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Alliston Mills Plaza under new ownership

Posted May 19 - Liberty Development Corp. is the new owner of Alliston Mills Plaza on Young St./Hwy 89 in Alliston.

Updated Growth Plan keeps population allocations unchanged in Simcoe County

Posted May 18 - The provincial government released an update this morning to The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017, which includes Simcoe County and the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia, which takes effect on July 1, 2017.
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Arson suspected in abandoned Adjala barn fire

Posted May 18 - An abandoned barn on County Road 50 between 25 Sideroad and 30 Sideroad of Adjala-Tosorontio was destroyed by fire last night, OPP are investigating as a possible arson.

Alliston bridge work to continue starting next week

Posted May 17 - Work to complete the $2.65 million replacement of the King Street bridge in Alliston resumes next week including the installation of sidewalks and clean-up along the shoulders.

Collision ends with impaired charge

Posted May 17 - A two vehicle crash last night on Tottenham Road north of Hwy 9 has resulted in charges against a New Tecumseth man.

Simcoe County year end surplus tagged at $4 million

Posted May 17 - Growth in communities of New Tecumseth, Bradford West Gwillimbury, and Innisfil contributed the bulk of an additional $1.34 million in property tax revenues pushing Simcoe County's year end surplus to $4 million.

Reprieve for Tottenham tower, for now

Posted May 16 - Tottenham's 103-year-old decommissioned water tower has been granted an opportunity to remain standing at least through September while potential funding sources are scoured to save it.

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May 16 - At approximately noon today, emergency crews were called to the CP Rail bridge immediately north of Victoria Street at Dufferin for a "high angle" rescue of one male who was perched underneath it above the Boyne River. At this post, it was not confirmed how or why he got there.

Angus funeral home pitches 'Bio Cremation' in Essa

Posted May 16 - Essa councillors will deal with a proposal tomorrow night that involves "Bio Cremation" a trademarked process that "replaces the use of flame with the utilization of water, blended with an alkali solution of potassium hydroxide (KOH).
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Last call
Posted May 16 - The Beer Store era is over on Church Street in Alliston after more than 60 years in the downtown core. The new model Beer Store opened on Monday in space carved out of the FreshCo at Young Street and Industrial Parkway. It's still unclear what is planned for the abandoned unit.

Town readies to sell 10 public properties

Posted May 15 -New Tecumseth's largest ever sell-off of public properties will move closer to market with tonight's expected approval to declare a list of 10 holdings as surplus for disposition.

SCDSB draft budget tops $572 million, teaching cuts at secondary level

Posted May 15 - The Simcoe County District School Board's (SCDSB) 2017 draft budget proposes to spend $572.2 million in 2017-18, an increase of $26.1 million over last year.

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The Concerned Citizens of Adjala Tosorontio were out Saturday protesting the proposed gravel pit on County road 13, north of 5 Sideroad Everett. Nelson/Lafarge Aggregates is seeking a license to extract one million tons of sand and gravel per year. It's scheduled for an OMB hearing in November.

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

Posted May 17 - In support of the MS Society of Canada - Simcoe Muskoka Chapter, the month of May as been proclaimed, Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in New Tecumseth. A flag raising was held this morning at the Town Administration Centre in Alliston.

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Fine Arts night at Banting, Thursday

Posted May 16 - Banting Memorial High School's annual Fine Arts Night takes place this Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Cafeteria. It features an art exhibition of student work from Grade 9 through 12, a coffee house, and improv. Admission is $3 at the door.

Knox hosting garage sale Saturday

Posted May 16 - Knox Presbyterian Church located at 160 King St. S., Alliston is holding a garage sale Saturday May 20th from 8 am to 1 pm.

Final 2017 tax rates push average property tax bill higher
Posted May 12 - The tax ratios established each year by Simcoe County used to calcuate the final property tax bill for New Tecumseth ratepayers pushed the municipal portion up by $2.31 setting the average increase at $95.64 or 2.81 per cent, versus $93.43 or 2.74 per cent as reported when the 2017 budget was approved, on a home with an assessed value of $345,791.

Judge rules What's the Scoop can remain open, but with conditions to 'comply'
UPDATED Posted May 11 - New Tecumseth lost its bid to shut down What's the Scoop for bylaw infractions Ontario Superior Court Justice Cary Boswell concluded "are relatively minor and easily resolved."
Second trustee resigns SCDSB seat
UPDATED Posted May 11 - Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) trustee Annie Chandler, who represents Collingwood and Clearview Township, resigned her seat effective May 6, 2017, according to a press release this morning.
Local woman charged using bogus U.S. currency at Walmart
Posted May 10 - A New Tecumseth woman is facing fraud related charges after trying to use counterfeit American $50 bills to purchase gift cards at Walmart Alliston Monday morning.
Innisfil set to lower speed limits within Cookstown
Posted May 10 - Innisfil council is expected tonight to approve a draft bylaw that would reduce the speed limit within the approximate 14 block area that comprises the Cookstown Heritage District from 50 km/h to 40 km/h.
OPP 'street sweep' nets mixed array of charges
Posted May 9 - Nottawasaga OPP announced this morning they conducted a "street sweep" between April 27th and May 5, that resulted in 26 arrests, and over 70 criminal charges.
Essa tax rates set for 2017
Posted May 9 - Essa Township ratepayers will be tapped for $19,855,681 in property tax levies for municipal, county, and education purposes.

Posted May 9 - New Tecumseth Fire Chief Dan Heydon was presented with the Volunteer Firefighter Recruitment and Retention Award last night in Toronto during the 65th Annual gathering of the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs. The award "celebrates an Ontario fire department that has developed a resourceful and creative recruitment and retention program." New Tecumseth Fire Rescue consists of 124 part-time firefighters, a full-time Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief of Operations And Training and Deputy Fire Chief of Prevention and Education. As well, Cynthia Ross Tustin, Fire Chief, Essa Township Fire Department, was reelected to the OAFC Board of Directors for 2017-18.

SMH funding up two per cent, first hike in four years
Posted May 8 - The provincial government's 3.1 per cent increase to Ontario hospital base funding announced in its 2017 budget, will provide Stevenson Memorial Hospital with an increase of $370,900, raising its 2017-18 allocation to approximately $19 million.
Possession charges up 69 per cent in first quarter of 2017
Posted May 8 - Nottawasaga OPP laid 22 drug possession charges in the first three months of the year, up from 13 during the same period in 2016, an increase of 69.2 per cent according to the March 2017 summary report to the Police Services Board.
Teen charged with mischief, assault
Posted May 8 - A 15-year-old female from Cookstown is facing charges of mischief and assault police charge stemming from a Friday night incident that followed after she started a fire next to a residence.

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Posted May 8 - The Concerned Citizens in Adj/Tos Incorporated hosted a 'Soup Stock' Event on Saturday at Somerville Nurseries as a fundraiser for its fight against the proposed below water gravel pit in Everett. Several local restaurants served up hot soup and coffee on a wet afternoon, following a pancake breakfast. All complimenting the seedlings sale, which is held at Somerville Nurseries annually and continues next Saturday (May 13th) with the addition of a picket rally on County Road 13 (police approved).


'See the big picture and rethink this decision'
A reader writes: Posted May 10 - Tottenham has seen incredible growth in the past year. Along with that growth are some growing pains for long time residents: increased traffic, loss of green space etc.

'Stretch to say this tower is a danger and could blow over' A reader writes: Posted May 8 - I was very dismayed to learn our council has decided to demolish our water tower and sell the land to a developer.


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