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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Downtown mural vandalized

May 16, 2022 | 1 Comment

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express A mural painted last year on the south side of 20 John St. S. in downtown Aylmer was vandalized sometime prior to Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m. Aylmer Police Chief Zvonko Horvat said sometime overnight, the word “SODOM” had been spraypainted over the mural. Anyone with information…

Elgin admits personal information stolen in computer breach

May 13, 2022 | 0 Comments

Elgin County, in a statement issued on Friday, May 13, revealed that some personal information involving residents was “accessed and exfiltrated”—and that means stolen—from county computer systems during a recent “cybersecurity incident.” The county’s online website, form processing and email were shut down April 1, and weren’t restored until April 27. County Administrator Julie Gonyou…

Mother of premature baby urges all to support Ronald McDonald House

May 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express Jackie Stockford of Malahide said she has learned firsthand the great value of Ronald McDonald House Canada in London, which provides accommodations for parents of youngsters undergoing treatment in hospitals in that city. When Jackie’s daughter Petra was born on Sept. 18, 2020, she was 12 weeks early,…

St. Thomas man latest COVID death

May 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health reported Monday, May 9, that a St. Thomas man in his 80s had become the most recent death in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford attributed to COVID-19. That brings the total number of COVID-related fatalities in the Southwestern region since the pandemic began to 165. Currently, six area residents are hospitalized with…

Two COVID deaths in Oxford

May 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced on Friday, May 6, that two residents of Oxford County had died as a result of COVID-19. One was a man in his 40s, and the other a woman in her 70s who was a resident at Woodstock’s Victoria Manor long-term care home, which is experiencing an outbreak involving 10 residents…

Oxford man in his 90s latest COVID victim

May 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Wednesday, May 4, announced that an Oxford man in his 90s had died with COVID-19. That’s the 162nd death attributed to the virus in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began in March of 2020. The health unit also reported that 52 new cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed…

Miniature horse returned to owner

April 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

This miniature horse has been reunited with its Malahide owner after roaming through Aylmer late Tuesday, April 26, and early Wednesday, April 27. Deputy Chief Nick Novacich of Aylmer Police said officers first came across the horse as it roamed neighbourhoods along Talbot Street West Tuesday at about 10 p.m., but they were unable to…

Three more COVID-19 deaths

April 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Wednesday, April 27, reported three deaths related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of fatalities in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford since the pandemic began to 161. The dead included an Elgin man in his 80s and two female residents of Woodingford London long-term care home in Ingersoll, which is experiencing…

OPP investigating fatal crash-updated

April 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

Constable Norm Kelso of Elgin Ontario Provincial Police announced late Tuesday afternoon afternoon, April 26, that Joseph Morphy, 64. of Central Elgin had been the motorist killed in a single-car crash on Ron McNeil Lind east of Highbury Avenue on Sunday, April 24, at about 11:20 a.m. He was the lone occupant of a vehicle…

Elgin County, Central Elgin issue “phishing” warning

April 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

Elgin County and Central Elgin in a joint statement on Friday evening, April 22, warned local residents about possibly fraudulent emails they might receive that appear to come from them, but don’t. “In recent weeks, phishing email campaigns have been increasing in prevalence across the province and locally. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending…

Two Oxford COVID-19 deaths

April 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health on Wednesday, April 20, announced the COVID-19 related deaths of  an Oxford man in his 70s and an Oxford woman over 100 years old. The man’s death was related to an outbreak at Woodingford Lodge long-term care home in Ingersoll. The two fatalities bring to 158 the number of Oxford, Elgin and…

Masks “required” in TVDSB schools

April 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Thames Valley District School Board trustees voted 7-5 Tuesday night, April 19, to require students, staff and visitors in all schools to wear face masks, even though that rule will not legally enforceable. The vote came after a two-hour special meeting of the board. The vote was split along city-county lines, with five trustees from…