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Hospital visitor restrictions remain unchanged

The The North Bay General Hospital continues to restrict visitors on the 4 West floor of the Scollard site. Further information can be found in the following news release issued around 1:15 p.m.

Water and sanitary sewer budget overflows

The 2004 water and sewer budget is $250,000 in the hole. Brian Rogers, director of financial services for North Bay, attributed the deficit to repairs and maintenance costs being $190,000 over budget and revenues being under budget by $90,000.

More ice headed for downtown

North Bay council agreed at last night's budget meeting to allow a winter skating path to be built in the downtown sector of the city. The skating path will be located around the CPR station and the old mainline train tracks.

Racetrack item may be pulled

The Nipissing Raceway rezoning application may be pulled from the Community Services Committee agenda, Coun. Dave Mendicino says. Mendicino, who chairs the committee, said the item was due to be discussed Monday at the committee meeting of council.

Track applications to move forward even without slots

Don Fudge says he’s “disappointed” in the province’s decision not to allow expansion of the slots in racetracks program, but he'll move forward anyway.

No new casinos, no new racetrack slots

The Ontario government has announced its casino strategy and it doesn't include any more gaming houses.

ONR freight train derails

An ONR freight train has derailed just south of Latchford, has learned. ONR spokeswoman Beverly Watkins said 11 cars are currently off the track due to the derailment, which took place at 7:06 a.m. today.

Bold break-in

The North Bay Police Service has arrested two males in connection with a daytime break-in to an insecure area of a local secondary school Police said the alleged break-in occurred Jan. 11, and the youths began damaging school property.

One more house attacker arrested

Another person has been arrested in connection with an attack on a Front Street house on Monday. Cst. Aaron Northrup and Cst. Chris Johnson, members of the North Bay Police Service Street Unit, arrested a 14-year-old male Wednesday.

JP threatened

The North Bay Police Service has arrested a 51-year-old North Bay man who allegedly sent a threatening letter to a local justice of the peace. The JP received the letter Wednesday and it threatened the court officer with bodily harm. Det. Cst.