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Smiths Falls Council approves 2020 budget, 1.9 per cent water increase

Smiths Falls town council is set to approve the town’s 2020 budget, which includes a 1.9 per cent increase in water rates. Town Treasurer Janet Koziel presented the final draft of the 2020 budget to council’s Committee of the Whole at a meeting Jan. 13, 2020.  “I think it has that fair balance between what […]

Carleton Place Council comfortable with new Bridge Street price tag

Carleton Place council held a special session of their committee of the whole on Jan 7 to discuss the upcoming Bridge Street reconstruction and plan for a public meeting on the topic on Jan 27. In December of last year, council first heard of a major jump in the cost projections from $1.4M to $2.1M for […]

Eight arrested in child sexual exploitation investigation

Eight people have been charged with 36 criminal offences during a joint investigation conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Child Sexual Exploitation Unit (CSEU) and Peterborough Police Service. The investigation, named Project Peacehaven, addressed concerns over how popular social media applications are used by those looking to sexually abuse children. Trained investigators utilized online […]

Police investigating robbery that occurred at a local Main St restaurant

On the 28th of December 2019 at approximately 8:45 p.m., police responded to the KFC on Main St Smiths Falls after receiving a report of a male who entered the restaurant brandishing a weapon demanding money. The male fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Male described as being in his 20’s, thin approximately 6 […]

Female held in custody over numerous theft and fraud related charges

51 year old Lorraine CUSSON of Perth was arrested in Perth Provincial Court yesterday after being charged December 24th 2019 for theft and breach of a recognizance in Smiths Falls. She was held in custody for a bail hearing as she is facing over 75 outstanding criminal charges in the Lanark county area for thefts […]

Sophia’s animated Christmas light show- A son’s love for his Father

This time of year, more than our children look forward to the Christmas season and one thing that’s guaranteed to bring out the spirit of the celebration for those who are young and for those who are young-at-heart are festive home light displays.  Many of us can remember when our parents loaded us up in […]

Smiths Falls school investigating after cannabis cookies found

An investigation was launched at Chimo School in Smiths Falls at the end of the term after cookies believed to contain cannabis were brought to the school. In a message send to parents, Principal David Morrison stated that end of the day he was “made aware that cookies that were suspected to contain cannabis made […]

Special Advisory Committee explore viable options for the future of the Mill of Kintail Museum

A Special Advisory Committee formed to explore and recommend viable and sustainable options for the future of the R. Tait McKenzie and Dr. James Naismith collections at the Mill of Kintail Conservation Area Museum is making progress. A call for members was made in September and the Committee was struck in October following the Mississippi […]

Carleton Place taxes and user fees set to rise

At Tuesday’s Carleton Place council’s committee of the whole meeting, town treasurer Trisa McConkey presented a draft of the 2020 budget for council discussion and public input. Her presentation, which did not include any water or sewer rates (those were discussed and passed with a 5% increase earlier this fall), calls for a tax rate increase […]

100+ Women Who Care of Lanark County donate $7100 to Project Trauma Support

Project Trauma Support was represented by Dr. Manuela Joannou. She was accompanied by a OPP officer. PTSD is a rehabilitation program operating from Dr. Joannou’s property in Perth. It is a one-of-a-kind operation that supports first responders – firefighters, police, emergency personnel, military – who tend to hold themselves to impossible standards when dealing with […]