Kincardine gets challenge to create more affordable housing

 By Barb McKay

 

Kincardine is being encouraged to develop a community improvement plan (CIP) geared towards affordable housing.

 

Susan Earle and Leah Barrie, of Bruce County Housing, attended last Wednesday’s council meeting to talk about recent achievements and goals for the next few years. Barrie said Kincardine should be congratulated for revising its policies and zoning bylaws to allow for affordable housing developments and the creation of secondary units in existing homes.

 


Distracted driving fine upped to $280

Now the #1 killer on Ontario roads

By Josh Howald

If it doesn't kill you, it still might cost you.

The fine for distracted driving is about to be upped to $280, which one must admit, is a better penalty than death.


Knights bow out at CWOSSA tournament

KDSS still to play for BAA final

By Josh Howald

There would be no Cinderella run this time around.

A KDSS forward squeezes past a OSCVI defender during the BAA semi-final in Kincardine recently. (Josh Howald photo)

The Kincardine District Secondary School boys hockey team bowed out of the CWOSSA championship tournament after dropping its first game of the round robin last week in Simcoe.

"If we had just done a few things just a bit differently," said Doug Kennedy, who helped coach the KDSS squad. He was bench boss on the Knights run to an OFSAA provincial championship in 2012.


On a roll

Austin Ferguson, 6, was hunting for a strike at the Kincardine Big Brothers Bis Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake event at the Bruce Bowling Lanes in Kincardine. This year's event, sponsored by Bruce Power, plled in nearly $27,000. A total of 25 teams took part, dressed as their favourite athletes as per this year's theme. (Barb McKay photo)


Donors needed as blood supply thins

Donations are urgently requested for the Blood Donor Clinic next week, Wednesday, March 12 from 1-8 p.m. The Kincardine collection target is 202 units.

 

Staff from Canadian Blood Services told The Independent last week that due to the bad weather this winter, donations have been slow. Many recent clinics were cancelled and attendance overall has decreased. With next week’s clinic taking place during March Break, there is some concern that local supplies may start to run low as families are busy with vacation activities.

 


Spring forward this weekend

It is nearly time to spring forward. And with the winter we have had, it can’t come a minute too soon.

 

You are reminded Daylight Savings begins this weekend, Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m.

 

Be sure to turn your clocks forward one hour before you hit the hay Saturday night so you don’t end up running behind.

 

As for the snow, remember patience is a virtue.


Man had drugs, stolen goods

A 45-year-old Kincardine man is facing several charges after police searched a home under construction in downtown Kincardine last week.

 

At 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 23, the South-Bruce OPP conducted a search of a home under construction in the 800 block of Queen Street, Kincardine. Officers discovered the man inside the home with a quantity of illegal drugs and stolen property.

 

The man was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation. He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for Feb. 24, 2014 at 2 p.m.


Scammed for more than $800

A local resident is out more than $800 after getting sucked into the "Microsoft Scam" last week.

The South-Bruce OPP issued another reminder to the public to be wary of unsolicited phone calls after a Municipality of Kincardine resident was taken for $832. The person received a telephone call notifying them of a problem with their computer, one that could be fixed remotely, for a fee. Police urge people to take your computer to a reputable repair service if you suspect a problem. Don't trust a stranger on the phone.


A winning team

From left, Rebecca McDonald, 13, Andrew McDonald, 11, Angel Vahe, 10 and Ivy Farrell, 12, took part in the Kincardine Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake Saturday at the Bruce Bowling Lanes. The kids participate in the event every year, which this year raised nearly $27,000. (Barb McKay photo)


Lucknow man hammered with driving charges

A 51-year-old Lucknow man was hammered with numerous charges on Sunday morning in Lucknow.

At 11:15 a.m. on March 2, a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol in Lucknow stopped a grey Toyota Corolla. The man was found to have been drinking. He was charged with operation over 80mgs, as well as driving with liquor accessible, failure to wear a seatbelt, failure to surrender licence and failure to provide proof of insurance.

The man is to appear in court April 14, 2014 to answer to the charges.