Jamboree frenzy begins

(Photo: Havelock Country Jamboree)


He is a headliner wherever he goes, and when he stops in Havelock on Friday, it will be no different.

Toby Keith is the big name for the Havelock Country Jamboree 2018.

Havelock organizer Jennifer Goheen says he is one of the biggest names to stop at the jambo.

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Dean Brody is Thursday night’s main attraction, with Saturday set for Tim Hicks.

Goheen says the new country acts bring in the younger audience.

Jennifer Goheen on new artists

She adds that names like Tanya Tucker, The Good Brothers, and Charlie Major are great for those young at heart.

Jennifer Goheen on classic country

The Wilkinsons, Doc Walker, and many more are on the bill.

Full details about the festival (including tickets) are available by CLICKING HERE.

Tickets are available at the gate.

(Photo: Aaron Bell)


West Nile virus found in Stirling-Rawdon


Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) has found a pool of mosquitoes in the Stirling area carrying West Nile Virus. This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer.

West Nile virus is a viral infection found in birds and carried by mosquitoes which feed on infected birds. West Nile virus is spread to humans and animals through bites by infected mosquitoes.

The majority of infected individuals have mild or no symptoms. Early symptoms can include fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, confusion, severe headache, sudden sensitivity to light, tremors, numbness, or vision loss.

The elderly and those with certain chronic medical problems, including problems with their immune systems, are more susceptible. In severe cases, West Nile virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis.

No specific treatment or vaccination is available for West Nile virus. For severe illness, supportive therapy is provided. Individuals cannot get West Nile virus from person-to-person contact.

Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn (first light) and dusk (just before dark). If you need to be outside during this time, the simplest precaution is to wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and long pants, socks and a hat, and use an insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water (water that does not move/flow). It is advisable to get rid of any standing water around your home (e.g., in flower pots, rainwater barrels, children’s toys, wading pools). Ensure you have screens on windows to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

If you encounter a dead bird or other dead animal, do not handle it with bare hands.

Local Surveillance Program

HPEPH conducts an adult mosquito surveillance program using carbon dioxide baited light traps at 17 different locations throughout Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. The trapped mosquitoes are shipped to a laboratory where they are tested for West Nile virus.

For more information, please visit CLICK HERE or call 613-966-5500 extension 677.

Weapons & traffic charges after county crash

A 39-year-old man is facing weapons, and driving charges, after a traffic stop in The County Wednesday.

Around 10:40 a.m., officers responded to a crash at Highway 62 and Victoria Road.

Donnie Lemmon was found to have a suspended licence, and is alleged to have been using a licence plate without authorization.

He is also accused of having a firearm in the vehicle.

Donnie Lemmon was held for bail to answer to the charges of:

Under the Criminal Code of Canada:

Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,

Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition

Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000.


Under the Highway traffic Act, Lemmon was charged with;

Driving while under suspension

Drive motor vehicle, no validation on plate

Fail to apply permit on becoming owner

Use plate not authorized

Use validation not furnished for vehicle

Vehicle clocked doing 133 in an 80

A Brighton driver has lost his licence and vehicle, after having a lead foot Wednesday.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., Quinte West OPP stopped a vehicle on Highway 2 in Quinte West.

It was clocked going 133 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

The driver was charged with stunt driving.

Napanee man found dead in Saskatchewan

A man from the Napanee area has been found dead in Saskatchewan.

Donald Stoliker was last seen August 1 at Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, which is on the border with Montana.

The 63-year- old Newburgh native told park officials he was going into the park, however he was last seen in the afternoon outside the southern boundary to the park.

The RCMP say the death is not currently considered suspicious.

The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office continues their investigation, along with Parks Canada and the RCMP.

What’s open & closed for Holiday Monday

The Civic holiday is Monday and there will be a lot of closures and schedule changes.

Post offices, mail delivery, municipal, provincial and federal government offices are closed.

Many banks will be closed, as are most child care centres.

The Belleville Library has their doors locked as well.

Many Beer Stores are closed, however both Belleville locations, the site in Napanee, Picton, and Trenton will remain open.

LCBOs will also be affected so call ahead.

The Quinte Mall is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre will be open and there will be some activities.

Quinte Waste Solutions will have no changes.

Garrett’s Legacy Act passes 2nd reading

Garrett Mills and his father David (Photo: submitted to Quinte News)

It was an emotional day for Dave and Gwen Mills, as they sat in the gallery at provincial parliament Thursday.

The parents were at Queen’s Park to hear the re-introduction of a bill, named in the memory of their son.

