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New jail going elsewhere
HALIFAX - Neither Amherst nor Springhill will be the home of a new 100-cell correctional centre for northern Nova Scotia.
"They're out of the mix," Justice Minister Ross Landry said Tuesday after announcing the province is moving ahead with one jail to replace aging facilities in Amherst and Antigonish.
"We're not abandoning that area, but we're making a decision we believe is in the best interests of all Nova Scotians."
Vigil to remember those lost
AMHERST - It's not only to remember those lost 20 years ago, but to hopefully prevent future violence toward women.
This Friday, Autumn House and New Directions, along with human resources students at NSCC, are hosting a vigil in support of the National Day of Remembrance.
From 12 to 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend the vigil at the First Baptist Church, which will see representatives from community organizations, agencies, groups and businesses place a rose on a tree and light a candle.
Christmas for Kids busy
AMHERST - Organizers with this year's Christmas for Kids campaign are noticing a trend as they pass the halfway mark in their annual effort to make sure every child in Cumberland County has something under the tree on Christmas morning.
"We're seeing an increase in the number of applications," program co-ordinator Jean Miller said.
"We're up about 20-25 children already and we expect that number will continue to grow as we get closer to the deadline," she added.
As of Monday, the number of applications for food and children's gifts sat at 427, compared to about 408 at this time last year. That includes more than 300 children.

Organizations: Autumn House, New Directions, First Baptist Church

Geographic location: Amherst, Cumberland County, Antigonish Nova Scotians

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