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4-H students gearing up for Achievement Day

Chris Clegg Spotlight Coyote Acres 4-H Club and Kinuso Lakeside 4-H Club members are again anticipating tremendous support for their upcoming East Peace District 4-H Achievement Day June 4 at the High Prairie Agriplex. Students have been working hard on…
PIC – Site preparation begins for Peavey Mart

Construction crews started preparing the site for the new Peavey Mart last week. The store will be located in the East Gate retail development on Highway 2 in Peavine Estates on the east side of town. Peavey Mart is scheduled…

Chris Clegg South Peace News The importance of wearing helmets at the Q Skate Plaza will be the focus of a public safety session June 6. Town of High Prairie peace officers, Alberta Health Services, and the Alberta Brain Injury…
Not what it seems

Graphic scenes and clear messages about drunk driving were the focus of a mock scenario presented to students by Prevent Alcohol and Risk-Related Trauma in Youth in High Prairie on May 18-19. Above, High Prairie Fire Department firefighters David Martinson,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Three more dedicated volunteers will be added to the Big Lakes County Wall of Fame later this month. Wendell Ebbett of Sunset House, Robert Goulet of High Prairie, and Eileen Will of Big Meadow, will…
One woman’s story

Sally Hamelin is a former employee of South Peace News living in Fort McMurray when the wildfires occurred. Following is her account. On May 3 my day began with a blue sky and bright sun. Up and gone to work…
Green, Marran named district principals for HPSD

Spotlight High Prairie School Division has appointed Linda Green and Murray Marran as district principals starting Sept. 1. Green has been the principal of Roland Michener Secondary School in Slave Lake since June 2012. She has more than 16 years…
Rain, snow a welcome relief

Richard Froese South Peace News Firefighters and farmers in the High Prairie region welcomed an unseasonal heavy wet snowfall on May 19-20 to soak the dry conditions. It allowed the Slave Lake Wildfire Management Area to drop the wildfire danger…

Richard Froese South Peace News SuperNet connections could be extended to the Grouard and Faust municipal buildings soon. At its regular meeting May 25, Big Lakes County council approved a recommendation that administration explore the possibility to connect to SuperNet,…
PIC – 50 wonderful years

High Prairie Royal Canadian Legion president Don Ebbett, right, receives a 50-year pin for his continuous service to the Legion on May 18. Presenting the award is Murray Couch, himself a 59-year member and current vice-president of the local Legion.…

Chris Clegg South Peace News Several regions in the High Prairie area received FireSmart grants May 18. The Forest Resource Improvement Association of Alberta approved 34 projects valued at $4.1 million. Local projects include: * Peavine Metis Settlement – Unit…
Rookie drivers make the grade in bus roadeo

Richard Froese Spotlight Two rookie drivers placed in the top three at the Zone 5 (northwest) School Bus Roadeo in High Prairie on May 14 at High Prairie Regional Aquatic Centre. Jamie Bilyk of High Prairie finished first among 20…

Richard Froese South Peace News First Nations are a step closer to greater economic prosperity with provincial support. In coming months, the government will engage First Nations to begin a comprehensive review of Alberta’s consultation policy, one that strives for…
PIC – Let the show begin!

Students at Prairie River Junior High School showcased their performing arts skills in the annual Prairie River’s Got Talent show May 13 at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre performing arts theatre. With 14 acts, students sang, danced and recited poems.…
Students smash records at annual meet

This year’s High Prairie School Division Track and Field Meet was held under perfect conditions in High Prairie May 16. The early spring allowed for early training, and the result was evident as 13 records fell [see list below]. All…