Queasy Council Approves Michelin Airport Land Bid

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 16:44:31

The Municipality of the County of Kings and Michelin North America (Canada) Inc wound up signing off on a $1.9M deal to purchase lands on the north side of the Waterville Airport today, comprising about 50% of the total lot currently used by the airport, but not before a debate which underlined serious misgivings among several councilors. The final vote was 6-4, but Councilor Wayne Atwater expressed the misgivings of a vocal dissenting minority when he said he felt “blind” in attempting to make a decision with the interests of Kings County taxpayers in mind in assessing a 15-page legalistic agreement involving millions of dollars, which councilors only had a couple of days to review.

Michelin immediately issued a release outlining the importance of obtaining the additional for “future potential expansion”, but cautioned no specific plans were place to enlarge the plant at this time. President Grant Ferguson reiterated Michelin’s long-term commitment to Nova Scotia, and said the plant is hiring additional personnel above those transferring from the downsized Pictou County plant.

CAO Tom MacEwan expressed relief at the signing, and Warden Diana Brothers was also pleased with having arrived at a deal, a process she termed “challenging”. She immediately called upon the province to invest in both the tire plant, and the relocation of the airport to the existing airbase at Greenwood.

Tree Planting Appropriate Way To Remember Lawrence

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 16:44:16

A group of friends and family gathered Sunday afternoon to plant a tree at the Riverside Cemetery in Hantsport as a way to remember Harley Lawrence. And not only were people talking about Lawrence’s ongoing legacy in terms of an ongoing discussion about how we deal we the homeless and those living with mental health issues, but how appropriate it was to honour Lawrence’s memory with a tree, as he was committed to the beautification of the area as was evidenced by his participation in a landscaping project at the very cemetery where he now rests.

Another commemoration for Lawrence, who died under suspicious circumstances in a burned out Berwick bus shelter last fall, will be held October 23, on the one-year anniversary of his passing. Two men have been arrested in the case, and the trial is in process.

Mountie hit by truck. Teen arrested

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 12:19:28

An RCMP officer was taken to hospital after he was hit by a truck in the Windsor area Saturday evening.

RCMP say the officer had pulled over a pickup on Highway 232. The truck suddenly backed up, hit the officer and then took off. Roadblocks were set up in the area. After a short pursuit, the suspect was arrested after crashing his truck on Highway 354. 19 year old Cody Andrew Prudhomme of Falmouth face charges of assault with a weapon, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and others.

The 37 year old officer is in hospital with injuries to his lower body and is expected to recover.

At first it was thought rhe suspect suffered a broken leg when he crashed his truck...but it turned out he didn't. The Serious Incident Response Team was notified but it was determined, because the teen didn't suffer a broken leg, a SIRT investigation wasn't required.

14 Wing Greenwood honours those who served in the Battle Of Britain

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 12:19:22

The 74th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked yesterday in a ceremony at 14 Wing Greenwood. There was a parade and fly-by. There were also ceremonies in Stellarton and Truro. A CC130 Hercules from the 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron performed the flyby.

Over 100 Royal Canadian Air Force personnel flew in the Battle of Britain, over the summer and fall of 1940. 23 lost their lives.

The battle retains historical significance in that it was the first one which was solely decided by air power. Winston Churchill described the battle, deemed by many to be as the turning point in WW2, not just because of its military implications but because of the moral boost it gave to embattled Britons, as Britain's "finest hour."

MacDonald Athletes of the Week Named

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 12:19:16

On a weekend that was less than a smashing success for Acadia sports teams, the Hockey Axemen shone with a pair of weekend exhibition wins. For his part in scoring 3 goals in the 2 wins over Dal and Moncton, rookie forward Boston Leier, a Saskatoon native, was named MacDonald’s Male Athlete of the Week.

For the ladies, the soccer Axewomen continue to impress with an undefeated 3 win, 3 draw record after6 games. Coldbrook native Emily Nickerson was given the nod in leading a stingy Acadia defense which had a four-game shutout string snapped with a late goal by Memorial in a 2-1 win.

Weekend Hockey Roundup

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 12:00:23

The Valley Summit Hyundai Junior Wildcats won 2 out of three weekends tilts, losing to the league champion Dieppe Commandos 7-2 Sunday after handling the Amherst Ramblers 4-2 Saturday, and the St. Stephen’s Aces 7-1 Friday. For the Valley CIBC Wood Gundy Major Midget Wildcats, they’ve had enough of Cape Breton for awhile. After ekeing out a 3-2 shootout win over the Tradesmen Saturday, they dropped a tight one by a 5-4 tally Sunday, managing only 1 win in 4 tries over the first two weekends against the Islanders.

The Valley Maple leafs got their season off to a good start with a narrow 2-1 road win over Pictou County Friday night. It was a rough go on the weekend for the Kings Mutual Valley Bantam Wildcats , dropping a 2-0 decision to Truro Sunday, and falling 5-1 to the Bedfor Barons Saturday.

Kentville Visit by Former NB Author Highlights Literacy Festival

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 10:50:21

Author Ali Bryan grew up in new Brunswick, and now lives in Calgary, but she’s been honoured by having her new book, entitled “Roost”, named by One Book Nova Scotia as the choice to encourage the province-wide unity reading program. Her book chronicles the challenges of a single working mother who is suddenly forced to take a deeper look at her own mothering abilities after the unexpected loss of her own mother. The program is in conjunction with the provincial Word on the Street program, and the premise of Bryan's book involves coping under difficult circumstances.

Bryan invites interested readers to join her tonight at 7:00 at the NSCC Kingstec Campus for a reading and discussion.

Tough Weekend For Acadia Teams

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 09:54:23

It was generally a tough weekend for Acadia teams with the football Axemen unable to overcome a 22 point deficit despite a fourth quarter rally, as they fell 38-29 to St. FX to drop to a 1-2 record Saturday. The Men’s soccer team dropped a pair of 1-0 games, to St FX Friday, and to Memorial Sunday. Even the nationally ranked women’s rugby team fell short, dropping a 45—17 game to St. FX Saturday. The women’s hockey team was edged 2-1 in an exhibition game against Dal Saturday. The one bright spot was the women’s soccer team, who battled St. FX to a scoreless draw Friday, and managed to hold off Memorial for a 2-1 win Sunday.

Nova Scotia man facing attempted murder charge

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 02:38:39

A youthful Nova Scotia man will be in court today after being charged with attempted murder.

The R-C-M-P suspect that 19-year-old Doug Probert ran over a 17-year-old boy with his car a number of times in Millbrook on Thursday evening.

The victim is in a Halifax hospital with serious injuries.

Serious crash near Truro

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-22 02:37:54

A 20-year-old woman is in critical condition after a crash on a Nova Scotia highway.

The crash happened around 11:30 at night on Friday on the 102 near Truro.

The vehicle rolled numerous times and then ejected two passengers before ending up in the southbound lane.

Four other passengers were taken to Colchester Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

News stories from 2014-09-21.