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Trio of students sent to hospital after school bus collision

Officials with the Strait Regional School Board say three students were sent to hospital after a school bus collided with a car in Antigonish Co.

They say it happened on Hwy 4 near East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy in Monastery at roughly 8:30 a.m.

RCMP say the bus backed into the other vehicle as it was turning around on its pickup route.

SRSB officials say someone called 911- police, firefighters, EHS, school officials and members of the board's transportation staff all responded.

They say 28 East Antigonish students were on board; two were taken to hospital by family members- another by paramedics, while the other 25 were cleared to continue to school on the same bus.


Missing Antigonish Co. man found safe

Police have confirmed a man missing in Antigonish Co. has been found safe.

They say Jacob Spin, 24, had been missing since he left his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery before 10 p.m. Sunday.

RCMP say a helicopter and police dog were used in the search Monday.

They say Spin walked out of the woods on his own before noon Tuesday.

Police say he's back home being assessed by paramedics after he spent about 36 hours in the elements.


Antigonish voted as one of best small towns

Antigonish has been named one of the top small towns in the country in an online poll.

The poll surveyed 1, 000 people in the country for their favourite small town with a maximum population of 20, 000.

Antigonish ranked 25th based on a number of factors- including Highland pride and the town's annual international film festival.

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Monastery man remains missing

The search continues for a man missing in Antigonish Co.

Police say Jacob Spin has been missing since he left his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery before 10 p.m. Sunday.

Spin, 24, is described as white, 5'10", 160 pounds with short brown hair, blue eyes and black glasses; he was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black t-shirt with a picture of an original Nintendo controller on the front.

RCMP say a helicopter and police dog were used in the search Monday; the chopper did a flyover at roughly 8 a.m.

They say they're concerned for Spin's well-being; you're asked to contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers if you have any information.

School officials at East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy say they initiated hold-and-secure procedures because of a "possible threat by an individual in the larger community" Monday morning.

They say no students were in school because of a regional in-service, and they were told there was no direct threat to the school; staff members were dismissed at noon.


Town councillors under budget past halfway point of fiscal year

Councillors in the Town of Antigonish have received an update on where they stand financially a little more than halfway through the fiscal year.

They heard a presentation on their current financial situation from Shelley Rector, the town's financial manager, seven months through the 2017-18 fiscal year at November's regular town council meeting Monday night.

After the meeting, Laurie Boucher, the town's mayor, said they're roughly $150,000 under budget at this point.

"It's a very good eye-opener- we do get financial reports monthly," she said. "To have Shelley come in and say exactly where we're standing and whether we're coming in budget- actual to projected- makes us realize just where we are."

Boucher said they're happy with their position, but they still have a long way to go.

"Some of those things that we're under budget on are hard to predict- a couple of snowstorms could eat that up," she said. "If everything goes the way it's planning now, we will have a surplus at the end of the year."

Boucher said they have a $1.2 million capital budget, which is one of the biggest she can remember, but they haven't had enough time to do everything they had planned.

She said some of those projects will be held until the 2018-19 fiscal year.


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