A look back at the Truro Daily News

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25 years ago

1989

Budget leak or fluke?

TRURO – Some are calling it a leaked budget; some are calling it a fluke.

Native Indians were refused provincial sales tax exemptions at Sobeys stores in Elmsdale and Truro the day before the provincial budget was tabled. In the budget speech Finance Minister Greg Kerr said Native Indians would be taxed on all goods except those delivered directly to the reserve.

At the centre of the issue is an inter-office Sobeys memo, dated April 27, circulated throughout the chain of grocery stores, advising store managers that, due to a change in the provincial tax commission’s regulations, Native Indians must be charged all applicable sales taxes.

 

Drug problem termed serious

TRURO – Drugs are a major problem in Nova Scotia though many people do not realize it, says an RCMP officer.

Marijuana and hashish are just the tip of the iceberg. They are not the only drugs available. More serious drugs are filtering into the area than many even dream of, Cnst. Dan Duffy, of the drug enforcement section in Halifax, told a Block Parent convention Saturday in an attempt to impress upon parents the seriousness of drugs in the area.

 

Volunteer wants to initiate centre for handicapped

TRURO – Donna Morrison wants to start a drop-in centre for the mentally handicapped in the Truro area.

But she needs help to determine if the idea is feasible and how many people would use a centre and its services.

 

60 years ago

1954

Drive-in-Theatre on Pictou Road planned

TRURO – A recent list of property transfers revealed the fact that F.G. Spencer Limited of Saint John, N.B. has purchased property in the Bible Hill area.

It was learned today that Spencer, which operates both the Royal and Capitol Theatres here, has bought the former airfield at Bible Hill and proposes to build a drive-in theatre on the site. It isn’t known as yet whether the new drive-in will be in operation this year.

 

Truro police force will be enlarged

TRURO – The Truro Police Department is advertising for three more police constables to bring the force up from the present staff of nine to 12.

At the present time, Truro Police officers are on duty in 11-hour and 12-hour shifts, and the object of increasing the staff, according to an official, is to make an eight-hour day possible for the policemen.

 

Town to erect combined tourist bureau, bandstand

TRURO – A new tourist bureau is to be erected in Victoria Square, according to a decision made at a regular meeting of the Town Council last evening in the Civic Building.

The Truro Board of Trade, which operated a temporary tourist information bureau last summer in the Purdy Motors building, has been pressing for the establishment of a permanent bureau in the Victoria Square area. At last night’s Council meeting, approval was given to a plan submitted by Councillor J.W. Tattrie.

 

100 years ago

1914

Found dead body near railway tract, west of Debert Station

DEBERT – Early on the morning of the 11th, a westbound freight special discovered the body of a young man about 28 years of age lying alongside of the track, about half a mile west of Debert Station, with his neck and hip broken and clothes badly torn.

The body was picked up and taken back to Debert by the train crew. Coroner Dr. Dunbar of Truro was summoned and a jury was empaneled.

 

Truro condensed milk goes to the United States

TRURO – The Borden Milk Co. Ltd. branch at Truro, N.S. will ship this week four carloads of their famous Truro-made condensed milk to the United States.

One car will go to Boston, one car to Cleveland, one to Baltimore and one to Philadelphia.

This is the first time in the history of the Truro Condensed Milk Co’s business that their product has been shipped to the United States.

 

Truro’s biggest musical event, Tuesday, May 19

TRURO – M. Alfredo Ramella is the leading permanent tenor at the Boston Opera House, and is being brought to the Maritime Provinces by Edwin Bower Hesser, as assisting artist to Mme. Evelyn Scotney, the great coloratura prima donna soprano, who will give a festival concert on Tuesday evening, May 19, at the Princess Theatre.

 

Organizations: Sobeys, Truro Daily News, RCMP Debert Station Truro Police Department Town Council Truro Board of Trade Purdy Motors Borden Milk Co. Truro Condensed Milk Co Boston Opera House Princess Theatre

Geographic location: Elmsdale, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia Halifax Victoria Square United States Pictou Road Saint John DEBERT Boston Cleveland Baltimore Philadelphia Maritime Provinces

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