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Historic Everton mill destroyed by fire

Historic Everton mill destroyed by fire 
EVERTON - An early morning fire completely destroyed the historic Hortop Mill in Everton on Jan. 19. “It’s a real kind of loss,” said David Townsend, Rockwood Conservation Area superintendent. The Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) owns the mill, which last fall was chosen as one of five heritage sites featured on commemorative postage stamps produced by the Guelph-Eramosa Township. “People loved it,” Townsend said. “It was a real piece of history for this area.” The original fire call came in at about 3:30am and when firefighters arrived at the mill, located on Evert Street, just south of the Eramosa River, it was fully-engulfed with flames. The cause of the fire is not yet known but Wellington County OPP, the OPP’s forensic identification services unit, Guelph-Eramosa Fire Department and the Office of the Ontario Fire Marshall are investigating.

Unidentified human remains found; police seek help from public

Police are seeking help from the public in the wake of unidentified human remains being found at the scene of a Jan. 18 house fire in the Town of Erin.

Principal, former pastor charged with sexual assault of minors

Principal, former pastor charged with sexual assault of minors

GUELPH-ERAMOSA - The principal and a former pastor of the Elora Road Christian Fellowship and School have been charged in connection with alleged sexual assaults in the 1980s.

Province proposes new fee for water bottling companies

Province proposes new fee for water bottling companies

WELLINGTON CTY. - The province has proposed a $500 increase to the fee charged to water bottling companies. Officials say the new fee of $503.71 for every million litres of water drawn is one of the highest in Canada.

Centre Wellington says ‘no’ to Nestlé offer of property transfer ‘with conditions’

ELORA - Councillors here have no interest in an unsolicited offer from Nestlé Waters to transfer ownership of the Middlebrook well to the township.

Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand

Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand

ELORA - A newly-created flood fringe designation in Fergus and Elora may lead to new development along the banks of the Grand River.

House destroyed by fire; officials worried about whereabouts of residents

House destroyed by fire; officials worried about whereabouts of residents

ERIN - An overnight fire has destroyed a house between the villages of Erin and Hillsburgh. Town officials are worried about the residents of the home, though no injuries or deaths have been confirmed by the OPP or Fire Chief Dan Callaghan. "It's a complete loss," Callaghan said of the home.

Local women heading to Washington for Women’s March

FERGUS - Social activist Diane Ballantyne is leading a group of 11 local women taking part in the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21.

BUZZ

CVC has ‘significant concerns’ with EA for Hillsburgh dam and bridge
Groups seek recognition and support of water as a public trust
LaunchIt lease renewed, Business Flight program revamped
Township proposes $21.5-million budget for 2017
Mayor’s breakfast in Erin
Floodplain fringe designation may open up potential wave of development along Grand
Victim hit with sledgehammer
Winter Classic returns to Puslinch for Family Day Feb. 18 to 20

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EDITORIAL

Dave Adsett: Focusing on common goal

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“We need to have a voice and say ‘we are really interested in making sure that all of these groups are still being protected.’”

Dianne Ballantyne on attending the Women’s March on Washington

January 20, 2017

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BUSINESS

Kindred Credit Union Foodgrains Bank projects

KITCHENER - Kindred Credit Union has donated $10,000 to Canadian Foodgrains Bank to support efforts to end hunger around the world. The donation will be shared across 12 growing projects located throughout Southwestern Ontario, including Mount Forest.

Sports

Local man inducted into 80+ Hockey Hall of Fame

BRUCEDALE - Guelph-Eramosa resident Stewart Cockshutt, 87, was recently inducted into the 80+ Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit coming to Wellington museum

ABOYNE - Wellington County will be given an exclusive look at the Hockey Hall of Fame over the Family Day weekend. A travelling hall of fame exhibit will be making a stop at the Wellington County Museum and Archives for the first time ever from Feb. 18 to 22.

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