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Sarnia guitar phenom quits Chemical Valley job for music biz

Cathy Dobson In a year of milestones, Sarnia’s Cole Rolland says his greatest was hitting an astonishing one million subscribers on YouTube. “If this year’s proven anything, it’s that hard work pays off,” says the 26-year-old guitar sensation, whose online videos have been watched more than 150 million times. This is also the year Rolland… Read more »

City council says ‘no’ to Bluewater Power probe – again

Troy Shantz City council has rejected yet another attempt to explore the inner workings of Bluewater Power. Coun. Mike Stark last week asked for a city staff report explaining what controls Sarnia has over the utility and it’s independent governance. Stark’s request had the backing of councillors Terry Burrell, Brian White and Nathan Colquhoun. “There’s… Read more »

Two Borderfest concerts to join new “drive-in” trend

UPDATE: After this story’s publication, Brian McNair secured the bands for ‘Rocking the Runway’ at Chris Hadfield Airport. Friday, Oct. 23 goes country, with Sarnia’s Scott Manery and the Barnburners opening for Canadian country music’s The Reklaws. Saturday, Oct. 24 is rock night, with Sarnia’s Rodney James & the Riot opening for Big Wreck. Tickets,… Read more »

Letters: week of Oct. 8

Why are we paying good money to police a U.S. event? Sir: Regarding the St. Clair River “floatdown” by U.S. residents. Why do we spend hard-earned Canadian dollars on Coast Guard, police and RCMP patrol boats and helicopters for this event each summer, some probably on premium time? For a planned American event that most… Read more »

Lake Huron shoreline project in Bright’s Grove delayed

Troy Shantz One of three Bright’s Grove shoreline projects meant to prevent Old Lakeshore Road from falling into Lake Huron wasn’t done this year and must be retendered. A contract for the stabilization work at the foot of Helen Avenue was terminated after the contractor and city failed to agree on additional costs and other… Read more »

COVID-positive patient in ICU at Bluewater Health

Tara Jeffrey A 61-year-old man with confirmed positive COVID-19 has been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Bluewater Health in Sarnia. Hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman said the man, who is not a resident of Lambton County, was admitted Monday to hospital and was transferred to the ICU Tuesday. She could not confirm whether or… Read more »

Homelessness at new highs this year

Troy Shantz As many as 155 local residents are homeless and relying on Lambton County for support as winter approaches and temperatures fall toward the freezing mark, says the general manager of social services. “A lot of individuals who were precariously housed are now in our system and I think they’re starting to reach out… Read more »

More parents homeschooling amid pandemic fears

Tara Jeffrey Calla Nicol knew that sending her four children to school this fall just wasn’t a viable option. “We felt this year our kids may not get the help they need,” said the Mooretown mom, whose children range from senior kindergarten to Grade 6. “With extra rules and procedures added — which is completely… Read more »