A well-known Canadian writer with ties to Inverness County has died. Alastair MacLeod was 77. MacLeod’s former publisher, Doug Gibson confirmed his death. He says MacLeod had been in a hospital in Windsor, Ontario since he suffered a stroke in January. Born in Saskatchewan, MacLeod moved with his family to a farm in Dunvegan when he was 10. Growing up in Inverness County had a lasting impact on MacLeod’s writings. Many of the characters and settings in his stories were based in Cape Breton.
MacLeod’s novel “No Great Mischief”, published in 1999 won several prizes, including the prestigious Dublin Literary Award. He also wrote several collections of short stories.
MacLeod, a St. FX graduate taught English and creative writing at the University of Windsor. But each summer, he returned to Cape Breton, where he did much of his writing.
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.
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.
The Victoria County RCMP is searching for two overdue snowmobilers in the Cape Breton Highlands.
At 5:40 Tuesday morning, RCMP were contacted about two overdue snowmobilers who headed out Monday morning around 10:30. A 54-year-old man from Iona and a 35-year-old man from Halifax were planning to snowmobile from Middle River to Cheticamp. Both are experienced snowmobilers who are familiar with the area and were prepared for the journey
The men were supposed to contact family once they arrived in Cheticamp but they failed to do so. Two Department of Natural Resources employees, a volunteer fireman from Baddeck, and a Halifax firefighter originally from Baddeck headed out on snowmobiles Tuesday morning to search the trail from Hunters Mountain to Cheticamp. RCMP air services heading to the area to search also.
Anyone with information about the missing men is asked to contact Victoria County RCMP at (902) 295-2350. The investigation is continuing.
A snowmobiler that was reported missing Saturday in Inverness County has been found safe and unharmed. The teen had gone off the trail and got caught in a snowbank.
Shortly before 3:30 Saturday afternoon, RCMP received a call that a 15-year-old female got separated from a relative while snowmobiling in the Fielding Road area of Margaree Valley. She was was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Cheticamp and Inverness County Ground Search and Rescue teams assisted in the search.
She was located shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday evening
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