Emm Gryner donation

St. Marys-based songwriter and recording star Emm Gryner donated the proceeds from tickets sales from her recent concert at Town Hall to the local branch of the Salvation Army. The money, totaling $420, will help purchase Christmas toys and hampers for the charity to give out to 120 needy households in the community. Pictured are…

ANAF Bantams’ coach sees positive signs going forward

By Pat Payton Special to the Independent Despite a 2-1 home-ice loss to South Huron Sabres on Dec. 13, coach Brandon Boyd sees positive signs going forward with his ANAF ‘BB’ Bantams. Sabres’ goalie Tomas Brintnell was plain and simply the difference in this Shamrock League game, frustrating Rock shooters all night. “I’ve been told…

Legion Minor Midgets hitting their stride

Team goes 2-1-1 in recent four-game stretch By Pat Payton Special to the Independent Coach Owen Penney thinks his Royal Canadian Legion Minor Midgets are hitting their stride at the right time of the season. After a couple of losses to start the month of December, the Legion Rock recently went 2-1-1 in four Tri-County…

Lincs acquire new defenceman

Chris Carr-Ansah hails from Mississauga By Pat Payton Special to the Independent In a rather complicated trade, involving a handful of Junior teams, St. Marys Lincolns have acquired a new defenceman. Chris Carr-Ansah, 17, made his debut with the Lincs last Friday night against Sarnia. The Mississauga native, who is 6 ft., 3 inches and…

2017 Remembrance Awards

On the evening of Wednesday, 13 December 2017, the Royal Canadian Legion Perth Regiment Veterans Branch 236 St Marys hosted an awards presentation. Certificates and cash prizes were handed out for the annual poster and literary contests. Legions across Canada hold the competition each year. Students participate in a variety of categories and age groups,…

Perth South facing $170,000 cut to funding

By Chet Greason The Municipality of Perth South is gearing up for budget season again, and weighing heavily on everyone’s mind is a loss of $170,000 in grant funding from the provincial government. After a redesign in its funding program, the province directed the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) to slash funding to certain municipal…

A Claus for Celebration

With only 3 sleeps until Christmas, there is still a lot of last minute stirring going on at the North Pole. “We’ve got a busy last weekend ahead of us but we will be ready by Christmas Eve” Santa said in an exclusive interview with the Independent, which has become something of a yearly tradition.…