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High levels of blue-green algae in West Lake

The Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit is warning the public of harmful levels of blue-green algae in the waters of West Lake in Prince Edward County.

Blue-green algae can be harmful to animal and human health if ingested. It can also cause skin irritation following contact.

Senior Public Health Inspector Andrew Landy says it’s best to avoid use of water where the algae is present.

Advance polls open Thanksgiving weekend

Advance polls for the upcoming federal election opened yesterday, and will remain open through the Thanksgiving weekend.

Advance polls will be open at various locations in all ridings from noon to 8 p.m. up until Thanksgiving Monday.

Check your Voter Identification Card for the advance poll location in your area.

Man charged after a vehicle strikes house

A Belleville man was charged after a vehicle struck a house Friday afternoon.

Just after 12 p.m., police responded to the collision at College Street East. No one was injured at the scene.

The 55-year-old man was charged with driving while under suspension.

Golden Hawks win again, Dukes fall

Just 12 games into the season and the Golden Hawks already have 12 victories.

Trenton shut out the Toronto Jr. Canadiens 5-0 Friday night to keep their undefeated season alive. Liam Morgan picked up four points and Daniel Urbani recorded 15 saves in the win.

The Wellington Dukes weren’t as fortunate on Friday, as they fell to the Stouffville Spirit 2-0.

The Dukes look for redemption Saturday as they take on Stouffville at 7:30 p.m., while the Golden Hawks play Orangeville at 7 p.m.

Then on Sunday, tune into CJBQ to hear the Wellington Dukes take on Cobourg. Game time is 7 p.m.

Two men being sought by OPP after robbery

Northumberland OPP are seeking two men after a robbery call to a residence in Colborne on Friday afternoon.

The first man is described as white, in his mid-20s, 5-10 with an average build. The other is said to be black, in his mid-20s, 5-10 with a thin build.

York Region Police brought in a helicopter while searching Friday night.

Police have already arrested two other suspects in relation to the robbery around 4:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP.

Belleville building stats

The City of Belleville issued building permits worth $5.85 million last month. Most of that total involved permits for 15 new houses.

In September of last year, the value of permits was almost $7.9 million.

From January to the end of September this year, building permits worth a total of $41.6 million have been issued in Belleville, including for 89 single family dwellings.

Defence argues officer should keep his job

Constable Eric Shorey walks out of Police Services Act Hearing at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Belleville on Thursday October 8, 2015.  (Photo: Tom Harris)

Constable Eric Shorey walks out of Police Services Act Hearing at Fairfield Inn and Suites in Belleville on Thursday October 8, 2015. (Photo: Tom Harris)

Fireworks on the second day of hearings for a Belleville police officer who pleaded guilty to two discreditable conduct charges Thursday.

Constable Eric Shorey’s guilty plea stems from 2013, when he was sentenced on breach of trust and criminal harassment charges for stalking an ex-partner at times, using BPS time and equipment to do so.

Today, Shorey’s lawyer is arguing he should keep his job which was met with objection from the prosecution – lawyers David Migicovsky and Jessica Barrow.

Both the prosecution and defence citing dozens of cases in Ontario involving police officers charged and convicted of discreditable conduct.

The defence argues that the facts in this case do not support dismissal stating that the facts in this case are not as aggravating as the cases that the plaintiffs lawyer pointed out.

“The cases she is presenting are so far removed from the other cases before you.”

Shorey’s lawyer is arguing that his “usefulness” has not been diminished and that there are other jobs/positions with BPS which he can do.

The defence cites that there is a job opening at BPS for which Shorey could do without having access to a gun.

The matter is reconvening Thursday, November 12 at 10 a.m. at a location to be announced.

Shorey has been a member of the Belleville Police Service since 2007. He is currently suspended from all duties with pay.

Collision at busy intersection in Trenton

Emergency response teams are on the scene of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of North Murray and Sidney Streets.

Reports indicate one person has been knocked unconscious in the crash.

It happened at 2:25 p.m.

There are no more details available at this time.

Council could give go ahead for compost facility

City Hall

Belleville city council is expected to approve the final step in the process that will allow a huge, state-of-the-art organics composting facility to be built on Phillipston Road, in Thurlow ward.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council will be asked to lift a “hold” on the subject property, now that the proposal from Astoria Organics has received final approval from the provincial Ministry of Environment.

When fully operational, the $18 million composting facility will produce 35,000 to 40,000 metric tonnes of compost a year.

