Capital Plan Invests in Valley Schools, Hospital

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 14:35:11

Previously announced new schools in Bridgetown and Yarmouth figure prominently in the government?s Capital Plan, released today. Upgrades to Avon View High , as well as to schools in Hantsport and Wolfville were also confirmed. In the health care sector, new dialysis units are on their way to the Valley Regional Hospital. And the Ross Farm Learning Centre has also been earmarked for funding, with construction already underway there.

Wolfville Looking for Volunteers

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 13:35:34

We all know the old saying about it being better to give than to receive, and Wolfville Town Council is hoping you?ll consider giving the most valuable gift of all, your time. 13 volunteers are needed to sit on a total of 5 committees, dealing with planning, auditing, art, policing, and water protection, and all interested community members with appropriate backgrounds are welcome to apply.

See wolfville.ca for application forms and volunteer requirements.

No New Highway 101 Construction Next Year

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 10:38:20

The anxiously awaited Granite Road Interchange, which would connect Highway 101 with the new shopping area of New Minas, will have to wait until 2016, according to the provincial government Capital Plan, released today. The $490M plan, which includes over $220M worth of highway improvements, has budgeted for new asphalt between Exits 28 and 29 in Digby County next summer, but the twinning from Digby to Marshalltown won't start until 2017. The Cornwallis River Bridge in Kentville is also slated for work during the 2016-17 period.

B & E at New Minas Mall

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-12-22 10:08:26

The RCMP dealt with a break and enter into two businesses in the County Fair Mall yesterday morning.

Sometime overnight one or more suspects got in through a back door and stole some cash.

Call police or Crime Stoppers if you have any information.

Valley Christmas weather forecast

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-12-22 10:08:21

It could be a green Christmas in the Valley.

Environment Canada is forecasting showers and a high of 5 for Christmas Eve, and rain; wind and a high of 11 for Christmas Day.

'Cats Slammed By Woodstock

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 10:07:57

The MHL-leading Woodstock Slammers proved they?re no fluke with a convincing 5-2 win over the Summit Hyundai Junior A Valley Wildcats in Berwick Saturday. The 'Cats head into the Christmas break in 4th place in the Eastlink Division with 13 wins and 30 points in 30 games.

There was nothing under the Christmas tree for the Valley CIBC Wood Gundy Wildcats in Cape Breton over the weekend as the Tradesman handled them 2-0 Saturday, and 3-2 Sunday. The losses stung as they dropped the 7th place 'Cats 5 points behind the Tradesmen.

The Kings Mutual Major Bantam Wildcats get a chance to count their blessings during the break as they dropped a couple of games over the weekend, 4-3 to the ACCEL Hawks Saturday, and 4-0 to the Pro Hockey Life Storm Sunday. The 'Cats sputtering offense, which hasn't managed more than a goal in 15 of 24 games, is the main reason they have but a single win this season.

Boxing Legend Laid Up With Mild Pneumonia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 09:35:23

Boxing legend Muhammed Ali, whose legendary battles against Joe Frazier and George Foreman electrified the sporting world in the '70s, was hospitalized Saturday with a mild case of the pneumonia. Ali,who turns 73 next month and has battled Parkinson's syndrome since 1984, has since become recognized for his dedication to human rights. The latest report describes his condition as "vastly improved", and doctors are hopeful he'll be discharged soon.

His family declined to named the hospital where is staying because of privacy concerns, but thanked the public for a deluge of good wishes.

NS Capital Plan to be released today

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-12-22 04:38:04

The McNeil government will release its 2015-16 capital plan at 11:30 this morning at One Government Place in Halifax.

Finance Minister Diana Whalen will also release the province's five-year highway improvement plan.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-12-22 04:31:10

Summerside beat the South Shore 9 to 2, it was Woodstock over Truro 3 to 2.

Chicago beat the Leafs 4 to nothing, it was Boston over Buffalo 4 to 3.

The Raptors got past New York 118 to 108 while Miami topped the Celtics 100 to 84.

The Patriots beat the Jets 17 to 16.

News stories from 2014-12-21.