Friday, February 8, 2013

StormCentre: Full Coverage Of Weekend Storm

Environment Canada has issued blizzard and storm surge warnings for the South Shore. The weather agency says snow will begin late this evening and dump up to 15 centimetres on Lunenburg, Queens and Shelburne counties. The forecasts is calling for wind gusts up to 100 kilometres per hour for some coastal areas of the South Shore early tomorrow morning. Another 25 centimetres of snow is predicted to fall throughout the day on Saturday. Forecasters are also warning drivers of potential white-out conditions over the next 24 to 36 hours. Meanwhile, the EMO office in Shelburne is reminding residents of the area to be prepared for a major storm system packing heavy snow, wind and unusually elevated water levels. CKBW & HANK FM will provide up to the minute updates on conditions and cancellations during our storm centre coverage over the weekend.  Listen for updates, monitor our Facebook pages and follow us on Twitter at @ckbwradio and @HANK_FM.

Shelburne: Woman Charged With Drug Trafficking

A 25-year-old woman from Shelburne County faces charges after she was pulled over by RCMP Thursday night along Highway 103. Shelburne County RCMP stopped the vehicle around 10:30pm in the Port Mouton area. Police seized six capsules of a substance believed to be ecstasy and approximately 200 grams of marihuana. Stephanie Janice Benham was arrested without incident and is charged with Possession and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. She is scheduled to appear in Shelburne Provincial Court March 13.

Shelburne: Drug Bust In Barrington, Pot Seized

Police in Shelburne County have taken down an indoor marihuana grow op. RCMP say they seized thirteen mature plants, 500 grams of harvested stalk and about 70 grams of bud. They made the find after searching a home in Barrington on Thursday. Police say a 34-year-old Shelburne County man was arrested at the residence and later released. He will be charged with production, possession and trafficking related charges. The accused is due in Barrington court next month.

South Shore: RCMP Seize Crack Cocaine After Traffic Stop

Lunenburg RCMP have seized an slew of drugs including some crack cocaine following a traffic stop near Exit 8. Police say two people were taken into custody after they pulled over a car last night around 6:30PM. Later that night, police conducted a search of a home on Collicutt Road in Chester and seized marihuana, prescription drugs, and other items in connection with the investigation. Twenty-nine year-old Brendan Gregory Levy and 29 year-old Jennifer Andrea Corkum of Chester are facing various possession and trafficking charges. Both of the accused had a court appearance earlier today in Bridgewater.

Queens MLA Uncertain About Her Future

Photo: Vicki Conrad
At least one South Shore member of the provincial legislature is uncertain about her future. Queens NDP MLA Vicki Conrad says family will weigh heavily on her decision whether to run in the next election. She says its going to be a tough decision because she also happens to like her job of representing the people of Queens County.

Conrad was first elected to the legislature in 2006 and was re-elected in 2009 and hopes to make-up her mind about running again within a few days.

Chester, Barrington Kick-Off Junior 'C' Playoffs

Two South Shore Junior 'C' hockey teams will begin their playoffs tonight. The first place Chester Clippers welcome the Fundy Phantoms to the Eleanor Pew Morris Arena at 7:15pm. Also, the Barrington Sea Star Ice Dogs and Clare Lions hook up for game one at the Barrington Municipal Arena. Game time is 8pm. Meanwhile, the South Shore Wild begin their playoffs on the road Saturday night against the Spryfield Silver and Black Attack.

Long-Time LaHave River Ferry Operator Dies

A Lunenburg county native who operated the LaHave Ferry for nearly 35 years has passed away. Brady E. Himmelman was captain of the ferry service from 1948 until 1982. The long-time native of LaHave was an avid golfer, community minded and loved helping others. Himmelman was honoured by the Nova Scotia government in 2010 when the new $3.5 million dollar ferry bearing his namesake was christened during a ceremony in July. Captain Himmelman is survived by his wife, Romona and four daughters.

Chester Delay's Zoning Request For Health Centre

Council in Chester has delayed making a decision on a rezoning request for "Our Health Centre". The collaborative care project would be constructed in Shoreham Village, however, the current bylaws do not permit such a facility in that area of Chester. The area needs to be zoned "Institutional" before construction on the project could begin. Warden Allen Webber says they need to look at tweaking the municipalities streetscape plan in order to make the change in their zoning bylaw.

Some of the loopholes centre around where the parking lot would be located in the overall design of the proposed facility. Webber says he doesn't see deferring a decision on the rezoning request as any type of stumbling block for the project.