Astoria Organics hopes to start some production early next year.

Belleville council meets at 5 p.m., Tuesday, at city hall.

Driver charged in 401 collision

Napanee OPP have laid charges against a 41-year-old man from Toronto after a collision on highway 401 Wednesday night.

Around 9:10 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle traveling eastbound on the 401, for a traffic offence.

The driver stopped partially on the left shoulder and partially in the passing lane, before shutting off the vehicle and lights.

An eastbound tractor trailer struck the rear of the stopped vehicle, continuing through the grass median and coming to rest, blocking the westbound lanes.

The driver of the tractor trailer was transported to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the passenger vehicle was not injured.

Mabia Kia is charged with careless driving.

Men charged in fraudulent credit card case

Two men are facing four counts of fraud charges after reportedly attempting to purchase items at various locations in Trenton with fraudulent credit cards yesterday.

According to Quinte West OPP, the men, a 27-year-old from Waterloo and a 30-year-old from Mississauga tried to buy items at Walmart.

Staff alerted police as they were observed a few weeks prior using fraudulent credit cards.

Police say the men then went to Smylie’s Independent Grocers where they were again recognized by staff.

Officers located them at the Canadian Tire Store on Dundas Street, with the assistance of staff from Smylie’s.

The pair who police haven’t named are being held for a bail hearing in Belleville today.

Found mountain bike

(Tweed, ON) – On October 1, 2015 a mountain bike was found on an ATV trail near the north east corner of Lingham Lake in the Municipality of Tweed.

Anyone who believes they are the owner of this property is encouraged to contact Central Hastings O.P.P at 613-473-4234.

Gas line hit in Quinte West


UPDATE @ 1 p.m.: Quinte West Fire Chief John Whalen confirms the roads are now open and the situation is under control.

Barricades are in places after a gas line was struck in Quinte West this morning.

Around 9:30 a.m., crews were called to 27 Carrying Place Road, after a construction crew struck a gas line.

Fire Chief John Whalen confirms there were no injuries in the incident.

He says Union Gas officials are on site and everything has been turned off.

Now officials are going door-to door in the area to inform residents of the issue.

Motorists, be advised traffic is restricted as barricades have been set up at 2nd Dug Hill Road and Loyalist Parkway along with Cresswell Drive and Dufferin Street.

Whalen says it could be another hour or so before the situation is rectified.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Production, trafficking charges in Quinte West

A drug seizure in Quinte West this week.

On Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Unit and Quinte West detachment raided a home on Sandy Hook road, north of Old Highway 2 off Burns Drive.

There they discovered marijuana worth more than $12 thousand.

Twenty-seven-year-old Max Mailloux is charged with trafficking and production and has a court date next month in Belleville.

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Shorey hearing continues Friday

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Dirty hallways in Quinte area schools

There are dirty hallways in local elementary and secondary, public, Catholic and French schools in the area. Local members of CUPE ...

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OPP on the road again

Local Provincial police detachments say they’ll be out on the roads and highways this long weekend, watching for distracted driving, ...

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Officers of health disagree

The medical officer of health for London is telling people to get the flu shot, despite calls from his counterpart ...

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Pedestrian hit by car in Belleville

On October 8th, 2015, at 7:20 p.m. police attended on Sidney Street south of Bridge Street West as a pedestrian ...

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Strike looming at CAS

A strike or lockout situation involving close to 300 workers with the Highland Shores CAS could come shortly after the ...

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“Meeting with OLG positive,” Mayor

Belleville mayor Taso Christopher says his meeting with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation yesterday was a positive indication that ...

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Teen remains in hospital with serious injuries

A 14-year-old girl from Shannonville remains in Kingston General Hospital with serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on ...

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Review of police officer’s actions underway

Day one of a Police Services Act hearing for a Belleville police officer charged with two counts of discreditable conduct ...

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Arming voters with facts on social issues

Still unsure who to vote for in the upcoming federal election? The Community Development Council of Quinte has teams up with ...

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Thu, Oct 8th, '15 - 4:00 pm

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Talks over fairgrounds continue

(Photo: Michael Brethour) Closed door negotiations between the City of Belleville and the Agricultural Society over freeing up the fairgrounds 40 ...

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Thu, Oct 8th, '15 - 12:07 pm

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OurTMH wants operation review

(Photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber / Quinte News) The citizens advocacy group OurTMH is looking for provincial help, with issues at the Trenton ...

