BUSINESS: Agnew’s General Store in Wilberforce has been a family-run business for nearly a century. But recently, Mary Barker and her siblings, Cathy and Wynne, decided it was time to put the business up for sale.
EDUCATION: The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) recently released the results of its biennial climate survey, conducted online for elementary and high schools across the board.
NEWS: A draft bylaw, regulating the maintenance of nearly 20 kilometres of seasonallymaintained roads throughout the Township of Minden Hills, was described “as a hand grenade being thrown in the room” by Mayor Brent Devolin.
PEOPLE: Billy Pickard was a decorated veteran, a grand storyteller and, one could argue, witnessed more in her lifetime than many of us ever will. Pickard, 97, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 5 surrounded by her family.
STORM GOTW: In hockey action, the Wasaga Beach Stars have a 2-1 lead over the Highland Storm bantams at the end of the first period at A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton. See the full game report in next Thursday's Highlander.
NEWS: Next month, Highlands East’s acting fire chief will advise council on how it should spend money raised through an online GoFundMe campaign last year.
VIDEO: Several brave souls went for an icy-cold dip in Head Lake earlier today for the annual Polar Bear Challenge. Funds raised go to the Garron Family Cancer Centre at Sickkids Hospital and the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation. See photos in next Thursday's Highlander.
NEWS: Police are seeking tips from the public after a body was found inside a home that caught on fire in Algonquin Highlands. Around 12:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, firefighters from Algonquin Highlands, Dorset and Lake of Bays, along with Huntsville OPP and Muskoka EMS, responded to a structure fire on Daisy Trail, according to the OPP. The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office and OPP Forensic Identification Services discovered a body, which has been sent to the Centre of Forensic Science to determine the identity. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 705-789-5551 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can submit your information online at crimestopperssdm.com. Tips can lead to a cash reward up to $2,000.
NEWS: It’s been two years since the Aurora Hotel Group bought the historic Wigamog Inn property.
OPINION: Tips for beating the winter blues
NEWS: Four fishermen are lucky to be alive after going through the ice on Grass Lake in the wee hours of Feb. 9.
ATTENTION CROSSWORD ENTHUSIASTS: It has been brought to our attention, that part of the answers for the Feb 8, 2018 crossword puzzle were cut off. We apologize for this error, and hope many of you have fully finished your puzzles. The newbie in the office, sends her abject apologies and will make it up to you in the future. Keep wording on'
NEWS: With a dozen people going through the ice over the past two weeks, Algonquin Highlands Mayor Carol Moffatt has asked whether her municipality should bill for ice and water rescues.
OPINION: Is it time for water and ice rescue fees?