Fifteen-year-old Garrett Mills was playing on a soccer net in a Napanee park last May, when it toppled on him, killing him.

Garrett’s Legacy Act would make it mandatory that all soccer nets in the province be anchored.

MPP Daryl Kramp represents the Napanee area.

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Although the bill was introduced back in November, it was pushed to the side for the provincial election.

It had to be retabled due to the fact that Todd Smith (MPP who originally introduced the bill) is now Government House Leader, and he can no longer bring bills forward.

Willowdale (Toronto) MPP Stan Cho brought it forward Thursday for discussion.

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Although Bay of Quinte member Todd Smith could not introduce the bill, he did tell a story about Premier Doug Ford’s interaction with David Mills, who is better known as Buzz Collins on Rock 107.

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The bill will now go back into committee for further examination and study, before coming back for third and final reading.  If approved again, it would become law.

A look at a memorial at the site of Garrett Mills passing (Photo: submitted to Quinte News)


Garrett’s Legacy Act back at Queen’s Park

(L-R)former Kingston MPP Sophie Kiwala, MPP Todd Smith, with Garrett’s parents, David & Gwen Mills at Queen’s Park (Photo: Submitted)


It has seen delays, and a new government, however a bill to anchor soccer nets will take a step forward in Queen’s Park Thursday.

Last May, 15-year-old Garrett Mills was playing on a soccer net in a Napanee park, when it fell on him, killing him instantly.

MPP Todd Smith, with the support of the Mills family, tabled a bill, which would make it mandatory in Ontario to anchor soccer nets.

Mills’ father David Mills says it is going to second reading today.

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Willowdale MPP Stan Cho re-became emotional as it went through second reading debate.


The bill received support from both sides of the chamber and will now head into committee, before being read a third and final reading and receiving royal assent if passed.

More the story by CLICKING HERE

Hit and run in Quinte West

Quinte West OPP are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver who took off from the scene of a crash.

Shortly after 7:00 p.m., officers were called to the carpool lot north of the 401 on Wooler Road, also known as County Road 40.

A vehicle that was parked in the lot was struck and dragged out onto Wooler Road.

The subject vehicle left the scene and failed to report the incident to police.

If you witnessed the incident, contact Quinte West OPP or Crimestoppers.

PHOTO: Repeat Offender wanted

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement Squad (R.O.P.E.) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of parole.

Jack Goneau is described as a Caucasian male, 49 years of age, 5’11”, 148 lbs. with blue eyes and a shaved head.  He has tattoos of an eagle, a heart and the name “CHRISTIE” on his shoulders.

He is currently serving a three-year and nine-month sentence for Possession of a Narcotic For The Purpose Of Trafficking and Possession of Property Obtained By Crime.

The offender is known to frequent the cities of  Peterborough, Lindsay and the Kawartha Lakes area.

Anyone having contact with this offender or information in regards to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Provincial R.O.P.E. Squad at 416-808-5900 or toll free at 1-866-870-7673 (ROPE) or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or call 911.

GoFund Me campaign for family of man killed Sunday

Mike Alton (Photo: GoFund Me Page)


We now know the name of the man killed in the motorcycle crash Sunday night in Quinte West.

Around 7:00 p.m., emergency crews were called to Frankford Road, west of Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, where the bike had left the roadway and crashed into a tree.

Emergency crews began CPR on the driver, however 39-year-old Mike Alton of Foxboro was pronounced dead at the scene.

A GoFund Me page has been set up for his two children.

His celebration of life takes place this coming weekend. CLICK HERE for details


Kramp hopeful for Marmora pump storage project

A screen-grab from a video promoting the proposed Marmora Pumped Storage Project. (Photo: Northland Power / Submitted)


The MPP for Hastings Lennox and Addington is hopeful a renewable energy project in Marmora and Lake is still a go.

Despite changes to the Green Energy Act, provincial member Daryl Kramp says he still sees great potential for the Marmora Pump Storage project.

The project is operated by Northland Power, and proposes to create and store energy at the old Marmora mine property.

Kramp says this is different from other local energy projects for two reasons.

One is the reliability of water over solar and wind.

The other, is storing power can help lower the cost of electricity.

He says he will be meeting with the Minister of Energy and the Minister of the Environment in the coming months, and inviting them to Marmora to see the great potential of the project.

Kramp adds that they will store energy at off-peak times, running water back into the mine during high-peak times.

CLICK HERE for more from Northland Power on the proposed project.


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