Latest Local News Headlines, Provided By muskoka411.com, August 2nd

A driver from Clearview Township is facing a slew of charges after fleeing the scene of an accident he caused while driving a stolen pickup truck under the influence near Blue Mountain early Tuesday morning. The collision occurred on Jozo Weider Boulevard around 4 a.m. Tuesday as a Dodge pickup truck hit a light post, causing the pole to crash onto the road. Witnesses reported that the driver fled the scene before police arrived. After police located the vehicle, officers arrested the man found to be under the influence of alcohol and found that the pickup truck had been stolen from the Stayner area earlier that morning. A 29-year-old driver from Clearview Township faces numerous charges including impaired driving and possession of stolen property over $5000 and driving while under suspension and was held for a bail hearing later that day in Barrie. (Source: muskoka411.com)

The five hospital foundations that fundraise for Grey Bruce Health Services are joining forces to host the popular Catch the Ace lottery in support of a new MRI for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. Catch the Ace GBHS lottery tickets are now on sale with the first draw taking place today (Thursday, August 2nd), 10:00 am at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. The progressive jackpot grows with respect to how many tickets are sold and how long the lottery lasts. Buy your tickets for $5 each. The MRI in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is used over 10,000 times per year on patients from across Grey and Bruce to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Catch the Ace tickets can be bought at the following hospital foundation offices: Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation, Meaford Hospital Foundation, Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation at the Wiarton Hospital, and Centre Grey Hospital Foundation at the Markdale Hospital. For a list of other locations sell-ing tickets, visit and follow @CatchTheAceGBHS on Facebook and Twitter. Ticket purchasers must be 18 or over to participate. For more information visit www.gbhsmri.ca or contact your local hospi-tal foundation:
Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation – (519) 534-5856
Centre Grey Hospital Foundation – (519) 986-3040
Meaford Hospital Foundation – (519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
Owen Sound Hospital Foundation – (519) 372-3925
Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation – (519) 797-3230 ext. 3230
A.G.C.O. Licence #9997 has been issued to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation.
(Source: muskoka411.com)

You can learn more at the Big Data Insights Conference being held at the Georgian College Barrie Campus, Friday, Aug. 3rd. It’s a student-driven conference bringing industry professionals, academics and data-driven organizations together to share knowledge about the latest tools, practices and industry trends and a platform for industry members to network with students and alumni of its Big Data Analytics program as well as talk about how to use data to drive business results. The conference is also a chance for businesses to meet future employees in an informal setting. The conference will also feature a panel of guest speakers who will address a variety of topics from industry trends to tips on how to succeed in the field of big data. The conference will take place Friday from 8:30 am to 3 pm There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. RSVP online.
(Source: Georgian College)

Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP would like to raise awareness to the fact that purple hero-in, which has turned up in many communities across southern Ontario, has now made its way to Collingwood. Purple heroin contains heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil. Carfentanil is being mixed into illicit street drugs and, in most cases, the user is not even aware. Ingesting as little as a grain of salt or two milligrams of powdered carfentanil, which is a synthetic opioid, is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and can be fatal. (Source: muskoka411.com)

Fire Chief Scott Granahan officially lifted the Meaford fire ban Tuesday, citing a significant greening of grasses. As well, the Meaford and District Fire Department and the Inter-Township Fire Department, in its ongoing efforts to ensure that the Municipality is meeting the needs of the community, is creating a 10-year community-driven Fire Master Plan to guide operational improvements and enhance how the service is provided throughout the community. The municipality is asking residents to complete its confidential survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MeafordCommunitySurvey. The survey will be available until August 4th.
(Source: Municipality of Meaford)

You can now find the complete Official List of Certified Candidates and Declaration of Acclamation to Office for the Municipality of Meaford. Information is also available on the website www.meaford.ca/clerks-division/election-2018/41-office-of-the-clerk/910-candidates-3.
(Source: Municipality of Meaford)

Sports:

In baseball, Marcus Stroman gave up seven earned runs on 11 hits as the Toronto Blue Jays were pummelled 8-3 in the final game of their three-game series with the A’s who swept the series in Oak-land yesterday afternoon.
Kansas City pounded the sloppy Chicago White Sox 10-5.
A two-run homer in the 10th inning rallied the Los Angeles Dodgers past Milwaukee 6-4 to snap a
three-game skid.
The Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 9-2.
St. Louis doubled Colorado 6-3.
The Los Angeles Angels lost to Tampa Bay 7-2.
Baltimore beat the New York Yankees 7-5.
And the Miami -Atlanta Braves game was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader, August 13th.
The Jays are on the road again tonight against Seattle; game time tonight 10:10.

(Source: tsn.ca)

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