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8:56  Media sites are abuzz this morning with news that Pope Benedict XVI is stepping down. According to the New York Times, he's the first pope in more than six centuries to do so. He is 85 and said his health is not suited for the job.

8:34 The Department of Transportation and Infrastruction renewal website shows that many roads are partly or completely covered in snow in the province. The 104 in Pictou County is listed as partly covered.

8:10 The Pictou County Scotians got a win last night. Read about it here.

7:42  Big news story today will be the start of the preliminary inquiry for Chris Falconer in Pictou at 1:30 p.m. He's charged with murdering Amber Kirwan. While we can't report the evidence presented in a preliminary inquiry, our reporter Sueann Musick will be there to cover the events surrounding it. Watch for it later today

7:40  There's going to be a cyberbullying forum at Walter Duggan Elementary School today. Should be interesting. Watch for the story later today.

7:23  Got any cool pics of the aftermath of the storm this morning? Send them to

7:15   Students, I hope you did your  homework. CCRSB website confirms all schools will remain open today.


7:10  The blizzard may be over, but it appears we'll be getting some more snow tonight. Here's Environment Canada's forecast for the next couple days:


Sunny. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this morning. High zero.

Tonight Increasing cloudiness. Periods of snow beginning late this evening. Amount 5 to 10 cm. Local blowing snow overnight. Temperature rising to plus 2 by morning.

Tuesday Snow changing to periods of rain early in the morning and ending early in the evening then cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries. Rainfall amount 5 mm.  High 7 with temperature falling to plus 1 in the afternoon.

Geographic location: Pictou County

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  • Johnny smoke
    February 11, 2013 - 08:11

    Me thinks that the butler scandal showed just how rotten to the core the Vatician really is. I do not suppose that this will be the end of this secretive, crime hiding organization with billions in the bank and nary a penny for it's followers. Something like the royal family, only worse. When a bishop can travel the world, run up a $50 thousand dollar tab so that he can have something to watch on his laptop, send the bill to the parishioners to be paid it is time to douse the lights, permanently