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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.


Man charged in drug bust scheduled to return to court

A suspect arrested in relation to a drug bust in Inverness Co. is expected back in court Tuesday.

Police say they stopped a vehicle on Rte. 19 in July.

They say they charged the driver with possession of hydromorphone for the purpose of trafficking.

Shea Slaunwhite, 26, who made his first appearance in the case in September, is scheduled for an election-and-plea hearing in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court.


Suspect in threats case expected in court

A man charged in relation to an Inverness Co. dispute is scheduled to return to court Tuesday.

Murray Pattingale, 53, faces charges of uttering threats, unsafe storage of a firearm and causing a disturbance; the Pleasant Bay man, whose case opened in court in January, is expected for election-and-plea in Port Hawkesbury Provincial Court after the hearing was adjourned in February, March, April and May.

Cheticamp RCMP say officers were called to a threats complaint in Pleasant Bay in December.

They say they arrested one man at a home and seized a number of unsafely stored firearms; they arrested another man later that same day.

Wayne MacKinnon, 69 of Pleasant Bay has been charged with uttering threats; his lawyer pleaded not guilty to the charge on his behalf in January, and his trial was set for Sept. 5.

Both men were released on conditions shortly after their arrests.


Vigil held at StFX for Transgender Day of Remembrance

A vigil in memory of people who have lost their lives in acts of anti-transgender violence has been held at StFX.

Bre O'Handley, the gender and sexual diversity student advisor for StFX, says Transgender Day of Remembrance started Nov. 20, 1999.

O'Handley says it's a big problem that gets overlooked- more than 150 people have been murdered in transphobic acts across the world in 2017.

She says 23 of those were in the U.S., and 21 were people of colour.

O'Handley tells The Hawk the topic needs more attention.

"It's to commemorate those who have lost their lives, and also to just spread awareness," she says. "These deaths usually aren't very well publicized; in a lot of cases, they're not even reported as the hate crimes that they are."

O'Handley says it's a very important event to have at a small university in a small town.

She says they might not be as aware as they'd like regarding transgender and non-binary issues.


Police ask for your help in search for missing Monastery man

RCMP are asking for your help in the search of a missing Monastery man.

Police say Jacob Spin, 24, was last seen leaving his home on the Old Mulgrave Rd. in Monastery before 10 p.m. Sunday.

They say the Monastery man is described as white, 5'10'', 160 lbs., with short brown hair, blue eyes and black glasses.

RCMP say Spin was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with a picture of the original Nintendo controller on the front and blue jeans.

They say a helicopter and RCMP Police Dog Services have been used in the search; the operator was contacted to do a flyover at around 8 a.m.

They say they're concerned for his well-being; you're asked to contact them or Crime Stoppers with any information.


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