A barred owl checks out a bird-feeding area for voles, mice and red squirrels. These birds usually prefer the quiet confines of a dense forest but have been coming to bird feeders looking for an easy winter meal. DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Owls out in the open

Owls are making themselves known recently, sometimes quite brazenly. Usually sitting with great calm and under excellent camouflage, owls are often ha

Into the minds of birds

I have no way of knowing what birds think of as they fly long distances during migration or whether they think at all. But a long flight provides me l

Store robbed: SEE VIDEO

A man armed with a stick or baton threatened a Barrie store clerk, demanding cash and cigarettes, early Friday.

Preds, Express seek Cup berth

The North Central Predators and York-Simcoe Express minor midget 'AAA' teams are inching closer to a berth in the OHL Cup Showcase tournament.

Orillia's OPP detachment

OPP officer remains on the job

Despite a scathing ruling by a judge who found Orillia Sgt. Russ Watson “karate kicked” and “sucker punched” a helpless woman...

SUBMITTED PHOTO Margaret Cole is pictured during a police interview. The Washago woman was found guilty Thursday of the first-degree murder of Richard Humble, 82, also of Washago. Cole was a caregiver and was accused of forging Humble’s will, then drugging him, then setting fire to his house.

Jury finds Cole guilty of murder

Richard Humble, 82, was a proud, independent man. He loved his quiet home, he loved nature, and the retired engineer was enjoying his peaceful, rural life.

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