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WYNNE PAYS VISIT TO WOMEN'S SHELTER IN ST. THOMAS
7/27/2017 4:44:01 PM
Premier Kathleen Wynne made a stop in St. Thomas to visit the new Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC) building. Wynne received a tour of the building located on Princess Ave on Thursday (July 27) afternoon.

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POLICE CATCH SUSPECT ATTEMPTING TO RUN AWAY
7/27/2017 10:31:18 AM
Thanks to the work of the OPP's K9 team, a 30-year-old man is now behind bars. The man had fled on foot into a wooded area after being stopped by Oneida Police on Elijah Road on Wednesday afternoon.

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POLICE SEARCHING FOR ONE OF THEIR OWN DRONES
7/27/2017 8:58:54 AM
The Ontario Provincial Police is asking residents in Elgin County near St. Thomas to help them find a missing drone. The police force says one of its operators was running a test flight of the drone in Southwold Township yesterday after the software in the unit had been updated.

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READING GARDEN COMING TO ST. THOMAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
7/26/2017 5:22:18 PM
The St. Thomas Public Library will have a new place to sit and read outside next year. A new reading garden at the library has been announced that will be located outside the Ingram Room in the lower level at the west side of the building.

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PLANS FOR NEW PORT STANLEY FIRE HALL ENTERS NEXT STAGE
7/26/2017 3:31:22 PM
Central Elgin Council is getting the ball rolling on plans for a new Fire Station in Port Stanley. 'ThomasBrown Architects' proposal ($195,500) came in just over $25,000 ($25,059.20) under the amount approved in the 2017 capital budget.

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'BIG BALL DROP' SUPPORTS BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS
7/26/2017 3:29:34 PM
Big Brothers Big Sisters Elgin County is literally dropping the ball with their latest fundraising initiative. Their "Big Ball Drop" contest on August 18th at will drop 2,000 golf balls from a helicopter! Each golf ball is $10 and the ball that lands in the hole or closest to will win $2,000.

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IRISH SOCCER COACHES VISIT ST. THOMAS
7/26/2017 3:26:45 PM
For the second year in a row some soccer teams in St. Thomas are receiving training from some world class Irish coaches this week. Faith Baptist Church has brought over 8 FIFA Certified coaches from Ireland to help run their soccer camp.

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SEVERAL PORT STANLEY RESIDENTS ATTEND HARBOUR WORKSHOP
7/26/2017 2:58:34 PM
The Port Stanley Harbour will look very different in 10 or 20 years from now. The steering committee and the Municipality of Central Elgin held a Port Stanley Harbour Secondary Plan Public Workshop on Monday evening for all members of the public to attend.

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SUPREME COURT DISMISSES LINE 9 PIPELINE APPEAL
7/26/2017 2:12:42 PM
The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation will see the capacity of a pipeline that runs through their land increased and the flow reversed. The community had challenged that the National Energy Board did not consult them properly on the pipeline project.

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MAJOR STANLEY STREET CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SET TO BEGIN
7/26/2017 7:19:42 AM
The City's last major road construction project of the year means inconveniences for both vehicle and transit riders for the next 4 months. Construction on Stanley Street from Sunset Drive to William Street begins today.

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FUNDING FOR LOCAL ARTS PROJECTS IN ELGIN COUNTY
7/25/2017 4:13:15 PM
Some local groups and individuals will benefit from an Ontario Arts Council grant. MPP Jeff Yurek says that $69,000 is being distributed across the Elgin-Middlesex-London riding, along with $49,500 here in Elgin County. Yurek says it's important to support the local arts community.

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ST. THOMAS PITA PIT RECOGNIZED AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE
7/25/2017 4:07:56 PM
One local St. Thomas business is being recognized again for their commitment to great customer service. The Pita Pit on Talbot Street is one of 5 franchises in Canada awarded the "Refuse to Settle - Peak Performer award" at the annual company conference.

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POLICE SEARCH FOR GAS THEFT SUSPECT
7/25/2017 9:33:52 AM
Police are looking for your help in locating a man who drove away without paying for his gas. The man pumped $58 of gas into his vehicle at the Petro Canada gas bar on Wilson Ave, and did not pay. He's being described as Caucasian, with a beard.

