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

UPDATE: OSMH on Ebola watch

While there hasn’t yet been a case of Ebola reported in Canada, hospitals are stepping up measures to ensure staff and patient safety remains a top priority.

Barrie police officers cordon off the scene after the bodies of two women were discovered at the Travelodge at Bayfield Street and Highway 400 in May 2012. BARRIE EXAMINER FILE PHOTO

Dobson trial ends; verdict in December

Mark Dobson sliced the throats of two women as part of a religious, satanic cult and is now pretending to be insane to avoid life in prison, a Crown attorney alleged on Friday.

SUBMITTED PHOTO The City of Orillia election team is ready for voters to arrive Monday.

Early voting results increase

Higher voter turnout at advance polls for this election could be linked to contentious key issues, a Lakehead University professor says.


Man mugged for wallet

A local man was mugged as he walked through a municipal parking lot early Thursday morning on Colborne Street East.

Online safety talk

The South Simcoe police department is urging local parents to discuss the dangers of posting and sharing inappropriate photos online.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Lynn Whelan is pictured on her Howlyn Pines Trail property, which backs onto the Black River.

Volunteers will clear logjam

A logjam on the Black River so large that Ramara Township Mayor Bill Duffy threatened legal action over its removal is going to be broken up and taken away by a crew of volunteers.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Orillia Fire Department Station 2 on Commerce Road was closed overnight Oct. 5 from about 6:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. due to a staffing issue.

Staffing issue closed fire hall

Orillia’s second fire station was closed for one night earlier this month because there weren’t enough firefighters available to staff it, says the fire chief.