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Kathryn Thompson, left,and Shayne Lund, right. (Facebook photo)

'It's a parent's worst nightmare'

The mother of a five-year-old girl who was sexually assaulted by a “sick and twisted” man who also planned to drug and kidnap her child says she lives in a scarier world today.

Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (Packet & Times file photo)

OSMH to scrap program, cut OR

By the fall, Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) could see only three operating rooms in use, have seven fewer beds in the complex continuing care unit and the geriatric day hospital will close its doors.

County helping residents beat the beetle

Simcoe County Forestry has launched a communications campaign to educate residents, municipalities and stakeholders about steps they can take to protect their ash trees against the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB).

An OPP cruiser. Postmedia Network file photo

Drug charges

RAMARA TWP. - Two locals face drug charges after police raided a Line 2 residence here Tuesday.

 Shayne Lund, left, and Avery Taylor. (Facebook photo)

Lund pleads guilty to sex offences

A Midland man who relentlessly urged his girlfriend to kidnap children from a playground so he could drug and rape them pleaded guilty to a slew of sex offences in court, Tuesday.

Several people were taken to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre with undetermined injuries after two vehicles collided near Welham and Big Bay Point roads in Barrie's south end, Tuesday. CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER

South-end crash

Several people were taken to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre with undetermined injuries after two vehicles collided near Welham and Big Bay Point roads in Barrie's south end, Tuesday.

Members of the ukulele cub at W.R. Best Public School in Oro-Medonte perform, Tuesday, during a concert in celebration of a $10,000 grant the school received in March from the MusiCounts Band Aid Program. The school will use the money to purchase new music material and instruments. MARK WAZNEL PHOTO

Music to their ears

Students and staff at W.R. Best Public School in Oro-Medonte kicked up their heels Tuesday thanks to a visit from Canadian country singer Kira Isabella.

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False calls

NEW TECUMSETH – A local teenager has been arrested and charged in connection with emergency calls made to Nottawasaga OPP since February.