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Aylmer woman, 68, dies, tests positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 tests results came back positive for an Aylmer woman, 68, following her death on Wednesday, July 1, after being admitted to Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital. She had gone to hospital on July 1, and died later in the day, Megan Cornwell said on behalf of Southwestern Public Health. As far as the health unit…

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Attempted murder in Central Elgin

Elgin Ontario Provincial Police are investigating what it describes as a case of attempted murder that left a Central Elgin resident, 56, in hospital in serious but stable condition after a stabbing on Thursday, June 25, around 3 p.m. Elgin OPP Constable Troy Carlson said another Central Elgin resident, 32, has been charged with attempted…

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Belmont to get its new school

The Ontario government has approved calling tenders for a new $8.7-million public elementary school to be built in Belmont. Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP and Ontario Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek announced the approval, as well as stating the school was expected to open for the 2023-24 school year, in a news conference in…

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New COVID-19 case in Malahide

Southwestern Public Health reported Wednesday, June 24, that a new case of COVID-19 had been confirmed by medical testing in a Malahide resident. Overall, the number of cases in Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford had dropped overnight from four to three. In addition to the new case in Malahide, one ongoing case continued in Dutton…

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Elgin beaches to open Monday, June 22

Central Elgin Mayor Sally Martyn, right, with some fellow municipal councillors and emergency services representatives, announced Thursday, June 11, that beaches in Port Stanley would re-open to the public on Monday, June 22. The same was true for municipal beaches in Bayham, Malahide and West Elgin, plus Grand Bend in Lambton Shores, she said. The…

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You can get a haircut starting Friday

Hair salons,  barbershops and other personal service businesses, except for those providing facial services, will be allowed to re-open this Friday as most of Ontario moves to “Phase 2” of its plan to get the provincial economy moving again. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday, June 8, the government was taking a regional approach to…

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Down to just three area cases of COVID-19

Southwestern Public Health was reporting just three ongoing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Thomas and Oxford County on Saturday, June 6. Two are in St. Thomas, and are related to the recent institutional outbreak at Ontario Plants Propagation in Southwold. One remains in Tillsonburg. No cases are reported in Elgin County municipalities. Most infected…

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Elgin technically free of COVID-19 confirmed cases but…

Southwestern Public Health on Tuesday morning, June 2, was still reporting no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any Elgin County municipalities, but like some modern sports records, that comes with an asterisk. About 20 cases of the virus have been confirmed among workers at Ontario Plants Propagation in Southwold during the last week. However, all…

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Richmond bridge treacherous on two wheels

By Brett Hueston of The Aylmer Express At least six cyclists have been injured badly enough to require hospitalization after crashing on the Phillmore Bridge just south of Richmond on County Road 43 (Richmond Road) since it was resurfaced in 2016 – changed from tar-and-chip to a steel grate. And while the most recent incident occurred…

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No Aylmer Fair this year

Aylmer and East Elgin Agricultural Society President Randy Laur announced Monday, May 25, that the annual Aylmer Fair would not be held this year. He said that complications created by the COVID-19 pandemic had made holding a fair untenable. However, he added, board members were already starting to plan for the 175th edition of the…

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