Big stories of 2013 in the Digby Courier

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Sheree Halliday welcomed home her husband Philip in February 2013 after he spent three years in Spanish prison on drug-smuggling charges.

By Jonathan Riley

I have compiled a quick list of the top stories in Digby COunty this past year. I put 32 in the list - after the first five or six, the order is not so well thought out.

The list is only intended to remind the reader of some of the events of the past year.

I put the Philip Halliday story first because of the overwhelming interest both in this community and outside it. The breakwater construction because it is one of the few concrete tangible signs of the area moving forward. The African Nova Scotia school board seat court case could have some far reaching implications. The Medibus is another concrete tangible sign of progress and its sustainability is still a question.

The tidal project announcements and new ferry committments are important and could be great for the area - when the new ship arrives and the power starts flowing, those stories will be number one that year.

Please let us know what you think the top five stories of the year were. Either on our Facebook group via Twitter (@DigbyNews ) in a comment below or by email jriley@digbycourier.ca .

1. Phillip Halliday returns after three years in Spanish jail

2. Breakwater construction and other wharf construction

3. African Nova Scotia seat ballot confusion and court case

4. Medibus arrives – health centre on island almost finished. Health centre for Digby gets closer

5. Tidal project announcements

6. New ferry commitment

7. Two suspicious barracks fires in Cornwallis

8. Taxes in Digby – The Tax Trio of councillors who brought suggestions too late to council, and then Charlotte’s appearance in council

9. Doctor recruitment – town looked at new incentives, Municipality left MEDIC but joined a committee with Clare, Dr. Nourian takes first patients

10. Hwy 101 mentioned in throne speech

11. Provincial election – Wilson wins, McNeil premier

12. Last weir on Digby Neck ?

13. New Smith’s Cove sewer system takes sewage from Bear River and then Annapolis side and installs new COMFIT approved wind turbine

14. AF Theriault gets contact to build new ferries for HRM

15. Lobster Bash adds to summer festival fun

16. Wharf Rat – town and municipality continuing to fund job

17. RCMP staff sergeant arrives

18. Cooke starts harvest of salmon from St Marys Bay

19. Cooke fined $500,000 for polluting fish habitat

20. Voodoo jet leaves Cornwallis

21. Occupy Winter – protest to reopen Keji in the winter

22. Bear River First Nation paddlers reopen route from Lake Joli to Keji

23. Protected spaces plan adds to Tobeatic

24. Park for New France

25. COMFIT approves municipality to compost mink waste and compost to make power – generator arrives

26. New rules on Island ferries

27. New power cables to Islands

28. Digby Academy demolished

29. Paul Gidney wins gold at worlds

30. Ferry break down in spring and refit

31. Ferry goes adrift in fall

32. ADEDA gone to be replaced by RENS

Organizations: African Nova Scotia school board, RCMP, Digby Academy

Geographic location: Digby COunty, Nova Scotia, Bear River Annapolis St Marys Bay Lake Joli France

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  • Corinne Warner
    December 31, 2013 - 18:06

    great compilation , well done