9:00: This is John Brannen signing off - feel free to e-mail, tweet or call me anytime. Look forward to talking with you tomorrow AM, 7:30-9. I leave you with a gallery of sunrise shots from Robert Lange on Big Island here. Ciao!
8:45: The New Glasgow Police are seeking any information into two break-ins. The first took place last Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning at Scissor Wizard Hair Salon on MacDonald Street in New Glasgow. The second was at the First United Baptist Church on East River Road in New Glasgow. The front door was also smashed with several items being taken from inside.
Anyone with information can contact the New Glasgow Regional Police Service at 902-752-1941. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers atwww.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or 1-800-222-8477.
8:20: From a press release sent yesterday from the CCRSB: "Following the decision by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) to move all schools forward in the School Review Process, the following dates and times have been set for public hearings:
Bass River Elementary: Monday, February 25 - 6:30 pm, 139 Maple Avenue, Bass River
East Pictou Middle School: Tuesday, February 26 - 6:30 pm, 163 School Road, Sutherlandâ€™s River
Maitland District Elementary: Monday, March 4 â€“ 6:30 pm, 178 Cedar Road, Maitland
River John Consolidated: Thursday, February 28 - 6:30 pm, 2 School Street, River John
Wentworth Consolidated Elementary: Tuesday, March 5 - 6:30 pm, 13371 Highway 4, Wentworth
8:10: Here's a great shot of the sunrise at Big Island this morning. Thanks to Robert Lange for this shot. Note the windmills and mist rising as the sun peeks over the hill.
8:00: Don't forget that there will be a meeting tonight at the Trenton Youth Centre at 7pm to discuss bullying in Pictou County and ways to combat it. All are welcome to attend this initiative started by Cory Scott of New Glasgow.
7:50: The News received this press release late last night past our deadline. Last night "members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were presented with eight options in light of the investigation results into reported odours at Highland Consolidated Middle School. The Board is now tasked with deciding what to do in regards to Highland Consolidated Middle School, its students and staff for the long-term."
Here's the 8 options - What do you think?
The options presented to the Board are as follows (the numbers assigned do not denote a ranking):
Remediate the roof, mechanical, structural and housekeeping items as outlined in the investigation and return students to Highland Consolidated Middle School.
Students remain at Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary; it becomes a Primary-Grade 8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-6; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-6; and Northumberland Rural High School (NRHS) 9-12.
Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 8 schools: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-8; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-8; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-8; and NRHS 9-12.
Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 7 schools and one Grade 8-12 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-7; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-7; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-7; and NRHS 8-12.
Reconfigure to create two Primary-Grade 5 schools and one Grade 6-8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary (P-5 OR 6-8), Walter Duggan Consolidated (P-5 or 6-8); Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary (P-5 or 6-8); and NRHS 9-12.
Reconfigure to create two Primary-Grade 7 schools and one Primary-Grade 8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-7; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-7; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-8; and NRHS 9-12.
Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 6 schools and one Grade 7-12 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-6; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-6; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-6; and NRHS 7-12.
Reclaim Old Victoria School for Grade 7 and 8 students.
7:40: Here's the weather, courtesy of Environment Canada - bundle up out there!
Today: A mix of sun and cloud. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Temperature falling to minus 17 this afternoon. Cold wind chill minus 29.
Tonight: Clear. Wind northwest 20 km/h. Low minus 20. Cold wind chill minus 30.
7:35: Here's a weather pic looking down on East River Rd. towards the river itself. Great colours in this sunrise.
7:30: Good Morning Pictou County! Hope you're one-upping the weather this AM by sporting a sweater for National Sweater Day! Let's see those pics of you, your co-workers or your staff in a sweater. Send them to me or tweet me @NGNewsJohn