Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

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…

Snow back in Aylmer, East Elgin

April 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

Snow came back to Aylmer and area, here in the town’s Optimist Park, on Monday afternoon, April 18, about 3:30 p.m. It’s expected to keep snowing through the night and into Tuesday morning. (AE/Rob Perry)

Hildebrandt guilty of obstructing police

April 14, 2022 | 7 Comments

Herbert Hildebrandt, 38, of Malahide, and Andre Beauchamp, 34, of North York, were both found guilty of obstructing a peace officer, in Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday morning, April 14. That follows a trial for their actions December 27, 2020 at the entrance to the Aylmer Church of God. After receiving a summons for…

Mandatory masks extended at hospitals

April 11, 2022 | 2 Comments

The rising number of local cases of COVID-19 has led to a mandatory requirement for face masking to be extended indefinitely at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital and other hospitals in Southwestern Ontario. STEGH President Karen Davies said, “As a system of hospitals, we have been continually assessing what we feel are responsible protections for our…

St. Thomas man in his 80s latest COVID death

April 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health announced Monday morning, April 11, that a St. Thomas man in his 80s had become the 157th resident to die with COVID-19 in St. Thomas, Elgin and Oxford since the pandemic began two years ago. SWPH also reported 139 new cases of the virus had been confirmed over the weekend, or an…

Elgin, municipalities lift state of emergency

April 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

A “state of emergency” declared by Elgin County and its seven municipalities in March of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were rescinded as of Friday, April 8, at 10 a.m. In a statement, the county said the Ontario government had first declared as state of emergency on March 17, 2020, under the Emergency…