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1. Arrest made in stabbing in New Glasgow

• The county, province and indeed the nation were shocked to learn of an early morning stabbing in downtown New Glasgow on Oct 12. The victim was Scott Jones, a community-minded musician and choir director who was heading from a bar following an art opening to another downtown bar when he was stabbed in the back and left on the street. The injury partially severed his spinal cord, leaving him bound to a wheelchair. Police later arrested Trenton native Shane Matheson who was charged with attempted murder.


2. Shark found at Melmerby Beach

• Jeremy Allard captured a few striking photos of a blue shark carcass that washed up on Melmerby Beach on Nov. 17. In the Facebook post, Allard said the shark was about five feet long. Dr. Steven E. Campana of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography noted that the sharks are seldom found in waters less than 30 metres deep, so are seldom encountered by swimmers. Even if they are, he noted, they are not a safety concern for Canadian swimmers.

3. Starr Dobson leaving CTV

• Starr Dobson, producer and co-host of CTV News at 5 who had been with the television channel for 23 years, moved on to become president and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. An acclaimed journalist, recently published children’s author, and dedicated community volunteer for many causes, Dobson has gained the trust and respect of Nova Scotians. “I feel privileged to be welcomed into an organization with an amazing board, staff and dedicated group of volunteers, sponsors and donors,” said Dobson. “I very much look forward to engaging all Nova Scotians.”

4. UPS Store shipping Pictou County pizza across Canada

• Former Pictou County residents can order their favourite pizza from anywhere in Canada. Whatever kind of pizza they’re craving, whether it’s pepperoni and cheese, combo or even a donair, Acropole will cook it, UPS will ship it frozen and it will be there within a day or two. Milton Gallant, owner of the UPS Store in Westside Shopping Centre, pitched the idea for a marketing campaign with Acropole to one of its employees who was dropping off a pizza at the store.

5. MacLaughlin mania

• New Glasgow’s Jillian MacLaughlin was blown away by the support she received on May 5 as she was welcomed home after winning the first ever Big Brother Canada. She was welcomed by family and friends before a parade through downtown New Glasgow. The parade ended at Glasgow Square where she was welcomed by hundreds of fans cheering her on and looking for pictures and autographs of Pictou County’s newest celebrity. Emmett Blois, MacLaughlin’s ally on the show, was also with her.

6. One dead several injured in major accident on 104 near Broadway

• On a historically dangerous stretch of highway, a major accident on Aug. 21 on the Trans-Canada Highway 104 near Broadway between New Glasgow and Antigonish. Pictou County District RCMP said two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision. Breanna Lundrigan of Mulgrave, N.S., was pronounced dead on arrival. One woman was taken by LifeFlight to a Halifax hospital and another was taken by ground ambulance to the Aberdeen in New Glasgow. Two males were both transported to the Aberdeen. One of the two males was later taken on to Halifax because of the extent of his injuries.

7. Holmes speaks about incident on ice

• Weeks Jr. A Crusher Garrett Holmes, who has Tourette’s, said he is thankful for the support of his team and community after Truro Bearcats captain Phillip Fife apparently mocked him by making a gesture towards him during the exhibition game. The incident sparked several fights among the rival teams, which led to an investigation by the Maritime Hockey League. The MHL ruled there was inconclusive evidence to act further than the penalties handed out during the game.

8. New Glasgow first N.S. town to receive Cougar

• A Cougar armoured vehicle was acquired by the New Glasgow department recently at a short showcase on Mar. 4. The vehicle will be used by the emergency response team (ERT) to better protect the public and ensure officer safety in dangerous situations. The department applied a year ago for one of the cougar vehicles from the Department of National Defence through the system for disposable assets. The vehicle was used in the Balkans and Somalia and no money was exchanged in this acquisition, according to MacKay.

9. Stellarton Police seeking public assistance in animal cruelty cases

• On Oct. 22, an Auburn Drive resident reported that a stray cat showed up with a note that read, “keep your cat at home. Next time it won’t be coming home.” On Oct. 31, a cat returned home in the Valley Woods area with same note secured in the same fashion. The owner was concerned about the cat’s condition and took the cat to the vet where it was confirmed that the cat had been covered in gasoline. Due to injury on the cat’s nose, it is possible that a live trap may have been used to catch the cat.

10. One dead in Pictou County accident

• One person died following an accident on the Trans Canada Highway 104 near Broadway on July 11. The accident involved a motorcycle travelling east and a truck towing a travel trailer travelling west. The deceased, a 52-year-old man from Dartmouth, was pronounced dead at the scene and was the driver of the motorcycle.

Honorable mention:

Local woman wins Big Brother Canada

Students claim teacher didn’t teach

New Glasgow woman charged with impaired driving after multi-vehicle accident

Major vehicle collision at Exit 23

Matheson appears in court for attempted murder charge

Organizations: UPS Store, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, CTV News Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Trans-Canada Highway 104 Maritime Hockey League Halifax hospital New Glasgow department Department of National Defence

Geographic location: New Glasgow, Pictou County, Canada Trenton Broadway Glasgow Square Antigonish Mulgrave Balkans Somalia Auburn Drive Valley Woods Dartmouth

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