Friday, March 1, 2013

Review Hearings End, Board Faced With Tough Decisions

Now that the six school review public hearings are in the books, board members are faced with some tough decisions. The meetings wrapped up Thursday night at Hebbville Academy. Now, it's up to eight board members to crunch the facts and determine the future of schools in Mill Village, Pentz, Petite Riviere, Gold River-Western Shore, Hebbville and New Ross. Chair Jennifer Naugler says she heard lots of comments at the hearings that the board shouldn't close schools to help balance their budget.

The board is facing a $1.8-million cut for its 2013-14 budget. Members are planning to hold at least three more meetings before a decision on the six schools under review is made March 27.

Section of Highway 325 Closed Due To Vehicle Problems

Police along with officials from Tri-District Fire Rescue and the Departments of Transportation and Environment are currently on scene on Highway 325 near the Newcombville Irving where multiple vehicles are tied up. Staff Sgt. Bruce Hill of the Lunenburg County RCMP says two semi-trucks have jack-knifed and are stuck in the middle of the road while a fuel truck is in the ditch. The vehicle did have a minor spill of oil. No one is injured. Hill says tricky driving conditions led to the incident.

Hill says Highway 325 is closed from the Lapland Road to the intersection of Highway 210. He expects it will take a couple more hours before that section is re-open.

Shelburne County RCMP Seize Cash And Cigarettes

RCMP in Shelburne County have seized cash and contraband cigarettes in two separate incidents. Police searched a Barrington residence on Tuesday and seized over 7,000 contraband cigarettes and approximately $3,000 in cash. A 60-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman were arrested but released later that evening. During a separate investigation, a second search warrant was executed at a residence in Lower Clark's Harbour on Wednesday. Over 24,000 contraband cigarettes and approximately $3,000 in cash were seized. A 40-year-old man and woman were arrested at the residence and released later in the evening. All suspects involved are facing possession of contraband tobacco charges. They are scheduled to appear in Barrington Provincial Court April 11th.

Last Day For Feedback For Bridgewater Plan

Ekistics Planning and Design is reminding Bridgewater residents to provide their feedback for the future look of the town. Today is the final day for people to give their thoughts on the draft version of the Downtown and Waterfront Plan. Director of Planning, Jill Robertson, says they've received good feedback to date.

Ekistics will take the collected data and create a master plan to show town council members in April. To provide feedback, please click here .

Lower South Shore Gasoline Prices!

Gasoline prices have taken a drop over night. Regular self serve is selling today at South Shore pumps for $1.37.7 per litre. That iss about 3 cents less than yesterday. Diesel is also lower this morning by close to 4 cents.