Globally, we were captivated by the dramatic cave rescue of a dozen young soccer players and their coach in Thailand.
History was made on the national scale in October with the legalization of cannabis.
Locally, the war between the mill and all of those groups and individuals opposed to its effluent pipe line proposal dominated and continues to dominate — conversation.
With 2018 coming to an end, The Advocate staff dug in to do what has become an annual tradition here at the newspaper office: take a step back in time to look at all of the news stories that shaped our community during 2018.
Staff have picked what we think were the biggest stories of each month, based on what had the most community impact.
Using our Facebook stats, we have also included what you, the reader, judged to be the biggest news stories of each month.
Facebook: Maritime Steel building being demolished
Demolition began on the former Maritime Steel building in New Glasgow by its co-owners with the intention to turn the property in to something else. The building had been sitting stagnant for too long and was becoming an eyesore that would likely not be reopened.
Staff pick: Stakeholders voice opposition to Strait pipe pulp mill option
A group of about 60 people voice their opinions against the proposed effluent pipeline that Northern Pulp mill is looking to have in to the Northumberland Strait. This division between the mill and citizens in Pictou County and beyond would continue to make headlines all year long.
Facebook: Cooking up a new concept
Local woman brings fast and healthy prepared meals to Pictou County residents through Our Turn to Cook, a new food service that takes the stress out of determining healthy choices and meal prepping.
Staff pick: The meaning of team
Friends, family and teammates of North Nova Education Centre hockey player Brayden Ross manage to raise more than $7,000 for the student who had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Facebook and Staff: Starbucks making Pictou County debut this fall
Starbucks was reported to open in the fall 2018 on East River Road in New Glasgow, attached to Subway. It was also reported that the Subway in Pictou would be moving from its location in the strip mall that also houses Sobeys to the former car dealership and KFC outlet beside the Pictou Legion as a free-standing restaurant with a drive through.
Facebook: Weigh-in complete
Local boxer Brody Blair made his weight during the official weigh ins for an upcoming card at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
Staff pick: Weigh-in complete
Local boxer Brody Blair marks his third straight pro fight win during a Saturday evening boxing card at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The event was well attended by local boxing fans and sports enthusiasts and was a significant event to be hosted at the Wellness Centre.
Facebook: Dockside cookout celebrates lobster
Local chef Alain Bosse, also known as The Kilted Chef, helped highlight the lobster that the Northumberland Strait is so well known for by having a dockside cookout of the delicious crustacean. The goal of the cookout was to promote lobster fishing and demonstrate how to prepare the delicacy.
Staff pick: Art at Night celebrates another success
The annual Art at Night Celebration in downtown New Glasgow marked another successful event as well as the debut of a new art gallery, Studio Lab Gallery. With each passing year, the event seems to be growing in the celebration of the arts, drawing more and more participants and viewers.
Facebook: Bus accident in Lyons Brook
A school bus near West Pictou Consolidated School partially overturned on a Monday afternoon with nine students on board. No one was seriously injured during the incident that occurred after the bus driver attempted a left turn.
Staff pick: MacLennan wins 12th Miles Marathon
Local runner Dave MacLennan marks a dozen wins at the Johnny Miles Marathon at age 53. MacLennan marked his dozenth win with a time of 2:47:36, winning the race by nearly 11 minutes faster than the nearest competitor.
Check out part two here: Year in Review pt.2