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Thu, Oct 8th, '15 - 9:24 am

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New home getting closer for animal shelter

The Quinte Humane Society could hear any second, that its new property is ready to build on. The local animal shelter ...

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Voting starts

If the federal election campaign has been long enough for you and you’d like to finish it off by voting, ...

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Food drive at Belleville’s Metro

Great morning #Metro in Belleville – for @GleanersFB – Sean and Orlena's "Thanks" for giving awareness campaign! — Sean Kelly ...

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Napanee area crash closes eastbound lanes

A bad accident last night just east of Napanee. Crews were called to the east bound lanes of the 401 at ...

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Thu, Oct 8th, '15 - 7:52 am

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QW watermain break

The public works department in Quinte West has closed both lanes of Dundas Street in downtown Trenton because of a ...

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Police investigation at seniors residence

A Belleville man has been charged following allegations of sex assault on a 94-year-old woman at a city seniors residence. Belleville ...

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Health unit funding cuts over six years

Health unit building in Belleville. (Photo: Mary Thomas/Quinte News) A new provincial funding policy for boards of health will cut local ...

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Man injured in ATV crash in Tweed

A 26-year-old man has been injured in a single ATV collision in Tweed. Emergency response teams were called to the rollover ...

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Small watermain break in Brighton

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No charges in bus collision

A school bus collided with a pick up truck Wednesday afternoon. Belleville police were called to the intersection of Pinnacle and ...

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Wed, Oct 7th, '15 - 1:59 pm

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Flu shot not effective: MOH Dr. Schabas

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas, left, and Chair of the Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health Terry ...

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Wed, Oct 7th, '15 - 11:58 am

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Provincial orders to construction crew

Fire on 198 Moira Street West in Belleville. (Photo: Submitted) Provincial orders have been given to the construction company, responsible for ...

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Heels for Hope hits year 7

Local agencies of the Canadian Cancer Society are hosting the 7th annual Heels for Hope, formerly Cougars for Cancer. It is ...

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Explanation from CEO of Quinte Healthcare

Quinte Health Care CEO Mary Clare Egberts pauses to get up close to CJBQ’s Lorne Brooker during an interview Wednesday. ...

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Bomb scare at Quinte West OPP station

It was a strange scene around the Quinte West OPP headquarters in Trenton last evening. OPP say a man dropped off ...

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Breastfeeding in Public campaign

The Hastings and Prince Edward health unit is working to “normalize” breastfeeding in public. Public health officials says breastfeeding is the ...

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Construction booming in Quinte West

Plans to build a new elementary school in Trenton boosted the numbers last month as far as building permits are ...

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Wed, Oct 7th, '15 - 4:03 am

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Liberal Leslie coming to Bay of Quinte

A high level Liberal candidate is coming to the Bay of Quinte riding on Thursday. Retired Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie will ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 12:44 pm

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Teen hit by car & taken to KGH with serious injuries

Update @ 6 p.m.:  Belleville police releasing more details about a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on North Front ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 5:02 pm

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Candidates questioned on wind turbines

Bay of Quinte candidates, from left, Liberal Neil Ellis, Independent Truman Tuck, and Conservative Jody Jenkins at Rotary Club of ...

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Quinte region cultural website

There’s a new way to find out about the cultural resources in the Quinte area, with the launching of a ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 4:15 pm

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County arenas are going solar

(Quinte News file photo: Nicole Kleinsteuber) The County is giving the green light to three roof top solar installations. Today the committee ...

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Day of Change at McDonald’s

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More fraud schemes in Belleville

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Countylicious is back for year 9!

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Update on public works facility in QW

A big project underway in Quinte West is is making good progress. Mayor Jim Harrison says the new $22 million consolidated ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 9:58 am

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Harrison says hospital cuts “good and bad”

Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison (Photo: Sean McIntosh/Quinte News) The Mayor of Quinte West wants to see the glass half full ...

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Smylie not smilin’ over QHC proposals

John Smylie is the Chair of OurTMH (Photo: Quinte News / Tim Durkin) SMYLIE 1 That was the reaction of OurTMH Chair ...

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Electronics and cash taken in b and e

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Golden Hawks are # 1 in the nation

The Trenton Golden Hawks aren’t just the best team in the Ontario Junior Hockey League. They’re the best Junior “A” ...

