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Verdict in Express trial Oct. 22

Judge Glen Donald of the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas expects to deliver his verdict in the trial of John Hueston and Brett Hueston of The Aylmer Express on Monday, Oct. 22, at 9:30 a.m. The two men are charged with obstructing police during an investigation of a death at the south end…

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Temporary bridge open in Port Bruce

The temporary panel bridge connecting the north and south sides of the lakeside village of Port Bruce opened to traffic at about 10:55 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20. In this photo taken at about 11:45 a.m. that day, a car is seen completing a north-south crossing of the bridge that spans Catfish Creek from Bank…

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Freedom of the press a right? As it turns out–yes

The prosecution presented its case against John Hueston and Brett Hueston of The Aylmer Express in the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Thomas, Wednesday, Aug. 15, alleging the two journalists obstructed Ontario Provincial Police by refusing to obey orders to stop taking pictures and leave the scene of a fatal car’s plunge into Lake…

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Port Bruce temporary bridge opening Monday, Aug. 20

A temporary bridge reconnecting Port Bruce south of Catfish Creek with the rest of Malahide Township will open to the public at the end of Monday afternoon, Aug. 20. Elgin Administrator Julie Gonyou made the announcement at a county council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, in part, she said, to counter social media rumours the…

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Off to the (banger) races at fair-corrected

Alanna McNicol won the women’s “Powderpuff Banger Race” at Aylmer Fair Friday night, Aug. 10, leaving three other drivers in the dust for the victory. The fair opened Friday at noon, and continues through Sunday at 5 p.m. (The post previously erroneously listed the winner as Alanna’s mother, Wanda.)

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Chad Robertson reaches Inuvik

Chad Robertson of Belmont emailed The Aylmer Express Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 1, to report he and fellow adventurer Jason Rowland of Australia had reached Inuvik in the North West Territories, completing an epic 3,000 kilometre journey by bicycle and canoe from Jasper, Alberta. Look for details in the August 8 edition of the Express.

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Wheelhouse moved to final home

Several local interested residents along with some visitors to Port Burwell watched as the George Barnes Memorial Wheelhouse was moved from the bottom of Pitt Street by the flats next to Otter Creek about 100 metres (328 feet) up the hill and across the intersection at Robinson Street to its final home in front of…

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St. Thomas man killed after crash at Sparta drag strip

Bradley Schaafsma, 32, of St. Thomas was killed after the motorcycle he was riding crashed at St. Thomas Raceway Park just east of Sparta off Sparta Line on Friday evening, July 6. Ontario Provincial Police Constable Max Gomez said emergency personnel including Elgin County OPP officers, Central Elgin volunteer firefighters and local ambulance paramedics were…

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Hard times on the Mackenzie River

Chad Robertson of Belmont and his friend Jason “Travelroo” Rowland of Australia report having hundreds of dollars of dehydrated food, as well as storage bags, stolen from them as they paddled along the Mackenzie River toward Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. The two men are attempting to journey from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik by bicycle…

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Chad Robertson bicycling and canoeing to Inuvik

Chad Robertson, 27, of Belmont, who last year bicycled across Canada from east to west to raise awareness of mental health issues, this year has tackled another marathon trek, bicycling and canoeing from Jasper, Alberta, to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. In an interview Wednesday, June 20, by telephone, he said he and travelling companion…

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