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Truck troubles: McCharles wants big trucks off Petrolia Line

“It is absolutely ridiculous the number of trucks which go through Petrolia that don’t have to.” Mayor John McCharles, like many other town councilors, is sick of transports using Petrolia Line as thoroughfare. In July, Dave Menzies, Petrolia’s director of community services, worked with the OPP to stop transports on the outskirts of town. They… Read more »

Quarter of Queen E students in Petrolia stay home Friday

There will be no classes for about 100 primary school students in Petrolia again Friday after a severe storm caused water damage in an elementary school which is under renovation. Lambton-Kent District School Board Director of Education, Jim Costello, says 100 mile per hour winds ripped some temporary roofing off of Queen Elizabeth Public School… Read more »

Petrolia councilor recovering from stroke

There is a big hole around the Petrolia Council table. Councilor Helen Havlik has been absent from two council meetings since Aug. 14 after having a stroke. Mayor John McCharles says Councilor Tim Brown called Havlik to see if she needed a ride to that night’s council meeting. There was no answer. McCharles and town… Read more »

“We’ve put up with it…and it has to stop”

Oil Springs leaders want OPP to deal with drug problem The assault of an elderly woman in her Oil Springs home has sparked renewed concerns about drugs in that small town. On Sept. 1, police say the home of an 88-year old woman was broken into early in the morning. Forensic identification officers were on… Read more »