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PRIDE FLAG SOARING ABOVE ST. THOMAS CITY HALL FOR PRIDE WEEK
7/24/2017 11:44:11 PM
The iconic rainbow flag is flying free above St. Thomas City Hall. A flag raising on Monday, July 24th officially marked the start of the 2nd annual St. Thomas Pride Week. A flag raising also took place on Monday in Aylmer to kick-off their first annual Aylmer Pride Week.

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COUNCIL SUPPORTS YUREK'S LETTER TO TVDSB ABOUT RURAL SCHOOL CLOSURES
7/24/2017 11:29:16 PM
Central Elgin Council is supporting Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek's letter to the Thames Valley District School Board. Yurek's sent the letter asking the school board to revisit their decision to close Sparta, Springfield and New Sarum public schools.

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AYLMER'S IGPC ETHANOL INC. EXPANSION BREAKS GROUND
7/24/2017 11:22:48 PM
Aylmer-based IGPC Ethanol Inc. will significantly expand their facility. As a result, they will double their annual ethanol production capacity and widen their operations.

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ST. THOMAS YOUTH CHOIR BENEFIT CONCERT ALLEVIATES CEMETERY DAMAGE
7/24/2017 10:39:58 PM
Members of the St. Thomas and Elgin Community raised $1,452 for the St. Thomas Cemetery. The Old St. Thomas Church was filled with people for the St. Thomas Youth Choir's Benefit Concert on Sunday night (July 23).

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MINISTER OF ENERGY SUPPORTS ENTEGRUS & ST. THOMAS ENERGY MERGER
7/24/2017 6:00:01 PM
Ontario's Minister of Energy, the Honourable Glenn Thibeault, visited the Chatham-Kent Entegrus office on Monday morning to express his support of the proposed merger between Entegrus Powerlines Inc. and St. Thomas Energy Inc.

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WEST LORNE OPTIMIST CLUB GIVES BACK TO VAWSEC
7/24/2017 9:25:24 AM
The Optimist Club of West Lorne is making it easier for women and children to access Violence Against Women Services Elgin County (VAWSEC). The $1,000 donation is going towards transportation costs to help get those in need to VAWSEC.

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RAILWAY CITY BIG TOP GRAND OPENING A 'GIANT' SUCCESS
7/24/2017 7:24:43 AM
The Railway City Big Top celebrated its official grand opening on Saturday night with a performance from Ron James. That performance was followed by a conercet by Deni Gauthier. Many St. Thomas locals were very excited about having the tent in the city this summer and fall.

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STEAM PARTNERS WITH CHILDREN'S HEALTH FOUNDATION FOR PILOT PROJECT
7/24/2017 7:21:55 AM
A new STEAM Centre Pilot Project with a London Hospital is looking at how digital technology can help sick children. A donation from volunteer Andrew Gunn is making the project at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) possible.

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SALES OF SPARTA CANDLES GO TO SUPPORT MS RESEARCH
7/24/2017 7:16:25 AM
The community helped Sparta Country Candles raise over $2,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research. All of the proceeds from the "Sparta Berry" candle were going to Co-Owner Mark Muscat's MS Bike Tour Fundraising campaign. Around 230 candles were sold during this year's campaign.

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SOUTHWICK ST. TEMPORARILY CLOSED BETWEEN TALBOT AND CENTRE ST.
7/23/2017 5:34:24 PM
Construction season in St. Thomas continues. Southwick Street between Talbot Street and Centre Street will be closed from Monday, July 24 to Tuesday, July 25th, weather permitting.

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RON JAMES FEATURED DURING BIG TOP GRAND OPENING
7/21/2017 4:14:26 PM
The Grand Opening of the Railway City Big Top is right around the corner. Manager of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation says they are gearing up for a great event on Saturday night featuring comedian Ron James.

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LONDON MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING SPRAY PAINT VANDALISM
7/21/2017 12:28:05 PM
A London man is facing 22 mischief charges following spray paint vandalism in London and St. Thomas. The police investigation began last month (June) after spray paint vandalism with a similar tag allegedly appeared at a number of different London locations.

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'JUMBO' ADDITION TO BOOK OF SHORT STORIES
7/21/2017 11:57:20 AM
A book of short stories has one Jumbo aspect to it. A story on Jumbo the Elephant is featured in "The Fur-Bearing Trout...and Other True Tales of Canadian Life." One of the 25 stories is entitled "Double Dead, But Not Forgotten" on Jumbo.

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