Blaze in Inverhuron causes $500,000 damage

 A fire in Inverhuron on the weekend has gutted a home and garage.



Firefighters work to extinguish a house and garage fire on John Street, Inverhuron on Saturday.



Municipality calls on Sun Media to stop driveway delivery

Kincardine council has asked Sun Media to change its delivery method for the Kincardine News.


Councillor Mike Leggett introduced a motion during the March 19 council meeting to notify Sun Media that it has concerns with the how the newspaper is currently delivered to residents in Kincardine and Tiverton – tossed into driveways.


Council voted in favour of the motion and is asking Sun Media to consider an alternate form of delivery, such as Canada Post.

Grudge match

The second annual Guns 'N Hoses charity hockey game isn't until April 5, but Kincardine firefighter Craig Palmateer, left, and South-Bruce OPP Constable Kevin Martin already have already dropped the gloves as they fight over the Brass Nozzle Trophy. For more details about this year's game, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Kincardine signs three-year lease for tourism office

Councillors admit it doesn’t have all the details; will be worked out later

By Barb McKay


Kincardine council pulled off a shotgun wedding with the BIA and Chamber of Commerce last week when it agreed to a three-year lease for a downtown office space.


Council was presented with an agreement, five minutes before its meeting last Wednesday, to share space with other organizations at 777B Queen Street as a sub-tenant and the Chamber of Commerce as the lease holder.


Kincardine gets failing grade for funding assets

By Barb McKay


Kincardine’s roads may be in relatively good condition, but the municipality is not putting away enough money to maintain them in the future, according to consultants.


Representatives from Public Sector Digest, the firm that developed the municipality’s asset management plan, attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to present the plan and make recommendations for looking after roads, bridges and water and sewer infrastructure.


According to the plan, Kincardine would need to raise taxes 29.9 per cent over 10 years, or three per cent annually, to generate enough money to replace its assets as needed.


Community achievements

Bruce Power's Rob Liddle presents the Citizen of the Year award to Donna Coughlan Saturday night at the Best Western Plus Governor's Inn at the 2014 Chamber of Commerce Community Achievement Awards. Coughlan operates a feline rescue organization "Allies for Alley Catz" out of her home. For more photos and a full run-down of this year's recipients, pick up a print edition of this week's Kincardine Independent. (Barb McKay photo)

Tiverton ratepayers raise concerns over Bruce Telecom sale disclosure

By Barb McKay


Details about the sale of Bruce Telecom are still vague, according to members of the Tiverton and District Ratepayers Association (TDRA).


Senior drunk at McDonald's

A 69-year-old woman was picked up for drunk driving Saturday night at McDonald's.

The South-Bruce OPP responded to a report of an intoxicated woman at the McDonald's restaurant in Kincardine at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday night. Officers arrived on the scene and took the woman into custody. The Bruce Twp. woman was charged with care or control while impaired, as well as care or control over 80 mgs. She is scheduled to appear in court May 12, 2014 to answer to the charges.

Her vehicle was towed from the McDonalds parking lot.

Cutting the cheese....

Zehrs deli manager Kathie Van Opstal cuts into an 80-pound wheel of parmesan cheese Saturday at noon sharp. A total of 1,008 wheels of parmesan were cut simultaneously at 360 Loblaws stores across Canada to set a new Guiness World Record. The previous mark was 456 wheels of parmesan. (Barb McKay photo)

Sugar Shack showcasing local art

By Barb McKay

At first glance, the Sugar Shack is a tattoo parlour like any other.

But its unusual method of decorating has attracted more than tattoo customers through its doors. Over the past year, the Queen Street business, operated by Scott and Ashley Duncan, has exhibited local artwork.

“It’s been neat,” said Scott Duncan. “People are drawn in by the look of the building and aren’t immediately aware that it’s a tattoo parlour.”

Having paintings and multi-media works on the walls not only makes the business look good, it’s a constant source of inspiration.

“If we have cook art in here it will keep us interested and it’s good for everyone,” Duncan said.