Fire fundraiser Friday night

A fundraising event is being held at Boston Pizza this Friday night for Courtney Hunt.

Hunt, 21, managed to escape with only a suitcase full of clothing from the downtown house fire Jan. 5.

Hunt lived in a downstairs apartment. She came to Kincardine from Oshawa less than two years ago and had been living in a rented room while working at Tim Hortons. Last July, she was happy to move into her own main floor apartment on Queen St. She accepted a job at Presto-Crest, where she is still employed.

At 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, she woke up to the upstairs apartment of her building burning. She ran out of her apartment in only her pajamas. Municipality of Kincardine firefighters described the blaze as an aggressive fire in an upstairs apartment.

Since the fire, a 21-year-old male was arrested and charged with arson, mischief under $5,000, uttering threats and two counts of breach of probation.


Impaired driver was speeding

A 48-year-old Kincardine man is facing charges after police stopped his red Jeep Wrangler on Bruce County Road 7 in Huron Twp.

Just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 15, a South-Bruce OPP officer on patrol noticed the Jeep Wrangler moving at a high rate of speed. The vehicle speed displayed on radar at more than 120km/hr in a posted 80km/hr zone. The driver was also found to have been drinking.


 International Silver Stick title for midget girls

Peewee girls lose in triple-OT

The Kincardine Montgomery Ford midget girls are International Silver Stick champions.

The midget girls went undefeated at the Sarnia tournament with one tie and two wins in the preliminary round of play. After falling behind 1-0 in the semi-finals, Kincardine came back to grind out a 4-2 win. In the championship game, the girls led from the start and skated away with a 4-1 win and a Silver Stick title.

The midget girls faced Lambton Shores in the tournament final. Morgan Murray and Rainor Kuz each scored first period goals to put Kincardine in the lead. Payton McCormick made it 3-0 in the second period before Lambton Shores made it 3-1 early in the third period. Kuz then scored an insurance goal, her second goal of the game, to make it a 4-1 final.

The midget girls hosted Huron Heat last night (Tuesday) at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine. On Saturday, they will entertain South Huron in a 4:15 p.m. game in Kincardine.


Emergency services, high school face off to end youth homelessness

Push for Change Hockey Challenge on Feb. 18

By Barb McKay

On Hockey Day in Canada, three Kincardine teams will face off with two goals in mind – to earn bragging rights and raise money to end youth homelessness.

Peter Wolfe, left, Det. Const. David Hackney and Mike Drake representing the high school, OPP and Municipality of Kincardine Fire Department respectively, met to promote a Feb. 18 challenge recently. (Barb McKay photo)

 


Can't stop a loppet

The Kincardine cross-country ski club held it's annual race Saturday at Stoney Island Conservation Area just north of Kincardine. Fears that warm weather and rain may ruin the day were unfounded, as the trails were in good condition and the weather was perfect. For the full story, see this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Pauline Kerr photo)


Canada 150 grant for Kincardine lighthouse repairs

By Barb McKay

Repairs to Kincardine’s lighthouse will go ahead this year after the municipality successfully obtained a sizable Canada 150 Community Infrastructure grant.


 Inverhuron Pavilion project continues to stall

By Barb McKay

Plans to build a pavilion in Inverhuron could continue to collect dust until municipal sewer service is available in the community.

The Inverhuron Pavilion Committee was one of several groups hoping its project will be included in the 2017 Municipality of Kincardine capital budget. During last Wednesday’s council meeting Parks and Recreation Director Karen Kieffer presented a report from the committee after spokesperson Marelle Evans was unable to attend.


KDSS showcases artistic talents Thursday evening

Kincardine and District Secondary School (KDSS) will hold its third annual Knight of the Arts tomorrow evening.

The event, held at the high school, is a compilation of artistic work by students and includes work from the media, drama, and visual art classes.


Several charges from Festive RIDE campaign

More than 600 people were charged with impaired driving during the seven-week Festive RIDE campaign held province wide by the OPP.

Of the 610 impaired driving charges laid over that period, three of them were locally, handed out by the South-Bruce OPP. The Huron County OPP, meanwhile, laid eight of those impaired driving charges. The South-Bruce OPP served another nine warn range suspensions during the Festive RIDE campaign. A total of 388 people, province wide, were served with these suspensions.

Provincially, the OPP conducted more than 7,300 RIDE checkpoints during the campaign, which ran from Nov. 21, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017.

OPP Drug Recognition Evaluators (DRE) also took part and laid drug-impaired driving charges to 22 of the 610 impaired drivers. Police claim that DREs have the tools and expertise to test and detect drug impairment in drivers from a Drug Evaluation and Classification Program.


Ice day out there

A bulldozer does some work on the shoreline Friday west of Goderich St. in Kincardine. A wall of ice, meanwhile, helps protect the shore from the winter elements. (Josh Howald photo)