The second night of preliminaries for the Valley Search for a Star contest took place last night with 17 singers taking to the Thomas Cavanagh Stage in front of a full house here at Valley Heritage Radio. Audience members and those listening to the live broadcast were treated to an evening of superb music from some talented competitors taking their first step towards the grand prize of $3,500. The judging panel of Gord Barnes, Lauren Hall, and Neville Wells selected 10 singers to advance to the semi-finals later this month. Qualifiers include Beverley Cutmore, Dale Yuke, Vicki Brittle, Ebonie Kauffeldt, Briana Kelford, Jeanika Benoit,Caitlin Dougherty, Doug Smith, Kaitlin Black and Lori McKenzie. The semi-finals set for the Horton Community Centre on October 18th. The finals will go on Sunday, October 29th.
The results are in from Operation Impact and the OPP’s Fall Seatbelt Campaign. The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP were busy cracking down on folks who weren’t buckled up from Sept 27th-to-Oct 6th with 67 motorists in the Pembroke and Petawawa region getting charged with seatbelt offenses. Operation Impact which ran this past Thanksgiving long weekend had police focusing on the “big four” impaired driving, no seatbelt, speeding and distracted driving. A total of 84 people were caught speeding, 9 people were found not to be buckled up, and two motorists got hit with distracted driving charges. Police also say they caught two people driving drunk. The Killaloe OPP are reporting they pinched 40 people for speeding and laid 14 seatbelt charges on the long weekend. They also caught two distracted drivers and one impaired driver. Killaloe OPP also held 16 RIDE checks.
The OPP and Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers are looking for help in solving a few break and enters in Admaston Bromley Township. According to the first report. A homeowner scared off two would-be thieves after waking to hear people talking in their home. The incident occurred on Monday September 4th at 5:00am. The senior citizen, on South McNaughton Road, woke at approximately 4:30am after hearing people talking. They yelled at the intruders who then fled the scene. Damage was done to a door to gain access to the home, but nothing else appears to have been stolen. Meanwhile, On Tuesday October 3rd, OPP officers responded to a break, enter and theft call at a cabin on Colton Road in Admaston Bromley Township. A pad lock was cut off a gate and several outbuilding Padlocks were also cut off along and the door to the cabin was kicked in. Stolen property includes various tools, a flat screen TV, liquor, pop, 2 gun cleaning kits and a Cooey shotgun. Physical evidence was collected from the scene and Police believe the break in occurred during the overnight hours between Sunday October 1st and Monday October 2nd. A stolen 2007 red Ford Ranger pick-up truck was also involved in this theft. That was stolen from Ben Hokum Ltd property on Black Point Road in North Algona Wilberforce Township sometime overnight on Oct 1st and 2nd. It was recovered in the ditch on South McNaughton Road in the early morning hours on Oct 2nd. If you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to contact crime stoppers at www.valleytips dot ca.
AND IN SPORTS …
In CCHL-2 action last night the Whitewater Kings were on the road in Brockville and came away with a 5-3 win over the Tikis. Reid Barber and Quinn Vanhoof led the way as each scored a pair of goals while Chris Bourgeau scored one. Dylan Kuehl, Gage Tremblay, and Jacob McIntyre each chipped in two assists while goalie Kevin Proulx stopped 36 shots and picked up the win. The Kings have improved their record to 9-6-and-3 and sit in fourth place in the Richardson Division – three points out of second spot.
And there’s one local team in action tonight as the Renfrew Timberwolves are in in Casselman to face the Vikings.