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Posted at 12:35 pm on August 29, 2014

Another well-known and talented Inverness County fiddler has died.

Willie Kennedy, a Mabou native who began playing the fiddle at age seven, died this week.  He was 89.

Kennedy’s passing is another loss to Cape Breton’s fiddling community.  Last week, Buddy MacMaster of Judique passed away at age 89.

Posted at 12:33 pm on August 29, 2014

The price at the pump is on the way up again.  It rose three cents a litre overnight.

The minimum price for litre of regular unleaded in the eastern mainland is now $1.35.9, while in Cape Breton it’s $1.36.7.

Diesel is up 1.1 cents a litre.  It’s minimum price is now $1.31.3 in the eastern mainland and $1.32.1 in Cape Breton

Posted at 12:20 pm on August 29, 2014

An Antigonish hockey player is lacing up in the `Qubec Major Junior Hockey League` after an impressive training camp.  Donovan Rehill gets the nod from the coaching staff of the Quebec Remparts. Rehill says he was determined and worked hard on and off the ice to get a spot on the roster.

Rehill says the staff seemed most impressed with his “physical game“ and ability to open up lots of space on the ice.

Posted at 12:16 pm on August 29, 2014

The St. FX football and rugby teams are doing full dress rehearsals this weekend. The X-men visit Mount `A` in exhibition action tomorrow a 1:30pm kick off.  Head Coach Gary Waterman says the team is carrying a lot of positive momentum into the 2014 season following a nail-biter last year in the championship rounds. Waterman says he’s impressed with the performance during training camp.

Meanwhile, the X-women are banding together for a weekend rugby tournament in Truro.    The X-women have only lost two AUS regular season games since 2004.

Posted at 6:41 am on August 29, 2014

Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster is hopeful that the province is keeping its options open when choosing a CT Scanner for Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.  Recently the province committed $1.1 million towards a CT Scanner, about 75 per cent of the cost.

MacMaster, the hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. N. G. Pillai and community organizer John MacDonald are calling on the  province to purchase the most advanced, ultra low radiation CT Scanner for the medical facility.  MacMaster says one particular unit he and Dr. Pillai have seen seems to address the needs of the hospital, while saving the province a lot of money, through a service agreement with the supplier.

MacMaster says there’s been a lot of discussions behind the scenes on the service agreement offer, but government hasn’t made an effort to explore it.  He says that’s why he, Pillai and MacDonald decided to go public with it.

Posted at 6:39 am on August 29, 2014

An Australian company says it has finalized a deal to purchase property for a proposed LNG Export Facility in Richmond County.  Liquefied Natural Gas Limited says it has formally acquired Bear Head LNG Corporation and its assets from a subsidiarly of Anadarko Petroleum for eleven million dollars U-S.  Part of the purchase includes a 255 acre land and water site in Bear Head.

Anadarko mothballed its plans for an LNG plant on that site seven years ago.

The new owners say they believe the Bear Head facility has excellent LNG export opportunities to European markets. The new facility would have the capacity to export four million tons a year of LNG with the potential for future expansion. It’s expected to be operational in 2019.

Posted at 6:37 am on August 29, 2014

Ingonish Beach RCMP say charges are pending against a man after a search in Meat Cove

Police say around 7:30 Wednesday night, officers searched a home and seized a 12 gauge shotgun and ammunition, a quantity of marijuana and digital scales.

Twenty two-year-old Nathan Zachary MacKrous was arrested on charges of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking and two counts of Failing to Comply with a Recognizance.

Posted at 7:26 pm on August 27, 2014

The Strait Regional School Board Chair says as summer winds down, officials are getting revved up as the students return to class.   Mary Jess Mac Donald says she would like to welcome back the students, faculty and staff.  She says some students struggles a bit in class, but she wants to encourage them to keep trying and never give up.

There are staff only events for the school board on Sept 2nd and 3rd, and the students return to class Sept. 4th.

Posted at 7:17 pm on August 27, 2014

The annual Leaders Forum is underway at St. FX.  Leadership and Student Spirit combine today in opening the gates for a successful year.  Workshops are rotating throughout the afternoon with a keynote speech set for this evening.  Meagan Mac Donald is the university’s student transition coordinator.

300 students are attending the forum.

Posted at 6:35 pm on August 27, 2014

The President of the St. FX Students union says get ready for a population shift.   Brandon Hamilton says he’s excited about working with community leaders and the students towards establishing another successful year at the university.  He says keeping the lines of communication open between the town and St. FX will benefit both parties and the entire community.



Hamilton says some gatherings will be taking place to provide networking opportunities for both parties– such as a corn boil on Sat. Sept 6th at Chisholm Park.  Meanwhile, Hamilton and company are welcoming the international students. They are asked to meet at 9 Thursday morning  for the Welcome Program in Jack’s Meeting Room at the Bloomfield Centre.