9:00 - Well that's all for today folks, thanks for sending in your storm and weather pics this weekend and today. Be sure to follow the Twitter feed of our newsroom staff by clicking here. Send in any Shrove Tuesday pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day Pictou County and see you tomorrow AM!
8:15 - Here's a photo sent in from our own Amy MacKenzie. The Town of Pictou Public Works says they're been hauling snow out of the town since last night and have closed off Water street so traffic doesn't get in the way. They should be finished no later than noon today.
8:00 - Many around the world were shocked to hear that Pope Benedict XVI resigned yesterday. What are your thoughts on his time as pope, the state of the Catholic Church and who may be next for the Catholic Church's top spot. Tweet me @NGNewsJohn, e-mail me email@example.com or phone me 928-3510.
7:45 - Did you know you can see The News' staff Twitter accounts in one handy location on our web page? Click on the 'First Cup with John' button next to the 'Local' stories link or by clicking here.
7:35 - We're getting lots of comments on the 'Crown withdraws charge of beastiality against man' article. Here's a few of the comments that were left last night.
"He's ruined, Yes! Karma! He may have skirted the courts, but don't tell me for ne second he's 100% innocent! The police have better things to do then fabricate charges!!! You got lucky this time Mr. MacDonald"
"Highly agree with disappointed. How can someone face charges for child porn and beastiality be set free and not face a jury of peers. How can we bring someone to trial for incidents from their past yet let someone else off because it takes time to process evidence. How is one suppose to feel their children are safe in our society when predators are not brought to justice. Yes,innocent until proven guilty but if there is enough to lay charges then it should be tried to determine innocence or guilty. Just my opinion."
7:25 - SCHOOL NEWS: Public Meeting TONIGHT-School Board to present options for Highland Consolidated Middle School to the community; gather feedback
CCRSB News - Monday, February 11, 2013, Truro, NS – Staff of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will meet with parents, guardians and community members tomorrow evening, February, 12, to present options for Highland Consolidated Middle School. The options were initially presented to the Board last Wednesday evening, during the Committee-of-the-Whole meeting.
Location: Gymnasium at Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary School,6193 Trafalgar Road, Riverton, NS
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Parents, guardians and community members are also encouraged to send their comments and feedback to suggestionsHCMS@ccrsb.ca.
7:18 - POLICE NEWS: NEW GLASGOW – New Glasgow Regional Police Service are investigating thefts from vehicles that occurred sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning in the Terrace and Churchill Drive areas.
In most cases documents and personal items were taken from the vehicles, which in most cases were left unlocked by the owners.
Anyone with information is asked to call New Glasgow Regional Police Service at 752-1941 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
7:10 - After that cold, winter wallop this past weekend, we're experiencing some very mild weather. Currently, the temperature is 2 C and, to be honest, it feels pretty warm out.
Here's the weather courtesy of Environment Canada to today and tonight:
Today - Snow changing to periods of rain early this morning. Snowfall amount 2 cm. Rainfall amount 5 mm. Fog patches developing this morning. Wind south 40 km/h gusting to 60 becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 near noon. High plus 5.
Tonight - Periods of rain changing to periods of snow and local blowing snow this evening. Snowfall amount 2 to 4 cm. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 3.
7:02 - Good morning Pictou County! Welcome back to 'First Cup with John Brannen'. I'll be here until 9 a.m. so send in your weather pics, news tips and comments on our stories. If you have any community news, such as a cancellation or postponement of an event, I'd be happy to post it here.