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Baron won’t face trial after crown withdraws breach of trust charge

Charges against Petrolia’s former CAO have been withdrawn. Manny Baron was placed on administrative leave after The Independent found the then CAO was behind a numbered company which owned two buildings being used by the town. He had not made his ownership of the buildings known to council and told council when asked in public… Read more »

Baby boom for Sydenham turtles

It’s not often you get to hold a birthday bash for 500 babies. But that’s exactly what happened Friday at the A.W. Campbell Conservation area near Alvinston. The second ‘Turtley Awesome Shellabration’ event was held to mark the progress of an ongoing turtle hatchling program of the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority. Normally, one in… Read more »

Plympton-Wyoming approves new parking rules

Be forewarned. Motorists who don’t heed the new parking restrictions on Wyoming’s main street risk getting a ticket. Plympton-Wyoming council granted full approval Aug. 15 to a new traffic and parking bylaw prompted by drivers who insist on parking near the town’s busy crosswalk. Council members say there has been a number of close calls… Read more »

Artist bloom where they’re planted at Alvinston Festival

Pam Wright The Independent Bloom where you’re transplanted. That’s what artist Daisy Fresh is doing since she moved to Alvinston last fall. The former big city dweller and her husband are loving their new community. “We’ve been searching 10 years for a place,” says Fresh, a corporate marketer who lived most of her life in… Read more »