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EA study for bridge rehabilitation coming

The Quinte Skyway Bridge connecting Deseronto to Prince Edward County along Highway 49. (Photo: Michael J. Brethour) An Environmental Assessment ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 3:44 am

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Organizational review in Brighton

Brighton council is studying recommendations after a consultant completed an organizational review. The municipality of Brighton has been operating without a ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 3:43 am

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Friction at Brighton council

Brighton councillor John Martinello took exception to staff not following his direction. He complained several times last night that public works ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 3:42 am

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Railway crossings and repair bills for Brighton

Brighton taxpayers will be footing the bill for some unexpected railway crossing repairs. CN Rail notified staff recently that repairs would ...

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Tue, Oct 6th, '15 - 3:13 am

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Work continues to smooth the Skyway

An Environmental Assessment study for the rehabilitation of a well travelled bridge connecting Deseronto to Prince Edward County will begin ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 9:12 pm

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Candidates offer solutions to poverty

3 of 5 Bay of Quinte riding candidates get set to debate social issues at St. Matthews United Church in ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 2:04 pm

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Fire and explosion update

(Photo: Belleville Fire) The Belleville Fire Department has completed its investigation into the gas explosion and house fire on Moira Street ...

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Final Hastings Lennox & Addington debate

(l-r) Liberal Mike Bossio, Conservative Daryl Kramp, NDP Betty Bannon & the Green Party’s Cam Mather at the Melrose Rec ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 6:00 pm

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MPP Smith speaks out against cuts to QHC

“Fall is in the air and because it is, that can only mean one thing,” says Prince Edward Hastings MPP ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 4:51 pm

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Checking out Belleville business satisfaction

Belleville’s latest Business and Retention project is underway. This latest survey will focus on the retail-commercial sector. More than 100 local businesses ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 4:46 pm

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Motorcyclists’ Toy Drive

More than 100 motorcyclists from Quinte region and across Ontario took part in an early Christmas Toy Drive in Belleville ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 1:52 pm

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Another Build Belleville project done

Left to Right: Ray Ford, Manager of Engineering;  Jeff Down, Engineering Technologist;  Councillor Garnet Thompson;  Barry Simpson, Senior Project Manager;  ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 11:19 am

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QHC overhaul proposed

(l-r) Interim V.P & Chief of Nursing Kim Stephens-Woods, Vice Chair Board of Directors Doug McGregor, CEO Mary Clare Egberts ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 10:50 am

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Aprons and bras fundraiser

Jack Miller and Sean McKinney dressed in mammogram aprons for the kick off of the new campaign. Susan Warner, Kristin ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 10:09 am

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Drug and weapon charges in Quinte West

A 32 year old Cramahe Township man faces drug and weapons charges after police received reports of erratic driving yesterday ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 10:08 am

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Drinking leads to rollover

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 9:31 am

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Quinte Red Devils report

It was an excellent weekend for our Quinte Red Devil “AAA” Hockey teams. The McInroy Maines Midget Red ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 8:02 am

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Local skaters win medals

The Quinte Blades speed skating season is underway. Picton’s Matthew Tootle won a gold medal and had 3 ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 8:00 am

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G-Hawks still perfect. Dukes double down to win

11 games into the new OJHL season and the Trenton Golden Hawks are still perfect. Trenton scored 3 ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 7:51 am

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Public consultations wrap up today!

This is it! It is the last day for residents of Prince Edward County to comment on proposals that could cut ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 7:51 am

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Local food banks collect less than half of goal

Gleaners Food Bank staff and volunteers show off some of the food collected Sunday in Belleville (Tim Durkin/Quinte News) There were ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 7:48 am

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QW council tonight

It is a light agenda for Quinte West council at its regular meeting tonight. Highlights include presentations from city staff on ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 7:47 am

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Quinte area cultural summit

The first-ever Quinte area Cultural Summit will be held in Belleville Tuesday. Hastings County, Belleville and Quinte West are partnering for ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 7:45 am

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Local debates tonight

There will be two all candidates meetings in the area today. Tonight at 7:00 p.m, a so called “Bread and Butter” ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 5:07 am

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Missing no more

We have an update on a missing persons case. Belleville police had asked for the publics help to find Jordan Barron ...

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Mon, Oct 5th, '15 - 3:15 am

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Mac’s ready to roll

Brighton council will see information about the controversial Mac’s Milk and gas bar project tonight. While the proposal caused controversy in ...


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