• Loyalist College students are heading to Belleville’s DocFest with their own stories to tell
    Joe Cannatella says if you want to hear an amazing story, talk to a stranger. And that’s just what the Loyalist College film student did to win the prestigious spotlight to show his student-made documentary at this year’s DocFest in downtown Belleville. “We’re like barbers or bartenders where people want to open up to you
  • Belleville resident facing multiple charges after $50,000 worth of stolen vehicles, equipment discovered
    A Belleville resident already in custody on a murder charge is now also accused of stealing approximately $50,000 worth of vehicles and equipment across Central Hastings, Prince Edward County and Lennox and Addington. In a Feb. 22 media release, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) state that on Feb. 7, members of the East Region Community
  • Four ice fishermen rescued from ice on Wellers Bay, PEC
    OPP report that there has been yet another dangerous close call in eastern Ontario involving people venturing onto ice. This one happened shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Prince Edward County. In a media release, police say four men had been out fishing on the ice of Wellers Bay, nearly a kilometre from
  • Wrong way driver charged with impaired in Belleville
    After receiving multiple complaints about a silver hatchback travelling on the wrong side of Cannifton Road, the Belleville Police Service arrested a 20-year-old local resident. At about 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 21, witnesses observed the hatchback, later identified with a flat tire, striking curbs and disregarding stop signs in the east end of Belleville. Police
  • 2nd Dug Hill Road sidewalks coming in Quinte West – but not soon enough, says safety advocate
    Quinte West Council has approved a sidewalk build on 2nd Dug Hill Road, but Diane Lyndon says it’s not coming fast enough. “Last week in the good weather a lot of people were walking up and down 2nd Dug Hill. Now there’s a roadhouse and there’s going to be increased traffic,” she told council on
  • Belleville resident charged after allegedly attacking others with wooden table leg
    A Belleville woman is facing assault charges after allegedly wielding an unusual weapon against household members. The Belleville Police Service states in a media release that just after 8 p.m. on Feb. 20, officers responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the city’s east end. Upon arrival, officers discovered that a female resident
  • Stirling implements 50 per cent interim tax levy while working on high-cost 2024 budget
    Stirling-Rawdon’s council approved a 50 per cent interim tax levy for the municipality in their Feb. 20 council meeting. According to the Municipal Act, 2001, councils have the right to implement an interim levy of up to 50 per cent of the previous year’s taxes. This will help meet the financial needs of the community
  • Trenton snowmobile operator taken to hospital after collision with tree
    Killaloe OPP report that a Trenton snowmobile operator received injuries after a collision in Hastings Highlands. Police say that on Feb. 19, just after 12:30 p.m., members of the Killaloe OPP Detachment, assisted by members of the Bancroft OPP Detachment, responded to a single-vehicle collision involving a snowmobile on the OFSC B106E trail, west of
  • PEC’s H.J. McFarland Memorial Home receives provincial funding to enhance resident care, services
    Prince Edward County long-term care facility H.J. McFarland Memorial Home is set to benefit from an infusion of $383,271 in additional one-time funding allocated by the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care. The funding aims to bolster the quality of care and services residents receive. The investment, facilitated through the Ontario government’s Local Priorities Fund, earmarks
  • ‘A real blessing’: Deseronto resident plans to travel Canada after lottery win
    Ainsley White of Deseronto is $100,000 richer thanks to a stroke of luck playing the lottery. White matched the last six of seven ENCORE numbers in exact order in the Jan. 19 LOTTO MAX draw to hit the jackpot. White says he’s been playing the lottery regularly for the past 10 years. “This is my
  • Prince Edward County residents can learn more about Leeward House transitional housing project at upcoming event
    An open house for the Leeward House project at 1133 County Road 5 in Sophiasburgh Ward is scheduled for Monday, February 26. The event will be held at the Sophiasburgh Town Hall located at 2771 County Road 5, Demorestville, running from 5-7 pm. The format will be drop-in, with municipal staff present to offer information
  • Belleville police lay impaired driving charge after traffic complaint
    The Belleville Police Service recently charged a Shannonville resident with impaired driving. On Feb. 16, at about 9:45 p.m., officers responded to a report of a suspected impaired driver on Harmony Road. Following a search, police located the vehicle at a business on North Front Street. Upon interaction with the driver, police believed the individual,
  • Two men on snowmobiles plunge through ice in Tweed
    In a post to X, OPP reported that two men on snowmobiles plunged through the ice on Stoco Lake in Tweed on Saturday, Feb. 17. “Thankfully, they were wearing floater coats” and are safe,” police said, adding that “it’s a busy weekend in the area with the Tweed Winter Carnival.” Police encourage everyone stay off
  • Five things to do in the Quinte area Family Day weekend
    Looking for something to do this snowy Family Day weekend? Here are five ideas to add to your weekend plans. Waffle pop-up at the Grind and Vine Grab the kids and head to The Grind and Vine coffee shop on Saturday for morning waffles. Served with locally-produced maple syrup, it’s a great way to start
  • Belleville hires transportation solutions company to conduct parking study
    The City of Belleville has enlisted Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited to undertake a comprehensive parking analysis of the downtown area. A media release from the city explains that this initiative stems from the recognition of the necessity for a parking evaluation outlined in Belleville’s Transportation Master Plan in 2014. Given the evolution of the city
  • Prince Edward County OPP urge caution after suspected driveway paving scam
    On February 14, 2024, the Prince Edward County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) apprehended three individuals suspected of being involved in a door-to-door scam. In a media release, police say the arrest came following a report received by officers detailing an incident where a resident had been approached on the previous day by
  • Three to hospital with non-serious injuries after school bus vs. van collision in Foxboro
    OPP reported over X on the morning of Friday, Feb. 16 that officers are investigating a two-vehicle collision involving a school bus and a van. The collision took place in Foxboro at Highway 62 and Ashley Street shortly after 8 a.m. Friday morning. Two children from the bus were taken to hospital to be checked,
  • Drug trafficking charges laid after speeding vehicle stopped on Highway 401
    A traffic stop for speeding on Highway 401 in Tyendinaga resulted in a litany of charges for three Quebec residents. According to a release from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), a Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (T.I.M.E.) team officer was conducting traffic patrol on Highway 401 in the Township of Tyendinaga just before noon on Wednesday, Feb.
