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OPP looking for driver who struck pole, knocking out power in Essa

Posted November 22 - Nottawasaga OPP are looking for the driver who struck a hydro pole Monday afternoon on the 3rd Line, south of the 5th Sideroad in Essa Township, that caused enough damage to knock power out in the area for several hours.

Council has another appointment to make: alternate County councillor

Posted November 22 - Simcoe County councillors are expected to approve a bylaw next Tuesday (Nov. 28) setting the parameters for an appointed alternate member from each of the 16 municipalities who would attend County council meetings when the mayor or deputy mayor is absent.

Oxycotin seized in township raid

Posted November 22 - Nottawasaga OPP and the Community Street Crime Unit executed a drug search warrant at an address in Adjala-Tosorontio yesterday seizing Oxycotin and making one arrest.

Gibson Centre scores new round of Trillium funding

Posted November 22 - The Gibson Cultural Centre will receive $340,000 over 36 months "to build upon the successful children's school of the arts programming" which will now be offered year-round.

OPP seek Thornton robbery suspect

Posted November 21 - Nottawasaga OPP are investigating a convenience story robbery that occurred late Saturday night in Thornton.

County to host MCR workshop next week

Posted November 21 - Simcoe County's first foray into a Municipal Comprehensive Review (MCR) will begin next Tuesday morning with an opening workshop to go over the terms that will encompass the eventual structure of an upper tier Official Plan (OP).

Public portion of budget input tonight

Posted November 21 - New Tecumseth council turns the 2018 budget deliberations over to the public tonight for input into a draft package that proposes more than $40 million in spending.
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Then there were 10 again
Posted November 21 - Peter Anderson takes his new seat last night after winning a second ballot vote, 5-4, to fill the Ward 5 vacancy. Mr. Anderson, a Ward 4 resident, secured four votes on the first ballot - Donna Jebb, Marc Biss, Paul Whiteside, and Fran Sainsbury. Stephanie MacLellan, a Ward 5 resident, had three votes - Michael Beattie, Richard Norcross, and Chris Ross. Alan Masters, a Ward 6 resident, had one vote - Shira Harrison-McIntyre; and Dave Wood, a Ward 8 resident, secured Mayor Rick Milne's vote. The second ballot pitted Mr. Anderson, Ms. MacLellan, and Mr. Masters, who stayed on the ballot by virture of a draw. Ms Harrison McIntyre, pictured above, swung her vote to Mr. Anderson, and Mr. Milne to Ms. MacLellan, ending in the 5-4 victory. Mr. Anderson told councillors he has no intention to run in the October 2018 municipal elections.

Tottenham gas stations seeking minor variances to move projects forward

Posted November 20 - A minor variance approved in 2014 but with conditions, which weren't met within the one year time period, lapsed creating another delay for the proposed PetroGold service station and convenience store at the merged sites at 47 & 51 Queen Street South in Tottenham

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Birkett leaves Hornets organization

Posted November 22 - Clay Birkett, who served the last 15 years as the Alliston Hornet's Director of Hockey Operations told Free Press Online he has resigned from the organization.

TNT AE drop squeaker in tournament semi-final

Posted November 22- Submitted game report - The next challenge in these young phenoms journey landed them in Bradford over the weekend to take on teams in a higher division for the legendary Blue and Gold Cup.

Alliston Hornets sit second at half-way mark

Posted November 20 - The Stayner Siskins remain undefeated after 21 games, sitting eight points up on the second place Alliston Hornets, sporting a 17-4 record at the half-mark of the 2017-17 PJHL Carruthers Division regular season.

Wray jumps to win at Royal Winter Fair

Posted November 20 - Mackenzie Wray of Loretto, was the Junior winner at the Royal Winter Fair, winning the CET Medal National Final title. Additionally, on Sat., Nov. 18, she was named the Champion in the OHJA Medal category for 2017 and the overall Equitation Rider for Ontario and was awarded the Matthew Mulligan Award.

Curtain rises on Imagine Cinemas today
Posted November 17 - The era of the multi-screen theatre in Alliston begins this afternoon with the opening line-up of matinees at Imagine Cinemas.

Commenting period open for Hwy 400 improvements
Posted November 16 - A 30-day review period ends Fri., Dec 8, to comment on proposed improvements to Hwy 400.
Ward 5 vacancy draws 14 candidates, selection next Monday night
Posted November 15 - New Tecumseth council will hold a special meeting on Mon., Nov. 20, beginning at 6 pm to fill the Ward 5 seat left vacant following the elevation of Donna Jebb to Deputy Mayor.
Airport Road crash causes life threatening injuries
Posted November 15 - Dufferin OPP continue to investigate a serious two-vehicle collision yesterday afternoon on Airport Road between Highway 89 and 5 Sideroad in Mulmur Township.
Essa stays in-house for its new Clerk
Posted November 15 - Lisa Lehr will officially be appointed Clerk for the Corporation of the Township of Essa, effective (today) November 15, 2017.
Beeton Arena taken off endangered list
Posted November 14 - A recommendation to close Beeton Arena in May 2019 as presented in the draft update to the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Master Plan, was stricken from the list last night at least until a firm plan is in place to replace it with a multi-use recreation centre.
County delays takeover of Essa transit contract
Posted November 14 - Simcoe County's takeover of the public transit contract between Essa and Barrie, which was scheduled to begin January 1, 2018, has instead been pushed back at least six months, requiring the Township and City to extend their deal for an additional year with options to extend for two more years (2019, 2020).
Draft budget hikes average tax bill by $51 for local share
Posted November 13 - New Tecumseth councillors will meet Wednesday morning for a presentation of the 2018 draft municipal budget which proposes to spend $42 million, an increase of approximately $2 million over 2017.
Water, sewage bills to climb over $2 per cm
Posted November 13 - The proposed 2018 rates for water and wastewater in New Tecumseth are proposed to increase from $1.96 per cubic metre (CM) to $2.01 for each component, a 2.55 per cent increase.


Trinity Wright keeps Banting's streak alive Posted November 14 - Trinity Wright a Gr. 12 student at Banting Memorial High School, and her artwork, "Awareness" will represent the Simcoe County District School Board for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) Student Achievement Awards.

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