Vincent Ball, Brantford Expositor

Vincent Ball

A graduate of the Master's journalism program at the University of Western Ontario and Glendon College, York University, Vincent Ball has been a reporter at The Expositor for the past 25 years. Now covering the police and business beat for The Expositor, Ball previously covered health, social services as well as education. In addition to writing stories, Ball produces videos for The Expositor's website and writes For What it's Worth, a weekly column. After work, Ball trains in the martial arts and works on other writing projects including one detailing the contributions of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations to the First World War.

Stories

Volunteers keep ice nice

It’s a problem often encountered by those who make neighbourhood rinks.How do you accommodate both hockey players and those who just want to skate or little ones who are just learning?Jim Hardie had an answer.Build another rink.Now there are two rinks at Centennial Park, one for skaters and one for the hockey players. One rink is on the tennis cour

OPP to transport inmates

The OPP will be in charge of transporting inmates scheduled to appear in court when the Brantford jail locks it doors on Wednesday, the province says.

Janice Youngson, left, and Diane Luke, members of the Twilight Quilters' Guild of Norfolk, are shown with one of two art quilts that were unveiled at the Simcoe library on Sunday as part of a Norfolk Remembers event. VINCENT BALL/POSTMEDIA NEWS

Quilts pay tribute to Norfolk soldiers

Janice Youngson needed only two words to describe the feeling she had when two commemorative quilts were unveiled at the Simcoe Branch of the Norfolk County Public Library on Sunday.

Mustangs capture championship

The Brantford Collegiate Institute Mustangs won the battle of the underdogs to capture the Brant County Senior Boys’ Football championship on Saturday.The Mustangs defeated the Assumption College Lions 10-8 in a defensive battle that wasn’t decided until the horn finally sounded signalling the end of the game.“I love this game, I love my players an

Hundreds pay tribute to veterans

More than 500 people, including many veterans, their spouses and caregivers, came out for the annual Thank-A-Vet Luncheon on Saturday.“Yes, this is something I always look forward to,” said Joseph Simich, a 92-year-old Second World War veteran who regularly attends the event.In addition to a good meal served by a large team of volunteers, Simich an

Paris celebrates hockey great Apps

Residents of Paris celebrated a homecoming for one of Canada’s best hockey players and greatest athletes on Saturday.A banner commemorating the late Syl Apps was raised at the Brant Sports Complex before a large crowd of local residents and prior to a game between the Paris Mounties and the Ayr Centennials.“This is such a wonderful, wonderful occas

Ontario Agriculture Minister Jeff Leal (left) chats with Ferrero Canada managing director Fabrizio Secco prior to a news conference on Wednesday. (Brian Thompson/The Expositor)

Ferrero plant takes 'another big step'

Ferrero Canada Ltd. is getting $11 million from the provincial government to support a $90-million expansion project at the chocolate and confectionary manufacturer's Brantford plant.

Air show thrills

Kees VanBerkel might not get as much press as the Canadian Snowbirds but the longtime pilot has been getting more attention than usual this year.“We’ve been pretty busy and lot of that has to do with the 100th anniversary of the First World War,” pilot VanBerkel, 69, said Wednesday. “”We did a show on April 9 – the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge -

Air show ready for takeoff

Al Mickeloff has some advice for those planning to attend the Community Air Show at the Brantford Municipal Airport on Wednesday.Get there early.“The weather is looking pretty good and if it holds, we’ll likely crack the 10,000 mark in terms of attendance,” said Mickeloff, a spokesman for the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. “With those kinds of

Race McConnell (left) and Blake Lauwerier of Courtland learn how to play the drums at the second annual Bushstock Music Festival held at the Lakeside Vista in Port Ryerse on the weekend. VINCENT BALL/POSTMEDIA NEWS

Music just one part of Bushstock festival

A chance to hear some terrific music was just one of many reasons Stacy Lauwerier decided to travel all the way from Courtland to Port Ryerse on Saturday.

Agency's fundraiser is just ducky

A large crowd gathered on a footbridge over the Nith River at Paris Lion’s Park on Saturday to cheer on some floating fowl. The Big Duck race fundraiser was a spectacle that invited a lot of cheering, photographs and cracking wise.“Hey, I want that duck checked for performance enhancing substances,” one fan shouted as a bright yellow rubber duck ea

Powwow about relationship building

Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell was among the visitors to the Three Rivers Pow Wow at the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.“It has been a great weekend,” said Stacey LaForme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. “I think we had more than 3,000 people here on Saturday and that was probably one of our best days ever.“It’s because of

United Way kicks off campaign

The Brantford Harlequins flexed their muscles and Nathan Manners flashed his smile in support of Brant United Way on Saturday.They were just a couple of the participants in the first-ever antique fire truck pull held at the civic centre. The event was held to announce the fundraising goal of this year’s campaign - $1.7 million - and raise awareness