Posted at 10:40 am on July 25, 2014
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea brought the government’s chequebook when she visited Cape Breton Thursday. She announced four million dollars in harbour improvement projects at four harbours on the Island.
Among the projects to receive funding is for the completion of constructon of a new breakwater wharf at Cheticamp. Other projects receiving assistance is basin re-dredging at New Waterford, a dredge disposal site in the Glace Bay area and construction of a new breakwater wharf at Port Morien.
Posted at 8:41 am on July 7, 2014
Port Hawkesbury RCMP say they issued a seven day driving suspension to a local motorist and impounded his vehicle for a week. Police say the measure was taken after receiving a report of a possible impaired driver leaving the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Store on Reeves Street in Port Hawkesbury Saturday night. Officers later pulled over a car on Reeves Street near the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
Police say the male driver of the car was ordered to provide a breath sample to an Approved Screening Device. As a result of the sample the 71-year-old man from Troy was issued a seven day driving suspension. His vehicle was also towed.
Posted at 2:10 pm on June 11, 2014
Several local communities are in the hunt for the TSN Kraft celebration tour. They are vying to be among the 10 finalists in the competition, who are guaranteed 25-thousand dollars to go towards upgrades of their sports facilities and a live TSN broadcast. The 10 will then go in a head to head battle to decide the grand prize winner, and 100-thousand dollars. One of nominees is Positive Action for Keppoch Society, a local group behind converting a former Antigonish County ski hill into a year-round recreation facility. Group member Dale Vogel says any funds it may receive in this competition would be put to good use.
The top ten finalists will be announced July First. Other local nominees include the Cranton Crossroads Community Centre in Margaree, the Baseball Field in Louisdale and the Westville Miners Sports Centre
Posted at 2:04 pm on May 7, 2014
What began as a chance meeting in Judique has led a group of Inverness County residents to a long-term relationship to a school in Kenya. About a year and a half ago, John and Theresa MacInnis of Judique hosted John Kennedy Oronjo, a brother in the St. Charles Lwanga Order. Brother Kennedy was a participant in the Coady Institute’s Development Leadership Diploma program. Over supper John MacInnis learned of a centre and school that Brother Kennedy founded that cares for children from the slums of Nairobi. MacInnis raised the issue with an interfaith group that helped bring two refugee families to the area. A new group was formed to support the school called “Inverness County Cares”. One of the members of the group, John Gillies of Port Hood, says there’s an ongoing monthly commitment to the school that has grown over time.
Money is raised through monthly pledges and fund-raising events. Several other groups around the world also support the school.
More about the St. Charles Lwanga School by following this link: www.lwangachildren.com
Posted at 7:14 am on April 25, 2014
RCMP say an 87-year-old man is dead following a two vehicle crash in Port Hastings Wednesday. Police say at around 3:15 p.m, RCMP, EHS and the Port Hastings and Port Hawkesbury Fire Departments were called to the collision. Investigators say the crash involved a Chevrolet sedan and oil delivery truck. Both occupants of the car were trapped and the Jaws of Life were used to free them from the vehicle. The driver of the oil truck, a 36-year-old Port Hawkesbury man wasn’t hurt.
The two people in the car were transported to St. Martha’s Hospital in Antigonish with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car, Donald John Ferguson from Skye Glen died of a medical condition on his way to St. Martha’s. The 84-year-old passenger in the car remains in hospital. A traffic analyst is investigating the crash, but police say no charges are being considered.
Posted at 2:59 pm on April 20, 2014
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.
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 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.
Posted at 11:22 am on April 15, 2014
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.
Posted at 10:06 am on March 30, 2014
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