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southpeacenews.com Wins CCNA Award

SPN Staff   South Peace News’ Website southpeacenews.com is now recognized as a national award winner. The Website placed third in the Canadian Community Newspapers’ Association, Under 3,999 Circulation. Web designer Jeff Burgar says the award is a nice compliment.…
South Peace News Wins Best Holiday Edition

  SPN Staff   South Peace News’ Christmas edition has won the Canadian Community Newspapers’ Association award for Best Holiday edition, Under 3,999 Circulation. It was one of two awards South Peace News received after results were released April 18.…

Joe McWilliams I know for a fact people still read books. I met one of them a few weeks ago. He had no friends and the neighbours were throwing rocks at him. The neighbourhood dogs were howling for a piece…
HPE – Grade 3s assume Easter Bunny’s role

Liam Bilyk Joseph Gill HPE Reporters This is Liam and Joseph here with this week’s South Peace News report from High Prairie Elementary School. The kindergarten students would like to thank Fish and Wildlife officer Cole Smith for visiting our…
Joussard School – Grade 6s learn local governance

Passion Gambler Joussard Reporter Hello, and welcome to my report from Joussard School. This has been a very busy week. I have wandered around, talking to people from each class to find out what has been happening. In kindergarten, our…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has welcomed a new agricultural fieldman to fill one of many job opportunities in the municipality. At its regular meeting April 12, council heard that Sheila Kaus was appointed to the leadership…
Stokes earns prestigious award

Richard Froese South Peace News Larkin Stokes of the 2016 graduating class of E.W. Pratt High School has earned a special Alberta Premier’s award after being named as the school’s nominee. Stokes received the Alberta Centennial Award, which is given…

Jeff Burgar Roughly speaking, Big Lakes County taxpayers pay their politicians about $24,000 per year – each – for travel allowance, meals, meetings and general “get yourself ready for meetings” stuff. The Town of High Prairie pays about $15,000 per…
PIC – Martinson honoured by fire department

High Prairie fire chief Ken Melnyk, left, presents the department’s Fire- fighter of the Year award to David Martinson, in a re-enacted photo presentation. Mar- tinson was awarded the honour at the Fireman’s Ball April 8. Department members vote on…

Richard Froese South Peace News Area structure plans for three hamlets in Big Lakes County will be updated to guide future growth. At its regular meeting April 12, council authorized administration to advertise for requests for proposals to prepare area…

Richard Froese South Peace News Big Lakes County has partnered up with Goodwill to host a county-wide clothing drive. People can drop off donations in several locations in the region until May 4. “The event was initiated because we have…
Student returns home for practicum

Richard Froese South Peace News A young High Prairie medical student has completed her practicum in her hometown while pursuing a career in physiotherapy. And in doing so, she is following in the footsteps of her grandmother. Hayley Laughlin finished…

Chris Clegg Editor, South Peace News The lack of an effective lobby for renal dialysis services in High Prairie from the Lesser Slave Lake Health Advisory Council is alarming. Consider the following. Linda Hughes, chair, Alberta Health Services Board, wrote…
PIC – Snow ‘Bunny’

Callum McDonald, 5, was visiting his grandparents for Easter on April 16. Across the street, he found a giant snow Easter Bunny made in the High Prairie Elementary School playground earlier in the day. He went to work to add…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Five High Prairie and area residents and a Whitecourt man are facing drug related charges after cocaine was seized by police April 15. Cpl. Chris Warren, media relations officer, Western Alberta District, says the High…
Legislation to re-empower ag commissions

Richard Froese Spotlight The Alberta government is supporting agricultural commissions by giving producers more autonomy to choose which service-charge model works best for their industry. The Marketing of Agricultural Products Amendment Act 2017 was tabled in the legislature April 11,…