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Price of gas down for second consecutive week

Gas prices are lower.

The price at the pumps fell 2.3 cents during the regular price adjustment at midnight, which means a litre of regular self-serve in the Quad Counties is now between $1.15.3 on the low end, and $1.18.3 on the high end.

It's the second straight decrease following five consecutive increases.

Diesel prices increased midnight, which means a litre will cost between a minimum of $1.16.7 and a maximum of $1.19.7.


StFX officials investigating reported sexual assault

Officials at StFX confirm they're investigating a reported sexual assault.

Andrew Beckett, head of student services, says the alleged incident happened on campus this past weekend.

He says they've been working with the female victim who is a student, since it was reported; she's decided to go ahead with a formal report with university officials and RCMP.

Beckett tells The Hawk an incident like this has a big impact on the community.

"Obviously we're a small, tight community- these types of things send shockwaves that are felt in various areas of the university," he says. "We've got good support services in place (and) we've met with students in the impacted area."

Beckett says they're following up to make sure issues or concerns are heard and addressed.

He says they've had incidents involving sexual assault and sexual violence in the past, as do many universities across the country, but it's not a common occurrence.

Beckett says there are two students in question.

"The RCMP, as part of their investigation, have made a couple of arrests."

Beckett says punishment will be decided based on the outcome of the investigation, but in the interim, student privileges have been suspended; they can attend class but can't stay in residence.


Police search for missing Margaree Forks man

Inverness Co. RCMP are asking for your help in the search for a missing man.

Police say David Gordon Doucet, 54, of Margaree Forks was last seen at a home in the area Monday night.

They say he's described as 6'2", a slender build at about 165 lbs., with brown eyes, a mole under his right eye and brown hair that is greying on both sides.

If you have any information on Doucet's possible location, contact police or Crime Stoppers.


Start-up Port Hawkesbury winner to be announced Thursday

The winner of Start-up Port Hawkesbury will be determined Thursday night.

Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network officials say the judging is down to three final business ideas: Proud Maritimer Marketing (Jason Horton, Jude, Max and Weldon Long), Island Enigmas (Liam Brophy) and That Dog Place (Michele Tabensky).

John Beaton, CEO, says it's about an entrepreneurship culture within the town and community; they've set the stage for that with this competition.

Beaton told The Hawk Morning Show things are coming down to the wire.

"I had a good opportunity to see some practice pitches," he said. "I must say, it's heating up- they're starting to refine things; the pressure is on (and is) getting very competitive."

Beaton said the finalists will be talking about the market analysis and their competitive advantage.

The winner will receive two years of free rent, up to $20, 000 in financing, pro bono legal services, graphic design services and a free chamber of commerce membership.

Tareq Hadhad of Peace by Chocolate and Senator, Dan Christmas, will join the judging panel.

Beaton said they hope to further grow the entrepreneurial culture in the Quad Counties.

"We're looking at deploying this with our other regional municipalities in the area- we're going out looking for expressions of interest to see who wants to do this next," he says. "There are entrepreneurs right throughout the region, sometimes it just needs a bit of a spark and it happens."

Things get underway at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


High wind, rain knock out power, close three schools

It's a dark and windy morning in many parts of the Quad Counties.

Nova Scotia Power's website indicates high wind and rain has knocked out power to more than 19,000 homes and business across the province.

One of the biggest outages is in Inverness Co. affecting more than 1,200 customers from Port Hawkesbury up Rte. 19 past Little Judique with an estimated restoration time of 9 a.m. Thursday; another affects almost 900 customers in the eastern end of Antigonish Co. with an estimated restoration time of 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

There are scattered power outages throughout all four of the Quad Counties.

Classes have been cancelled East Richmond Education Centre, East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy and SAERC due to power outages; the East Richmond building is closed after a tree fell on a power line at the school.

The Canso Causeway is closed to high-sided vehicles.


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