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BlackburnNews.com
06/19/2020
Local man makes history with animated film based on personal experience

A man originally from Chatham-Kent is the brains behind an inspiring new short film that features Pixar Animation Studio's first LGBTQ main character. Out was written and directed by Steven Hunter. The nine-minute short film was released on Disney+ on May 22 and tells the story of Greg, a young man who is reluctant to come out as gay to his parents.

BlackburnNews.com
10/21/2019
Chatham-Kent-Leamington remains Conservative

Chatham-Kent-Leamington is staying blue, but this time with a new face representing the riding in Parliament. Conservative Dave Epp was elected as the new MP for the Chatham-Kent-Leamington riding Monday night. Preliminary results from Elections Canada with 215 out of 260 polls show Epp with 46.9 per cent of the vote.

BlackburnNews.com
03/09/2020
Resident details decades of 'neglect' for Erie Shore Drive dike

A seasonal Erie Shore Drive resident who has spent two decades advocating for dike improvements was just one of the dozens of people who had to pack of their belongings this weekend and abandon their property. James Allin's family has owned a cottage on the roadway for over seven decades and Erie Shore Drive is where he has spent all of his summers.

Blackburnnews
Walpole Island man lucky to be alive after harrowing ATV trek

A Walpole Island man is sharing his story of survival in hopes of reminding everyone to "never give up" even when things seem dire. What started out as a routine trip three weeks ago on his ATV to get hay for his duck blinds, ended up as a 10-hour ordeal for Arnold Shobway.

BlackburnNews.com
06/04/2020
Pandemic pauses concert band for first time in 93 years

The Chatham Concert Band has played through the Great Depression and Second World War but it's the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 that's threatening to stop the music, for now. The Chatham Concert Band traditionally plays weekly free performances at Tecumseh Park throughout the summer.

Blackburnnews
Council tweaks arena decision

After getting some clarification on funding, the municipality will be making strides towards building a 2,200 seat arena instead of a previously proposed 4,000 seat facility. On Monday night, council voted in favour of going ahead with applying for upper level of government funding to go towards a new twin-pad entertainment centre and multisport complex with a seating capacity of 2,200.

Blackburnnews
Demand from residents brings 'Harriet' film to Chatham

A strong public outcry is getting the credit for ensuring that an iconic story in black history will be shown on the silver screen in Chatham. When Samantha Meredith, Executive Director and Curator Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum, saw the trailer for the movie Harriet, she immediately knew it was a film that should be shown in the area.

Blackburnnews
Civil trial to begin in fatal plane crash lawsuit

The family of a Chatham man killed in a plane crash, which also claimed the lives of nine others 15 years ago, is seeking damages by filing a lawsuit against several companies and individuals.

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