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Strait Area Chamber of Commerce officials ready for expansion

Officials with the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce say they are excited to be opening a new satellite office in Inverness.

Adam Rodgers, chamber president, says membership has more than doubled over the past year, from 25 to 70 members.

Rodgers tells The Hawk development is increasing in Inverness and surrounding communities, partly due to the Cabot Links golf course.

"We think this is a great news story for the area," he says. "It really reflects the strengthening of the business community in that region as well."

Rodgers says chamber officials want to better serve their members who are outside the Strait Area.

"With a reach into Inverness, Cheticamp, and even north of there." he says. "We thought that was too great of a distance for our members to travel if they want to have face-to-face contact with us."

Rodgers says chamber officials are still working out the details, but they hope to have the Inverness satellite office open by the end of September.


Officials with Sydney company layoff employees due to federal funding issue

A company with Quad County connections has laid-off sixteen employees less than three months after receiving a federal loan from ACOA officials.

Sydney's Billdidtit Inc. sells drumming accessories created by Port Hawkesbury's Bill Coady.

In June, Billdidit officials received $500,000 in funding from officials with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

Officials with the company say they are dealing with a cash flow issue after some funding from ACOA officials didn't come through.

They say the company is still in business and the layoffs are only temporary.

Officials say there is a meeting planned for next week to sort things out.


Baddeck RCMP respond to violent robbery

RCMP in Baddeck say they responded to a call of a woman found beaten and barely conscious in her residence.

Police say they got the call on Wednesday evening.

They say the two were known to one another and the victim provided a description of the vehicle the man fled in.

Police say Michael Francis Corbett of Sydney Mines was arrested without incident.

They say the 38-year-old is due in court Friday to face charges of robbery, aggravated assault, and trafficking a controlled substance.

Police say the victim is still in hospital in serious condition.


Man charged in Aulds Cove break-in back in court next month

The case of a man arrested after a break-in in Aulds Cove has been adjourned again.

Antigonish RCMP say a man stole two cash drawers with a small amount of money from the Petro Can in April.

A man was caught on tape and police say they identified him after they posted his pictures on social media.

Chad David Sparks has been charged with break-and-enter.

The 38-year-old had his case transferred from Antigonish in June.

Sparks was expected for an application hearing for mental health court in Dartmouth Provincial Court Thursday, but it was adjourned until September 18.

The hearing was also adjourned twice last month, and two weeks ago.


MLA says provincial officials should consider options before buying CT scanner

The MLA for Inverness says he and members of the community have been considering a proposal for a more cost-efficient CT scanner for Inverness Consolidated Memorial Hospital.

Community members have been urging provincial officials to get a scanner for more than a year; officials recently announced they would provide $1.1 million in funding for the machine.

Allan MacMaster, the MLA for Inverness, says representatives from one company have offered to provide a CT scanner through a service agreement, so there would be no upfront costs.

MacMaster tells The Hawk government officials should consider the option.

"We've been working quietly over the past month to try to raise the matter," he says. "It's like nobody wants to even look at it."

Provincial funding will cover 75 per cent of the machine's cost; members of the hospital foundation would be responsible for raising the remaining 25 per cent.

John MacDonald, a community resident, says he'd like the proposal considered, to avoid community members having to raise more than $300,000.

MacMaster says the chief of staff at the hospital, Dr. Pillai, would also like government officials to consider the more advanced machine.

"From talking with Dr. Pillai, he certainly feels it would be a better machine."

MacMaster says a more advanced machine at the hospital could also attract more doctors to the area.


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