Christmas Knights

From left, Kincardine District Secondary School Christmas Knights Sarah Joliff, Isabel Tuck, Michelle Hack and Lana Splettsoesser were among the 120 students and volunteers who collected toys and non-perishable food items for the Kincardine Christmas Hamper program. This year, the Christmas Hamper committee hoped to fill 175 hampers. (Barb McKay photo)

Weapons hit the streets

A whole arsenal of firearms is now in the hands of criminals after a break, enter and theft from a Concession 12 East, Carrick Twp. home.

The robbery was reported to police at 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, and occurred sometime between 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 6 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The home was entered and numerous firearms were taken. The list of stolen guns includes two Remington 12-gauge shotguns, a Browning bolt action .308, a Winchester Tikka T3.270, a Cooey bolt action .22 and a Traditions Pursuit black powder gun. The value of the stolen firearms is estimated to be more than $4,000.

The South-Bruce OPP requests anyone with information that might help to call 1-888-310-1122. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Decision on free bag tags to be made in the new year

By Barb McKay


Kincardine will hold off on distributing free bag tags to residents this month, but has not yet decided if it will forgo the allocation.


Council agreed during its first budget meeting last Monday to a moratorium on free bag tags while renovations continue at the municipal administration centre. It will make a decision during future 2015 budget deliberations whether or not to continue the distribution of 26 free bag tags.


Merry Christmas!

St. Anthony's School held the annual Christmas Concert Friday afternoon at the school, which included a performance by Mrs. MacIntosh's JK/SK class. Back row, from left, Jared Huang, Henry Radford, Cooper Waite, Matthew McKeag, Mason Ruthven, Lucas Gracie, Michael Berry and Keelan Jacques. Front row, left, Ella Morris-Rice, Stormy Gervais, Jenna Ostrowski, Kannesha Cherry, Lilly Mogk, Kianna Robinson, Cassandra Weber and Avery Quon. (Josh Howald photo)

Drunk causes chaos in Walkerton

A Teeswater man is facing more than a dozen charges after wreaking havoc in Walkerton Thursday night.

Just after 11 p.m., a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol attempted to stop a red Chevrolet Optra on Bruce County Road 2 in Brant Twp. The driver refused to pull over, despite the fully marked police cruiser emergency lighting to do so. Officers called off a pursuit as the vehicle entered Walkerton, hoping officers on the other side of town would pick up the suspect vehicle.

However, as the vehicle entered downtown Walkerton, a bright flash appeared before the town was plunged into total darkness. The red Chevrolet had collided with a utility pole near the intersection of Durham Street and Peter Street.

Slew of charges for Kincardine man

A 23-year-old Kincardine man is facing numerous charges after a nearly month-long investigation.

The South-Bruce OPP entered into a fraud investigation involving the unauthorized use of a debit card on Nov. 17. The investigation culminated on Dec. 11 with the arrest of a local man.

While processing the man, officers found a prohibited knife in his possession. The man has been charged with nine counts of fraud under $5,000, four counts of breach of probation and unauthorized possession of a weapon. He was held in custody pending the results of a show cause hearing scheduled for Dec. 11, 2014.

Pier and there

Huron District Contracting Ltd. was busy working on the south pier at the Kincardine harbour Sunday evening. More than 1,900 tonnes of stone will be replaced in the $275,000 project, which will help control the erosion of the pier. (Josh Howald photo)

Man killed in farm accident

A 46-year-old man was killed in a farm accident along Concession 7, Kincardine Twp. last Tuesday, Dec. 2.

Just before 6 a.m., the South-Bruce OPP received a report of the incident. Officers attended the scene with members of the Tiverton Fire Department and Bruce County Paramedics to discover the man had become trapped in a corn picker in a row of a large corn field.

Police released his name on Wednesday. Brian McConnell, 46, was pronounced dead at the scene. A memorial service was held Monday morning in Ripley for McConnell, who grew up in the Kincardine area.

The South-Bruce OPP said they are investigating the incident, along with the Ministry of Labour and the Office of the Coroner.

Council to review information before deciding future of Bruce Telecom

Lawyer said sale was brought to Competition Bureau’s attention

By Barb McKay

As more than one Kincardine councillor put it, there are still questions around the proposed sale of Bruce Telecom, which has prompted council to demand a review of information presented earlier this year by consultants.


Who needs reindeer?

These rein-dogs were pulling a sled at the Kincardine Santa Claus Parade Saturday evening. The pooches are all Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldogs, and were pulling the float entered by Hanover's Ken and Cheryl Spitzig of Triple X Alapahas. For more parade photos, see this week's print edition. (Josh Howald photo)