Wingham man killed passing plow

Attempting to pass a snow plow proved fatal for a 28-year-old Wingham man early Friday afternoon.

Huron County OPP, Huron County Paramedic Services and the North Huron Fire Department responded to a crash at about 12:30 p.m. Friday on County Road 4 near Morris Road.

Preliminary investigations by the West Region OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigation Team determined a Chevrolet Cavalier was heading south when it entered into the oncoming lane in an attempt to pass a working snow plow. In the process of passing the plow, the Cavalier collided head on with a northbound GMC Sierra pick-up truck.

The driver and sole occupant of the Cavalier was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the man as Henry Newson, 28, of Wingham.

The two occupants of the Sierra, a 46-year-old male and a 15-year-old male from North Huron, were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. They were both released from hospital later the same day.


104!

Irene Bradley marked her 104th birthday at Tiverton Park Manor Dec. 20 with family and friends. Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie was also on hand to extend congrats. (Barb McKay photo)


 Police still need to ID victim

The Huron County OPP Crime Unit has a mystery on their hands and they hope somebody, somewhere can help them solve it.

It was Oct. 15 when the body of a man was discovered on the beach just north of Port Albert. Police still have yet to locate the man's next-of-kin.

Police said last week that despite a very thorough investigation, including an exhaustive search of all accessible databases, widespread media coverage and more than a hundred tips from the public, the identity of the man has yet to be confirmed.

The biggest break was when police learned a journalist in northern Ontario had captured photos of the victim near Espanola in September. It was further determined the victim was travelling from Alberta to Ontario. He identified himself to the journalist as Mitchell Nelson, 57. He indicated he was headed to the London area to visit family and friends, and also had relatives towards the Ottawa region.


Bulldogs dump Swiss 4-2

By Josh Howald

The Nicol Insurance Kincardine Bulldogs rose to the occasion last Wednesday night.

Kincardine jumped out to an early lead against the touring Swiss team, EHC Dubendorf/(Josh Howald photo)

 

In the first international hockey game played in Kincardine since 1998, the Bulldogs defeated Switzerland's EHC Dubendorf 4-2 in a fast-paced, hard hitting exhibition hockey game.

More than 750 filled the Davidson Centre to watch the first game of Dubendorf's six game exhibition tour against Provincial Junior Hockey League teams.

"It was an entertaining game, I thought we gave the crowd a good show," said Kincardine head coach Shawn Burrows.


Bantams lose in Silver Stick final

Peewees ousted in semi-final

By Josh Howald

A couple hundred hockey games later, the 30th annual Kincardine Regional Silver Stick is in the books.

Things weren't going well for the bantam Kinucks in the Silver Stick final. (Josh Howald photo)

 

"Everything went great," said convenor Tia Trudeau.


Beach day?

Lake Huron's water bounces off ice formed on the south pier in the channel at the Kincardine Harbour on Saturday. (Josh Howald photo)


Major winter storm slams region

Highway 21 closed for three days

Kincardine and the surrounding region were walloped by winter weather last week that shut down most major roads late last week.

A winter storm blew in last Wednesday afternoon with winds gusting to nearly 90 kilometres per hour by Thursday. School buses for Kincardine schools were cancelled at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday leaving parents scrambling to make arrangements for student pick-ups. Out-of-town school buses were cancelled on Thursday and all school buses for Kincardine schools were cancelled on Friday.

Highway 21 was closed from Owen Sound all the way to Grand Bend for a period of time before some sections opened up by the weekend, as did Highway 86 from Amberley to Lucknow. Highway 21 from Amberley to Goderich remained closed until mid-day Saturday as snow plows worked to clear drifts.


Airport runway refurbishment project takes off

By Barb McKay

A $2 million project to improve Kincardine’s runway and taxiways was given the green light from the Municipality of Kincardine council last week with a goal to complete it in time for Canada’s 150th celebrations.

Upgrades to the municipal airport’s aging main runway, in particular, have been a long time coming. Recommendations to rehabilitate runway 13-31 came from a report from engineers and consultants of Genivar back in 2013. Consultants urged the municipality to deal with the runway in 2014, and attached a cost of $1 million to the project.


Winter Relief Program announced

Last week, Hydro One launched its new Winter Relief Program which will help customers in hardship get their electricity service reconnected for the winter. Currently about 1,400 Hydro One residential customers are without electrical service due to unpaid balances.

“This program is about doing the right thing for our customers who are experiencing hardship,” said Ferio Pugliese, Executive Vice-President, Customer Care and Corporate Affairs. “We are changing the way we do business and by doing so we are currently reviewing all our customer -facing policies and practices, including how we care for our most vulnerable customers. The Winter Relief Program is one of many changes we will be undertaking.”


Charge laid in crash

A 27-year-old man has been charged after a three-car crash on Highway 21 in Kincardine Twp on Dec. 12.

The South-Bruce OPP was called to the scene of a crash at 5:47 p.m. Officers arrived to find a white Ford F-250, a grey Ford Edge and a white Pontiac Vibe were all involved. The driver of the Ford F250, a man from Wilmot Twp., was charged with failing to drive in the marked lane.

The driver of the Pontiac Vibe, meanwhile, received treatment at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.