Cops nab 25 drivers in speed trap

Police charged 25 drivers in less than three hours Friday morning on Queen Street North.

South-Bruce OPP set up a radar enforcement after receiving complaints about speeding on the stretch of road. Local cops have been using a speed recording sign to monitor traffic in the area, and information confirmed the stretch of road was a problem area.

Between 6:30 a.m.  and 8 a.m., 25 speeding charges were laid.

The highest speed recorded using the sign was 118 km/hr in 50 km/hr zone, and the highest recorded speed during the blitz was 94 km/hr.

Three people were charged under the new racing legislation, meaning their licence and vehicle is taken for seven days. Driving more than 50 over the posted limit constitutes racing.

Macpherson Park named after nine-time mayor

It’s Tiny Tot Park no more.

After more than four years of prodding municipal staff and local government, the Macpherson family stood Friday beside a new sign carrying the park’s proper name.

“I’m very happy with this sign,” said Mary (Macpherson) Culbert. “I’m especially pleased with the design. It’s lovely.”

The Macpherson family’s latest efforts to publicize the park’s history - a letter in The Independent – resulted in the new sign, which the municipality put up last week. The new sign sits just off Lambton Street, at the entrance to the playground.

Dynamic beach meeting draws crowd in Huron-KInloss

The Ripley Wolves would love the attendance numbers found at Huron-Kinloss council’s last meeting.

An overflow crowd of Bruce Beach residents Oct. 20 sent township staff scrambling for extra chairs. The residents wanted to make comments regarding the new dynamic beach setbacks along the lakeshore and Huron-Kinloss’ official plan amendment.

David Larsen points an accusatory finger at council during the Oct. 20 public meeting concerning dynamic beaches. (Kiel Edge photo)

Bottle drive

Kincardine Beaver Mattew Bushell, 6, holds a box of cans ready for collection during Saturday's Scouts bottle drive in the Foodland parking lot. (Kiel Edge photo)

Vandals damage fence

An eight-foot section of fence on a St. Albert Street property in Kincardine was damaged by vandals on Thanksgiving weekend.

The section if fence, left laying on the ground, was damaged at about 3:30 a.m. on the Sunday of that weekend.

Six Chainsaws stolen

The South Bruce OPP are currently investigating several thefts of chainsaws from Bruce County.  A total of six have been stolen since Sept. 27 from three rural addresses in southern Bruce County.

Culprits stole four chainsaws and some tools from a shop on Highway #9 in the former Greenock Township between Sept. 27 and Sept. 29.   The saws were: Stihl Model 028 (18” bar) orange, Stihl Model 009 (16” bar) orange, Stihl Model 066 (25” bar) orange, Jonsered Model 6171 (20” bar) red. Value of the saws is about $400.

Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 9, a Stihl Model MS 460 chainsaw was taken from a drive shed at a Concession 5 address in the former Greenock Township.

 And between Oct. 5 and 16, culprits stole a Stihl Model 066 (25” bar) from a shed on a rural property on the Brant-Greenock Line.  Value of the saw is $50.00.

Stove Burns

Auto-clean didn’t do much for an Alice Street couple last week.

The Kincardine Fire Department had to be called when the propane stove caught fire.

In the meantime, the owner of the home turned off the propane.

Fire chief Jamie MacKinnon said Monday that firemen took the stove outside. There was minimal damage to the kitchen.

Grant money sparks spending spree

The municipality of Kincardine should see a rash of new projects underway thanks to a $721,784 grant from the Ontario Government.

Councillors and senior staff have selected seven projects to fund with the cash – given out through the Investing in Ontario Act Grant Program. At its Oct. 16 meeting, council hammered out a list of suitable projects from a shopping list of capital projects.

The largest chunk of cash – approximately $250,000 - will go to the Huron Terrace Bridge project. Kincardine is on the hook for $1.2-million of its total cost, and the grant will help to soften the blow on the 2009 capital budget.

“We’ve got a good spread of money going throughout the municipality,” said councillor Ken Craig. “This is a big project.”

CD will raise money for research

Little known about degenerative brain disease

Life is full of irony.

 Kincardine business woman Janet Bannerman spent much of her adult life involved with mobility issues. She ran Community rehab and was on Kincardine’s accessibility committee.

Today, Janet uses the services she worked for while on the accessibility committee.

Now her four children – Mike, Scott and Danielle Bannerman and Melanie Carney – are working on mobility issues.

Clinic limit set at $2.25-million

Kincardine council has a message for Parkin Architects: You have $2.25-million to make the clinic addition work.

Councillors and municipal staff discussed the municipality’s instructions to the architects in charge of designing the new building during committee-of-the-whole Oct. 15. The architects are meeting with council Nov. 3, and the municipality wanted to agree on guidelines for the project well ahead of the face-to-face meeting.

Last month, Parkin Architects presented a preliminary design to council with a price tag in upwards of $5-million. Council was expecting the project to cost no more than $2-million or $3-million.