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Goderich dispute leads to weapons and assault charges

Huron County OPP officers took a man into custody following a domestic dispute in Goderich early this morning.

At about 4 a.m. responded to a Gibbons Street residence for a domestic-related disturbance.

Police investigators allege the suspect became agitated and threatened his partner with an edged weapon.

At this point, an adult family member intervened and was stabbed resulting in a non-life threatening injury.

The suspect left the home, and was locked out, but forced his way back inside and continued to cause a disturbance.

Saugeen Connects supports student entreprenuers summer business plans

The Saugeen Connects Partnership is launching a new loan program to help students try self-employment during their summer break.

The program will fuel the creativity and business skills of Saugeen area students in Grades 6 to 12 in Bruce, Grey and Wellington North counties.

Youth with a summer business idea or business organizations who would like to sponsor a student should visit saugeenconnects.com.

By completing a relaxed business plan, eligible applicants can earn $200 cash to help get their business idea started or expanded.

Information sought in dog bite incident in Kincardine

The Grey Bruce Health Unit hopes to help a dog bite victim avoid painful rabies treatments, after an incident near the dog park in Kincardine.

The health unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of the two dogs involved. The dogs are described as medium unknown breeds with short black hair. The person with the dogs had long curly red hair and drove a grey/silver SUV style vehicle.

The incident occurred south of the Kincardine Cemetery, close to the trail leading to the Kindog Park on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at approximately 11:15 a.m.

Owen Sound Chamber holds annual general meeting tonight

A well known local business leader is the guest speaker the annual general meeting of the Owen Sound and District Chamber of Commerce.

Chapman’s Ice Cream Vice-President Ashley Chapman will talk about the crisis his company, employees and residents faced with the prospect of losing their local school in Markdale.

Chapman’s presentation will focus on the private and public sector partnerships and how they can address challenges in a rural economy.

Fire shuts down local county road

Fire crews are responding to a house fire at the North end of Brussels.

Huron East Fire Department confirms that a house is on fire on County Road 12, which is blocked off from Brandon Road to CN Road. There is no timetable for the road reopening as crews are still battling the blaze.

No one was inside the home, and more details will follow as they are made available.

Education minister defends education changes and comment about students being ‘more resilient’

Huron-Bruce MPP and Education Minister Lisa Thompson is standing by last week’s announced changes to Ontario education, which includes increased class sizes.

Thompson said her department feels the change was necessary after the lengthy consultations they conducted.

“I feel very confident in our announcement last Friday because after 15 years of the Liberal government experimenting, and building out education initiatives based on ideologies, that our students have been failed over the last 15 years,” she said.

Ontario overhauls electricity system

The provincial Progressive Conservative government says reforming the electricity system will reduce costs, and lower electricity rates for medium to large employers.

Energy Minister Greg Rickford has introduced the Progressive Conservatives’ so-called Fixing the Hydro Mess Act, 2019, along with regulatory initiatives.

Rickford said refocusing and uploading electricity conservation programs to the Independent Electricity System Operator will save $442 million.

Ombudsman complaint against North Huron may be heading to Ontario Superior Court

The Township of North Huron discussed Ombudsmen complaints made against both members of council and staff during its regular council meeting on Monday.

Reeve Bernie Bailey mentioned one North Huron resident has filed 12 complaints to the Ombudsman. Out of those 12 complaints, only two were looked at by the Ombudsman, and an independent investigation concluded there is no wrongdoing on the part of North Huron.

‘Win This Space’ ready for launch in Clinton

Central Huron is hosting a kick-off party for it’s “Win This Space” competition later this month.

They have over 20 contestants this year.

Community Improvement Officer Angela Smith said the kick-off party will be held in the upstairs auditorium of the Clinton Town Hall.

“They will be introduced with their business idea. It’s more of a mix and mingle style of event, so we won’t be putting them on the spot to do a pitch of any sort, but we would like them all to meet each other and meet the judges and be welcomed by Central Huron and the public.”

No end in sight to local labour shortage

Business owners are being challenged to get creative as they face a serious labour shortage.

A panel discussion Wednesday in Southampton on the topic drew about 75 participants and looked at the reasons why there are jobs going unfilled and how to draw more people to the area to fill them.

Pier Donnini owns the Queens Bar and Grill in Port Elgin and said attitudes toward how employees are viewed needs to change.

7ACRES expands its Bruce County facility

7ACRES in the Municipality of Kincardine made a large expansion official Wednesday, with a ribbon-cutting at their facility at the Bruce Energy Centre near Tiverton.

The cannabis producer and subsidiary of Supreme Cannabis announced 15 new rooms, providing almost 150,000 square feet of new growing space.

Co-founder & President John Fowler was on hand with a small group of his executive team, presenting longtime employee Vanessa Krispen with scissors to cut the ribbon and make the expansion official.

South Huron trying to attract large hotel investment

South Huron council has authorized spending up to $12,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a feasibility study on ways to attract a hotel to the area.

C-A-O Dan Best points out when a rural community wants to attract that kind of investment, they have to be prepared to do a little more than an urban centre would have to do.

“As a rural municipality, if you’re looking at attracting investment, you have to make sure that you have the demographic information and you have certain studies available that tells the story of your municipality.”