Family fun

The heavy snowfall over the weekend brought families out to Alps Park for tobogganing. Mason Holroyd, 4, centre, gets ready to push his brother Reid, 5, down the hill while big sister Ashlyn, 8, waits her turn. The kids were enjoying a visit with their grandparents, Allan and Ellen Holroyd of Manitoulin. (Barb McKay photo)

Municipality eyes up 4.47 per cent tax rate increase

2018 budget includes start to Highway 9 and 21 work, community projects


By Barb McKay


The Municipality of Kincardine is looking at a relatively conservative budget for 2018 with an anticipated tax rate increase of 4.47 per cent.


Kincardine in desperate need of Big Brother volunteers

Some children have been waiting years to be matched with a mentor


By Barb McKay


When Nick Buchok decided to become a Big Brother he was looking for a way to immerse himself in the community and do something positive. He had no idea how much he would get out of the experience.


Councillor wants new discussion on Upper Lorne Beach access gates


By Barb McKay


Public access to a stretch of road that runs along the lakeshore to Inverhuron will be up for debate by municipal council, once again.


Councillor Gord Campbell asked that the issue be added to last Wednesday’s Municipality of Kincardine council agenda for discussion. Questions were last raised in 2015 about opening up Victoria Street within the gated community of Mystic Cove to the general public when Highway 21 is closed during winter storms.


Peaceful picket


Fight for $15 and Fairness and the Ontario Federation of Labour conducted an information picket over the lunch hour Friday at the Queen St., Kincardine, Tim Hortons. Organizations represented at the rally were Grey Bruce Labour Council, Power Workers of Ontario, Public Service Employees, Society of Energy Professionals and Nova Scotia General Employees. Shown (back) are Gary Franklin of the Power Workers Union, Kevin Smith representing the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Grey Bruce Labour Council (he’s president), (front) Dave Trumble - vice-president of the Grey Bruce Labour Council, and Mike Dunn holding the Nova Scotia General Employees flag. For more details, pick up a copy of this week’s Kincardine Independent (Pauline Kerr photo)

Lieutenant Governor opens new Kincardine cross country ski trail


By Barb McKay


A trail provides more than just an opportunity for recreation, it also connects people.


Council divided over funding Tiverton community centre, servicing business park, or neither


By Barb McKay


Prioritizing infrastructure projects has become a significant challenge in setting the 2018 Municipality of Kincardine budget.


Ice jam

Unseasonably warm temperatures last week thawed ice on Lake Huron and forced it into the Penetangore River near the Queen Street bridge. (photo courtesy of Steve Small)

Westario Power looks to raise rates


By Barb McKay


Westario Power customers could see their rates increase.


HK man arrested after Ripley-area chase


A police officer and a civilian were injured Saturday after a man drove through a police barricade near Ripley on Saturday.


According to a report from the South Bruce OPP, police were looking for looking for a man who was wanted for an incident the day prior where threats were made and a firearm was involved. Shortly after noon on Saturday, police spotted the man they were seeking driving on Bruce Road 6 near Ripley.


In the report, police say they attempted to stop the driver by barricading the road. The man drove towards the barricade, smashing into two police cruisers and injuring an officer in the process. The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a fractured wrist and released.