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Hospital needs extra $5 million for CEE electrical system

“If we had a catastrophic electrical failure today, we would be out of this hospital for three weeks.” Those words are from Bob DeRaad, Bluewater Health’s director of rural health and impatient medicine. DeRaad is leading the reconstruction of the Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital site in Petrolia. He was updating Petrolia Town Council on the… Read more »

Fire destroys turkey barn west of Petrolia

St. Clair Township firefighters are still on the scene of a half million dollar barn fire. Neighbours notice flames coming from a barn at Franz Turkey Farms on Plank Road and alerted the owners. By the time firefighters from Brigden, Courtright and Petrolia/North Enniskille arrived, two-thirds of the barn was in flames according to Chief… Read more »

Four face charges in Watford drug raid

Four men face drug charges after OPP raided the old Watford Hotel. Witnesses tell The Independent at least a half dozen OPP vehicles, including a Canine Unit, pulled up beside 5270 Nauvoo Road – the old Watford Hotel – around 4 pm Sept. 6. Seven officers moved to the front door with a battering ram,… Read more »