Adventure through the swamp

A 39-year-old man led police through a swamp and up a tree before finally being taken into custody Feb. 24.

At 8:30 p.m., Huron County OPP responded to the area of Orange Hill, northwest of Gorrie, to patrol for a possible impaired driver that had nearly struck another vehicle. As officers were responding, police learned the male driver had ditched his Lincoln SUV and fled the scene into a nearby swamp.  After exiting the swamp, the impaired driver hopped into a nearby parked vehicle and was ready to leave when he was confronted by the owner of the vehicle. The man took off on foot, and then decided to climb a large tree.

Hockey grins

Kincardine native Kendra Fisher, left, with former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Rick Vaive Thursday afternoon following a charity hockey game between Tundra and the Bruce Power Nighthawks. The teams raised $2,000 for the Kincardine Minor Hockey Association. (Josh Howald photo)

BAA, CWOSSA championships for KDSS girls

By Josh Howald

After winning a Bluewater Athletic Association championship on home ice last week, the Kincardine District Secondary School girls hockey team kept the good times rolling by going 4-0 at the CWOSSA tournament this week. The Knights defeated St. David’s in overtime yesterday (Tuesday) to win a CWOSSA championship and qualify for the OFSAA provincial championship tournament later this month in Stratford.

The KDSS girls hockey team winning the BAA girls hockey championship last week at home. Yesterday the Knights won a CWOSSA championship in Owen Sound. (Josh Howald photo)


OT win moves midgets into OMHA final

Kinucks sweep Parry Sound

By Josh Howald

It was a slow start but a frenzied finish Friday night for the Kincardine Miller Insurance midget Kinucks.

Kincardine celebrates the game-tying goal late in the third period of Game 3 of the OMHA semi-final series with Parry Sound Friday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Kincardine advanced to the All-Ontario finals with a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime win over Parry Sound in Game 3 of the OMHA semi-finals Friday night in front of a near capacity crowd at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine.

Atoms sweep Parry Sound

Host Petrolia for Game 1 of OMHA finals Saturday night

By Josh Howald

Kincardine will now take on Petrolia for an OMHA All-Ontario atom B championship.

Kincardine fires a slapper at the Parry Sound goal during Game 3 of the OMHA atom B semi-final series Friday night at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. (Josh Howald photo)


Laidler ready to represent Canada at World Winter Games

Rosie Laidler will travel to Austria next week to compete in free skate at the Special Olympics World Winter Games. For the full story, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Flipping out

The skate park at the Davidson Centre might be closed for the season but Benn Leggett, left, Zach McCabe and Matt McCable, all 13, found a way to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather last Wednesday. Fog cancelled school buses around the region so many students enjoyed a gorgeous day off school. (Barb McKay photo)

 Province invokes moratorium on electricity disconnects

By Barb McKay

The Ontario government has told utility companies that they cannot disconnect customers this winter, but those in the industry are concerned it may do more harm than good.

Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault issued a letter to electricity and natural gas distributors last Tuesday asking them to voluntarily refrain from disconnecting customers whose bills fall into arrears. Lisa Milne, president of Westario Power, told The Independent that a special board meeting was called and it was agreed that the company would submit to the minister’s request. The following day, however, Thibeault informed utilities that legislation was enacted and a moratorium on disconnections is in effect until April 30. Milne notified the province that Westario would comply.

Milne said the legislation does not address the real problem.

 Historic Holyrood General Store for sale

By Barb McKay

After more than 30 years of business, the iconic Holyrood General Store, known commonly to locals as Miller Mall, is for sale.

Lucy Miller behind the counter at the Holyrood General Store. (Barb McKay photo)


Allan and Lucy Miller are looking towards the next chapter of their lives and decided last week to list the business for sale. On the weekend, the couple celebrated the 31st anniversary of the opening of the general store. Now, they see retirement on the horizon, but only if the business sells.

 Dress your windows in socks for World Down Syndrome Day

Lots of Socks celebration on March 21

By Barb McKay

Last year, one local girl’s idea to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day garnered national attention. This year, organizers plan to take it to the next level.

Community Living Kincardine and District (CLKD) is preparing for the second annual Lots of Socks campaign. The campaign coincides with World Down Syndrome Day, which takes place each year on March 21, as individuals born with Down Syndrome have three copies of their number 21 chromosome, rather than the typical two.