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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,…

Richard Froese South Peace News Another Christian Community Gospel Sing is scheduled for April 30 at the Nazarene Church of High Prairie from 6-8 p.m. Held on the fifth Sunday of a month, the evening of popular hymns and choruses…

Richard Froese South Peace News Snow, rain and wet fields have delayed the start of the High Prairie Minor Soccer Society season. The society is waiting for the fields at St. Andrew’s School to dry and the weather to warm…
Chamber AGM May 3

Election of officers included in agenda; changes will occur Richard Froese South Peace News Future plans for the High Prairie and Area Chamber of Commerce will be discussed at its annual general meeting May 3. Besides the election of officers,…
PIC – Repertoire dazzles

The High Prairie Repertoire Dance Society staged two recitals April 14-15 at the Gordon Buchanan Recreation Centre. Dancers ranged in age from preschoolers to upper teens. Above, Hanna MacDougald dances with the Novice Acro group, performing Dollhouse.

Chris Clegg South Peace News The traditional barbecue held at the end of Seniors Week returns this year, thanks to the Town of High Prairie. Council unanimously agreed at its April 11 meeting to give $2,000 to Big Lakes Family…
Beaupré nominated for Edwin Parr Award

Spotlight Staff Taryn Beaupré of Kinuso School has been named as the 2017 High Prairie School Division nominee for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award. The award is given to a first-year teacher who goes above and beyond in the duties…