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Members of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Services were quick to knock down a kitchen fire which got out of control during the supper Wednesday. Officials say residents at the Anne Street South home attempted to extinguish the flames and escaped without injury. They also say the home did have working smoking alarms. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Kitchen fire on Anne Street

Members of the Barrie Fire and Emergency Services were quick to knock down a kitchen fire which got out of control during the supper Wednesday.

Chelsea Davis, 15, performs a Janis Joplin tune during Tuesday's City of Barrie Street Performer Auditions held in front of a panel of judges at the Rotunda. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Taking it to the streets

Chelsea Davis, 15, performs a Janis Joplin tune during Tuesday's City of Barrie Street Performer Auditions held in front of a panel of judges at the Rotunda. Chelsea was one of many local performers looking for a opportunity to show their talents in Barrie's downtown during the upcoming summer months. Only two of the performers were to be selected

Barrie MPP Rod Jackson held a press conference Wednesday denouncing the provincial government's promise of debt retirement charges removal from residential gas bills at the end of 2015. CHERYL BROWNE/ BARRIE EXAMINER

MPP raises alarm over 'gouging'

The sigh of relief over the proposed removal of debt charges from your gas bill never came. Or at least it won't come for another year-and-a-half, and even then it will only be half-hearted.

Roadwork is a big part of Barrie's future growth. MARK WANZEL FILE PHOTO

Breaking down growth costs

The plan to finance Barrie's growth has a familiar ring – not enough money for road work, too much cash on the city credit card.

Denise Grimley, who has lived on the south shore of Lake St. John for 25 years, says the water that has come from the lake has spread out about 60 feet. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

Water spills its banks

Schools of fish, frogs and waterfowl are crossing Sheba Drive while some residents have to travel through thigh-deep water in hip waders to get to their front doors.

Barrie's main fire hall. EXAMINER PHOTO

Firefighters deal

Barrie's first-class firefighters have received a salary raise of $10,945 according to the terms of a recent arbitration decision leading to the 2010-2013 collective agreement.

Police battle man

MIDLAND – A man was arrested after he battled police investigating a break-in on the west side of town early Wednesday.