Point Clark Lighthouse to open in August

By Barb McKay


The Point Clark Lighthouse is expected to be open to visitors before the summer’s end.


Parks Canada and Public Works Canada notified the township that restoration of the historic lighthouse tower is expected to be complete by August. The two federal bodies are working closely with township staff to come up with a date for the grand re-opening. The annual Point Clark Lighthouse Festival is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 15 and 16 and the township is hoping it can hold the re-opening ceremony in conjunction with the event.


No walking on water

There would certainly be no walking to the break wall last weekend. With warm temperatures hitting town Saturday, people got a taste of Spring weather. It didn't last long though, with wind, rain and snow hitting the region Saturday night. THere were several layers of water and ice sitting on Lake Huron under a thick blanket of fog Sunday afternoon. (Josh Howald photo)

SBGHC birthing centre had record number of births

 By Barb McKay


Kincardine had a baby boom last year, if statistics from the South Bruce Grey Health Centre (SBGHC) are any indication.


The health centre announced last week that a total of 365 babies were delivered at the family birthing centre at the Walkerton site last year, setting a record for the facility. The year prior, 322 babies were delivered.


“We’re ecstatic to see so many families utilizing our family birthing centre,” SBGHC president and CEO Paul Rosebush said in a media release. “Our staff, physicians and midwives, and family-centred approach, are second to none.”


OWHA title for bantams

The Lakeside Chevrolet bantam girls hockey team went undefeated to win gold at the OWHA championship tournament.

OWHA champions include, back left, trainer Dani Murray, assistant coach Jeff Fuller, Ariel Luinstra, Alice Thorpe, Callie Martyn, Lily Freiburger, Rainor Kuz, Georgia Fields, Hailey Woods, Peyton McCormick and coach Don Martyn. Middle row, left, Alexis Whitworth-Bjerg, Jlia McGregor, Alayna Card, Chelsea Fuller, Madison McBride and trainer Heather Card. Front, Cassidy Murray-Collins, left, and Sophia Tomaini. (submitted photo)

Cute crew!

Alex White, 8, and sister Kasia, 6, visit with nine-week English Mastiff puppy Lavendar at Lions Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. (Barb McKay photo)

Ron Coristine resigns from council

By Barb McKay


Kincardine councillor Ron Coristine has resigned from council, effective immediately, one day after stepping into his new job as executive director of PREDC.


Coristine made the announcement in a statement prior to last Wednesday’s council meeting.



Sunday's warm temperature left people in shorts and t-shirts chipping away at snow and ice. Here, Andy Cline serves with some Spring in his step during a game of tennis in Kincardine. The courts had to be cleared of snow before this match. (Josh Howald photo)

Province allows small hospital designation for SBGHC

Announcement means more funding for four hospitals

By Barb McKay


Perseverance has paid off for the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, which will receive additional funding from the province this year.


SBGHC president and CEO Paul Rosebush told The Independent Thursday that the province has revisited the way it designates the hospitals under its funding formula. The network is made up of Kincardine, Walkerton, Durham and Chesley hospitals.


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.