Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Athletes Prepare For CIS Track And Field Championships

Three South Shore athletes are competing this week at the CIS Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta. Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan along with Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh and Jen Pitman are all representing their respective universities at the event. Drennan and McIntosh will each compete in the indoor pentathlon while Pitman is in the women's high jump. McIntosh says she's ready to go.

McIntosh says she's ranked number one heading into pentathlon, but her training partner at the University of Calgary is right behind her. She will also compete in the women's long jump and 4 x 400 metre race. Events get underway tomorrow afternoon in Edmonton. Live results will be posted here once the competition starts.

Queens Place General Manager Resigns

There's a vacancy at the helm of Queens Place-Emera Centre. General manager Neil Raymond has resigned. He's been on the job for only a year and has accepted a new job in New Brunswick. His resignation in Liverpool is effective March 15th. Mayor Christopher Clarke is wishing Raymond well and is thanking him for helping to get Queens Place-Emera Centre up and running smoothly.

Economy Commission Hosts Meeting In Cookville

An independent body mandated by the province to discuss the economy is in Cookville this evening. The Nova Scotia Commission on Building Our New Economy, is chaired by Acadia University president Ray Ivany. Four other members make up the group, which was created to engage communities in discussion and debate on potential economic development opportunities. Ivany feels the province is at a critical stage.

The commission was established last November and has recently made stops in Wolfville, Digby and Halifax. The meeting starts at 7pm tonight at the Best Western Plus in Cookville. More details can be found here .

Court: Jail Time For Man Possessing Illegal Smokes

It's two months in jail for a West Northfield man after being caught with hundreds of illegal cigarettes. William Oswald Russell was sentenced in provincial court earlier today. Police found the smokes when they carried out a search warrant at Russell's home last summer. The 61-year-old has a previous criminal record and has been convicted on multiple occasions of possessing illegal smokes. Judge Gregory Lenehan told court Russell owes "hundreds of thousands" in previous court ordered fines related to banned cigarettes. Lenehan imposed another fine in the range of $5,500 in court today. Russell will also spend twelve months on probation when he is released.

Shelburne County: Police Seize Marihuana Plants From Home

A 23-year-old man from Shelburne County has been charged with production of marihuana after police allegedly found and dismantled an indoor grow-op in his home. Shelburne County RCMP searched a home on Port Latour Road Tuesday around 5pm and seized 11 marihuana plants along with drug paraphernalia and equipment. The man was arrested and later released. He is scheduled to appear in Barrington Provincial Court April 25th.