p.m., and upon arrival discovered the involved vehicle was not at the scene. Clifford was airlifted to hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries. Police initially said they were looking for the driver of a transport truck with a trailer. With help from the OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and the OPP Forensic Identification Unit, they have narrowed down the suspect vehicle.


Airport house officially up for the taking

By Barb McKay

 

A request for proposals is being issued for the vacant house at the Kincardine airport after it was declared surplus by council last week.

 

Kincardine council decided at the beginning of the month to rid itself of the airport house after attempts to find a suitable tenant failed. The request for proposals (RFP) is for the removal of the house, including the foundation.

 


14th Women’s Triathlon biggest yet, say organizers

Debbie Val wins annual race

By Barb McKay

Last weekend’s Kincardine Women’s Triathlon could very well be the best attended yet, according to event organizers.

Kincardine's Sophie Hotchkiss, 17, finished third in the triathlon. (Barb McKay photo)

The sun was shining, lake conditions were good and the temperature wasn’t overly warm when the triathlon and duathlon were held at Station Beach Saturday morning.


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The Kincardine Scottish proudly marches down Queen Street during the Saturday night parade during the weekend's Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Kincardine. For a full page of colour photos, don’t miss this week’s print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Emerald ash borer could be in Kincardine

Kincardine council briefs

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine’s environmental action group is turning its attention to an invasive insect that is infesting ash trees in Huron-Kinloss Township.

 

Deputy mayor Anne Eadie, who is a member of the group, told Kincardine council during last Wednesday’s meeting that in light of news that the emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Ripley and along the lakeshore, the group will be revisiting the issue to determine a course of action. Eadie said when an inventory of ash trees was taken last year there was no evidence that the beetle was in Kincardine, but now it is spreading quickly.


Business plan in the works to decide future of Kincardine airport

By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine’s airport task force will develop a business plan to determine if extending the municipal airport’s main runway is a worthwhile investment.

 

The task force, led by the Penetangore Regional Economic Development Corporation (PREDC), made a presentation to Kincardine council during is meeting last Wednesday to discuss a plan to develop a business case for expanding the airport. If the municipality wants to continue to grow, said PREDC executive director Ron Coristine, we need a means of transporting people and goods. He said the cost of the plan would be his time plus $10,000 and is expected to be completed by March 2015.