Host families urgently needed for international students


By Barb McKay


With less than three weeks to go until the start of the school year, several host families are still needed to take in international students.


Nearly 200 students from South America and Europe will spend a semester at nine schools, including Kincardine and District Secondary School (KDSS). This is the sixth consecutive year that the Avon Maitland District School Board has hosted the international program that allows visiting students to learn a new language and experience a different culture while continuing their education.


Kinloss teen lighting up the stock car track at Varney


By Barb McKay


At 15 years old, Dawson Urbanek is already a stock car racing veteran.


In his fourth season at Varney Speedway, Dawson has more experience on the track than racers many years his senior and he is currently leading his class in points this season with nearly 20 wins under his belt.


“This year has been the best year so far in my career,” Dawson said from his home in Kinloss on Friday. “I’m far more improved from last year.”


KIPP Trail close to reaching fundraising goal

by Barb McKay


Work on the long-awaited Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park (KIPP) Trail could begin next spring.


Kincardine Trails Association (KTA) president Brad Kirkconnell said the committee has raised more than $200,000 of its $240,000 fundraising goal.


“We’ll be putting the push on in the new year because the natural gas project will be getting underway,” he said.


2018 Kincardine Reunion a complete success

by Barb McKay


After a year of planning and preparation, the 2018 Kincardine Reunion has come and gone, but it was an event that will be talked about for months.


The Independent caught up with reunion co-chairs Dave Patterson and Jen Cook in Victoria Park on Sunday and they had only positive things to say about the weekend.


“We can’t call it anything but a complete and huge success,” Patterson said.


Kincardine Calls her people home

by Liz Smith


The Kincardine Theatre Guild kicked off the 2018 Reunion festivities with Wednesday night’s performance of Kincardine Calls, the story of Ida Jean and Fergie, who fall in love and marry, despite opposition from family and the threat of war and struggle.


Set against the backdrop of Kincardine in the 1800s, Kincardine Calls tells some of the history of Kincardine and its people, through dialogue, original songs and choreography.


Special Olympics


On July 24, athletes and coaches gathered for a special goodbye in support of two Special Olympics athletes, who are attending the national competition in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, during the long weekend in August. From the left are Allan Moore, who will be participating in track athletics, swimming coach Marg VanderVaart and swimmer Jackie McDonald. (Tammy Schneider photo)

Final list of candidates announced for Municipal Election 2018


By Pauline Kerr


Municipal Election 2018 promises to be an exciting one locally, with races for mayor in both Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss, for deputy mayor in Huron-Kinloss, and a six-way race for three councillor-at-large seats in Kincardine.


In Kincardine, Rob Stephens entered the race for mayor, running against incumbent Anne Eadie.


No update on the revised sex education curriculum


By Tammy Schneider


With the start of school just a month away, teachers and education professionals are still unsure as to which curriculum they will be teaching.


Last week, public school boards across the province wrote to the government asking for clarification on the sex education curriculum for the upcoming school year.


Relax and ride the bus Reunion weekend


By Pauiline Kerr


Anyone who’s attended previous reunions knows it’s best to leave the car at home. With all the extra people in town and all the activities happening in the downtown area, driving and parking just aren’t options.


While there’s a lot happening, the venues for the various events are in a fairly compact area, and are within reasonable walking distance from each other and most parts of town.