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)

Downtown businesses targeted

Police are investigating after several downtown businesses were hit with what is believed to be pellets from a pellet gun.


Damage was done to the windows of several shops on Queen Street in Kincardine early last week, including Lake Huron Video, JB’s Lingerie, A Delicate Edge, the vacant office building at the corner of Lambton and Queen Street and the Welcome Centre.


Anyone who has information related to this crime is asked to contact the South Bruce OPP at 519-396-3341 or Crime Stoppers.

Ice rental rates to increase in Ripley

Huron-Kinloss Township council briefs

By Barb McKay


The township will increase ice rental rates at the Ripley Huron Community Centre rink, beginning Jan. 1.


Prime ice time (weekdays 4 p.m. to midnight and throughout the weekends) will jump from $130 per hour to $140 per hour. Tournament rates will increase from $80 per hour to $90 per hour and day rental rates will rise to $75 per hour from $65 per hour. The figure skating rate will increase from $75 plus HST to $85 plus HST. The rest of the rates include tax.


Residents demand public meeting regarding Bruce Telecom

By Barb McKay

Two former Kincardine municipal candidates are calling on council to hold a public meeting to answer questions about the future of Bruce Telecom.


Alex Eveleigh and Christina Roppel-Wahi appeared as a delegation at the inaugural council meeting last Wednesday to ask that a public meeting be held sometime in the new year.


“The public has ownership in Bruce Telecom and we need to keep that in mind,” Eveleigh said.