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Marina closes following COVID-19 exposure

By Sue Tiffin The online version of this story has been updated with comments from the local health unit, which were submitted after press time, as well as the family's COVID-19 test results. The Christmas…

Snowshoe festival cancelled

By Chad Ingram The County of Haliburton has cancelled Hike Haliburton: Winter Edition, the county-run snowshoe festival that had been scheduled to take place in February.Back in October, county councillors had enthusiastically and unanimously approved…

County continues to investigate transportation options

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County council continues to investigate options for some kind of public transportation system, and county staff are recommending that the county create a bylaw at the upper-tier level that would allow…

Resolving issues at Scotch Line landfill

By Chad Ingram The Township of Minden Hills is making progress on resolving a number of long-standing issues at its main waste disposal facility, the Scotch Line landfill. Back in 2017, the township was issued orders…

Election ‘could come any time,’ Schmale says

By Mike Baker While he doesn’t want to see another federal election any time soon, sitting Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MP Jamie Schmale has once again ensured he will be the Conservative candidate on the ballot the…

Big decisions ahead for Highlands Cinemas

By Chad Ingram “We need to open next year, and if we don’t we have problems,” says Keith Stata, owner of Kinmount’s Highlands Cinemas. “We need to be able to open in 2021, at least…

Housing development proposed for Water Street

By Chad Ingram The owners of the former Beaver Theatre along Minden’s Water Street are proposing a mixed-use, residential and commercial building for the property.Minden Hills councillors heard a delegation on the matter during a…

Novel Kinmount puts spotlight on stage

By Chad Ingram Rod Carley’s new novel Kinmount is a humorous take on small-town theatre that draws from Carley’s own experiences.“The genesis for it happened when I was a young director,” says Carley, who teaches…

School board announces extended winter break

By Sue Tiffin Prior to heading home for the holidays, students across the province were told to pack their school bags with everything they might need to study at home in case schools didn’t open…

Lockdown begins Boxing Day

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County and other parts of Ontario south of Sudbury will enter a provincially mandated 28-day lockdown effective Boxing Day, with many types of businesses mandated to close or to revert to…

Danielsen warden three years running

By Chad Ingram Algonquin Highlands Deputy Mayor Liz Danielsen will again serve as Haliburton County warden after a tie vote by county councillors between Danielsen and contender Minden Hills Mayor Brent Devolin during the county…

Budget talks begin in Minden Hills

By Chad Ingram Minden Hills councillors began discussing the township’s 2021 budget during a Dec. 10 meeting.  Minden Hills’ budgeting process typically contains three or four rounds, using a sort of “wish list” framework where…

Long wait ahead for vaccinations

By Chad Ingram With the approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine in the country by Health Canada last week, shipments began to roll into the provinces this week, with the first inoculations being administered.However, as…

Destination plan recommends more workplace development

By Chad Ingram Stronger workforce development and a better alignment between the efforts of local governments and private businesses are among the suggestions in a destination development plan for the Haliburton Highlands, the final version…

County bridges require millions in work

By Chad Ingram The county’s bridges and culverts will require tens of millions of dollars in repairs and replacements over the coming decades.Haliburton County councillors received a presentation from Harold Cleywegt, managing director with Keystone…

Lighting up the town: Deep Bay Road home…

By Sue Tiffin From Peterson Road to Hwy 35, from Deep Bay Road to Lochlin Road, the homes of Minden were alive with bright lights, festive inflatables and even some holiday music as the Minden…

Province announces $350K in tourism funding

By Sue Tiffin Much-anticipated provincial funding to support the tourism region that includes the Haliburton Highlands was announced yesterday, with $350,000 awarded to Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization to help offer relief to organizations hard-hit by…

Ministry investigating North Shore Road blast

By Mike Baker An incident last Wednesday, Dec. 2 that some area residents believed could have been an earthquake or home explosion turned out to be a “blast gone wrong” at the Thomas Contracting Quarry,…

Getting answers on blue-green algae communications

By Chad Ingram Haliburton County councillors will request a delegation with provincial cabinet ministers at the upcoming Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) conference to seek clarity on just who, exactly, is responsible for informing the…

AH council talks budget priorities

By Chad Ingram Algonquin Highlands councillors discussed potential projects and priorities for 2021 during a special meeting on Nov. 26.It’s an annual pre-budget exercise for councillors as they try to decide what will make the…