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Simcoe County District School Board director Steve Blake, left, and chairman Peter Beacock take part in 2017-18 budget discussions during Wednesday night's meeting. The board's approximately $572 million budget was passed. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Questions raised about absenteeism

Simcoe County District School Board trustees had some questions for staff Wednesday night prior to passing a budget pegged at more than half-a-billion dollars.

Three survivors: From left are outdoorsmen Brad Jakubiak, their “hero” Ross Guy, and Mike Rimmer, who share their tragic story of how they fell through the ice and were saved, but lost their friend Brent Fisher. TRACY MCLAUGHLIN/FILE PHOTO

Hero still haunted

From his darkest hour, being held facedown and handcuffed as his friend was dying, till now, when police tell him he's a hero, Ross Guy still has turbulence in his heart to sort out.

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Tool theft arrests

BRADFORD – Three local men have been arrested in connection with the stealing and pawning of tools following a month-long investigation by South Simcoe police.

Commercial pick-up truck was pulled from the road and de-plated, when inspectors discovered the front end was "dropping off." The truck was towed, at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Blitz in Bradford, May 10. Miriam King/Bradford Times/Postmedia Network

Commercial vehicles taken off the road

Bradford - South Simcoe Police partnered with York Regional Police and the Ministry of Transportation to conduct a Commercial Vehicle Safety Blitz, May 10. Spotters watched for and flagged down commercial vehicles, bringing them to the Bob Fallis Sports Complex where certified inspectors checked the trucks for safety and documentation infractions.

Ferndale Woods Public School volunteer Alice Leach, right, was one of approximately 100 students, staff, volunteers and co-op employers recognized at the Simcoe County District School Board’s annual Character Recognition Evening on Thursday. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Good character recognized

People of all ages and great character were recognized during the Simcoe County District School Board’s annual Character Recognition Evening on Thursday.

Charges expected

INNISFIL – Police say charges are expected against the driver of a car which collided with a motorcycle Wednesday, sending a man to hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries.

Motorcyclist seriously injured

INNISFIL – A motorcyclist involved in a two-vehicle collision just before 1:20 p.m., Wednesday, was transported to a Toronto hospital with life-threatening injuries.