Michelle Ruby, Brantford Expositor

Michelle Ruby has covered a wide variety of beats, including education, county council, and general assignment reporting, since joining The Expositor in 1999. She currently writes entertainment and education stories, including a regular In The Schools column.

Stories

A team of pirates, called Shiver Me Timbers, is among the participants in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grand Erie Bowl for Kids Sake fundraiser. They are Jen Bennett (bottom left), Karen Dejaegher, Amy Brooks (back left), Alex Bennett, Sandy McGarrity, Daniella Dejaegher and Chris Bennett. (Michelle Ruby/The Expositor)

200 kids waiting for mentor

Two hundred local children are on a waiting list to be matched with mentors who could help steer the course of their lives.

Kennedy McArthur, a transgender woman from Brantford attempting to join the Canadian Armed Forces, is photographed at the Brant County War Memorial. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

She's eager to serve

A Brantford transgender woman says she's hopeful she will be able to join the reserves after the Canadian Forces admitted they made a mistake in denying her application because of the medication she takes.

City man helps hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

With just a bit of information gleaned from Facebook posts about the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria last September, Josh Krug made an impulsive decision to travel there in December.The 31-year-old third-year architecture student at George Brown College has a background in renovation work and thought he could help.He’s also an adventurer who

Holy Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe.

Fraser report rates Ontario high schools

Simcoe’s Holy Trinity Catholic High School was the top high school in the local area, according to a ranking just released by the Fraser Institute.

City lifts evacuation order

A visibly relieved Mayor Chris Friel announced late Thursday afternoon the end of the threat of flooding that has gripped Brantford since Wednesday morning.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks during a news conference on Wednesday at the main fire hall in Brantford. Wynne visited the city after officials declared a state of emergency and ordered the evacuation of 2,200 homes in several neighbourhoods as rising levels of the Grand River threatened widespread flooding. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

Premier pledges support

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne promised support to the city on Wednesday evening ahead of a second surge of flood water expected to hit Thursday morning.

Kendralee Reid, 3, does some colouring while her 16-month-old sister Keneicka looks on at the grand opening on Saturday of the renovated and expanded Delhi branch of the Norfolk County Public Library. MICHELLE RUBY/SIMCOE REFORMER

'It takes a community to raise a library'

A plan that had been on the books for 14 years finally became reality on Saturday with the official grand opening of the renovated and expanded Norfolk County Public Library’s Delhi branch.

Split over naloxone

Wayne Baker, superintendent of education for the Grand Erie District School Board, calls it a no-brainer to have naloxone kits in all the board's schools.