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

Median incomes up

Between 2005 and 2015, Brantford-Brant and Norfolk County were among the top five communities in southwestern Ontario with the highest rate of growth in median household income.

The Routes to Roots Film Festival will kick off at the Simcoe Strand Theatre Oct. 21-22. Pictured (back row), co-founder and Strand owner Kent Rapley (left), co-founder Mike McArthur along with (front row) co-curator Michael Chwastiak (left) and chair Jim Carroll. (JACOB ROBINSON/Simcoe Reformer)

Simcoe film festival gets back to roots

Get a glimpse of rural life around the world at the first Routes to Roots Film Festival in Simcoe.A selection of feature films and shorts, a showcase of local, national and international film with an emphasis on themes of returning to roots, rural life and connectedness, are on the bill at the festival, set for Oct. 21 and 22.“It’s a wonderful oppo

A dinner celebrating the latest inductees into the Norfolk County Sports Hall of Recognition was held Saturday at the Delhi Hungarian Hall. In the photo are Jill Cleaver (front, left), representing Jim Cleaver; Ashley Haskett; Jason Gordy (back, left); Don Boyd, representing Gordon Boyd; Charlie Haviland; Jim MacDonald and Paul MacDonald, representing the MacDonald family; and Bryan Zilkey. Missing is Ron Kowalsky. MICHELLE RUBY/Postmedia News

Norfolk sports hall adds eight inductees

Seven outstanding individuals and a family who have contributed to sports history in Norfolk County were inducted on Saturday into the Sports Hall of Recognition.

Canadian sports journalist Michael Landsberg, left, who has opened up publicly about living with depression, poses with Brian Rose, a Norfolk man who has been selected for the Faces of Mental Illness campaign. (Submitted Photo)

He's a face of mental illness

Brian Rose says he was a little reticent about being featured in a nationwide campaign recognizing people living in recovery from mental illness. His journey. marked by tragedy, has been long and complicated.

This photo, purporting to show a cougar or bobcat in a tree near the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ont., was posted in May to a Facebook group called I Love St. Marys — The Town Worth Living.

'Cougar sightings are very rare'

The Ministry of Natural Resources has determined that photos of tracks sent to them by a Brantford woman who says she saw a cougar in Simcoe were actually made by a dog.

Ludwig Vandenbussche of Belgium unveils the Flemish Emigrant Statue on Saturday, which has a new home at the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre. MICHELLE RUBY/Postmedia Network

Artwork commemorates Belgian immigration

A statue of Flemish immigrants awaiting their passage to North America has found a permanent home in the Delhi Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre.

Brant Mayor Ron Eddy has a "documented history of creating a toxic work environment" for municipal staff, according to a report by integrity commissioner Melinda Munro. (Expositor file photo)

Brant mayor receives 'stern' penalty

Brant County Mayor Ron Eddy has been given a five-day suspension of pay after the county's integrity commissioner found him in violation of the municipality's Code of Conduct.