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Emergency water main break being repaired in Port Elgin

The Town of Saugeen Shores and the Ontario Clean Water Agency are responding to an emergency water main break in Port Elgin.

The issue is in the area of Harbour Street in Port Elgin, between Green Street and Izzard Street Water service to residents in the vicinity of Harbour Street may be affected during the repair. Residents may notice discolouration and a lack of water pressure as well.

OPP officers save two people from dying of opioid overdoses

Huron County OPP officers are warning the public again about the dangers of abusing opioids, particularly fentanyl, after officers saved two lives on Monday following overdoses.

The first overdose response took place just after 8 a.m. on Monday, when police received a call from an address located east of Bayfield on Wildwood Line for a 25-year-old male in medical distress. The second took place at approximately 4 p.m. when officers responded to a residence located on King Street in Hensall to assist an 18-year-old female that was in medical distress.

UPDATE: Crashes throughout the region keeping police and emergency crews busy

OPP officers are busy at a number of collisions Tuesday afternoon.

OPP are investigating the scene of a crash on the 8th line between Noah Road and Sideroad 11 near Elora. One male had to be transported by Ornge Air Ambulance for serious but non-life threatening injuries in the two-vehicle crash between his pick-up truck and a loaded dump truck. The dump truck driver suffered minor injuries. The road is now open.

Lawn tractor stolen from Grey Road 4 residence

West Grey police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a stolen lawn tractor.

Police responded on Monday to a resident on Grey Road 4 in the Bentinck area. In addition to stealing the John Deere x320, a TomTom GPS unit was also found to be missing.

The value of the stolen items is approximately $6,500.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the West Grey Police Service (519-371-6911) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

Out-patient lab operations changed at HPHA sites

Challenges in recruiting medical lab technologists have forced the Huron-Perth Healthcare Alliance to restructure its laboratory operations.

Program Director of Diagnostics Graeme Johnston said they will no longer be offering walk-in community services.

Out-patients who get a written order from their physician for lab work are being asked to go to commercial laboratories, such as LifeLabs and Dynacare.

Johnston said schools are not graduating enough medical lab technologists to keep pace with the numbers that are leaving or retiring.

Charges laid following Wellington-Perth crime spree

A Brantford man is facing a dozen charges after what police are calling a “three-week crime spree” through parts of Wellington and Perth counties.

It stated on the morning of May 29 at a locked compound on Wellington Road 124 in the Town of Erin. A stolen pickup truck was used to ram open a locked gate, and a side-by-side utility vehicle worth about $18,000 was taken.

BGCDSB releases 2019-2020 budget highlights

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board has approved its proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

The budget document highlights an increase in enrolment at both the elementary and secondary school level of 1.1 percent over the previous budget period.  And the board’s overall school capacity is at 106 per cent.

Total Capital Expenditures are listed as $11,427,519.

Bear spotted in Owen Sound

The public is being reminded to always call police if a bear is seen in a populated area after one was spotted in Owen Sound.

The Owen Sound Police Service said officers and the Ministry of Natural Resources investigated a bear sighting early Monday afternoon after the animal was seen in the valley behind Alpha Street and 7th Avenue West.

It was determined that the bear had likely naturally wandered into the valley and stream area, however, no one was injured.

Bruce Power commits money to Blyth Festival

The Blyth Festival has a big new backer.

Bruce Power announced today they are committing $125,000 to the Festival, becoming the “New Play Development Sponsor”, as Blyth Festival begins its 45th summer this month.

The money from Bruce Power will help fund the Festival over the next five years.

Bruce Power CEO James Scongack said the contribution is in line with the energy giant’s commitment to promoting and sustaining arts and culture in the Bruce, Grey and Huron area.

Local students heartbroken after high school cuts music program

Students at Wellington Heights Secondary School in Mount Forest were very disappointed last week after learning the school plans to drop the music program when longtime instructor Kim Stewart retires this year.

Student Graham Greenhill said it was devastating news for the student body.

“It’s just heartbreaking to every single student and person at the school. The band goes everywhere. The band goes to places like elementary schools and inspires kids to become musicians themselves,” he said.

Catch the Ace raffle launched to support Huron Shores Hospice

The popular Catch the Ace progressive raffle lottery will help raise money for Huron Shores Hospice.

The Tiverton and District Lions Club will start selling tickets Tuesday afternoon and the first draw will take place June 25 at the Kings Pearl Pub on King Street in Tiverton.

The person with the winning ticket will choose an envelope containing a playing card from a single deck. If that card is the Ace of Spades, it earns the progressive jackpot along with winning 20% of proceeds from the draw.