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Posted at 7:55 am on August 19, 2016

Fuel prices have taken another jump this week.  The Utility and Review Board set its weekly prices overnight.
Gasoline prices rose 2.7 cents a litre, putting the minimum price of regular unleaded in the eastern mainland at 99.8 cents, while in Cape Breton it’s one dollar point six.
Diesel price increases were higher, up five cents a litre this week.  The minimum price for litre of diesel is 93.6 cents in the eastern mainland, while in Cape Breton it’s 94.4.

Posted at 7:53 am on August 19, 2016

A professor in the Human Kinetics Department at St. FX is more than your average fan of the Olympics.  Kelly Thompson was involved with the international sporting event a few years back — but he maintains a keen interest.
Thompson has also been to RIO for the Pan-Am games in 2007.  He says organizers seem to be doing a good jobs as far as security and cleanliness.

Posted at 7:51 am on August 19, 2016

Antigonish RCMP Staff Sgt. Holly Glassford says `Lock it or loose it.`   She says RCMP have been receiving many reports of vehicle break-ins throughout the town.  Glassford says it’s very important to protect your property from the culprits.

Glassford says if you have any information about who’s responsible, contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers

Posted at 7:22 am on August 19, 2016

Work crews are busy with renovations for the Strait Regional School Board.  Director of Operations Terry Doyle says the facelift is necessary to relocate all existing staff and administration functions to SAERC.  He says it’ll save money in the long run.  The summer’s work is concentrated on making room for those who’ll be displaced at SAERC.

Some schools are getting asphalt upgrades, but Doyle says he doesn’t expect any of the work or projects to be a problem for students when they return to school.

Posted at 6:55 am on August 19, 2016

A Quebecer who became the first driver in Pinty’s Series history to notch wins in two of his first four starts is looking forward to his visit to Antigonish.  Kevin Lacroix — a three time winner of the Quebec Kartin Championship and Eastern Quebec Championship says he only knows Riverside International Speedway by reputation, but youtube is helping him to prepate for NASCAR Pinty’s Series Bumper To Bumber 300 on Saturday
A pole sitter for the 2011 Indy 500 says he can’t wait to race in Antigonish.  Alex Tagliani of Quebec says Saturday’s NASCAR Pinty’s Series Bumper To Bumber 300 is going to be a stellar event for the drivers and fans.  He says he’s grateful that Donald Chisholm of Antigonish spoke to him about technical details of Riverside International Speedway.
Meanwhile, Friday evening marks the NAPA Sportsman Series Highland Home Building Centre 100.

Posted at 10:39 am on August 18, 2016

Long time Antigonish County Councillor Bill MacFarlane has announced his name will be on the ballot when municipal elections are held this fall.
MacFarlane says he feels he still has something to offer on municipal infrastructure.
MacFarlane says another priority is maintaining a strong relationship with MLA Randy Delorey and MP Sean Fraser.
MacFarlane, who represents District 10 is seeking his fourth term in office.

Posted at 10:36 am on August 18, 2016

Lucky Strait Regional School Board students are getting hands-on experience  — and they’re getting paid for it too.  Several youngsters in the region continue learning in the summer through the Building Futures For Youth Program.  Director of Programs and Student Services Paul Landry says everyone’s excited about it.  He sums it up, like this:

Landry says NSCC is another driving force for the program.

Posted at 10:33 am on August 18, 2016

The Strait Regional School Board is fine-tuning the process in dealing with student progress.  Superintendent Ford Rice says officials can evaluate numeracy and literacy data more efficiently now, thanks to a new assessment calendar / presentation schedule.

Rice says the calendar works in conjunction with a provincial recommendation.  He adds it’s a “fluid“ document that’ll be updated as warranted.

Posted at 10:25 am on August 18, 2016

A veteran Antigonish County Councillor is throwing her hat in the ring for upcoming municipal election.  Mary Mac Lellan has been a councillor for nearly 25 years.  Mac Lellan says she is involved in a number of important issues — some more crucial than others.

The municipal election is taking place in mid-October.

Posted at 8:50 am on August 18, 2016

A ban on activities in wooded areas across the mainland has been lifted. Natural Resources Minister and Guysborough Area MLA Lloyd Hines is praising the hard work of firefighters and the “good fortune” of heavy rainfall.    Hines says camping and hiking restrictions were necessary to reduce the risk of wildfires.

The restrictions were lifted in Cape Breton earlier this week.