  • Seven charged in drug bust at Belleville residence
    Seven individuals are facing charges related to drug possession and trafficking following a search warrant executed at a residence in Belleville’s east end on Thursday. The operation, led by members of the Project Renewal drug enforcement team, in conjunction with the Belleville Police Emergency Response Unit and K9, took place at a residence on Herchimer
  • Belleville police investigating hit-and-run collision
    A hit-and-run collision on North Front Street, near Grove Street, Thursday evening has prompted a police investigation into the responsible motorist. The Belleville Police Service reports that at approximately 9 p.m., authorities received reports of a collision on the heavily trafficked road. Upon arrival, officers discovered one vehicle at the scene, while the other involved
  • Five accused in Quinte West boy’s murder make brief court appearances
    All five people accused in the murder of 17-year-old Kiean Stoddard last month appeared before Justice of the Peace Leona Dombrowskie in Belleville’s Ontario Court of Justice Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024. It was a packed docket and Dombrowsky warned there would be little to no time for break-out rooms or phone calls between the legal
  • Feds announce $16 million to convert former Belleville Service Canada Office into Indigenous housing
    Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement Charles Sousa was in Belleville Thursday, Feb. 15 to announce an investment of nearly $16 million to create 38 new homes in Belleville. The Belleville Affordable Housing Project will see the transformation of the second and third floors of a former Service Canada office into new homes intended
  • Community donors kickstart nuclear medicine camera replacement project at Quinte Health
    The Nuclear Medicine Camera replacement project is underway at Quinte Health thanks to the support of community donors. A media release from the organization explains that three cameras will be replaced over the next 14 months to ensure modern, state-of-the-art nuclear medicine services at Belleville General Hospital (BGH). These services play a vital role in
  • What’s open and closed in Belleville this Family Day
    Monday, Feb. 19 is Family Day, a statutory holiday that will affect some municipal services and store hours. Here’s what you need to know in Belleville. Do you know of something that should be added to this list? Email hollie@hometownist.com. RETAIL MUNICIPAL AND LEISURE SERVICES There will be no changes to curbside garbage, green bin,
  • Belleville resident charged with fraud after claiming vehicle was stolen
    The Belleville Police Service recently conducted a unique stolen vehicle investigation, in which they say no vehicle was actually stolen. In a media release, police say that on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at about 1:30 a.m., officers began an investigation following a report of a stolen motor vehicle. Police say that according to the vehicle’s owner,
  • Brighton man charged with fraud is former Trenton school principal
    A Brighton man facing a number of fraud-related charges is a former Trenton school principal, accused of misappropriating over $80,000 worth of funds; these charges are “related to his role as principal,” according to Kawartha Pine Ridge DSB Superintendent of Education John Ford in a letter to school board families obtained by Quinteist. Ford explained
  • Brighton man charged with fraud by PEC OPP for allegedly misappropriating over $80,000
    UPDATE: Brighton man charged with fraud is former Trenton school principal A Brighton man has been charged with fraud after allegedly misappropriating over $80,000 worth of funds. On February 13, 2024, Prince Edward County OPP arrested and charged the suspect following of a lengthy fraud investigation. “An organization reported that funds, over $80,000, had been
  • Belleville police looking for suspects after $10,000 in damage reported at new footbridge
    The Belleville Police Service responded to a reported incident of mischief at the new footbridge on Front Street on Monday, Feb. 12. Following an investigation, it was determined that on Feb. 11, at approximately 11:30 p.m., two individuals deliberately damaged lights along the footbridge, resulting in an estimated $10,000 in damages. Anyone who recognizes the
  • Avian flu detected in Canada geese in Belleville
    Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, has been confirmed in deceased Canada geese discovered in Belleville. Typically spreading among wild bird populations, avian influenza can occasionally affect commercial poultry or other animals, such as dogs, when they come into contact with infected animals. A media release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health (HPEPH) explains
  • Cascades closing Belleville, Trenton factories, ending hundreds of jobs
    Local corrugated box producer Cascades has announced they are closing both of their local factories, with Trenton’s idled facility closing immediately and Belleville’s set to close by May 31. Their cousin plant in Newton, Connecticut, is also being closed down. Over 310 employees will be out of the job due to the closures, which Cascades
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