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Posted at 3:00 pm on April 17, 2014

RCMP say a Frankville, Antigonish County man has been charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography.  Police say on Tuesday, a Frankville home was searched by members of the RCMP’s Internet Child Exploitation Unit, Technological Crime Unit, the Antigonish/Guysborough County Street Crime Enforcement Unit, and the Antigonish RCMP.  Three laptops, one external hard drive and one cell phone were seized from the residence.   37-year-old Trevor Jon Austen was arrested at the scene without incident.

Austen is scheduled to make his first appearance in Antigonish Provincial Court on October 22nd.

Posted at 1:25 pm on April 17, 2014

Antigonish will once again play host to the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Summer Games.  The three day event will be held June 20th to 22nd. This marks the second time in three years the town will host the games. The games organizing committee is now meeting regularly.

The chair of the Games is Dianne MacDonald, and she s pleased many area residents who helped organize the games in 2012 are back this year.

There will be competitions in such sports as Athletics, Swimming, Soccer, Bowling,  Bocce, Basketball and Golf. If you would like to volunteer, log on to the Special Olympics web site at

Posted at 1:15 pm on April 17, 2014

A six piece band based in Antigonish is hoping a new song contest will give their group more exposure.  Ragged Mane has has advanced to round three of CBC’S Searchlight.  Percussionist Johnny Deyoung says the band has been together for almost four years


Deyoung says the band has recorded a 10 track E-P called “Five Nights”.   He say links for a free download are available on its Facebook page.  Deyoung says they wanted people to listen to their music and that’s one of the reasons they’re making it available at no cost.

Posted at 1:08 pm on April 17, 2014

A preliminary hearing will continue next month for a Sheriff from Antigonish County, charged with Sexual Assault and Breach of Trust.  Testimony was heard yesterday in Port Hawkesbury in the case of James William Snow of Cape Jack.  It was a resumption of the Preliminary Hearing that began in January.  Additional testimony will be heard May First. The court proceeding will determine whether there’s enough evidence to send the case to trial. The charge is in connection with incident alleged to have occurred in Troy, Inverness County in November, 2008.  He’s been placed on leave because of the charges.

Posted at 1:04 pm on April 17, 2014

Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes paid a visit to New Glasgow Wednesday night as part of her cross Canada cycling tour to talk about Mental Health.  Hughes, who competed in both speed-skating and cycling in the Olympics is biking 12-thousand kilometres over 110 days.  Her ride ends July first in Ottawa.

Proceeds from the sold-out event are going to the Pictou County Mental Illness Family Support Group, and Meridan Families Matter in Mental Health.  Hughes says she was deeply touched by the welcome she received as she cycled into New Glasgow as people waved and honked their car horns. Hughes says she felt a warmth and a community that is connected.


Among the entertainers at last night’s event, called Pictou County Voices for mental health  was George Canyon.  Canyon says he’s happy to see Canadians talking about Mental Health.  He says it’s something no one discussed when he was a child.

One of the organizers of the event, Maureen Jones says proceeds will go Pictou County Mental Illness family support group and Meridan Families Matter in Mental Health.

Jones says Hughes message is important in reducing the stigma of Mental Illness.


Jones says last night’s entertainment including Pictou County natives George Canyon and Dave Gunning and Karen Corbin performed for free.  Hughes visits Port Hawkesbury Thursday


Posted at 5:59 pm on April 16, 2014

Two Antigonish bodybuilders made their marks at a recent provincial competition.  Andrea Donovan placed fourth and sixth in her division.   Donovan is a health promoter for GASHA.  She started at a young age, but was sidetracked before getting back into the sport full swing.

Chris Haigh (hag), also of Antigonish, placed second place in his division.  Haigh is a personal trainer at Goodlife Fitness.

Posted at 5:57 pm on April 16, 2014

An Antigonish children’s author is releasing her first book.  Laurie Bloomfield’s “Finding Felicia“ should be available at the end of the month or early May in a number of locations, either as a print or E-book.  Bloomfield says the book is about a little boy who lives in the country side with his family.  His best friend is a cat named Felicia.

Bloomfield says she doesn’t want to put the pen down yet, she wants to write more,  and hopefully one day to have Jack and Felicia feature in a Christmas book

Posted at 5:54 pm on April 16, 2014


The Guysborough Memorial Hospital Foundation is reaching out to the community.  Campaign Co-chair Bill Innis says providing top notch health care takes the backing of an entire community.  He says they are relying on the generosity of people to help them along the way.  The government made a multi-million dollar announcement to expand and renovate the Guysborough Memorial Hospital.  But Innis says they still need more funding.

Innis says the easiest way to donate on-line, is to visit their website at:

Posted at 3:02 pm on April 16, 2014

The owner of a quarry in James River, Antigonish County is proposing to expand the development.  Municipal Enterprises Limited of Bedford has registered the project for Environmental Assessment.  The current quarry covers an area of just under four hectares; 3.2 hectares is actively developed.  Municipal Enterprises says this Environmental Assessment covers an area of 31 hectares.  The company says it’s anticipated, based on market conditions, the quarry will produce about 100-thousand tonnes of aggregate a year for the road and local construction industry. It is expected the expanded area includes about two million tonnes of aggregate.  So the expanded area is expected to meet the company’s need for the next 20 years.

Public comments on this proposal will be accepted until May 16th.

Posted at 2:47 pm on April 16, 2014

A Margaree Valley singer-songwriter says it’s an opportunity to further her music career.  19-year-old Lena Murphy is a contestant in CBC’s Searchlight competition. Murphy has advanced to the third round.  Murphy says being active at her church and school have been the building blocks in her development as a performer.


Murphy says songwriting is a passion.