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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Start Your Engines: It's Redneck Raceway Season

A dirt track, souped up cars and hard racing. That's what you'll see at the Redneck Raceway in Norton.

That's according to owner Mark Muir. He tells CHSJ News drivers put a lot of hard work into modifying their cars and that they're passionate about racing. He says that's all they live for; they work all week and race whenever they get a chance. 

When local race tracks started shutting down, Muir says they built a small track in the first season, but outgrew it that same year so they built a regulation-sized track to fit their needs. For more information, including when races are happening, visit their website:

Province Appoints Three New Legislative Officers

The premier has announced three new legislative officers: a new child and youth advocate, official languages commissioner and ombudsman.

Lawyer Norman Bosse has been named the child and youth advocate, the new ombudsman is Charles Murray, the executive director of the province's Electoral Boundaries and Representation Commission and filling the role of official languages commissioner is Katherine d'Entremont, who has worked in public service for over 30 years. 

The positions are seven year appointments.

Smash & Grab at Convenience Store

RCMP are investigating an early morning smash and grab at a local convenience store.

The Mounties tell us two masked men smashed the windows of Willow Grove Convenience & Bakery at around 4:45 a.m., and the men are still on the lam. 

They're not sure what exactly was stolen at this point, though they're currently reviewing surveillance video and compiling a list of the swiped items.

Dumpster Fire Out East

A suspicious dumpster fire on the east side is being investigated by police. 

They tell us they and the fire department showed up to Golden Grove Road to respond to the overnight fire. The blaze spread from the dumpster to a business, slightly damaging the building.

Nobody was hurt.

Police Arrest Shale Gas Protestors

More arrests made by the RCMP at a shale gas protest. This one north of Moncton in the Harcourt area.

RCMP Corporal Chantal Farrah says 12 protesters were disrupting work and traffic on Highway 126. The seven men and five women are facing mischief charges.

This is the latest of several protests over shale gas over the last couple of weeks. Six other people have been arrested for mischief. 

Buy Local Van Touring Province This Summer

A home-grown initiative is going on the road. 

The provincial government rolling out a traveling buy local initiative, taking a specially-decorated van on a summer tour of the province. 

Agriculture & Fisheries Minister Michael Olscamp tells CHSJ News this province is brimming with healthy food produced by local farmers and fishermen, and the tour will highlight that.

They're teaming up with agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries organizations and associations to take part in the tour. They'll be making stops at fairs, festivals and markets. 

The first stop of the tour is today at the W.W. Boyce Farmer's Market in downtown Fredericton. Tim Livingstone of Strawberry Hill Farm will be there, explaining their fresh produce box program. On Sunday, June 23, there will be a "Meet Your Fisherman" day in Alma.