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Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

UPDATE: Power has been restored in Lucknow and Ripley

The lights are back on in Ripley and Lucknow.

hydroOver 18 hundred Westario customers were in the dark for a few hours today, due to a loss of supply from Hydro One.

Customers in Wingham and Teeswater were also affected.

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Owen Sound Attack clinch playoff spot

attack2015 Attack Playoff Tickets Now on Sale

The Owen Sound Attack have clinched a playoff spot in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League playoffs and is announcing that 2015 Playoff Tickets are now on sale at the DJ’s Furniture Attack Box Office at the Bayshore.

With a 5-1 victory over the Peterborough Petes and a Saginaw Spirit loss at the hands of the Plymouth Whalers, the Attack is set to make their 5th straight post-season appearance. The Attack’s victory tonight was also their 30th of the season and are one of only four OHL teams who have won 30 or more games each of the past five seasons, joining the Oshawa Generals, London Knights and Guelph Storm. It should be noted that if the Saginaw Spirit win six of their last eight games, they will become the fifth team to join that club.

While the Attack’s final position and opponent are still to be determined, fans can now purchase their tickets. The Attack trail the Guelph Storm by three points for fourth place in the Western Conference with two games in hand and two head to head match-ups remaining on March 6th and March 20th and trail the London Knights by eight points for third place with two games in hand and two head to head match-ups on March 13th and 14th.

The Attack lead the Kitchener Rangers by eight points with both teams having played 59 games and are eight points ahead of the Sarnia Sting (who sit 7th) with two games in hand and one final head to head match-up on March 21st.

Season ticket holders are reminded that their seats will be held for them until 1:00pm the business day prior to the Attack scheduled home playoff game, at which time they will be released to the General Public if not claimed.

Ticket prices for the Western Conference Quarter Finals are as follows:

Regular Seating: Adult ($21.00), Senior ($20.00), Student 14-18 ($18.00), Children 2-13 ($11.00)

VIP Seating: Adult ($23.50), Senior ($22.00), Student 14-18 ($21.50), Children 2-13 ($13.00)

All prices include HST and City Surcharge.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Lights flicker in parts of Grey Bruce but Toronto goes dark

Did you see your lights flicker at all last night? Well they did more than flicker through the GTA as a mix of messy weather wreaked havoc on the entire city as well as to the north and west of it.

Toronto Hydro says up to 25 thousand of its customers were without power at the height of the storm.

By this morning is had been cut to 15, 000.

Fire officials say there were were more than 50 transformer and pole fires across the city.

Just as they’d put one out..another came up.

Salt spray also having an effect on the electrical lines.

As a result, many GTA residents waking up in the dark this morning as crews struggle to get everyone back online.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Owen Sound to do a service review in the spring

owensound2The city of Owen Sound is getting ready to take on the job of reviewing all of its programs and services.

Just like every other community in Ontario these days, the Scenic City is having to find efficiencies as they deal with escalating costs and declining government funding.

Council and staff will pour over all of its services and try to determine which are most important, which could be scaled back and which ones might be eliminated completely.

City Manager Ruth Coursey told council Monday night that Owen Sound residents are paying some of the highest taxes in Ontario when compared to other communities of a similar size.

She says that’s despite the city’s relatively low average income.

The review of services is expected to start in June and take at least a year or more to complete.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Meaford council proud of their first budget

meafordlogoIts the best budget Meaford residents have seen in a long time.

Council has put the rubber stamp on their 2015 budget which includes a 1.3 percent tax hike for property owners, which is low enough on its own but Treasurer Darcy Chapman says the news only gets better from there after they blend in the 2 percent decrease from Grey County…

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Chapman says that will result in a tax hike of 0.8 percent or about 12 dollars more on the average home owners tax bill.

Its a welcome change from years past when home owners saw increases into the hundreds.

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Chapman says while its not set in stone, barring any major economic catastrophes, residents should be able to expect similar tax hikes for the next few years and this shouldn’t be just a one-off…

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Meaford residents have had to endure steep tax hikes over the past few years as they dug themselves out of a financial hole but the municipality was able to turn things around in year 4 of their 5 year plan.


Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Grey Bruce Hospice to be given break by Owen Sound

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Owen Sound council has agreed to waive up to 100 thousand dollars in development charges and other fees for the new Residential Hospice of Grey Bruce.

Executive Director Scott Lovell made the request at Monday night’s council meeting saying they could really use the break because all of the capital costs have to be fundraised.

As we told you a couple of weeks ago, the piece of land they plan to build onis across the street from the hospital at 10th Street and 16th Ave East.

Lovell is happy to have the support of the city…

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Mayor Ian Boddy says its important to give them as much support as they give the community…

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The land is owned by Peter Van Dolder’s realty company and was offered to the hospice group at half of its market value.

They’re currently using six beds at the nearby Seasons retirement home until their new residential hospice is ready.

Lovell hopes to start construction sometime this summer.


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Port Elgin woman facing impaired and disqualified driving charges

A four month old baby escaped injury during a drunken ride with a Port Elgin woman.

OPPGrey County OPP say they were called to a Meaford residence on the 16 Side Road on Monday night  to reports that a woman, who was driving a Ford pick up, kept backing her truck into a parked car, while trying to dislodge herself from a snowbank.

The woman succeeded and drove away.

While investigating this, police received a call from a resident on the 12th Line, telling them an intoxicated woman, was there asking for assistance….her pick up truck was missing a front wheel.

The only other occupant of the truck, a four month old baby, was unharmed.

Police arrested 33 year old Marcie Aileen Roote for drunk driving and driving while disqualified.


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Intoxicated pair arrested in downtown Owen Sound

A midnight stroll in downtown Owen Sound didn’t bode well for a couple of men who had a bit too much to drink.

OwenSoundPoliceAn officer on foot patrol on 9th Street East, ran into a man who appeared to be shaken up.

He told police he was accosted by two intoxicated men, who challenged him to a fight for his pizza.

The officer soon located the pair, by following the sounds of their yelling and screaming.

He said they were belligerent and combative toward him and ignored his directions.

While waiting for back up, the two men flanked either side of the officer.

They were arrested and charged with causing a disturbance and assaulting police with intent to resist arrest.


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

No students injured in crash near Chatsworth

The bus ride to school was a little longer for some students heading to Chatsworth this morning.

OPPGrey County OPP say a bus carrying 12 students was traveling on Side Road 9B when it was struck by a tow truck that was exiting a driveway.

No one was injured and the students were sent to school on another bus.

The driver of the tow truck was charged with failing to yield.


Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Garage destroyed in Berkley fire

Grey County OPP have released a little more information about that garage fire near Berkley Monday afternoon.

oppFire crews were called to a home on Highway 10 north of Berkley, to find the wooden two car garage, fully engulfed in flames.

A section of the highway was closed for an hour while crews battled the blaze.

The cause of the fire in unknown, but is not deemed to be suspicious.

There were no injuries or damage estimate.