Thursday, June 20, 2013

UPDATED: Four Taken To Hospital After Crash In Shelburne

Four people are in hospital after a two vehicle collision near Shelburne. The crash occurred mid-morning near Exit 26. Police say a pick-up truck travelling northbound on the Ohio Road collided with a mini van that was travelling eastbound on Highway 103. The driver of the pick-up truck and his young passenger from the Welshtown area were treated at the scene. The occupants of the mini van, a male driver, female passenger along with two young people from the Lockeport area were transported to Shelburne Hospital with undetermined injuries. The female passenger had to be airlifted to the IWK Hospital in Halifax for further treatment. RCMP say the investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Chester: Municipality Preparing To Take Over Elementary School

The warden for the Municipality of Chester says they've asked for a full assessment of Gold River-Western Shore Elementary School. The school is is expected to revert back to the municipality July 19 after it closes early next week. Allen Webber says there are concerns with the roof, they've asked for the maintenance records for the last number of years and council members plan on doing a walk-through of the facility. He says they are are other issues that also need to be discussed.

Webber says the municipality didn't budget for the school takeover, but doesn't expect a significant dollar figure to alter their budget. He says its too early to discuss future plans for the property. Webber says they will also have the building appraised to prepare it for re-sale.

Long Awaited Skateboard Park In Hubbards Gets Funding

It's a big boost for skateboard lovers in the Hubbards area. The Nova Scotia government has approved $48,000 in grant money for a new skateboard park in Hubbards. The park is one of 21 projects in the Central Region receiving grants totalling $582,000. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson Rafuse says the park is way to get young people living health, active lifestyles. The Hubbards Area Recreation Association and Halifax Regional Municipality are building the skateboard park at the Hubbards Recreation Centre. They have been working on the project since 2008. Earlier this week, the government announced nearly $2 million for 59 projects province wide.

Lunenburg's ER Closed Friday Afternoon

There will be a temporary closure of the emergency department at Fishermen's Memorial beginning tomorrow afternoon. The closure to due to a physician shortage. The ER will be closed beginning at 2:30pm Friday afternoon. It will re-open at 7:30am Saturday morning. Residents needing emergency services should call 9-1-1 or visit South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater.

Serious Crash Exit 26 In Shelburne

Emergency officials are on the scene of a serious crash near Exit 26 in Shelburne. Multiple vehicles are involved in the crash. No word on injuries at this point. RCMP have yet to release an official statement regarding the collision. When we have more details our newsroom will be sure to pass along any information regarding the incident.

Updated: Mustangs, LCLC Agree To Five-Year Deal

The general manager of the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre confirms the South Shore Mustangs will play out of the facility beginning next season. Kevin Benjamin says the team's board of directors negotiated a five-year deal to skate at the new Clearwater Seafood Arena. The deal was officially signed Wednesday. Meanwhile, the president of the Mustangs says he's excited to play out of the LCLC. Lionel Haughn says the two sides were back and forth for months trying to hammer out a deal. He says the timing is right to move on from the Memorial Arena.

Haughn says other arenas in the area approached the team, but he wanted to stay in Bridgewater. The Mustangs have played out of Bridgewater since 1985.

Martin Confident, Excited For National Track Championships

The Canadian Track and Field Championships get underway Thursday in Moncton, New Brunswick. Four South Shore athletes are chasing a national title including Liverpool's Chelsea Whalen in the shotput and javelin, Lunenburg's Jesse Drennan in the decathlon, Bridgewater's Rachael McIntosh in the heptathlon. Jenna Martin is also competing as the two-time defending Canadian champion in the women's 400 metre event. The 25-year-old says she's ready for the competition.

Martin says her goal, besides winning, is to achieve at least a 'B' standard time to qualify her for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August. (Photo Courtesy: Athletics Canada)