Guysborough County

Posted at 5:29 am on February 8, 2018

The Guysborough District RCMP say that one person is still missing after a fishing boat took on water Tuesday evening near George’s Island. The RCMP say they responded to a call at approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Four people were on board, and three have been rescued to this point. One person has yet to be located. The RCMP is assisting Joint Rescue Coordination Centre with this operation. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is assisting as well.

An RCMP release says that they have also asked the Underwater Recovery Team to assist in the search for the missing person. This is an ongoing investigation.

Posted at 9:46 am on February 2, 2018

A new program aimed at reducing homelessness in Antigonish and Guysborough Counties has been launched.  The program is called “A Roof Over Your Head”.  It is getting more than 100-thousand dollars in federal funding to assist with start up.
Former RCMP officer Dale Bogle will lead the project.
The idea was developed by Nova Scotia Health Authority Public Health educator and promoter Dana Mason.  Further expertise was provided by the Affordable Housing Society of Nova Scotia.

Posted at 9:34 am on December 29, 2017

A major step has been taken toward the development of a container terminal in Guysborough County. On December 15th, the Melford Atlantic Gateway Container

Artist’s concept drawing of Melford Atlantic Gateway Container Terminal

]Terminal submitted a request for qualifications for professional engineering services.

The application details a 5 month timeline explaining steps in selecting an engineering design team, with hopes of negotiating and executing a contract by early April of 2018.

A 40 page report details a privately owned 660 acre container terminal development in Melford and highlights how the area would be the closest site to Europe and Asia via the Suez Canal. Terminal design is anticipated to be initiated in late 2018.

Posted at 8:40 am on October 13, 2017

School officials and RCMP in Guysborough County are investigating an incident involving a knife and an alleged threat of a student on a school bus.  Strait Regional School Board Superintendent Ford Rice says the incident occurred earlier this week.
A notice to all parents and guardians was sent out Wednesday.   Rice says the student involved in the incident returned on the bus the following day, and that shouldn’t have happened.   Rice says when an episode like this incident happens it gives school board officials  an opportunity to review its policies and procedures to determine any possible improvements.
No further details about the incident are being released.

Posted at 1:32 pm on October 11, 2017

The Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network has an Economic Development Officer for Guysborough and St. Mary’s.  She’s Maria Ludlow, a Guysborough County

Maria Ludlow

native, with more than ten years of combined financial and administrative experience.  Ludlow, who has spent the past decade in Ottawa, is a graduate of St. FX University’s Business Administration program.  Ludlow will be posted to the REN’s Guysborough office.

Her responsibilities will be to identify and establish economic development opportunities in the area.  That includes business retention and expansion, industrial sector development through research and promoting the region to new and existing businesses.

Posted at 12:41 pm on September 28, 2017

An Antigonish County company has submitted the lowest bid on a contract in Guysborough County.  Alva Construction tendered a quote of 386-thousand dollars for excavation, drainage and gravelling on a 2.5 kilometre section of  Antigonish-Guysborough Road.  Two other companies bid on the contract.

Posted at 8:23 am on July 19, 2017

 The province’s new Pre-Primary Program has unveiled 43 locations across the province for classes this fall. This includes 8 schools within the Strait Regional School Board, and one within the town of New Glasgow. The program will also be offered at Ecole Beau-Port in Arichat.
Bayview, Cape Breton Highlands, Chedabucto, East Antigonish, Fanning, Felix Marchand, Inverness and St. Mary’s school’s will offer this new, free pre-primary for four-year-olds.   In Pictou County, New Glasgow Academy has been selected.
Sites were selected based on greatest need, which included if there are few to no current regulated child care options, and if space is available within schools. The province will continue to add pre-primary classes across the province over the next four years

Posted at 1:32 pm on July 5, 2017

Two local companies have submitted the lowest bids for projects in Guysborough County.  Tenders closed on both projects last Friday.
SW Weeks Contractors posted the lowest tender of 2.7 million dollars for two projects along Route 316, involving bridge structure design and building, as well as paving and repaving.  One was for a 6 kilometre section from Coddles Harbour Bridge to Drumhead Wharf Road.  The other was for less than one kilometre along West Brook Bridge Wharf Road.
Alva Construction submitted the lowest bid of 1.7 million dollars for work on the Harnish Bridge, including the approaches on Dover Road.
The tenders for both projects are expected to be awarded by the province  shortly

Posted at 10:33 am on May 9, 2017

RCMP have laid charges following a crash in Guysborough County
During a road race Sunday morning, runners were proceeding around a curve on Dover Rd. when a car, coming from behind, attempted to pass a fire truck positioned at the end of the race. A pickup truck was proceeding slowly past the runners in the opposite direction, and the car struck it head on. The car lost control, came very close to hitting one of the runners, then struck the pickup truck. The collision occurred just before 10 a.m.

The driver of the pickup truck sustained injuries and was transported to hospital by EHS. None of the runners was hurt. Police say the driver of the car,  a 17-year-old male youth from New Harbour, Guysborough County was arrested at the scene for Impaired Driving and was transported to Guysborough District RCMP for a breath test.  He is charged Impaired Driving and Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm. He was also ticketed for Passing in the Face of Oncoming Traffic and Newly Licensed Driver Operating a Motor Vehicle with Alcohol in his Blood.

Further charges may be pending.